Is It Safe to Drive With a Broken Sway Bar?

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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 you’re driving, you may have a front or a rear sway bar, or you may have both. If you suspect that a sway bar is broken, you can still drive the car, but you must use caution.

The way this will affect your drive will depend on if the front or rear sway bar is broken.

  • Front sway bar: If a front sway bar is broken, then you’ll experience significant differences in how the car handles (steers). It will feel “looser”, particularly when driving at high speeds. It’s very possible that this will cause you to lose control of the car, resulting in a serious accident if you’re not prepared for it.

  • Rear sway bar: The situation is a little less serious if your rear sway bar is broken. This will affect how the car rides, particularly when changing lanes, taking corners and in other situations where the car’s body will sway (what the bar is designed to prevent).

Tip: If you’re forced to drive with a broken sway bar, you need to drive slower than normal. Try to stick to surface streets and stay off highways and interstates where you might be required to change lanes. As long as you keep your speed down and don’t take turns too quickly, you should be safe driving until you can have it replaced.

Note that a broken sway bar doesn’t make your car “un-driveable”. It does make it handle and corner differently, because the weight of the car will have a greater effect when turning and during lateral maneuvers (changing lanes).

The most important thing is that you’re prepared for the difference in handling. It can be much more pronounced in some cars than in others (a performance-oriented coupe will be more affected than a full-size sedan). It’s highly recommended that you have the sway bar replaced as soon as it’s practical.


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Edmar

21 years of experience
177 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
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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!

Ramon

19 years of experience
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Ramon
19 years of experience
Chrysler 200 - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Tucson, Arizona
Ramon is very professional and really honest. I trust what he says about what needs to be done to my car.

Patrick

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Patrick
32 years of experience
Ford Mustang - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - Austin, Texas
2nd appointment with Patrick and I am completely satisfied with his work. Looking forward to having Patrick service my Mustang in the future.

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