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The average cost to replace sway bar links is $106-$145. But those prices represent averages, and the actual total cost you’ll pay depends on your car and location.
How long does it take to replace stabilizer bar links? Replacement times can vary from car to car. But generally, a mechanic will take between 30 minutes and one hour to perform the service.
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You should check your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
for model-specific repair information. But here’s a basic overview of what you may require:
  • Stabilizer bar links: These are the primary parts you’ll replace. New sway bar links can cost between $30 and $100.
  • Bushings: If your new sway bar end links don’t come with new rubber bushings, you may have to purchase them separately. These can cost $5 to $20 per set.
You can purchase stabilizer bar link 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 of our recommended brands for stabilizer bar links are Moog, TRW Automotive, and ACDelco. For bushings, Moog, Energy Suspension, and Prothane are our recommended brands. Keep in mind that the best parts and brands for your stabilizer bar links replacement will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
For most automotive repair jobs, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are ideal—especially for newer vehicles.
OEM parts are produced by your car’s manufacturer precisely to fit your make and model. They come with a strong warranty and tend to be built with reliable and high-quality materials. Some disadvantages of OEM parts are that they can be expensive and difficult to find.
Aftermarket parts are sold by third-party companies and designed to fit a much broader range of vehicles. They’re usually cheaper than OEM parts but are often available in budget, premium, and performance versions. Aftermarket parts are a solid choice for older cars, drivers who want to lower their repair costs, and enthusiasts who want to upgrade their vehicles. 
You can purchase OEM parts from a dealership or authorized parts supplier. OEM parts are available at most auto parts stores—like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts—and online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto.
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These are the general steps a mechanic will follow to replace your stabilizer bar links:
  • Lift the car off the ground and support it with jack stands or a hydraulic lift
  • Remove the wheels—this may not be necessary for all vehicles
  • Locate the bad sway bar links—they’re usually at the front end of the car, near the wheels, but some cars have front and rear sway bars
  • Remove the sway bar links’ mounting bolts
  • Remove the old sway bar links
  • Check to ensure the new links match the old ones
  • Position the new stabilizer bar links and install the mounting bolts
  • Torque the bolts to the manufacturer’s specification
  • Replace the tires if applicable
  • Lower the car and torque the lug nuts to the appropriate specification
  • Test drive the car
If you don’t replace faulty sway bar links, you’ll likely face the following problems:
  • Reduced stability during turns: The job of the sway bar and sway bar links is to help maintain stability and prevent body roll while cornering and making tight turns. If the links are worn-out, your car’s stability may be compromised.
  • Excessive body roll: Without properly functioning sway bar links, you may experience increased body roll while turning. This can lead to reduced vehicle control and even rollovers in extreme situations.
  • Steering and handling issues: If the sway bar links fail, you’ll likely experience a loose or unresponsive steering wheel, and your car’s handling may suffer.
  • Uneven tire wear: The sway bar and links help your tires maintain contact with the road. If the links fail, your tires may wear unevenly.
  • Damage to other suspension components: Faulty sway bar links can put extra stress on other suspension parts, like ball joints, control arms, tie rod ends, struts, and sway bar bushings. This can lead to premature wear and expensive repairs.
  • Noise and vibration: Faulty sway bar links can create noises like squeaking, rattling, and clunking when driving over bumps or potholes. 
  • Safety issues: Bad sway bar links will put you at a higher risk of rolling your car, especially when turning at high speeds. 
Sway bar links—also known as stabilizer bar links and anti-roll bar links—are part of the suspension system in many vehicles. Their primary purpose is to connect the sway bar to the suspension system on the right and left sides of the car. They reduce body roll and maintain vehicle stability by transferring force between the sway bar and suspension.
There is no fixed replacement interval for the stabilizer bar links. Instead, you’ll need to replace yours when they break or fail. The top signs of faulty or broken sway bar links include:
  • Noisy suspension: One of the main signs of bad sway bar links is a noisy suspension. You may notice clunking or squealing noises from near the wheels if your stabilizer links are bad.
  • Loose or unresponsive steering: Bad sway bar links can cause your steering wheel to feel loose or unresponsive, especially when cornering. 
  • Increased body roll: When sway bar links fail, you’ll likely notice your car leans more heavily to one side while turning. 
While you should check the sway bar links as a part of your routine maintenance inspection, there is no fixed replacement interval for them. Instead, you’ll only need to replace yours if they break or fail. The most common signs of bad sway bar links include loose steering and clunking or rattling noises near the wheels. 
Yes—replacing your stabilizer bar links can be an excellent DIY project. It’s a relatively straightforward task, and it generally requires low-to-mid-level automotive experience. With the right guidance, even novices should have no issues replacing their sway bar links.
That said, if you’re uncomfortable performing the service yourself, you should visit a professional mechanic.

FAQs

You can drive with bad sway bar links, but it’s not a good idea. Driving with faulty stabilizer links puts you at a greater risk of rolling your vehicle or losing control, and you may even develop more expensive suspension damage. 
Yes, it’s definitely worth replacing sway bar links. The process is relatively simple and straightforward, and the replacement parts tend to be inexpensive. Compared to the consequences of driving without sway bar links—including decreased handling, increased tire wear, and safety risks—replacing the links is fairly easy and affordable.
Sway bar links can fail for many reasons, including the following:
  • Wear and tear
  • Driving conditions
  • Exposure to elements
  • Driving habits
  • Low-quality parts
  • Lack of maintenance 

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