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How Much Do Car Shock Absorbers Cost?

 
average costDIY: $150-$250 Average, Four Shocks/Strutshigh costMechanic: $200-$1,200, Four Shocks/Struts
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Modern vehicles either have stand-alone individual shocks attached to the suspension and frame, or shock-absorber units/cartridges that are part of a strut[1] . Some cars have struts in the front and individual shocks in the rear. Shock absorbers and struts dampen vibrations, keeping the tires on the road by stopping the suspension springs from bouncing up and down continuously.

Typical costs:

  • Shock absorbers or struts can cost $25-$350 or more each, depending on the make and model of vehicle and the quality of the part. Although it could cost as much as $1,400 for a set of four, most do-it-yourselfers spend an average of $150-$250 to replace four shocks/struts. For example, AutoZone[2] charges $99-$114 for a front shock absorber for a 4-cylinder 2008 Honda Accord EX; and AutoPartsWarehouse.com[3] charges $30 for a front shock absorber and strut assembly for a 1998-2004 Nissan Frontier and $352 for a twin-tube front shock absorber and strut assembly for a 2002-2006 Cadillac Escalade. CostHelper readers report spending $150-$300 for do-it-yourself installation of four shock absorbers or struts, at an average cost of $210.
  • Replacement of four shock absorbers or struts by a professional mechanic takes an average of two to five hours at $50-$120 an hour. The total cost for professional replacement of four shocks/struts is typically $200-$1,500, depending on the make and model of vehicle, but it can be $2,000-$5,000 or more for luxury vehicles, those with difficult access or those with heavy rust (which makes removal of the old parts more time-consuming). CostHelper readers report paying $250-$850 to have a repair shop replace four shocks, at an average cost of $561; or $700-$1,100 for four struts, at an average cost of $849. CostHelper readers who purchased the required parts and hired a local mechanic to replace four shocks or struts report total costs of $403-$1,000, for an average of $735.
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What should be included:
  • Shock absorbers or struts may need replacing if a vehicle has been driven more than 75,000 miles or if its ride and handling have deteriorated -- some shocks can wear out after 25,000-35,000 miles. It's considered best to replace shocks or struts in pairs (left and right), and sometimes both the front and back sets will be worn out or nearly worn out, and need replacing simultaneously.
  • The main factors that will determine how difficult it will be to replace shock absorbers are access and rust--the longer the shocks have been on the vehicle, the more difficult it can be to remove the old nuts and bolts holding them in place. Mobil Oil provides a quick overview of shocks and struts[4] , and estimates that it will take about 60 minutes and rates the difficulty as moderate. Expert Village provides a video demonstration of how to replace shock absorbers[5] .
  • Replacing struts is usually a more involved process than replacing individual shock absorbers and generally requires a special tool known as a spring compressor (for rent at some auto parts stores for a refundable $40-$50 deposit). AutoMD.com provides general instructions for replacing a strut assembly[6] .
Additional costs:
  • Some vehicles require a wheel alignment after the shock absorbers or struts are replaced, at a typical cost of $20-$400. The vehicle's manual will include a recommended service schedule indicating whether a wheel alignment is needed.
Discounts:
  • Some repair shops offer discounts for AAA members[7] .
Shopping for car shock absorbers:
  • Shock or strut replacement is available from local repair shops, dealerships or nationwide automotive shops like Big O Tires[8] , Meineke[9] , Midas[10] or Sears[11] . Search for local repair shops through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[12] or the International Automotive Technicians Network[13] .
  • Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[14] .
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[15] .
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rear shocks
Amount: $263.00
Posted by: beckie in Chicago, IL.Posted: June 21st, 2014 06:06AM
Shop: pep boys
2003 Mazda Tribute
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Toyota Land Cruiser 1996 Shocks All Around
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Duxbury in plymouth, MA.Posted: May 16th, 2014 11:05AM
Make: ToyotaModel: Land Cruiser
Shop: Lou's Exhaust
Bought rear shocks OEM from Toyota cost $112 but the bushings nuts bolts rubber spacers cost another $100 in parts almost more than the shocks. The install was done by my friend at his house for $180 so the total job cost almost $400. The front shocks were done by a mechanic for $160 to front and back total was $600
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Toyota Land Cruiser 1996 Shocks All Around
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Duxbury in plymouth, MA.Posted: May 16th, 2014 11:05AM
Make: ToyotaModel: Land Cruiser
Shop: Lou's Exhaust
Bought rear shocks OEM from Toyota cost $112 but the bushings nuts bolts rubber spacers cost another $100 in parts almost more than the shocks. The install was done by my friend at his house for $180 so the total job cost almost $400. The front shocks were done by a mechanic for $160 to front and back total was $600
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Shocks and struck, front end.
Amount: $1,016.00
Posted by: Steady in Dallas, TX.Posted: December 23rd, 2013 07:12PM
Shop: Rick Johnson auto
Front end of my Chevy Silverado Texas edition, crew cab, 5.3, 2009
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Shocks replaced
Amount: $1,209.00
Posted by: Barth in Westmont, IL.Posted: November 20th, 2013 02:11PM
Shop: Firestone
Had four echo is replaced on 82 yugo that cost me 1200 bucks. Ouch but didn't put a dime IMO car for last 4 yrs. still runs like a champ.
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Front struts and sway bars
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: girlatv in Stanwood, WA.Posted: August 6th, 2013 11:08PM
Shop: Troy Goodall
Replaced my front struts and sway bars making loud noises over speed bumps he did an excellent job. This included labor.
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Struts changed
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: Dumbsinglegirl in San Antonio, TX.Posted: July 14th, 2013 10:07AM
Make: Mazda 2006Model: 6
Shop: Midas
Car had 122000 miles and needed shocks and struts. Front wheel drive. I paid too much based on the other notes in this stream. :(. But the car is great now.
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Front and Rear Struts
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: Faithful in Rockville, MD.Posted: May 30th, 2013 01:05PM
Make: HondaModel: Accord
Shop: Just Tires
Cheaper than some others for 2008 Honda Accord with 107,500 miles
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replacing struts and shocks
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: a user in Santa Monica, CA.Posted: April 3rd, 2013 03:04PM
Make: VWModel: cabrio convertible
Shop: brake master
brake master was recommended by costco tire mgr. The service was high energy friendly, efficient and gave me an appt time (unlike cosco). The manager turns out to be a mechanical engineer who explained everything in detail. I also got an alignment. The company has been around since 1983 but ai was reluctant to go to a chain shop because of horrific experiences at Pep Boys, chain oil change shops (VW dealer once didn't put the plug in after an oil change and all the oil leaked out, e.g., so I am saying these were also dangerous). I highly recommend Brake Master
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REPLACEMENT SHOCKS AND STRUTS
Amount: $1,188.00
Posted by: a user in MEMPHIS, TN.Posted: July 31st, 2012 01:07PM
Make: JEEPModel: COMMANDER
Shop: GATEWAY
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Struts
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: brendan in Flemington, NJ.Posted: February 7th, 2012 11:02AM
Make: HondaModel: Civic
Shop: Self
Was quoted $800 for both front struts, decided to go with the monroe quick struts $250 for the pair with shipping. Easiest thing I have ever done on a car, and you could easily do it in a evening, they are not that time consuming.
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Car Shock Absorbers Cost
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: David Fain in Memphis, NJ.Posted: November 28th, 2011 09:11PM
Make: ToyotaModel: Camry
Shop: Self
I use to be a mechanic so I did the work myself. Took around 3 - 4 hours labor. Bought 4 struts on-line off of ebay vendor. Also bought new front strut mounts and bellows. Used spring compressors to transfer struts ... tool can be rented from OReilly's.
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Monroe Quick Struts
Amount: $402.80
Posted by: PriceSensitive Driver in Milford, CT.Posted: January 17th, 2011 01:01PM
Make: FORDModel: ESCORT SE
Shop: Bridgeport, CT
The both rear coil springs on my 2002 Ford Escort SE were broken. I ordered the Monroe Quick Struts from Amazon.Com for 106.00 each (No TAX & Free Shipping). The repair shop in Bridgeport, CT replaced it for 180.00 + tax & it took less then 2 hours for a One Man repair shop.
The mileage on my 2002 Ford Escort SE was only 30K. I googled and found that it is cheaper to replace with Monroe quick struts instead of replacing the broken coil spring.
Meineke Car Care Center initially told me 180.00 + $22.00 for tax and shop parts. Once they took the car in for replacement after signing for the repair cost, the manager came in and told me that it will cost additional 90.00 + tax as it will take 3 hours instead of 2 hours. Well, that is incompetance in my book. They should have checked the car first and then committed to the cost. Well, they lost a customer for life.
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shocks replaced
Amount: $640.00
Posted by: Figueroa in new tampa, FL.Posted: January 13th, 2011 04:01PM
Make: hyundaiModel: santa fe 2005
Shop: firelli tire center
bruce b downs blvd
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Shocks, replacing all 4
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: SteveK in San Antonio, TX.Posted: January 5th, 2011 07:01PM
Make: MazdaModel: B4000
Was reminded when I took the truck (1994) in for an oil change that the original shocks were still installed. So I bought them at O'Reilly's. Good quality (I hope) Monroes, all four cost about $100.
Installing the back pair was easy, the front not. Found a shop that wasn't busy and that charged me $50 to install the front pair. Saw him use an air wrench (which didn't work on one side) and an offset ratchet wrench, neither tool in my toolbox.
Funny thing, the ride feels no different with the new shocks.
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front and rear struts, stock springs, new front strut mounts, sway bar linkage and sway bar bushing
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: a user in central, NJ.Posted: December 15th, 2010 07:12PM
Make: 2003 nissanModel: maxima
Shop: diy
parts total about 550 labor about 200 its takes anywhere from 3-4 hours of you have the right tools (impact wrench air power tools) the hardest and most dangerous part of the install is probably removing and installing the springs. it takes about 15- 20 min to take the wheel off and remove the strut so about an 1 hour to remove all the struts from the car. another hour or so to remove and install spring on new struts and another hour to mount the struts and do a road test and all so depending on tools, having all the necessary parts on hand and having a good amount of experience i've seen mechanics do the job in under 3 hours but never more then 4 unless you have a lot of rust or a complicated suspension. so 200-250 in labor is more then fair. I would replace all the worn parts if im changing my struts such as strut bearing ( i would just buy a new mount) always new strut boots. possible sway bar linkage and bushing. I also like to replace worn bolts washers etc so I keep a few onhand
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Front and Rear Shocks
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: jgs in Artesia, CA.Posted: November 29th, 2010 08:11PM
Make: FordModel: Crown Victoria
Shop: DIY home
Installed Monroe shocks on front and Monroe Sensa-Trac Load Adjusting Shock Absorbers on rear. The front shocks were the best I could find from Monroe and they were $40. The rear Sensa-Trac Load Adjusting shocks are coil-over shocks and cost $90. I spent $20 for a set of long-handled wrenches because I needed a long handled 17mm to get to the top nuts of the rear shocks. I've been loading the trunk with heavy luggage a few times a year and the shocks hold the load very well.
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front struts
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: audrey jesse in fredonia, NY.Posted: September 19th, 2010 07:09AM
Make: chevyModel: cavilier
Shop: basil
i thought that having an accident june 25 front passenger was the results of the struts having to be repaired it passed inpection in march the strutts were good
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1994 Dodge Spirit Struts and Shocks
Amount: $330.00
Posted by: Ray M in Omaha, NE.Posted: August 3rd, 2010 09:08AM
Make: DodgeModel: Spirit
Shop: Home
Bought Monroe Quick-Struts and Sensa Trac rear shocks for 330.00. Meineke wanted 360.00 to do the front struts without bearing caps which were 80.00 extra if needed. Tires plus wanted 1000.00 to do both struts and shocks. I already put on the shocks but need to order the struts for 280.00. I paid Tires Plus for a 3 time alignment which they said they would honor if I did my own work.
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Replace all four struts
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Dorothy Halligan in Winchester, VA.Posted: July 19th, 2010 08:07AM
Make: SubaruModel: 2008
Shop: Winchester Subaru
I think that I was had. I've never had a car at 2 years need these replaced, especially at this cost. The job took 8 hours!
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4 Struts
Amount: $747.00
Posted by: Robin H in san francisco, CA.Posted: June 21st, 2010 11:06AM
Make: vwModel: cabrio
Shop: Midas
I had four struts replaced on my 1999 VW Cabrio.
Comes with a life time guarantee. $747.00.
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1994 Dodge Spirit Shocks and Struts
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: UnderMedi in Omaha, NE.Posted: June 1st, 2010 08:06AM
Make: DodgeModel: Spirit
Shop: Home
Bought quick struts and shocks from Monroe.
Tires Plus wanted 1000.00 to replace front struts and rear shocks. Bought parts for 300.00.
Replaced rear shocks but have not done the struts as of yet. I Paid for 3 years of free alignments and they said they would honor it if I replaced the struts myself.
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Shocks vs Struts
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: FlewHuey in Baton Rouge, LA.Posted: December 27th, 2009 12:12PM
Make: JeepModel: 93 GC
Shop: Highland Car Care
I had all 4 shocks on my '93 Jeep GC replaced with top quality for $250 in an hour. No alignment was then needed. (I could have done it myself.) Struts all around average $1000 for multi-link cars and half a day.

What would be appreciated would be help; links or lists, to find specific vehicles with wishbone / shock absorber suspensions vs, the multi=link / strut suspensions.

This kind of information is hard to find in the car reports, descriptions ans specs posted on the web.
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4 Shocks Installed
Amount: $850.00
Posted by: DCL in Weymouth, MA.Posted: December 5th, 2009 04:12PM
Make: 2004 HondaModel: Civic
Shop: NTB
Price includes $110 alignment and Monroe Sensatrac shocks. Needed 2 new rear tires due to excessive wear (additional $260) from cupping. Ouch.
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Stut and shock change on Kia Sedona
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Walterk55 in Mamaroneck, NY.Posted: November 27th, 2009 04:11PM
Make: KiaModel: Sedona
Shop: C&S Mamaroneck NY
Kia Sedona 2002 - needed strut change badly. My shop lets me buy the parts myself and puts them in. Kia Sedona struts are only available from Kia :-( They cost almost $400 for the two front struts, add $100 for the rear - Monroes, and $500 labor. BUT, the van now rides nicely and feels much safer. Safety has its cost...
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Struts
Amount: $803.00
Posted by: Elissa in Chicago, IL.Posted: October 27th, 2009 08:10PM
Make: 2000 ToyotaModel: Avalon
Shop: Dankha's Auto Repair
I was quoted $700 to $1300 for replacing all four struts. I was also told that I needed four stabilizer bars as well. I went online to Racepages.com and bought the parts for cheaper and then had my mechanic install them. Parts came to $553 and labor was $250. Monroe was running a rebate on the struts, so I will get $60 back. Although I paid nearly the amount that I was quoted at one of the shops, at least I knew what brand of struts I was getting (Monroe Sensa-trac), and not some generic off-brand.
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shocks
Amount: $503.00
Posted by: Cam in Frisco, CO.Posted: October 1st, 2009 09:10AM
Make: 2000 ToyotaModel: Landcruiser
Shop: Big O Tires
Justhad new rear brakes installed yesterday for 430.00 and shocks today for 503.00. OUCH
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Struts changed
Amount: $270.00
Posted by: Gene in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: November 17th, 2008 01:11PM
Make: NissanModel: 2002 Altima 2.5S
Shop: Igor Auto Center
Had to replace two front struts, Labor+ two new front struts (not stock cheap ones) ran me 270$ Same thing for the rear struts 270$
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External Resources:
  1.  auto.howstuffworks.com/car-suspension4.htm
  2.  www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/2008-Honda-Accord-EX/Shock-Strut-Front/_/N-jsle9Z8oxxw
  3.  www.autopartswarehouse.com/shop_brands/monroe/shock_absorber.html
  4.  www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Car_Care/DIY/Replacing_Shock_Absorbers.aspx
  5.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw_jewEL86w
  6.  www.automd.com/190/how-to-replace-a-strut-assembly/
  7.  www.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/ZipCode.woa/wa/route?stop=yes&
  8.  www.bigotires.com/services-category/suspension-and-front-end
  9.  www.meineke.com/services/steering.aspx
  10.  www.midas.com/Services/SteeringSuspension/tabid/141/Default.aspx
  11.  www.sears.com/automotive-chassis-shocks-suspension-shocks/s-1206807530
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