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The average cost of a lateral link replacement is around $150-$500. 
Keep in mind: Lateral link replacement costs will vary depending on your vehicle’s make and model, and which auto repair shop or dealership you take your car to. 
How long does it take to replace a lateral link? A lateral link replacement usually takes about 1.5 hours. Similar to price, time may vary depending on where you have your vehicle serviced. 
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Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.
Lateral link replacement costs will vary depending on the specific parts you need. For this car repair, you will need the following components:
  • Lateral link: Despite being a small part, lateral links play a big job in your wheel’s alignment and vehicle’s overall performance. Lateral links are typically metal tubes that have a connection point on each end, and generally cost between $60-$250 depending on your vehicle’s make and model. 
You can buy lateral link parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. Reputable online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto may also be good options. In terms of brands for lateral link parts, we recommend Moog, Dorman, and ACDelco. However, keep in mind that the right parts and brands for your lateral link replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
For a lateral link replacement, either OEM or aftermarket parts are recommended. As the type of lateral link required varies based on the type of vehicle you’re driving, aftermarket is the more budget-conscious option and will hold up if you perform regular maintenance. However, if you’re in search of a lateral link that you know will hold up (in time and warranty) and fit perfectly in your car, you should consider OEM. 
Lateral link replacement parts can be bought at most auto parts stores and auto body shops, including AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. Alternatively, online sellers, such as Amazon, sell lateral links and lateral link bolt kits for an array of vehicles. 
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North American Motors
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20531 Mission Blvd, Oakland, CA
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$150
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Byrider Colerain
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9797 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH
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$65
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Z.A. & D. Service Station
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31-5 38th Ave, Manhattan, NY
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$135
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469 Crescent Blvd, Camden, NJ
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When completing a lateral link replacement, your mechanic will most likely begin with an inspection of your lateral links to identify which need to be replaced. From there, they will raise your vehicle using a jack and set it down on jack stands. Then, they will continue using these steps: 
  1. Remove wheels: To access your lateral link, your mechanic will need to remove the tires associated with the damaged parts. First, the lug nuts on your tire will be loosened and removed before taking the tire off. 
  2. Separate nuts from lateral arm mounting bolts: Next, the nuts from the mounting bolts are detached. 
  3. Remove mounting bolts: On most cars, there are three mounting bolts that hold your lateral links in place—two on the inner mounts and one that secures the lateral link to the spindle. During this step, these are removed so your lateral link can easily slide out. 
  4. Remove and install new lateral link: Finally, your old lateral link is removed and replaced with a new one of the same size and design. These factors matter greatly, as installing lateral links that aren’t the correct fit can impact your car’s performance.
  5. Tighten all nuts and hardware: Before reinstalling your tire, your mechanic will tighten all nuts and bolts attached to the lateral link to ensure that it’s secure and in place.
  6. Reinstall tire: Your tire(s) will be reattached and the lug nuts will be tightened. After your car is taken off the jack stands, the lug nuts will be tightened once more using a cross or star pattern for optimal safety. 
  7. Alignment: After having your lateral link replaced, your mechanic may suggest an alignment. As your lateral link is part of your suspension system, it’s recommended that you have your vehicle aligned because incorrect alignment can lead to tire wear, affect driveability, and result in an off-centered steering wheel. 
  8. Test drive: Lastly, a test drive will be performed to ensure all parts are in working order.
If you suspect that your lateral link is failing, you should take it to a mechanic immediately. Refusal to replace a faulty lateral link can not only lead to collisions, but can also result in the following:
  • Damaged tires/early tire wear
  • Damaged ball joints
  • Loose rear end 
Lateral links are used in the rear end suspension, and play an important part in keeping your rear wheels aligned by providing support to the rear axle. While most modern cars and SUVs focus on front suspension, the rear is just as important. Without a functioning lateral link, the rear hub assemblies can’t connect to the middle of the car body to keep the rear hubs centered, leading to faulty steering amongst other handling complications.
A faulty lateral link needs to be replaced immediately, as leaving it can result in further damage and an unreliable driving experience. Common symptoms of a malfunctioning lateral link are: 
  • Wobbling sensations/loose steering: Lateral links and bars provide extra weight on the rear tires so they remain secure and stable. However, if a lateral link is failing, this pressure will lessen, leading to a wobbling sensation or loose steering. 
  • Clunking sounds: Sometimes with a faulty lateral link, you can hear clunking noises from the back end of your car. As bushings or support joints attached to the lateral link begin to wear, it creates sound each time you hit a bump or pothole in the road. In more severe cases, the lateral link can fall off and drag on the ground, creating additional noise.
  • Increased wear on tires: While the rear lateral links provide pressure, they don’t increase the wear and tear on your tires—but a failing one might, due to reduced weight applied to the inner and outer edges of the vehicle. 
Lateral links are designed to last the lifetime of your vehicle, but rarely meet that quota. Due to increased stress and heat from your car, they can become weak and may need to be replaced every so often. A non-functioning lateral link can affect your entire suspension system, and lead to an increased risk of accident. 
Yes. A lateral link replacement can be completed at home, if you are comfortable with your DIY skills and knowledge of car parts. Lateral links can be removed and replaced in 7 steps, however, if you are unsure of your ability to complete it, it’s best to visit a licensed mechanic. 

FAQs

No, a lateral link is not the same as a control arm, but in some vehicles, it does act as a control arm replacement. A lateral link provides added pressure to your rear tires to help align your vehicle, whereas your upper and lower control arms connect to the chassis and ball joint which helps your vehicle to steer in any direction. 
Yes, you can drive with a broken lateral link, but it’s highly recommended not to. A broken lateral link will throw off your rear suspension, resulting in unsafe driving conditions and an increased chance of collision.
Lateral links are different from rear sway bar links for many reasons. The lateral link applies pressure to your rear wheels to help enhance performance and keep your vehicle aligned. On the other hand, sway bar links prevent additional leaning on turns. 

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