How to Change Stabilizer Bar Links

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A vehicle needs to be reliable and safe, and that is a reason why stabilizer bar links are installed. They are there to prevent oversteering and understeering as well as to keep the vehicle stable when going through a hard turn or a bump. Some common symptoms that your stabilizer bar links are faulty are clunking or rattling noises from the tire area, poor handling, and a loose steering wheel. This article informs you why your vehicle needs stabilizer bar links and also how to change them yourself.

Materials Needed

  • ⅜ drive rachet
  • ⅜ drive socket set metric & standard
  • ⅜ or ½ drive torque wrench
  • ½ inch drive breaker bar
  • ½ inch drive wheel socket set
  • Allen set metric & standard sockets
  • Brass hammer
  • Combination wrench set metric & standard
  • Disposable gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Pry bar
  • Stabilizer bar end links
  • WD40

Step 1: Prepare your work area. Park the vehicle on a level surface and set the parking brake.

Step 2: Loosen your lug nuts. Grab the ½ inch drive breaker bar and lug nut socket set, and loosen all your lug nuts before you jack the vehicle up in the air.

person placing jack stands underneath a car close to the rear tire

Step 3: Jack the vehicle up and use jack stands. Jack your vehicle up and put it on jack stands.

Place the wheels off to side away from the work area. Be sure to jack the vehicle up in the correct location; usually, underneath the sides there are pinch welds you can use to jack from. Then, make sure you place the stands on the body or frame and lower down onto the stands.

person removing existing bad stabilizer

Step 4: Remove the old end links. Start by spraying some WD40 on the existing nuts holding the links on the vehicle.

Then, figure out which combination of tools you will need to use in order to remove those nuts.

shows where to clean the old rusty areas with a wire brush

Step 5: Preparing to install the new end links. Once removed, go ahead and clean the area where the link ends bolt to the vehicle.

Make sure you remove any rust or debris before taking the next step and installing the new ones. Then, compare the old parts with the new ones to ensure they are correct and will fit with no issues. Make sure you have the correct torque specs, so when you are done installing you can torque them to the correct specs.

showing the way to torque down the nut on the stabilizer bar link

Step 6: Installing the new end links. Install the new end links in the reverse order as you did removing them.

Place both ends onto the vehicle and start threading the nuts onto the studs. Then, grab the tools you need to tighten them up. Once you snugly tighten them down by hand, grab the torque wrench and torque them down to specs.

installation of the wheels onto the vehicle

Step 7: Reinstall your wheels. Reinstall your wheels and hand tighten all the lug nuts.

Step 8: Jack vehicle back up off the jack stands. Jack the vehicle back up to get it off the jack stands.

Remove the jack stands from under the vehicle and set them aside. Lower the vehicle onto the wheels and remove the jack.

showing the proper way to torque lug nuts

Step 9: Torque your wheels. Most cars use a torque from 80 ft-lbs to 100 ft-lbs. Suv and Trucks usually use anywhere from 90 ft-lbs to 120 ft-lbs.

Torque the nuts to the proper rating.

Step 10: Clean up your tools. Make sure you organize all your tools and wipe them off before you go on your test drive.

Step 11: Test drive vehicle. Test drive your vehicle to ensure you have done the job correctly.

Listen for any clunks or pops when you're driving over bumps and turning your wheels. If you do not hear anything, then you can consider this job done.

This job is pretty straightforward and easily accomplished with the right tools and knowledge. Remember stabilizer bar links play a key role in how your vehicle handles and the safety of the people inside the vehicle, so if you do not feel comfortable performing this job on your own, have one of YourMechanic’s certified technicians come to your home or place of business and perform the replacement of your stabilizer bar links for you.


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Edmar

21 years of experience
171 reviews
Edmar
21 years of experience
Chrysler 200 - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Euless, Texas
He did an excellent job. Very prompt and knows his stuff. I am looking forward to book him for future services. Top notch all the way. Please keep up the good work.
Infiniti FX35 - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Irving, Texas
Awesome work . Very courteous and helpful. Did a clean job . Would recommend him to my friends and anyone .

Andy

29 years of experience
27 reviews
Andy
29 years of experience
Lincoln LS - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Boston, Massachusetts
This is my second appointment with Andy. He diagnosed my car’s issues accurately and expertly. He clearly explained what he would be doing in the way of repairs, and offered a lot of valuable advice about car maintenance going forward. A skilled professional, he brings an attitude of positivity and respect.
Chevrolet Cruze - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Cohasset, Massachusetts
Andy was awesome! Not only was he extremely knowledgeable and thorough, he was a great guy. I highly recommend Andy! Thanks again!

Andrew

10 years of experience
569 reviews
Andrew
10 years of experience
Ford Expedition - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Rear) - Olathe, Kansas
Andy was able to handle the strut replacement job without any assistance. He had all of the necessary tools and was able to get it done quickly and efficiently.
Toyota Camry - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Andrew arrived within the allotted time and was very quick and efficient in getting the work done and letting me get about my day. If I was in a shop, I probably would've been stuck there most of the morning or afternoon waiting for things to get fixed. This is a much better way to get work done on your car. Will continue to use this service for future needs.

Nicholas

10 years of experience
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Nicholas
10 years of experience
Ford Focus - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Raleigh, North Carolina
This marine is tough reviewer but He Called ahead and to see if he could arrive early (3 hours plus early ) and I said yes huge plus ! He was very very helpfully , very detail in explaining the situation. I would recommend him to anyone !! He did everything and beyond to help out. Top notch in my book

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