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Expect to pay anything from $250 to $580 for a shock absorber replacement. Even if there’s an issue with one shock absorber, it’s usually recommended to replace the pair.
A single shock absorber can cost between $50 to $140, based on the car model. That’s anywhere from $100 to $280 for a pair of new shocks. The associated labor costs can be around $150 to $300, depending on your vehicle’s ease of access and the mechanic’s hourly rate.
If you have a worn strut, you’ll pay a higher strut replacement cost as you’d need an expert to disassemble the loaded strut and perform an additional wheel alignment.
Unless a complete strut assembly fails, you can drive in the early stages of damage. Replacing the worn shock absorber is, however, an inevitable repair.
Plus, certain symptoms have a greater urgency than others. Symptoms such as a loss of driving control require immediate attention. Ignoring this can place you and others in danger while on the road.
Here are eight common symptoms of a bad shock absorber:
Here are four frequently asked questions on replacing bad shocks:
Commonly referred to as a “shock,” a shock absorber is a suspension component responsible for controlling the up and down motion of your car’s wheels.
The shock absorber’s function is to ensure your vehicle’s tires stay on the ground consistently by managing how the suspension and spring move. This allows your tires to touch the road surface whether driving straight, going over hills, or driving on a bumpy road.
A shock absorber and a strut are different components of the car’s suspension system.
The strut is built into your suspension system while the shock absorber connects two parts of the suspension. So the strut contains the coil spring and the shock absorber within itself.
Cars will either have a shock or a strut for each wheel — never both. Modern cars have struts on the front wheels and rear axle shocks on the back. So your vehicle’s weight is placed on top of the complete strut assembly and not the rear shocks when driving.
Previously, the “rule-of-thumb” was to have your shock absorbers replaced every 50,000 miles.
However, as vehicle technology improves, your shock absorbers can last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
Replacing the shocks the wrong way can negatively impact the related steering, braking, and suspension components. The resulting additional wear can quickly add up to repair expenses.
So, unless you have ample automotive knowledge and the right tools, you should let a certified mechanic handle the shock absorber replacement for you.
Here’s an overview of how to replace a bad shock absorber:
Before the replacement:
During the replacement:
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