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Why does my car make a clunking noise?

Why does my car make a clunking noise?

If you've been hearing a clunking noise when turning your car, it might be time to check your sway bar links. At Wayside Garage, we often see this issue, especially in older cars like a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid. But what exactly are sway bar links, and why are they important?

What Are Sway Bar Links?

Sway bar links, also known as stabilizer links, are crucial components of your car's suspension system. They help stabilize your vehicle when you turn, reducing body roll and improving handling. When these links are worn out or damaged, you might hear clunking noises, especially when making turns. This noise can be mistaken for axle issues, but it's often the sway bar links causing the problem.

Signs Your Sway Bar Links Need Attention

1. Clunking Noise: A common sign is a clunking or clicking noise when turning.
2. Increased Body Roll: If your car feels like it's leaning more than usual during turns, it could indicate worn sway bar links.
3. Visible Damage: Cracks or damage on the links are clear indicators they need replacing.

Why It's a Safety Issue

Worn sway bar links affect your car's stability, making it less safe to drive. For example, when turning right, you might feel the car leaning excessively to the left. This not only affects handling but also compromises your safety on the road.

Maintenance Tips

Sway bar links can last a long time, often outlasting other suspension components like struts. However, regular inspections are crucial. At Wayside Garage, we recommend checking your sway bar links every six months or every 5,000 miles during our comprehensive oil and filter service. This helps catch any issues early before they become major problems.

Schedule Your Inspection Today

Don't wait for a small clunk to become a big problem. At Wayside Garage, our certified technicians are here to ensure your car is safe and performing at its best. Call us at 831-899-2425 or visit to schedule your inspection today.

Stay safe and keep your car running smoothly with regular maintenance from Wayside Garage.


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