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How Much Does a Car Suspension Cost?

 
average costBall Joints: $350-$2,200+high costSuspension System: $1,000-$5,000+
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A suspension system consists of springs, shock absorbers/struts and linkages (such as ball joints) which connect a vehicle to its wheels. The suspension keeps the wheels in proper contact/friction with the ground despite bumps or other road irregularities, creating a smooth ride.

Typical costs:

  • Replacing a suspension system can cost $1,000-$5,000 or more, depending on the type of system and the make, model and year of the vehicle (luxury vehicles typically cost more than standard automobiles). Costs also depend on the amount of wear and rust underneath the vehicle (which can make it more difficult and time-consuming to remove the old parts).
  • Replacing just the four shock absorbers/struts that are part of the suspension system can cost $200-$1,500 for an average vehicle or $2,000-$5,000 for luxury vehicles or those with difficult access or heavy rust; do-it-yourself costs for replacement of shocks/struts averages $150-$250.
  • Replacing just the four ball joints can cost $350-$2,200 or more, depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle, and the difficulty of access; do-it-yourself replacement typically costs $125-$400 or more.
Related articles: Car Shock Absorbers, Ball Joint Replacement, Replacing a CV Boot, Tires, Wheel Alignment

What should be included:
  • The suspension system is part of the chassis, which contains all the important systems located underneath the body of a vehicle. The three main components of a suspension system are springs, dampers/shock absorbers and anti-sway bars. The exact configuration depends on the make, model and year of the vehicle. CarBibles.com provides a detailed overview[1] of various types of suspensions -- front, rear, dependent, independent, etc.
  • Generally both sides (left and right) of a suspension system should be replaced at the same time, and depending on the wear and tear, often the front and rear systems should be done together, to avoid having new parts add to the stress of old, worn parts. Sometimes individual parts, such as the shock absorbers or ball joints, may wear out and need replacing separately.
Additional costs:
  • Some vehicles require a wheel alignment after the suspension is replaced, at a possible cost of $20-$400. The vehicle's manual will include a recommended service schedule indicating whether a wheel alignment is needed.
Shopping for a car suspension:
  • Parts for suspension system are available through retailers like Autozone[2] , O'Reilly Auto Parts or JC Whitney[3] .
  • Suspension replacement is available from local repair shops, car dealerships or nationwide automotive shops like Big O Tires[4] , Meineke[5] , Midas[6] or Sears[7] . Search for local repair shops through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[8] or the International Automotive Technicians Network[9] .
  • Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[10] .
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[11] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Suspension front and rear
Amount: $1,066.00
Posted by: Grandpa Bill in Warwick, NY.Posted: April 18th, 2013 04:04PM
Car Make: BMW 2001Car Model: CI
Shop: Village Tire
Grandson bought the car in a hurry. It definitely needed struts and rear shocks, which we purchased on line as a kit with all hardware. When the job began we now needed front lower control arms which contain the ball joint.All items were purchased on line and our mechanic installed them. We estimated we saved at least $500. or probably more. Shop around, the prices vary quite a bit.
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Front end suspension
Amount: $1,299.00
Posted by: Ellesee in Georgetown, Other.Posted: October 3rd, 2012 09:10AM
Car Make: ChryslerCar Model: Intrepid
Shop: Arno\'s Auto
Front end suspension included:rnnew struts right/leftrnnew tie rods right/left/inner/outerrnalignmentrnplus other repairs not associated with front end suspension.
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Variable Rate Coil Springs (Rear)
Amount: $73.98
Posted by: js3 in Artesia, CA.Posted: January 6th, 2012 01:01PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Crown Victoria
Shop: DIY
I was reading of the variable rate coil springs which let a car ride normal when empty and firm when loaded down. The car is 19 years old so I thought I'd go ahead and change them. I have Haynes Service Manuals for all three cars I own and I've yet to find a repair that the manuals have been accurate on, but someday I might. :) The manual was totally useless for this work (again). It took about two hours to change the springs because of the extra stuff I had to remove for clearance. So far the springs work well.
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upgrade suspension
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Katy in Sunnyvale, CA.Posted: July 2nd, 2011 01:07AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Camry
Shop: Cartex auto shop
The mechanic recommended $900+ for upgrade suspension and $69 for alignment. Total a little over $1000. But my car costs only around $4000(Toyota Camry, 2002). I am not sure if it is worth for suspension upgrade :-)
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double wishbone suspension/semi trailing arm suspension
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Adarsh Ranjan in Ranchi, ID.Posted: May 6th, 2011 07:05AM
Which is cheaper to manufacture or buy a double wishbone suspension or a semi trailing arm suspension?
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level control compression
Amount: $830.00
Posted by: chameri in mpls, MN.Posted: December 23rd, 2010 05:12PM
Car Make: 2002Car Model: oldsmobile
Shop: dependable auto services
back of car drop down on back wheels
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Transmission repair
Amount: $2,681.00
Posted by: Mr Mike in Toledo, OH.Posted: April 28th, 2010 12:04PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Ranger XLT
Shop: Weber Transmission
Trans needed to be rebuild, that cost $1820.00
repairs ran into buying a new clutch and cross member and other stuff under the hood, I think it was that slave cylinder or something like that, plus the labor.
so all an all, the cost is going to be $2681.00 out the door.
I pretty much expected it to be that much.
I'm a mechanic my self, but never worked on transmission before.
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new strut and "strut mount"
Amount: $446.00
Posted by: william s. in dewitt, NY.Posted: December 19th, 2007 07:12AM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: corolla dx
Shop: midas
I see that the price for the strut online is far less than what I was charged. And they charged me 157.00 for a "strut mount", but I find no listing for that part for this make and model! Is this a fictional part? They charged 85.00 for labor. Plus the assistant mechanic redlined the engine when he started the car to bring into the shop! All of us waiting could hear it.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.carbibles.com/suspension_bible.html
  2.  www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Suspension-and-Steering/_/N-8r2lb
  3.  www.jcwhitney.com/suspension-and-chassis/c11298j1s17.jcwx
  4.  www.bigotires.com/services-category/suspension-and-front-end
  5.  www.meineke.com/services/steering.aspx
  6.  www.midas.com/Services/SteeringSuspension/tabid/141/Default.aspx
  7.  www.sears.com/automotive-chassis-shocks-suspension-shocks/s-1206807530
  8.  www.ase.com/Landing-Pages/Car-Owners/Find-a-Repair-Shop/Shop-Locator.aspx
  9.  autorepair.iatn.net/
  10.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
  11.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/how-to-find-a-great-car-mechanic/index.htm
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