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Sway Bar End Link Replacement - Front

Ford Focus Front Sway Bar Link Replacement Cost

The average cost for a Ford Focus Sway Bar End Link Replacement - Front is between $149 and $176. Labor costs are estimated between $52 and $67 while parts are priced between $97 and $109. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
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How Much Does a Sway Bar End Link Replacement - Front Cost?

Sway Bar End Link Replacement - Front Service and Cost

What is a front sway bar end link?

The front sway bar end links connect the sway bar (also known as an anti-roll bar or stabilizer bar) to the front suspension. One sway bar link is located at each end of the sway bar, on the right and left sides of the vehicle.

How does the front sway bar end link work?

The sway bar is designed to combat vehicle roll in a turn. As a car turns, the weight of the vehicle leans, or rolls, to the outside of the turn (as much as thirty degrees), placing more weight on the outside tires, and less weight on the inside tires. This weight differential impairs traction and vehicle steering and handling. The sway bar uses torsion to transfer the outside weight to the inside tires and serves to keep the vehicle as level as possible when turning. The sway bar links are the tie between the sway bar and the right and left suspension members.

What are the symptoms related to a bad front sway bar end link?

When the front sway bar links are bad, there will be a clicking or knocking noise from the front suspension when going over bumps or when the vehicle leans quickly into a turn. Sometimes, worn sway bar links do not present symptoms during operation, but they are diagnosed by a technician during an inspection of the suspension.

Can I drive with a front sway bar end link problem?

A vehicle can be driven when the sway bar links are wearing out, but if a sway bar link breaks completely, the sway bar will come loose from the suspension. In that case, the vehicle will not handle properly - steering will be affected and the car will roll (or feel "loose") when driving at higher speeds. Care should be exercised when driving with a broken sway bar link as it is possible to lose control of the vehicle because of the loss of normal handling. If there are signs of a worn out sway bar link, the part should be replaced as soon as possible.

How often do front sway bar end links need to be replaced?

There is no replacement schedule for front sway bar links, through most vehicles will need to have them changed at some point. Rough driving habits may shorten the life of these parts. If the sway bar links are showing signs of wear, they should be replaced.

Sway Bar End Link Replacement - Front Repair Information

How are front sway bar end link issues diagnosed?

A worn front sway bar link is diagnosed by raising the vehicle in the air on a hoist (or on a jack and jack stands) and by turning the link back and forth to feel and listen for a dry clicking sound in the link ends. Each end of the sway bar link has a ball joint covered with a rubber boot that is filled with lubricant. If this boot deteriorates or gets damaged, the lubricant can leak out and cause the metal-on-metal joint to wear and break down. When this happens, the joint will loosen (this is the cause of the clicking or knocking noise when driving) and eventually break. A technician will recognize the loose sway bar link end and recommend replacement.

How is a front sway bar end link replaced?

The front sway bar link is replaced by first safely lifting and supporting the vehicle on a hoist (or a jack and jack stands) to provide access to the front suspension and to allow the suspension to hang. Next, the front wheels are removed. The sway bar link design varies from vehicle to vehicle, but in general, a nut at each end of the sway bar link is removed while the technician holds the mounting stud in place. This can be difficult if the vehicle is older and the suspension has corrosion present. The new links are then installed. On some vehicles, the suspension will need to be collapsed by lowering the vehicle to the ground before the new links can be installed.

RepairPal Recommendations for front sway bar end link issues

RepairPal recognizes that a worn front sway bar link may not present symptoms during normal driving. If during a vehicle inspection - or while another service is being performed - a technician finds that the links are worn, they should be replaced as soon as possible. Sway bar links should always be replaced in pairs. Also, if other suspension components - upper or lower control arms, steering knuckle, wheel hubs - are being replaced, RepairPal recommends that the sway bar links be replaced at the same time.

What to look out for when dealing with front sway bar end link issues

Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, there are different types of sway bar links, each of which has a slightly different procedure for replacement. Also, if there is corrosion present on the worn links, they may be difficult to remove. In some cases, once the old links have been removed, they are difficult to reinstall, so make sure that the correct replacement parts are ordered before removing the old sway bar links. This repair requires that the vehicle be lifted and supported in the air. In some cases, it is necessary to lower the vehicle to the ground in order to collapse the suspension to the correct height and to align the link mounts for installation.

Can I replace the front sway bar end link myself?

When setting the parking brake does not result in the wheels fully locking, the lever may be far easier to press or pull than normal. You may notice the vehicle tries to roll, and is caught by the transmission. This is particularly dangerous for manual transmission vehicles, as the transmission does not have a secondary lock, and the weight of the vehicle may allow it to roll, even if the gear selector is placed in a forward or reverse gear. vehicles with electronically actuated parking brakes may display a warning on the drivers information center, alerting to the danger of the failed parking brake. Lastly, the parking lever can fail to return to the disengaged position after being released. In this situation the lever will exhibit a total loss of tension, but may provide resistance if manually pressed or pulled into the disengaged position.

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