What to know about the Track Bar:
Underneath your vehicle, the steering and suspension mechanisms mount together to hold your wheels steady. They need to uphold their longitudinal and lateral spots, lest you lose control of your vehicle. On vehicles with a coil spring suspension, a bar called a track bar or Panhard bar is used to maintain these positions. One end of the track bar
mounts to the chassis or frame of your vehicle, and the other end attaches to the axle assembly. Both ends of the bar have pivoting fasteners called heim joints that can be adjusted. When the suspension travels vertically, the track bar maintains the lateral and longitudinal position of the wheels to help you maintain control of the vehicle. If the track bar is loose or damaged, you can experience a wandering or loose feeling, a wobble in the steering wheel or body of the vehicle, or a clunk when going over bumps.
Facts to Note:
Adjusting a track bar affects your vehicle’s stability and suspension. Only qualified technicians should adjust your track bar.
As with all suspension and steering mechanisms, an alignment needs to be performed after your track bar is changed.
How to Fix:
The vehicle is lifted and sustained on jack stands
The defective track bar is detached
The new track bar is installed
The vehicle is taken off the jack stands
The repair is confirmed and the vehicle is road tested for proper operation
Have your vehicle analyzed if you suspect your track bar is loose or have similar symptoms. Have one of your expert mechanics change the track bar if necessary and have a four wheel alignment done.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Track Bar:
Wobbling feeling when you are driving at highway speeds
Clunk noise from underneath your vehicle over light bumps in road, especially at slow speeds
Wandering or loose feeling when driving
Importance of this service:
The track bar is part of the suspension on your vehicle that aids you maintain control while driving. If the track bar is loose, driving becomes more risky. Have it changed as soon as conceivable.