Sway Bar or the stabilizer bar transmits the torsional forces generated between the body and the chassis to the anti-roll bar of the axle. The rolling motion of the vehicle body when cornering is minimized, ensuring good road holding. Depending on the design of the front or rear axle, they form the necessary connection for optimum interaction between the wheel guidance and the anti-roll bar.
What is the Role of a Sway Bar?
The sway bar is a piece of metal that connects the wheels of the same axle and prevents rocking when cornering or when the road surface is damaged. This U-shaped stabilizer bar is located on the front and rear of your vehicle.
How to Recognize a Sway Bar Problem?
Like many auto parts, the sway bar link wears out over time. Water intrusion leading to rust, age and lack of lubrication all contribute to deterioration over time.
The sway bar is supposed to fit snugly with no play or movement except between the rubber bushings. In general, you will notice a loss of vehicle stability and a lack of traction when it has a problem. Yes, your car’s steering wheel will feel loose, and the body will sway more side to side due to worn links.
When the links wear out, the stabilizer bar also starts to make noises, especially when cornering or on speed bumps. A knocking noise from your suspension and excessive body roll are signs that it may be time to replace them.
When you hear these types of noises coming from the front of your car, be sure to contact a certified Swezo mechanic to inspect and replace the stabilizer bar links and bushings.
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Is it Safe to Drive with Sway Bar Problem?
It is a part of the suspension system that contributes to vehicle stability and handling. The sway bar links may break, bend, or have worn bushings. If a sway bar is damaged or malfunctioning, it can adversely affect vehicle handling. This is especially true if they are broken, as the stabilizer bar will then not be attached to the vehicle’s suspension and will not work properly.
Broken links or worn bushings can also cause rattling, vibration and squealing. A car that does not offer good road holding, having a fault, needs to be consulted in a specialized garage. Do not drive a car with a stabilizer bar link problem. Your vehicle’s suspension is at stake. If this part is faulty, you risk reduced grip and handling, especially when cornering.
How Our Mechanic Perform Sway Bar Replacement?
- Steel jack stands are used to lift and support the car.
- Remove the exhaust system, vehicle subframe, and suspension components that block access to the sway bar.
- Each control arm’s sway bar links are removed. All rubber mount components are usually discarded and replaced with new ones in most circumstances.
- The bar is then removed from the car’s frame. New rubber bushings are always utilized, thus old ones are discarded.
- Installation is the inverse of removal, with new rubber components installed and the manual torque standards followed.
It is not safe to drive with a fault in the sway bar. If you feel there is an issue with your car’s sway bar, contact a Swezo mechanic to get a sway bar replacement at your preferred place and time.