What to know about the Stabilizer Bar Links:
You may have heard stabilizer bar links referred to as anti-roll bars or sway bar links. Their purpose is to provide a stabilizing amount of structural support to guard you when you make aggressive turns. On a hard turn, you will feel body ‘roll’ occur where the vehicle weight leans toward the outside of the turn. The stabilizer bar links retain your vehicle from rolling over or leaning too much in a turn. They also ensure proper traction on all four tires. When they work correctly, these links will retain you and your car stable by redistributing the entire car’s weight. If a stabilizer link is loose, you will hear a noise from under your vehicle. If the link breaks, the noise will likely go away, but you will experience handling problems and excessive body roll.
Facts to Note:
Stabilizer links are often referred to as sway bar links.
How to Fix:
The vehicle front wheels are straightened and the vehicle is lifted and held on jack stands
The defective stabilizer bar links are detached
The new stabilizer bar links are fixed
The vehicle is removed from jack stands
The vehicle is started and checked for steering stabilizer bar links operation
Stabilizer links will likely have to be substituted more than once during your vehicle’s operating life. They should be examined on comprehensive services as well as anytime a wheel alignment or suspension work is done. If a stabilizer bar link is loose or broken, have it changed by one of your expert mechanics.
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Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Stabilizer Bar Links:
Metallic knock from under your vehicle when driving over bumps
Excessive body roll when taking sharp corners or turning at high speeds
Importance of this service:
The stabilizer bar links on your car prevent body roll, which in extreme situations can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. It is essential that your sway bar links are intact, so have any broken links changed right away.