Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How Long Does a Steering Stabilizer Stop Last?

How Long Does a Steering Stabilizer Stop Last?

Steering Stabilizer

If your truck or SUV is equipped with larger tires and wheels than the manufacturer intended, you need a steering stabilizer to reduce wobble and feedback at the steering wheel. The immense amount of weight added to the front of your vehicle puts significant strain on the steering and suspension, and can result in what’s called a “death wobble”. It can be frightening, and it can actually cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

A steering stabilizer stop is installed to help reduce or eliminate this wobble – it looks a lot like a strut used for normal vehicle suspensions, but it’s smaller and designed to fit into your steering system. It uses compressed fluid to dampen vibration and wobbling. Just like your regular shocks and struts, your steering stabilizer is subjected to a lot of wear and tear. It’s in use anytime you’re on the road. That means a lot of potential for damage.

The primary cause of concern with a steering stabilizer stop is wear to the seals that keep the pressurized fluid inside (allowing the stabilizer to do its job). Like your shocks and struts, once the seal fails, fluid will leak out and you’ll need to replace the stabilizer.

While there’s no specific lifespan for these parts, they’re not known for their longevity and are considered a normal maintenance item. Additionally, you may need to replace yours more frequently if you have very large wheels and tires installed, or regularly take your vehicle off road.

Once the steering stabilizer fails, you’ll begin experiencing excessive vibration and wobble at the wheel. This can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important that you know a few signs and symptoms to watch for. These include:

  • Increasing vibration at the steering wheel
  • A violent wobbling of the steering wheel
  • The steering wheel feels loose (can also be an indication of a steering rack problem)
  • Steering feels “choppy” or imprecise

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s important to have the steering stabilizer stop inspected as soon as possible by a professional mechanic.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...

Related questions

Q: Hard pull on the steering wheel when turning.

The caster on this vehicle is not adjustable, and with the measurements you've given it appears that something is bent. There are camber bolts to adjust camber, but there is no caster adjustment. A printout with the included angle and...

Q: 18 inch suspension spring popped off and car uncontrollable

Hello. This will only occur if there are other issues with the suspension. If there are any worn out bushings or and corrosion, then the spring can either break and fail or if the other components fail then the spring...

Q: What does the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) Warning Light mean?

The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) Warning Light is located on the instrument panel. When this light illuminates, there is an issue with the VDC system, and the system will turn off. You can still drive your vehicle, but you should...