Sway Bar Links
Sway Bar Links are important elements of your vehicle´s suspension system as they are responsible for keeping your car stable and handling smoothly under diverse driving conditions. A sway or stabilizer bar prevents the car body from leaning too much and keeps the vehicle stable when driving in turns. Most of the cars have one sway bar in the front and another separate sway bar in the rear suspension. Some cars have only one sway bar in the front suspension. Sports cars have thicker sway bars for better stability when cornering. The sway bar is designed to combat vehicle roll in a turn. As a car turns, the weight of the vehicle leans, or rolls, to the outside of the turn (as much as thirty degrees), placing more weight on the outside tires, and less weight on the inside tires. This weight differential impairs traction and vehicle steering and handling. The sway bar uses torsion to transfer the outside weight to the inside tires and serves to keep the vehicle as level as possible when turning.
Over time, the sway bar link ball joints wear out. When the stabilizer bar links are starting to wear out, the symptoms can range from barely noticeable to significant, and if you don't have your stabilizer bar links replaced, can result in catastrophic damage to the front end of your vehicle and potentially an accident. The first sign of a worn out sway bar link is a knocking noise from the suspension when driving slow over road bumps. Your mechanic can check the sway bar links while performing a regular service with the car on the lift. A worn out sway bar link will produce a knocking noise when pushed up or down. An extremely worn out sway bar link can separate. This will cause your car to lean excessively in turns and feel less stable and secure on the road. A worn out sway bar link must be replaced to keep your vehicle safe.
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