Can I replace sway bar links myself?
Replacing the sway bar links is a repair process that can be done with a few basic tools. If you don’t have access to the correct tools or are short on time, ask a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to replace the sway bar links for you.
How much does it cost to get a sway bar link replaced?
The average cost for stabilizer bar link kit replacement is between $104 and $146. Labor costs are estimated between $44 and $56 while parts are priced between $60 and $90. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location. Related repairs may also be needed.
Can you drive with a broken sway bar link?
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).
How serious is sway bar link?
Some vehicles are only equipped with a front sway bar. A sway bar link connects the end of the bar to the suspension itself. These links can become broken or damaged, which will adversely affect the handling of the vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a sway bar link?
Bushings should take maybe 30-40 minutes to change (in pairs) front and rear. Same thing for the links.
How often should sway bar links be replaced?
Because of this, sway bar links are often replaced whenever a component (a strut or control arm) that the link is connected to is replaced. Do sway bar links have to be replaced at a certain mileage? There is no need to replace a sway bar link if it’s working properly and is not worn out.
What causes broken sway bar links?
The sway bar link maintains the camber angle of the inner wheels to control motion. Like many automotive parts, over time the sway bar links will wear out. Water intrusion that leads to rust, age, and lack of lubrication all contribute to deterioration over time.
Can a broken sway bar be fixed?
Repairing your sway bar incorrectly could have serious consequences and may cause you to flip your vehicle. Duct tape and amateur welding are unreliable. It’s best to take your vehicle in the shop for this quick and inexpensive fix so you know it’s done right the first time.
Do you need alignment after replacing sway bar links?
Sway bar end links, or anything to do with a sway bar, won’t affect wheel alignment settings.