In order for a car to ride and handle like it is supposed to, the suspension system will have to be working properly. There are a variety of different components that are located in a car’s suspension system. While most car owners will focus on the front suspension, there are a number of components on the rear of the car as well.The lateral link is one of the main components on a rear suspension system. This link helps to connect the rear hub assemblies to the mid-section of the body and helps to keep the hub assemblies centered. Every time that the car is driven, the lateral link will have to keep the rear hubs in the right position
The lateral link on a car is built to last just as long as the car does, but this will usually not be the case. Due to the amount of stress and heat that this part is exposed to it can become very weak over time. Having a lateral link that is not functioning properly can lead to instability in the suspension system. In some instances, a broken lateral link will be overlooked due to the sway bar bearing the brunt of the load that the broken link will leave.
Having a wobbly feeling when driving a car can be very dangerous and is a main symptom of having a broken lateral link. More often than not, the damage that a lateral link will have will be due to a wreck. If involved in a rear end collision, it is a good possibility that these links will be damaged. Getting them replaced quickly will allow you to restore the stability to your car’s suspension system.
When the lateral link on your vehicle is damaged, here are some of the signs you may notice:
- There is a loose feeling to the car’s suspension
- A noticeable clunking noise in the rear of the vehicle
- The rear tires are wearing out at a rapid rate
Noticing these signs and getting your lateral link replaced, by a certified mechanic, can be very beneficial. The faster you are able to get the link replaced, the easier you will find it to reduce the amount of damage that is done to your vehicle.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a Lateral Link Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.