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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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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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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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Left tire rattles, bar behind wheel is broken.
The broken bar may be the rear sway bar link arm has broken and may cause the vehicle to become unstable. I recommend limited driving until a mechanic like one from YourMechanic fixes the problem and inspects it for safety...
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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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Banging sound at slow speed at left rear wheel well area
Hi there. Raise up the vehicle and check all of the suspension, sway bar, ball joints, and the shock absorbers. Makes sure that everything is tight. If everything is tight, lower the vehicle and do a bounce test on the...
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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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Squeking in my front end while driving and turning the wheels
The noise is coming from the sway bar links, tie rod ends or lower ball joints. You will need to try and duplicate the noise without driving the vehicle and when noise is heard just put you hand on the...
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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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I raise the strut assembly by put the jack under the ball joint to get the sway bar out of the way.
Hi there. The tire is tilted inward for the Camber alignment is not adjusted. I recommend adjusting the alignment to where the tire is somewhat straight and the tire tread is flat on the ground, then seek out a professional,...
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I have a loud clunk in my front suspension on my 2005 nissan titan. I've read that I may need a new sway bar and ball joints.
Hi there. When adding a lift kit to any vehicle its important to replace the ball joints so they are not damaged when the standard lift is removed. Plus, either the sway bar could be replaced or extensions could be...
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I have a 95 dodge intrepid. I'm wondering if the control arm and assembly is what is connected to my strut.
Hi there. The struts on the front of your vehicle are attached to the lower control arm with a ball joint, a sway bar with sway bar extensions, the tie rod ends to your steering system, and the knuckle hub...
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Procedure to replace lower ball joints and sway bar links and torque specification for all the front end components
Hi there. To replace the ball joints you would need to jack up the vehicle and put it on jack stands. Remove the tires, calipers, and brake rotors. Then put a jack under the lower control arm and remove the...
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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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Do I need to install a sway bar link kit with a lift kit on my 2014 Jeep Wrangler
Hello. If you are adding a lift kit to your Jeep you will need to install longer sway bar link pins. This is because the distance from the suspension to the sway bar will change. If you do not then...
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Makes a noise when I turn and hit bumps.
You should have the complete front suspension checked however the sway bar links and bushings are the most common cause of the noise when turning.

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