Can You Drive A Car With A Broken Sway Bar?

Updated October, 2020
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A sway bar (also known as a stabilizer bar, anti-roll bar, anti-sway bar) is part of a car's suspension. It keeps your vehicle stable when you turn. The severity involved with having a broken sway bar depends on if your car has a front sway bar or rear sway bar.

  • Front sway bar. If a front sway bar is broken, you'll experience significant differences in how the car handles. It may feel "looser," particularly when driving at high speeds. You could lose control of the car, resulting in a serious accident if you're not prepared.
  • Rear sway bar. The situation is a little less serious if your rear sway bar is broken. This affects how the car rides, particularly when changing lanes, taking corners, and other situations where the car's body will sway (what the bar is designed to prevent).

Why might my sway bar break?

While playing its role of stabilizing the vehicle on different terrain, the stabilizer bar might break, often causing some noticeable instability. Some common causes for a broken sway bar are:

  • Worn-out shock absorbers
  • Worn-out or broken stabilizer bar bushes
  • Bad driving
  • Damaged caused by accidents

Can I make a quick repair myself?

There are several DIY solutions out there for car repairs. While the written and video tutorials make it sound easy, remember, professionals, are there for a reason.

Repairing your sway bar incorrectly could have serious consequences and may cause you to flip your vehicle. Duct tape and amateur welding are unreliable. It's best to take your vehicle in the shop for this quick and inexpensive fix so you know it's done right the first time.

Don't mask the problem—get your car fixed, now!

Problems with your car are capable of quickly becoming very serious. Don't waste time, get your car fixed ASAP. Replacing or repairing some aspects of your vehicle is costly. However, sitting on the problem is not just dangerous, but as more damage is acquired, the more expensive it becomes to repair.

Small issues that you could've had fixed for less than $100 may snowball into more expensive and serious issues. It's important to nip any issues in the bud.

Does my insurance pay for maintenance and repairs?

Most insurers won't pay for regular repairs and maintenance however, some policies include roadside assistance. If you're vehicle breaks down, you'll be towed to a mechanic for repairs.

It's important to have comprehensive and collision insurance. While normal repairs aren't covered, damage or repairs in the case of an accident or weather-related event IS covered.

Will my insurance protect my investment?

Some insurers offer free sway bar replacement or a discounted rate for the replacement. Check your current insurance policy and don't be afraid to compare other policies for the best deal.

Use our free insurance comparison tool to find the best deal, today!

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