What is a Front Stabilizer Bar Link?
All right, let’s take this one step at a time. For starters, the front stabilizer bar link is a vital part of the car’s steering system. Which, as you can hopefully guess, is a pretty important part of your car.
So, let’s begin with just the stabilizer bar, which is also often called the sway bar. You might even hear it called an anti-roll bar.
Cars usually have two stabilizer bars: One in the back and one in the front.
So, the stabilizer bar does exactly what the name suggests: It stabilizes. The sway bar runs across the bottom of the car, where it connects to the frame of the car. It connects to the frame on both the left and the right side, essentially holding the two sides together, so that they can move in unison. As you turn one way or the other, the car begins to roll in that direction, compressing or extending the wheels in the process. The stabilizer bar helps straighten the wheels out as you come out of the turn. That’s kind of crucial for safety.
That’s the bulk of what the stabilizer bar does, but it’s not all of it. It also helps keep your car stable when you drive over imperfections in the road.
All right, moving on. Let’s discuss the links. The links are how the stabilizer bar attaches to the suspension. Each stabilizer bar has a pair of links, which bolt right on to the suspension system.
Like so many parts of your car, the links can eventually give out, due to lots of wear and tear. When that happens, they’ll need to be replaced, though they don’t need to be replaced in pairs.