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What Does a Sway Bar Do?
A sway bar (also called an anti-sway bar or anti-roll bar) is a component of some vehicles’ suspensions. You might guess that “sway” in a car or truck isn’t a good thing, so an...
Is It Safe to Drive With a Broken Sway Bar?
Your car’s suspension is very complex and requires a number of different components to provide the handling and performance that you need. One of these is the sway bar. Depending on the vehicle...
How to Change a Sway Bar Link
Sway bar links connect the sway bar to the suspension and chassis. Though sway bar links vary in design, the steps for replacing them are similar.

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Squealing and whistling at low speeds
Hello. There may be some debris stuck in the front of the car. It is possible that the sway bar links or the sway bar bushing could be loose or worn, which may cause the noise you are hearing. It...
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How do i remove a frozen sway bar link bolt?
The options depend on what you have for tools, your skills, and how much bolt you have left exposed to grab onto. Choices include: penetrating oil, heating it with a torch, rattling it with an air hammer, drilling it with...
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broken rear sway bar on driver side
Hello. I would not drive the vehicle with an inoperable sway bar, as the sway bar plays an important role in the handling characteristics of the vehicle. Depending on which sway bar it is, the vehicle may experience handling or...
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Creaking noises.
Did you check the sway bar pivot bushings, specifically where the bar goes through the bushings? The bushings may be bad or dried out causing binding. If the sway bar is okay then check the upper and lower control arms...
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oil pan replacement
You have a two part oil pan and you are looking at the lower pan part. If this is the part that is damaged then you can get it out by disconnecting the motor mounts and lifting the motor to...
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Sway bar bracket left front side
I would doubt it was done intentionally by anyone. The sway bar goes from one side to the other side of the vehicle and connects to each side lower control arms with the links. It's possible that you may have...
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Are stabilizers the same as tie rods? I think no??
Hello. The short answer is no. Tie rods are part of your steering system. They are integral to your cars ability to drive straight and turn. I guess in some sense they contribute to the stability of your car, but...
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Car makes a single loud pop when first backing up or pulling foward. Sounds like s hammer.
You should have the lower control arm ball joints checked to see if they are loose. Also, check the sway bar link arms and sway bar bushings for wear or damage. An inspection of your suspension...
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Squeaking when you hit a bump in the road
You should check the sway bar bushings and links. You can do so by having someone bounce the car up and down and have the other person feel them by hand. You will be able to feel squeaking part. ...
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Mechanic says front sway bar needs replacing...assume should be done.
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2009 Nissan Murano. I believe your mechanic is correct. You may ask him why it needs to be replaced so he/she can instruct you on what exactly is wrong with it. If you'd...
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Suspension improvements, maybe problems.
Hi, thanks for writing in. If your vehicle is swaying side to side during turns, it is possible that your sway bar links or sway bar bushings are bad. I would recommend having those checked out by a qualified mechanic...
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brakes and they told her no pin on sway bar
Sway bars are responsible for keeping the vehicle level during cornering. If the vehicle did not have a sway bar, it would rock to whichever side is opposite of the direction you are turning. The sway bar provides stability for...
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My tight front sway bar bushing broke and came off. Can I drive it 60 miles home to repair?
Hi, thanks for writing in. The vehicle is not safe to drive with a broken link. You can try and drive it the 60 miles if you drive slow and avoid sudden lane changes, but I still would not recommend...
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Suspension system needs to be replaced
There are two common failures on most vehicles. The most common is known as a sway bar end link. Almost all cars have them and when they go bad, they produce loud noises that sound like the car is about...
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Sway bar dosent fit correctly need a custom sway bar the oil pan touches sway bar
Hello and thanks for your question. If the oil pan is touching the sway bar on the vehicle, you can get an oil pan that is more for performance that has a wider bottom but not as deep. By doing...
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Hatchback needs sway bar replaced
Hello. There is only one front sway bar on the vehicle. The sway bar is connected on both ends with link pins. There are two of those so that may be what he is talking about. They should always be...
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Is it safe to drive with a broken sway bar link?
As you may know, the sway bar is connected to the lower control arm and the body of the vehicle and helps to maintain smooth handling under all different types of driving conditions. Depending on the severity of the sway...
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I've been noticing that my 2012 Chevrolet Sonic rumbles when going over bumps. I have about 60k miles on it, could it be the sway bar?
Hi there. If the sway bar was at fault, the noise would also be present when turning and a possibility of excessive body roll when turning. The source of noise over bumps can be difficult to diagnose since the bumps...
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I bent my rear sway bar pretty bad. Had it replaced, but the wheel is still a little bent. What else can be the problem?
Hi there. The rear wheel being out of alignment, could be the result of a bent strut assembly, a bent trailing/control arm, a bent bearing knuckle and/or bent rear subframe. Replacing components without diagnosis can be expensive and time consuming...
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Taking my sway bar out.
On the 2004 Ion you have to remove the rear transaxle mount and the steering gear. Then, once all links and brackets holding the bar to the body and suspension are removed you have to lift and rotate the stabilizer...

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