- 1 Are adjustable end links worth it?
- 2 Are aftermarket sway bar links worth it?
- 3 Should I replace stabilizer links?
- 4 How long should sway bar links last?
- 5 Do I need shorter end links?
- 6 What are the symptoms of bad stabilizer links?
- 7 Do sway bars affect ride quality?
- 8 Are bigger sway bars better?
- 9 How much does it cost to fix sway bar links?
- 10 Do sway bar links affect alignment?
- 11 How long does it take to replace stabilizer links?
- 12 What does a bad stabilizer link do?
- 13 How do you know when to replace sway bar links?
- 14 Do I need to jack up to replace sway bar links?
- 15 What happens if sway bar link breaks?
Adjustable sway links are really only useful for left-right pre-load to balance the car for more predictable race use. They are pretty pointless for casual street use. The arm angle argument makes sense and I agree with it, but it wouldn’t be noticeable with street use setups like 98% of us have/want.
Yes they’re worth it!! Rears help the back end rotate around, rear sway is set at stiffest setting. Front bar and endlinks make turn in happen NOW, no slight delay to compensate for at higher speeds.
A worn-out sway bar link must be replaced to keep your vehicle safe. The answer is no, however your mechanic may recommend replacing both sway bar links because both links usually wear at the same rate and if one is bad, the other may go soon too.
Now, when it comes to the overall lifespan of the sway bar link, it will be from four to five years. However, if the roads have treated the car exceptionally well and the turns were not that sharp, you can expect them to last over five years.
You only need shorter end links for the rear sway bar. Why because if you don’t get them the rear of the car will be jacked up in the air and the sway bar will be way too loaded. The suspension won’t be very effective in the rear of the car.
Warning signs of a broken or bad sway bar link include clunks and squeaks. Over-steering or excessive lean through turns are also symptoms of worn sway bar links, but they can also be signs of larger problems with your vehicle’s suspension system.
Do sway bars affect ride quality?
Sway bars do nothing unless the car is leaned side to side. Your ride quality will remain the same if both sides of the suspension move at the same speed. In the corners however, the car will feel much better. Just get a front sway of any kind and you’ll enjoy the car more.
Are bigger sway bars better?
Well-engineered sway bars will not result in a stiff ride. They complement the suspension but do not overpower them. However, bigger is not always better – you can go too big! If you go too big, the suspension won’t be able to twist the sway bar properly, which would result in a stiff ride.
The average cost for stabilizer bar link kit replacement is between $129 and $140. Labor costs are estimated between $44 and $55 while parts are priced at $85. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location.
sway bar does not affect alignment.
How long does it take to fix a sway bar? Bushings should take maybe 30-40 minutes to change (in pairs) front and rear. Same thing for the links. Bushings should take maybe 30-40 minutes to change (in pairs) front and rear.
Worn Link Symptoms A worn stabilizer link can make the suspension feel less precise and looser than it once did, particularly around corners. Worn sway bar links may also make rattling and clanking noises when the car is driven around corners.
These are the most common signs of a failing sway bar link:
- Popping or knocking noise: A popping or knocking noise from the area when you go over bumps is the most common sign of a faulty sway bar link.
- Reduced handling: A broken sway bar link means the sway bar is no longer attached to the vehicle.
For the links, you’ll likely need to jack up on the LCA to make the bolt holes line up once you ‘ve taken the old away bar link off. Just sitting on the ground is easier, why remove the wheels,( turn wheel one way then the other if need be) then up on ramps etc?
Because a sway bar helps the car’s suspension to put more pressure on loaded springs, a broken sway bar means that the car’s suspension will not be able to handle corners as well or as quickly. While it is possible to drive with a broken sway bar, as a precaution do not take corners with excessive speeds.