Stabilizer bar links or sway bar links are steering and suspension parts that attach to your stabilizer bar on one side and your suspension system on the other – usually the lower control arm. As an important member of the stabilizer bar system, they keep your car stable and your handling smooth under a range of driving conditions.
Stabilizer bar links have bushings or ball socket joints that allow for flex and controlled movement. Essentially, when your car turns, the link on the outside of the turn gets pushed downward. This force is then transferred through the stabilizer bar, to the stabilizer link on the other side of your car to react. This transfer of force and simultaneous reaction from both ends of the stabilizer bar ‘stabilizes’ your cars height distribution, allowing your car to remain flatter in the turn.
When your stabilizer bar links start to fail, the symptoms can range from just noticeable at first to very significant. Most importantly the stability you feel in turning will be compromised with the steering feeling loose and with more body roll. You will also start to notice a clunking or rattling noise from your tire area. It is critical that you replace your stabilizer bar links immediately at a skilled service center as soon they begin to fail.
As with all our parts, Mchanix uses high quality materials such as synthetic rubber, treated steel, and EP grease to manufacture premium quality stabilizer links, to support great driving comfort and vehicle safety.