How Long Do Stabilizer Bar Links Last?

The stabilizer bar on your car is designed to provide stiffness and rigidity for the body, particularly when going around curves. This helps to keep all four wheels firmly on the ground and reduce body torque, which could lead to rollovers or a loss of control. It plays a role in both your suspension, as well as the car’s handling and your comfort while on the road.

Your stabilizer bar is attached to the suspension using bushings and links. Bushings are little more than formed pieces of rubber, but stabilizer bar links are metal. There are two, one on each end of the stabilizer bar. The upper end of the link attaches to the stabilizer bar, cushioned by a bushing, and the other end attaches to the suspension components, also with a bushing.

The links themselves are made from metal and should last for a long time. However, because the stabilizer bar rotates each time you go through a turn, the links are put under a great deal of stress (as are the bushings). Over time, metal fatigue will set in and they will weaken. Add to that the possibility of rust and corrosion, and you can see that they do need to be replaced occasionally.

The good news is that most owners will only need to replace their stabilizer bar links maybe once during their ownership, unless you’re one who really puts their car through its paces on a regular basis (racing, tight corners at high speeds, etc.). The more frequently you stress the bar and links, the more often you’ll need to replace the links, bushings and other components.

Driving with failed stabilizer bar links can be dangerous, particularly when cornering. Without a functional stabilizer bar, your car tends to roll. The inside wheels leave the pavement as the majority of the car’s weight is pushed onto the outside wheels. So, it makes sense to know a few symptoms to watch for that might indicate your links are wearing out. These include:

  • Car feels like it wants to roll when going around curves
  • Knocking sound from the front when driving over bumps
  • Squeaking or squealing when going over bumps
  • Car feels “loose” in curves

If you suspect that your car’s stabilizer bar links need to be replaced, YourMechanic has the answer. One of our mobile mechanics can come to your home or office, inspect the stabilizer bar, links and bushings, and replace the stabilizer bar links if needed.


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Mercedes-Benz C250 L4-1.8L Turbo - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Allen, Texas
Chuck was very prompt; arrived much earlier than appointment time. Was detailed with his plans and completed his work fast and efficient. The quality of the work will obviously take time to tell but I’m satisfied with the service and would recommend Chuck; and request him for future services if possible.
Nissan Maxima - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Lewisville, Texas
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Claud

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GMC Yukon XL 1500 V8-6.2L - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Roseville, Michigan
Great experience I would recommend this service to friends and family Claud was great. Thanks again for your service
Saturn Aura - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Royal Oak, Michigan
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Dodge Journey V6-3.6L - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front, Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Robert was awesome. I was unable to make my appointment so I arranged with Robert to get the parts and keys from my brother. He was obviously very knowledgeable in what he was doing as the work completed was done in about half the time that was estimated. By far the best mechanic experience I have ever had. Robert kept me up to date along the way and and was more than willing to work with my brother since I could not be there. I also requested that Robert didn't fill the transmission since my car has a silicone gasket. Robert was understanding of this and went as far as to let me know how much fluid he recovered so I could fill it myself once the silicone was cured. Most shops will suck out the ATF Fluid and replace what they pulled out. Robert did the full service on the transmission including dropping the pan and replacing the filter. I verified all the work once I got home and everything looked great. I am truly impressed with the service received from Robert and Your Mechanic. I will be having more work done through them in the near future.

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Ford Five Hundred V6-3.0L - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Naples, Florida
Manuel arrived on time, went to work at once checking that the parts were in fact needed, then made sure I had purchased the correct parts. He had all the required tools and finished the job in the time specified. He was friendly, courteous and very clean. Highly recommend him.

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