The average cost for a shock absorber or strut assembly replacement is $366. Prices range from $316 to $416 for a shock absorber or strut assembly replacement for the US in 2019.
Additionally, labor costs average $128 with price ranging from $113 to $143 while the average price of replacement parts $238 with costs ranging from $203 to $273 according to Repairpal
This repair is often done as part of a larger repair and that may or may not be reflected in the total price you have to pay.
What Is A Strut Or Shock Absorber?
- Struts are part of the overall suspension system and they support the weight of the vehicle. often the yare also part of the steering system pivoting when you turn the steering wheel.
- Shocks provide dampening properties by controlling suspension and spring movement. They do not support the weight of the vehicle nor do they form a component of the steering system.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Bad Shock Absorber Or Strut?
Broken or failing struts and shocks causing a number of symptoms making for a less than totally comfortable ride. The symptoms include the following:
- Hydraulic fluid link.
- Body roll when turning.
- Cupped and other abnormal tire wear.
- While driving we may hear thumping, knocking or rattling noise when driving.
- Tail or nose end dipping down during hard acceleration and braking.
- A bumpy ride.
How Are Strut Or Shock Absorber Issues Diagnosed?
The struts are likely worn if you push on the vehicle and it bounces up and down. The yare also diagnoses when a technician is in the midst of replacing other components and can also be discovered during routine services like wheel alignment.
Can I Drive With A Strut Or Shock Absorber Problem?
You can drive a car with worn front struts but performance will be compromised as the handling will not be up to the normal standard because when you turn the car is dependent on its struts.
When the condition worsens, the loss of control can lead to a rollover crash. Is the front strut is broken, you should replace it before driving the vehicle.
How Is A Strut Or Shock Absorber Replaced?
A technician has to remove the wheels to replace a front strut, The brake rotor and caliper are removed then the sway bar is disconnected, The strut is then further disconnected from the strut tower and steering knuckle, thus removing it from the vehicle.
it is common to reuse the coil spring from the old assembly when the entire strut assembly is being replaced. In this case, the worn strut will have to be compressed and then disassembled. The new strut will then need to be assembled together before installation.
What To Look Out For With Strut And Shock Absorber Issues
When replacing a strut, the old strut may have to be compressed during the repair. To do this the coil spring has to be compressed, so the assembly of the strut can be dismantled. When this takes place the compressed coil spring can be extremely dangerous especially if the spring slips from the compressor supplying the tension.
Can I Replace The Strut Or Shock Absorber Myself?
Because of the extreme danger from serious injury should the spring slip from the compressor when assembling the strut combined with the fact that once assembled the full inspection of the suspension and steering as well as a professional standard wheel alignment should be performed, we strongly recommend you leave this to the professionals. Thankfully, the fully qualified and experienced mechanics and technicians at Bridwell Automotive have you covered with their great service, to get you back on the road again!
Bridwell Automotive Offers Strut and Shock Absorber Replacement In Scottsdale, Arizona
Our dedicated team of ASE Master Technicians will help you by replacing your strut and shock absorber quickly and within your budget. You can schedule your strut and shock absorber repair with Bridwell Automotive Center in Scottsdale by using our contact form. Stop by our Strut and Shock Replacement Shop In Scottsdale located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today (480) 948-4781.