The anti-sway bar links aren't a major safety issue. In fact, a couple of decades ago most cars didn't even have anti-sway bars. The tires are the biggest safety-related item but that's a judgement call based on multiple factors such as how much tread is left, alignment wear patterns, and whether one has a broken belt.
On some domestic cars the outer cv joint boots can be replaced rather easily and inexpensively, and if that's done right away you can save the joint. That job is not so easy on Toyotas, plus, the cost of a remanufactured half shaft has come down a lot, so if you're going to go that route, it can wait quite a while. The torn boot will allow water and dirt to get into the joint, and it will let the grease spray out. The first sign you'll have is a clicking sound when turning and usually when backing up. That will take many months to show up.
Monday, May 18th, 2015 AT 12:22 PM