Fahren Steering & Suspension News

Fahren have recently introduced 7 new steering and suspension references, taking its active steering and suspension range to over 560+ part numbers. One of the product groups that form part of the recent NTR is stabiliser links. Fahren take time out to explain what they are and why they fail.

Stabiliser links act as components of auto suspensions, connecting several other parts that take much of the punishment as you pass over potholes and other road imperfections.

Function

Modern cars use segmented suspensions. The stabiliser bar holds pairs of wheels connected, while stabiliser links hook this larger piece with arms that go up to the wheels themselves. Ball joint connections enable turning and suspension travel.

Significance

Stabiliser bars links improve handling and shock absorption, keeping the car from rolling too much as you turn - which could lead to loss of control. Adding stabiliser links between the main bars and the suspension refines this process of control, so cars handle better.

Types

With the prevalence of pot holes and bumpy roads, the entire suspension needs to withstand shocks, so stabiliser links employ cast iron, steel, alloy and plastic in their construction.

Most have at least one ball joint for connecting with adjacent suspension components. A minority of stabiliser links lack ball joints altogether. Japanese and European car makers often employ this flat type.

Identification

You can identify stabiliser links by looking for ball jointed connections next to the wheels. Mechanics may refer to them simply as ball joints. Related but different parts of the suspension, such as idler and Pitman arms, can be found at the centre of the undercarriage below your steering wheel.

Effects

Worn stabiliser links affect steering and ride comfort. Symptoms include a creaking, knocking or screeching noise as you pass road imperfections, plus wobble and skip in steering. Don't overlook these signs, as broken stabiliser links can lead to loss of control.

Considerations

While not expensive items, some stabiliser links require speciality tools to fit properly. Unlike many other items on cars, new stabiliser links have an immediate and noticeable effect on the quality of the drive.

Recent Fahren NTR Highlights

  • FAS6187 - Rack End L/R - Renault Scenic 1.5 11-17
  • FAS6171 - Rack End L/R - Audi A1 1.6 14>
  • FAS4127 - Stabiliser Link L/R Plastic - Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 13-17

Fahren’s range also includes braking, ignition coils, wheel bearing kits and water pumps. To provide comprehensive after sales support, the Fahren technical team is now available via e-mail (technical@fahren-auto.com) or telephone (03333 136 591).

Fahren is available via same/next-day delivery from FPS via the F:Drive or MAM Autocat.

Please see the attached spread sheet for the full list of recent Fahren NTR additions.