How do you install sway bar bushings?

Asked By: Jytte Zecchin | Last Updated: 5th January, 2020
Category: automotive auto parts
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Changing Sway Bar Bushings
  1. Step 1: Prepare Your Gear. Clean the floor, put something down on the floor so you are not on concrete.
  2. Step 2: Remove Worn Bushings. Just unbolt the old bushings.
  3. Step 3: Install New Bushing. Now follow the trick from the tools page picture.
  4. Step 4: Inspect Everything.

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Also, do I need to replace sway bar bushings?

Typically the noise will come from the front of your vehicle, near your feet on the floor board and are very noticeable. When you hear clunking noises coming from this location, drive safely home and contact YourMechanic so they can inspect the stabilizer bar and if needed, replace the stabilizer bar bushings.

Secondly, how many sway bar bushings does a car have? There are usually two sway bar bushings for each sway bar. Sway bar bushings isolate the sway bar from the body or frame to reduce noise. The bushings rarely break, but they do wear out over time. They can also be damaged if they get soaked by engine oil or another fluid leak.

Keeping this in consideration, can you drive with bad sway bar bushings?

Broken Sway Bar or Links If your sway bar end links are broken, you can still drive the car. The problem is that you will notice excessive body roll when making turns at speeds over 30 mph. This can make the vehicle unstable. If your sway bar bushings or links broke while driving, drive the car home or to a mechanic.

Should you grease sway bar bushings?

What lubricants should you use to lubricate sway bar bushings? Avoid all petroleum based lubricants as they can degrade the rubber material. That leaves two choices; a silicone based grease or dry Teflon spray. The advantage of silicone grease is that it tends to stay in place and not wash off.

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Can I replace sway bar links myself?

No, but in many cars an old sway bar link could be extremely difficult to remove without damaging it, as the threads could be rusted. 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 affect alignment?

sway bar does not affect alignment.

What size sway bar bushings do I need?

Take some masking tape, and run a few rings around the sway bar. Take a knife or blade, and slice the masking tape open, then measure the length of the tape. Take that measurement, and divide by Pi to get the diameter of the sway bar.

How much does it cost to replace sway bar bushings?

The average cost for a stabilizer bushing replacement is between $100 and $143. Labor costs are estimated between $70 and $90 while parts are priced between $30 and $53.

How long does it take to replace sway bar bushings?


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 happens when sway bar links go bad?

If you're driving down the road and you start to hear a clunking, rattling or metal-on-metal scratching noise, it is possibly the stabilizer bar links causing the sound. 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.

How do you know if your sway bar links are bad?

These are the most common signs of a failing sway bar link:
  1. Popping or knocking noise: A popping or knocking noise from the area when you go over bumps is the most common sign of a faulty sway bar link.
  2. Reduced handling: A broken sway bar link means the sway bar is no longer attached to the vehicle.

Is a sway bar link the same as a stabilizer link?

Sway Bar End Link. Sway bar end links are the attachment points between a sway bar and suspension members. Also known as a stabilizer bar or anti-roll bar, the sway bar connects suspension components on either side of the car to minimize body leaning in turns.

How much is a sway bar?


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.

Can you drive without a sway bar link?

Driving without sway bar end links can be dangerous because as you've noticed, the vehicle will not steer correctly. Sway bar end links are meant to stabilize a vehicle when turning and at high speeds. You can have your sway bar end links installed by YourMechanic for 97.00.

How do I choose a sway bar?

Typically, a rear wheel drive car will handle better with a front sway bar that is stiffer than the OEM piece. Some rear wheel drive cars, however, also understeer. If your vehicle understeers, front or rear wheel drive, a stiffer rear sway bar will make the car handle more neutrally.

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.

What causes a clunking noise when going 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.

Is it dangerous to drive with bad bushings?


To be blunt, no, it's not safe to drive a vehicle that have any bushings that are completely broken. When they fail, those components can snap and cause serious damage to the vehicle, but more importantly, it will create a serious safety hazard for you and any occupants in the vehicle.

What do bad bushings sound like?

When bushings wear, they allow more movement. The driver may feel a shimmy from the front of the vehicle, or hear clunking or rattling noises on rough roads, when turning the wheel or in hard braking. Like bone-on-bone contact, worn bushings can allow metal-on-metal contact.

How do I know if my suspension Bush is worn out?

The Most Common Worn Bushings Symptoms
  1. The vehicle makes rattling noises when driven over gravelly roads.
  2. The vehicle sounds as though it is clunking when you make sharp turns or hit the brakes.
  3. The vehicle feels as though it is trembling along the front portion.
  4. The steering seems more difficult to handle.