Are Sway Bar Links Important?

Sway bar end links are the attachment points between a sway bar and suspension members.

Also known as a stabilizer bar or anti-roll bar, the sway bar connects suspension components on either side of the car to minimize body leaning in turns..

How much should it cost to replace sway bar links and bushings?

The Best in Auto Repair The average cost for stabilizer bushing replacement is between $129 and $159. Labor costs are estimated between $95 and $120 while parts are priced between $34 and $39.

Sway bar end links are a great and inexpensive upgrade for two main reasons, they often come with stiffer or upgraded bushings or joints and the adjustable ones allow you to properly set the end link length to match your ride height after you lower the car.

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Driving without sway bar end links can be dangerous because as you’ve noticed, the vehicle will not steer correctly. Sway bar end links are meant to stabilize a vehicle when turning and at high speeds.

Do you need alignment after replacing sway bar links?

Basically, if the steering rack, tie rods, subframe, or control arm bolts have been altered or the car has been lowered, you need an alignment. Removing the sway bar, and replacing it would not require an alignment, unless something that I mentioned above had to be moved to access the sway bar.

How much does it cost to replace front sway bar links?

The average cost for a sway bar end link replacement – front is between $126 and $161. Labor costs are estimated between $52 and $67 while parts are priced between $74 and $94.

Is it dangerous to drive with broken sway bar link?

If you suspect that a sway bar is broken, you can still drive the car, but you must use caution. … It’s very possible that this will cause you to lose control of the car, resulting in a serious accident if you’re not prepared for it. Rear sway bar: The situation is a little less serious if your rear sway bar is broken.

This causes side to side motion in the car which affects steering and handling of the vehicle, which may cause shaking or unstable driving conditions. Failure to maintain sway bars can cause the wheels on the outside of a turn to lose contact with the road causing poor steering and handling of the vehicle.

Do sway bars affect ride quality?

Sway bars do nothing unless the car is leaned side to side. Your ride quality will remain the same if both sides of the suspension move at the same speed. In the corners however, the car will feel much better. Just get a front sway of any kind and you’ll enjoy the car more.

Warning signs of a broken or bad sway bar link include clunks and squeaks. Over-steering or excessive lean through turns are also symptoms of worn sway bar links, but they can also be signs of larger problems with your vehicle’s suspension system.

Broken anti-sway bar end links do not cause tire wear.

The good news is that most owners will only need to replace their stabilizer bar links maybe once during their ownership, unless you’re one who really puts their car through its paces on a regular basis (racing, tight corners at high speeds, etc.).

Sway bar will not cause death wobble. The bar gets turned down from links being too short.

Yes, you can overtighten links. They only need to have no play in them, anything tighter is too much. Mine makes the same popping sound against the 12 bolt since my install. I assume I just need new bushings to bring it down some.

Well-Known Member. Sway bar end links, or anything to do with a sway bar, won’t affect wheel alignment settings.