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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 1 decade ago

Do bad sway bar links affect steering?

My steering has been very loose lately, anyways i noticed a clunking noise when going over speed bumps. Do bad sway bar links affect steering. How hard would it be for an amateur DIY yourself mechanic. Thanks

2001 Ford Windstar SEL

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sway bar links won't affect your vehicles ability to turn, but will heavily increase the amount of "sway" often referred to as body-roll you feel while cornering. Sway bar links and the sway bar itself are attached via mounts to the vehicle frame or sub frame, and from there the links are attached to the control arms of your vehicles suspension. As for an amateur DIY mechanic, the setup all depends on how comfortable you feel with fixing your own vehicle, and knowing what's involved (in case you do make a mistake).

    However, most sway links I've come across haven't been too difficult, although installing the new parts often takes a bit of grunt work and muscle to get the bushings and bolts through the sway bar and into the control arm. When in doubt, take it to your local garage and have a certified technician perform the work, and alleviate yourself one big headache. Best of luck to you!

    Source(s): 4 Years as an ASE certified Mechanic
  • 4 years ago

    that sounds approximately proper, despite the fact that it might be a disconnected sway bar finish hyperlink, a good way to reason the sensation of sliding while not anything is going on, as for a unethical sub body, except the vehicle was once in a crash, that's no longer an choice, however it is difficult to detect a unethical sub body while beneath, you could must degree all sides with a purpose to see if the sub body was once bent.

  • 4 years ago

    I don't consider that's true

  • 4 years ago

    thank you! extremely informative and gives me better insight on this topic

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