How Long Do Stabilizer Bar Bushings Last?

A stabilizer bar is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a metal bar that helps to stabilize your car. It plays a significant role in handling, particularly around sharp turns. The bar’s job is pretty simple. It is designed to redistribute the weight of the vehicle to help prevent rollovers, and to enhance handling.

Your car’s stabilizer bar is in use every time you take to the street, but it’s put under immense stress when you go around a curve, particularly if you’re traveling fast, or if the curve is particularly sharp. Some of that is alleviated by stabilizer bar bushings. You’ll find these at the ends of the bar, and they’re used for a number of different things. They help attach the bar to the underside of your car, for one. They also help to provide a little flexibility, and they can reduce noise as well.

Sway bar bushings are pretty simple in terms of design and construction. They’re really not much more than rubber dampers, and therein lies their weakness. The underside of your car is exposed to high heat, freezing temperatures, road salt, water, rocks and a lot more. Over time, this will degrade the rubber bushings, causing them to shrink and crack. Eventually, they can’t do their job and you lose some of the benefits of your sway bar (stabilizer bar). You’ll also notice increased road noise.

Driving with damaged or degraded stabilizer bar bushings can be somewhat dangerous, as it can prevent your stabilizer bar from doing its job properly. You may lose some elements of control when cornering, and you’ll definitely notice additional noise. Here are a few signs to watch for can help you catch it before it becomes a real problem:

  • Increased road noise from the front of the vehicle
  • Squeaking or grinding from the front, particularly when going over a bump
  • A feeling that the car is trying to roll when going around curves
  • Clunking noise when going over bumps or around turns

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to have your stabilizer bar bushings inspected and replaced if they’re failing. Have a certified mechanic come diagnose and repair your stabilizer bar bushings if needed.


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Matthew

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Matthew
33 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E350 V6-3.5L - Stabilizer Bar Bushings Replacement (Front) - Norfolk, Virginia
Expert mechanic, exactly what I’ve come to expect from Mr. Lerman. He answered my questions, even when I didn’t know exactly what I was talking about. Well-organized, knowledgeable, efficient use of his time, cleaned work area after job was completed, all the things you would expect from a professional. My mechanic of choose. I will recommend him to my Mercedes-Benz friends.
Scion tC - Stabilizer Bar Bushings Replacement (Front) - Hampton, Virginia
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Subaru Outback H6-3.0L - Stabilizer Bar Bushings Replacement (Front, Rear) - Arvada, Colorado
Arrived on time (actually early, which was fine by me). Made some good observations and recommendations for future work, and took care of the issue he came out for.
Acura MDX - Stabilizer Bar Bushings Replacement (Front) - Broomfield, Colorado
Robert did a great job on my high maintenance Acura. He had a lot of work too and completed it in good time. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and answered a lot of questions for me. He also noticed a faulty strut that a shop installed for me, so they fixed it immediately. I will definitely book him again. Thank you, Robert.

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Desmond
30 years of experience
Toyota Camry L4-2.5L - Stabilizer Bar Bushings Replacement (Rear) - Hyattsville, Maryland
Desmond communicated efficiently with me as he approached for the appointment. He arrived promptly. He confirmed the specific service I requested: replacement of sway bar link (bushings). I verbally confirmed that the right rear side under my car had a knocking noise whenever I drove on the road. He asked me to authorize the payment for the service. After payment authorization, he began the complete process of working on the problem area. Within minutes of arrival, he thoroughly recognized the right rear bushing that needed replacement by feeling for it's noise underneath the car. He used a jack to lift the car, removed the damaged bushing and replaced it with a brand new Duralast bushing. He took necessary pictures of the vehicle and recorded voice notes of what he did. Desmond had all the necessary tools to effectively complete the replacement within a short time. After he completed the right rear bushing replacement, I watched as he test-drove my car. The replacement was successful. He updated his voice notes, took final pictures, recommended himself for future work, and we parted ways. I appreciate your help and great service Desmond. Thank you.

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Nissan Armada V8-5.6L - Stabilizer Bar Bushings Replacement (Front) - Temple Hills, Maryland
Mr. Dawits arrived on time, reviewed what was needed to be done, and attentive to details and knowledgeable. Would definitely use him again.

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