Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
A mechanic can help replace your stabilizer bar bushings—which help prevent vehicle body lean during turns—should they become worn, damaged, or fall off completely. You’ll know they need to be replaced if you start hearing squeaking or clunking noises while driving.
To be safe on the road, it’s important that your car functions properly. That’s why the car insurance super app Jerry is providing you with everything you need to know about replacing your stabilizer bar bushings.
The exact cost varies between different Lexus models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1995
Lexus 
ES300
$60$0$60$601h
1997
Lexus 
LX450
$60$0$60$601h
2016
Lexus 
IS200t
$60$0$60$601h
2017
Lexus 
GS200t
$60$0$60$601h
2008
Lexus 
SC430
$60$0$60$601h
2018
Lexus 
GS350
$60$0$60$601h

What is a stabilizer bar bushings replacement?

In this service, a mechanic removes the faulty stabilizer bar bushing—rubber components that help isolate the vehicle’s frame from the suspension—and replaces it with a new one. These bushings are part of the stabilizer bar as a whole and help to counteract vehicle lean when turning a corner.
Mechanics will usually inspect all bushings during the replacement process, along with the stabilizer bars, to ensure that nothing else is damaged.
The number of stabilizer bar bushings depends on the number of stabilizer bars, which varies between car makes and models—some only have a front stabilizer bar, while others have both a front and a rear bar.

How to replace stabilizer bar bushings

If your stabilizer bar bushings need to be replaced, a mechanic will go through these steps:
  • Use steel safety strands to raise and support the vehicle
  • Remove the tire and wheel assemblies from both ends of the axle
  • Detach the stabilizer bar bushing clamp (or bar link, depending on which bushing is being replaced)
  • Replace the bushings and any other required hardware
  • Tighten the bushing mounts with a load on the suspension. This step makes sure that the bushings are in unloaded condition and are not being pinched while the car sits at its normal height
  • Lower the vehicle and road test it to make sure the body of the car leans without noise and within the acceptable limits
If the stabilizer bar bushing attached to the vehicle frame mount is the one being replaced, the mechanic may have to completely detach the stabilizer bar at all links, so that they have enough room to install the new bushings.

When do I need to replace my stabilizer bar bushings?

You’ll want to check if your stabilizer bar bushings need replacing if you notice any knocking, grinding, squeaking, or clunking noises while driving, or if the bushings themselves are missing or showing signs of physical damage (cuts, looseness, dislodgement, etc.).
If one or more bushings are faulty, the type of noise you’ll hear depends on where and how bad the problem is. Missing bushings will result in direct metal-on-metal contact, and make a grinding or clunking sound, whereas worn and dried out bushings result in squeaking.

How important is it to replace my stabilizer bar bushings?

While it is still safe to drive with a stabilizer bar bushing issue, it is recommended you get it replaced as soon as possible. This will eliminate any noise the problem may be causing and ensure your car operates as expected when performing sudden maneuvers at highway speeds.

How to find cheap car insurance

As you take care of your car’s scheduled maintenance, make sure it’s protected by the right insurance. Jerry makes comparing policies simpler than ever and can help save you money on car insurance.
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Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Lexus drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2005
Lexus 
LS430
$124$0$124$1241h
2020
Lexus 
ES300h
$108.4$0$108.4$108.41h
2008
$114.92$0$114.92$114.921h
2009
Lexus 
GS460
$100.45$0$100.45$100.451h
2016
Lexus 
RC200t
$126.29$0$126.29$126.291h
2000
Lexus 
GS400
$149.38$0$149.38$149.381h
Huntington
CA
2013
Lexus 
RX450h
$133.15$0$133.15$133.151h
2018
Lexus 
GS350
$132.54$0$132.54$132.541h
2003
Lexus 
RX300
$106.71$0$106.71$106.711h
2017
Lexus 
NX200t
$105.6$0$105.6$105.61h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Lexus drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2017
Porsche 
Panamera
$60$0$60$601h
1990
$60$0$60$601h
1977
Pontiac 
Sunbird
$60$0$60$601h
2015
Ram 
ProMaster 3500
$60$0$60$601h
1975
Jeep 
Wagoneer
$60$0$60$601h
1971
Chevrolet 
Chevelle
$60$0$60$601h
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