Right up there next to accelerating and braking responsibly is the ability to steer your vehicle. That’s pretty much a no-brainer. But did you know that your steering ability is closely tied to your vehicle’s suspension system? If something gets out of whack in your suspension system, steering can become wishy-washy, inexact and dangerously unpredictable. Steering and suspension repair could become necessary.
Your suspension system includes an intricately-aligned series of parts that work together to ensure smooth sailing and accurate steering. Any of the parts can fail, of course. Check your owner’s manual to discover how often you should schedule a steering and suspension inspection. Most steering/suspension systems checks should occur at least annually. If you drive a lot, you may need to inspect them more often. (Check out the shocks/struts page to learn more.) Suspension parts that require periodic inspection include ball joints, control arms, control arm bushings, sway bar bushings and end links, trailing arms, lateral links, tie rods, idler arms, and pitman arms. (The parts just mentioned commonly wear out and need replacing at some point.)
Please take a few moments and watch one of our videos below to visually learn about some of the suspension and steering components on your vehicle.
POWER STEERING FLUID
POWER STEERING PUMP
Chuck's Auto Repair Is the Place to Go
At Chuck’s Auto Repair our AAA-approved for total car care, ASE-certified master mechanics know the ins and outs of every steering/suspension system in cars, trucks and minivans. In North Seattle and Shoreline, they can diagnose symptoms as few others can and come up with a plan to get you back on the road fast.
Nominated twice for KING TV’s Best of Washington lineup in the auto repair category, we go the extra mile to make sure every vehicle we service and every customer we serve gets the royal treatment. This is why we have generations of loyalists who won’t take their car, truck or minivan anywhere else. We’re straight shooters; we don’t suggest services you don’t need and we will let you know to start saving when we notice something that will need our help down the road so you won’t get caught unaware when your vehicle does need additional servicing.
So whenever you suspect you’re experiencing steering or suspension anomalies, call us right away—we’ll get you right in.
I particularly appreciated receiving an invoice that gave an explanation of what the problem was and the steps taken to fix my steering and suspension issues. It gives me a history of repairs that will be useful in the future. As a first time customer, I was worried that they'd be 'shooting in the dark' with an old car. I was very pleased that Brandon fed the car history, from my file of past repair receipts, into the computer. I rate my first experience with Chuck's as quite favorable. It definitely takes some of the sting out of going to the 'Car Doctor'.
surprising based on age of car. They texted a detailed quote then called me to go over each item. No pressure on me to approve any or all the work. Because of scope of repairs, could not be completed same day. But work was done within time frame provided. One part cost slightly more than estimated only because they had to get from the dealer(again due to age of car)although they did try other options first. This was discussed before proceeding. I was very satisfied with the communication and professionalism.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 2 months ago
My daughter’s catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda CRV. Owen not only replaced this after working with our auto insurance but he and the team replaced the sway bar...
that was actually nonfunctional.
The service provided was not only excellent and timely but the team was also outstanding. They answered all our questions and were more than willing to let us know what steps needed to be taken along the way. We are happy to finally know and put out trust in an auto shop in Seattle for all our auto problems. We would recommend them to anyone who is having car problems.