Are you dealing with a car that has a noisy, rattling sway bar? If so, you may have a serious issue on your hands. Here, we will examine the purpose of sway bars, some common causes of damage, and the measures you should take if your vehicle has a rattling sway bar.
Is your vehicle making a clunking noise from underneath while you’re driving slowly over bumps?
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That this could possibly be your sway bar, also known as a stabilizer bar, could be worn out.
Now, a sway bar is designed to keep your vehicle stable and balanced as you make turns. It prevents the vehicle from dipping.
One end of the bar is connected to the body of the vehicle with bushings. The other end connects to the suspension by sway bar links.
These parts, wear out over time, and they start making a noise.
Now, signs of a faulty sway bar are a rattling noise in the tire area or poor handling. Sway bar links should fit snugly and have no play except at the bushings.
So remember, if you have a noise, have it checked out. Always be safe when driving.
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What Does a Vehicle’s Sway Bar Do?
The sway bar works hand-in-hand with your car’s steering and suspension systems. Without a sway bar, your vehicle would tilt sideways when making turns (especially sharp turns), which would almost certainly result in further damage to the vehicle over time, if left unaddressed.
What Causes a Bad Sway Bar?
Like all vehicle components, old age is the most common cause of bad sway bars. If the car is overexposed to moisture or drives through floods, aging is accelerated by rust. Improper vehicle maintenance can also result in a bad sway bar, as lubrication is required.
Why You Should Never Ignore a Rattling Sway Bar
Since the sway bar has a significant impact on your handling of the vehicle, driving without one would be not only difficult but potentially very dangerous. You’d be facing a serious risk of losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident if you drive without a sway bar.
How to Address a Bad Sway Bar
A bad sway bar is generally replaced rather than repaired. Replacing your sway bar is a relatively simple task, as long as you are equipped with the right tools, have some spare time, and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty.
You just need to remove a wheel, identify the bad link, and replace it with a new one. If you’re not handy or don’t own the proper tools, you can always schedule an appointment at Kneble’s Auto Service Center in Mays Landing, NJ, for professional service.
Schedule a Sway Bar Replacement at Kneble’s Auto Service Center
Reach out to us with all the details about your bad sway bar if you’d like help addressing the issue. If you are unsure about the status of your sway bar, we can provide a complimentary inspection and determine whether a replacement is needed.