Understanding Your Car’s Components: The Stabilizer Bar
Gravity and inertia are two forces that govern almost everything in the world we live in. Even the cars that we drive are not exceptions to the all-encompassing power of these two massive and invisible forces. It is for this reason that our vehicles are equipped with various components which enable them to counteract these forces of nature as we negotiate the tricky dips and bends that one often encounters on the road. The Stabilizer Bar is one of these components.
What Is A Stabilizer Bar?
Simply put, a Stabilizer Bar is an essential part of a vehicle’s suspension system that is made up of high-impact tubular rods that link the suspension units and wheels on the opposite sides of a vehicle. These Stabilizer Bars are also termed to as anti-roll or anti-sway bars because they prevent a vehicle’s body from rolling or excessively swaying to one side when it negotiates a curve at medium to high speeds.
These anti-sway bars are usually made out of tough tubular steel rods that are fashioned in the shape of a flattened letter U, and designed in a way that it attaches snugly to the two suspension units located on the opposite sides of a vehicle’s frame.
How Does A Stabilizer Bar Execute Its Function?
This vital component of your car’s suspension system works by maintaining a sturdy connection between two opposite wheels. Its main function is to keep a moving automobile’s frame and body flat on the ground, especially when moving through a tight curve or bend.
And the anti-sway bar does this by transmitting the force from one side of the vehicle to the other, maintaining an even pull on both sides of the vehicle’s frame and keeping the wheels in constant contact with the asphalt or concrete.
Some modern suspension systems today have been designed with reactive stabilizer systems that can maintain a firm connection between the suspension units, but also allow a degree of wheel independence for a much smoother handling.