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

20 years of experience
144 reviews
Edmar
20 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

28 years of experience
19 reviews
Andy
28 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

9 years of experience
542 reviews
Andrew
9 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.

John

25 years of experience
457 reviews
John
25 years of experience
Ford Mustang - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Rear) - Hitchcock, Texas
Appointment time had to be rescheduled due to an earlier appointment running long. Plenty of notification so no real problem. When John showed up, completed the repair in less than two hours. I'm sure I would have been without a car for a day or longer had I taken to a shop. Great Job as usual.
Mazda 3 - Stabilizer Bar Links Replacement (Front) - League City, Texas
I'll start with the basics: John is punctual, professional, quick, and very competent. I would absolutely recommend him to any of my friends and family. On to my visit, specifically: I had an issue with some suspension work that I did earlier this year (DIY). I was having trouble tracking down the issue, so I wanted to get some professional help. This was my first time ever using a mobile mechanic service, and had never met John before. He showed up within 2 or 3 minutes of the start of the appointment window. After the usual courtesies, he got right down to business. He asked a few questions, listened me describe the work I had already done, etc. Then, he took a quick look around and made his recommendations. I'm no mechanic myself, but I do have enough knowledge to be dangerous. I can tell you he didn't recommend anything unreasonable (no cabin air filter nonsense to run up the bill, etc.), and he definitely caught some minor screw-ups I made during my DIY adventures. We scheduled a time for him to come out and replace the parts (sway bar end-links), and parted ways. Again, he showed up right on time. He installed the links and made a couple of minor alterations to fix my mistakes, all in about 40 minutes or so. He probably could've done it faster if I hadn't been so chatty. If I had done the work myself, it would've easily been 3 or 4 hours (optimistic estimate). It was worth it to get it done quickly and professionally, and to have a second (more experienced) set of eyes on the work I did previously. You won't be disappointed with John. If you've never used a mobile mechanic before, you're missing out. It's a much better experience than getting an appointment at a shop, taking off work to drop your car off, finding a ride, blah, blah. John won't BS you. If he recommends a service, it's because your car needs it. He brings all the tools he needs, plus the parts he'll need for the service/repair. Unless it's one of the few things best done at a specialized shop (alignments and such), he can do it just as well as a traditional shop. Even if it wasn't cheaper, I wouldn't go back to a shop. Of course, it is cheaper, so that's nice, too.

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