Some BMWs are front wheel drive and others are rear wheel. No matter what type of BMW you own, you will have a sway bar and also sway bar links. Depending on the type of vehicle, you may have a simple connection of the sway bar to the steering and suspension or you could have something a bit more complicated.
It is not recommended that anyone try to change out their sway bar links or the sway bar bushings on their own unless they have plenty of experience doing this type of work. An improperly secured bolt or other connection could lead to a failure of the links and that could lead to you losing control while driving down the road.
Why it’s important to know about sway bars and links.
Sway bars and sway bar links are part of what help you maintain control on the road while you’re driving. These components keep you BMW from drifting or not responding immediately when you turn the wheel.
If the links or the bushings are old, worn out, and need to be replaced, there may be some warning signs that you notice.
The most obvious is that when you are steering, you sometimes notice that the car doesn’t seem to respond as quickly as it should. Other times it seems more than fine. Any variation in response is usually a sign that something in the steering or suspension is failing.
You may also notice a clunking sound when you hit a pothole or other bump in the road. This could indicate a long list of potential problems, including tie rod ends, strut or shock failure, and steering knuckle problems. It could also mean that your sway bar or the links are in bad shape.
Have your BMW inspected by a qualified and authorized BMW service center to ensure that all of the steering and suspension components are safe and working properly.