REPLACE SHOCKS AND STRUTS ON YOUR VEHICLE. Since well-maintained shocks and struts critically contribute to the overall safety and stability of your vehicle's steering and suspension, we highly recommend having shocks and struts serviced regularly and well before there is an issue. That said, if you observe any of the following symptoms while
The strut assembly, an essential part of your car's suspension system, is attached to the front wheels and is used to absorb road shock, providing a smooth ride. Most cars made after 1995 have shock absorbers in the rear and strut assemblies in the front suspension. Older cars may have shock absorbers at all four wheels.
Average Cost of Shocks and Struts Replacement The average cost to replace shocks and struts varies depending on a lot of factors but typically range between less than $150 and $400 for the low-end vehicles and between $400 and $3,000 or more for the high-end models.
Replacing just the four shock absorbers or 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.
For example, if your passenger's side strut is going out, replace both front struts to ensure that each side handles the same. Struts cost between $725 and $750 for a set, including installation, according to Mogab. Shocks cost less than struts, typically between $100 and $150 apiece, according to experts.
Shocks and struts are the most commonly serviced suspension parts. Because they deteriorate gradually and degrade handling and ride quality, it is recommended that they be replaced after 50,000 miles, sooner if you experience a bouncy ride, nose diving when braking, and excessive body roll in turns.