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How much does it cost to replace stabilizer bar bushings?

The average cost to replace sway bar bushings is $150-$200+. But remember, those prices are average estimates, and the actual total cost you’ll pay depends on your car and location.
How long does it take to replace stabilizer bar bushings? You should expect replacement times to vary from car to car. That said, a trained mechanic will generally take between one and two hours to replace sway bar bushings. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

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.

What parts do I need for my stabilizer bar bushings replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

It’s a good idea to check your
owner’s manual
and vehicle repair guide to find model-specific information. But here’s a basic breakdown of what you may need: 
  • Sway bar bushings: These are the primary parts you’re going to replace. They can cost between $10 and $40 per pair. 
  • Sway bar links: If your sway bar end links are damaged, it’s a good idea to replace them at the same time. These can cost between $20 and $60 per link.
You can buy shock absorber parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for sway bar bushings are Moog, Energy Suspension, and Mevotech. For sway bar links, Moog, TRW Automotive, and ACDelco are our top recommended brands. Keep in mind that the best parts and brands for your replacement will depend on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are generally the safest choice for most automotive repairs—especially if you drive a newer car. 
OEM parts are produced by your vehicle’s manufacturer specifically to fit your make and model. They come with a strong warranty and are usually built from reliable, high-quality materials. OEM parts aren’t always ideal, though, and they can be expensive and difficult to find.
Aftermarket parts are made by third-party companies and can fit a broader range of cars. They tend to be cheaper than OEM parts but are available in budget, premium, and performance versions. Aftermarket parts are good for older cars, drivers looking to save money on repair costs, and those who want to customize their vehicles.
For OEM parts, you’ll have to visit your local dealership or contact an authorized parts supplier. You can find aftermarket parts at many local auto parts stores—like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts—and online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto.

Where can I get my stabilizer bar bushings replaced?

Finding the right auto repair shop can be difficult and time-consuming. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
makes it easy to compare hourly rates and repair estimates from thousands of shops around the country.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ provides fair price estimates based on the actual hourly rates from local shops. Use it to discover diagnostic charges, plan for future maintenance work, and find the shops near you with the best customer reviews.
Check out some of our top-rated vetted shops below and download the app to search for quality repair services in your neighborhood. 
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Discount Tire & Service Centers - San Bernardino
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101 W Base Line St, San Bernardino, CA
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$150
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101 Auto Care
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11945 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL
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(Included in service charges)
$120
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New Life Automotive
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4301 Washington St, Halethorpe, MD
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$118
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All in the Wrist Auto & Diesel Repair
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2400 San Mateo Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM
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(Included in service charges)
$30
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my stabilizer bar bushings?

These are the general steps a mechanic will follow to replace your sway bar bushings:
  • Raise the vehicle off the ground and support it with jack stands or a hydraulic lift
  • If replacing the rear sway bar bushings, remove the rear wheels; if replacing the front sway bar bushings, remove the front wheels
  • Disconnect the sway bar links
  • Remove the sway bar bushing bracket bolts and the brackets
  • Remove the old bushings
  • Lubricate the new sway bar bushings and position them on the stabilizer bar
  • Position the brackets and install the mounting bolts
  • Torque the bushing bracket bolts to the manufacturer’s specification
  • Reconnect the stabilizer bar links and torque the bolts to the manufacturer’s specification
  • Replace the wheels and torque the lug nuts
  • Lower the car
  • Take the car on a 10-mile test drive

What happens if I don’t replace my stabilizer bar bushings?

If you choose to ignore bad sway bar bushings, you’ll likely face the following issues:
  • Reduced stability and handling: When the sway bar bushings become damaged or worn, the stabilizer bar won’t be able to perform its job properly. This can lead to increased body roll when cornering and overall reduced vehicle handling. 
  • Steering issues: The sway bar also plays a role in your car’s steering responsiveness. If you have bad bushings, your steering wheel may feel loose or less precise.
  • Noisy suspension: If the bushings are bad, you’ll likely notice noises from your car’s suspension. You may hear clunking, knocking, or squeaking noises. 
  • Uneven tire wear: Bad sway bar bushings can affect your suspension system’s ability to keep the car balanced and level. This can lead to uneven tire wear.
  • Damage to other suspension components: Faulty or worn-out sway bar bushings can put extra stress on other components, like the control arms, struts, ball joints, tie rods, and sway bar links. 
  • Safety issues: If the bushings are bad, the stabilizer bar won’t be able to do its job properly. This can cause reduced handling and stability, potentially leading to a loss of vehicle control. 

What are battery cables?

The battery in a vehicle is designed to power all the electrical components in your car—but that battery can’t work correctly without battery cables. Think of your car battery like a heart. The cables are blood vessels running an electrical current to the alternator, which powers all electronic systems.
As with any other part of your car, the components of your battery system will wear over time and begin to malfunction. In most cases, the battery cables start to corrode and interfere with the electrical system. This can lead to malfunction in several parts of your car.

How do I know when my battery cables need replacing?

There are a few telltale signs that your battery and/or its cables will need to be checked out by a mechanic. Here are the most common symptoms to watch for:
  • Trouble starting your car’s engine
  • A clicking sound when trying to start your engine
  • Corrosion deposits on the battery itself
  • Battery cables show signs of wear and tear, such as fraying or loosening
  • Interior lighting dimming
  • Engine stalling after startup if your car doesn’t get moving
Remember: Everything runs off your car battery and the battery cables—so if the cable is worn and the electrical current isn’t being transferred to the alternator, your electrical systems won’t work correctly.

How often should battery cables be replaced?

Battery cables will usually last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Based on an average mileage of 14,000 miles per year, they may need to be replaced every 3.5 and 7 years. But don’t rush into changing them if they don’t show signs of wear and tear. 
Battery cables are constantly used, which means wear and tear can result in corrosion, overheating, or insulation perishing.
If the battery light is flashing but nothing is wrong with the battery, it could also indicate that the cables need replacing.

Can I replace my battery cables myself?

Replacing your battery cables is a straightforward process that you can easily do at home, even if you don’t have extensive automotive repair knowledge. 
This process is as easy as removing the negative and positive terminals and cable terminals, removing the battery, disconnecting the cables, and reinstalling new cables.

FAQs

You should avoid driving with a broken sway bar whenever possible. Driving with a broken stabilizer bar can lead to the following issues:
  • Increased body roll
  • Reduced handling
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Increased risk of rollover and accidents
In general, you don’t need a wheel alignment following a stabilizer bar replacement. However, if you replace other suspension components—like struts or control arms—at the same time, you will most likely need an alignment.
A sway bar can break due to various factors, including:
  • Metal fatigue
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Impact or excessive force
  • Off-road driving
  • Faulty or worn-out bushings
  • Manufacturer defects
  • Collisions and accidents

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