Can a broken sway bar link cause tire wear?

Asked By: Irache Amileta | Last Updated: 6th February, 2020
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Broken anti-sway bar end links do not cause tire wear.

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Also asked, can you drive with a broken sway bar link?

Depending on the vehicle you're driving, you may have a front or a rear sway bar, or you may have both. If you suspect that a sway bar is broken, you can still drive the car, but you must use caution.

Also, what are the symptoms of a bad sway bar link? Some of the common symptoms of a bad sway bar bushing or sway bar links going bad are:

  • clunking noise,
  • rattling noise,
  • knocking uneven noise road,
  • lack of stability when driving and noise going over speed bumps.
  • poor handling during turns.

In this way, can a broken sway bar affect alignment?

sway bar does not affect alignment.

Why would a sway bar link break?

Because the sway bar itself is a torsional swing, the sway bar link smooths the motion transfer between the sway bar and the control arm. 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.

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Should sway bar links be loose?

The stabilizer bar links are supposed to fit incredibly snugly, without any play or movement except between rubber bushings. When the links are worn out, the sway bar will begin to make these sounds especially when you're driving around corners or over a speed bump.

Should you replace both sway bar links at the same time?

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. There is no need to replace a sway bar link if it's working properly and is not worn out. Replacing a sway bar link is not very expensive.

How much does it cost to replace sway bar links?

The average cost for a sway bar end link replacement - front is between $126 and $161. Labor costs are estimated between $52 and $67 while parts are priced between $74 and $94. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.

Should you be able to move your sway bar by hand?

The bar should rotate and move side to side freely by hand. Almost to the point where if the end links aren't connected the arms drop down by themselves. Sometimes aftermarket bushings need to be trimmed a bit.

What happens if your sway bar breaks while driving?


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.

What does a bad sway bar bushing sound like?

Knocking noise: Typically, the first sign of a bad sway bar bushing is a thumping or knocking sound when you go over bumps. The noise may also be heard when the vehicle takes a corner. This happens because the worn bushing no longer holds the sway bar in place, so the bar is free to move around, causing noise.

How long does it take to replace sway bar links?

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.

What is the purpose of a sway bar?

Stabilizer bars are part of a car's suspension system. They are sometimes also called anti-sway bars or anti-roll bars. Their purpose in life is to try to keep the car's body from "rolling" in a sharp turn. In other words, the body of the car "rolls" 10 or 20 or 30 degrees toward the outside of the turn.

Do I need an alignment after replacing sway bars?

Basically, if the steering rack, tie rods, subframe, or control arm bolts have been altered or the car has been lowered, you need an alignment. Removing the sway bar, and replacing it would not require an alignment, unless something that I mentioned above had to be moved to access the sway bar.

Why Does My Car clunk when I go over bumps?


If you hear a clunk when the suspension works over bumps, the probable cause is excessive clearance in a joint due to wear. It might be as simple as a loose strut gland nut, or something more subtle such as a shrunken, dried-out rubber bushing.

Do you need an alignment after replacing sway bar bushings?

No alignment required when changing sway bar bushings. yes,and note..you wont be messing with tie rods or any thing like that.

Can sway bar links cause death wobble?

Yes, a loose track bar bolt will cause death wobble - and being left loose would have caused it to oval out like that.

Is a sway bar necessary?

Actually if you want to get technical if your car's chassis is designed correctly, you won't need a sway bar. The roll center will be much more close to the center of gravity and you won't get nearly the body roll as normal. Tim, if you set it up without sway bars and it drives well for you, more power to you.

How does a rear sway bar affect handling?

By increasing the stiffness of the rear sway bar on a front wheel drive car the rear inside wheel of the car will want to lift, and as such you can reduce body roll. Because the front tires are putting power to the ground, this would drastically affect the cars grip and handling in a negative way.

Why does my car feel like its swaying?


If the rack bushings become either too loose or too stiff (such as if they get stuck), your car will sway or bounce. Other damage to the steering linkage can cause this problem as well, though the rack bushings are the most common culprit.

Should sway bar bushings be tight?

Basically loose bushings or very soft bushings make the bar less effective. If you have the proper size on the car the bushings should be a tight as you can get them, some run without them at all.

How do I know when my struts are bad?

Symptoms of bad shocks or struts include:
  1. Badly cupped tires and/or noticeable tire shaking, wheel shimmy or vibration after hitting a bump.
  2. Suspension bottoming on rough roads or when backing out of a driveway.
  3. A bouncy ride.
  4. Body sway or rocking when cornering or driving in strong crosswinds.