How much does it cost to replace all shocks and struts? Answered

You will have to spend anywhere from $400 to $1200 for a shock or strut replacement. More often than not, you’ll have to replace two or four shocks or struts at once, so it’s going to be a lot more expensive than the initial 400 to 1200 dollars.

I know the price can scare you a little bit. Unfortunately, a worn-out shock or strut is not something that you want in your car.

How can you tell if your shocks and struts are worn out?

  • The vehicle tends to tilts to the side when you drive
  • You sense a lack of stability when driving
  • The car bounces more than usual
  • Brakes are not working properly

Can you drive with bad shocks and struts?

You shouldn’t try to go out on the road with bad shocks and struts. Your car depends on both of them to remain stabilized; when they wear out or break, you will have a hard time steering, maneuvering, and driving straight.

Imagine you decide to go out for a drive.

Instead of the usual experience, you suddenly realize the steering wheel is stiffer than usual, your car tilts to the right, and it feels like you’re driving on a bouncy castle.

Trying to slow down is also a nightmare.

That’s what it feels like driving with bad shocks and struts! You end up with a poorly stabilized car that you can’t drive at all.

The best thing that you can do in this scenario is calling a tow truck. Get your shocks or struts taken care of, then drive the way you’re supposed to.

What’s the difference between shocks and struts?

Shocks and struts do the same job, but they are two different parts. Their main difference is their structure, not their purpose. With that being said, your car will have either a shock or a strut in each wheel, never both.

A strut is slightly bigger than a shock, and it’s also slightly expensive than its alternative.

The price difference is well worth it, though – as a strut helps with stability and steering a little bit more than shocks.

I’ll talk about shocks and struts throughout this article because you could have either one in your car. Most people also use both names interchangeably, so there’s no need to nitpick unless it’s completely necessary.

Can I replace shocks and struts myself?

You should let a mechanic handle a shock and strut replacement. The problem with these car parts is that they are held under tension – and if you don’t know how to properly decompress and compress them, you could injure yourself.

Shocks and struts are like garage door springs. They are under constant tension, and they can shoot out if you deal with them poorly.

I’m not talking about cutting your finger here. I’m talking about ripping your finger apart from your hand. And that’s not me being overly dramatic but completely honest.

You can replace shocks and struts yourself – but I’d suggest you play it safe and let the pros handle it.

Can I replace one shock and strut at a time?

Whether you have to replace all four, a pair, or just one depends on how worn out your shocks and struts are. More often than not, you’ll have to replace these car parts in pairs – because the front ones tend to wear out together, similarly to the ones you have in the rear.

You have to treat your shocks and struts the same way you treat your tires. When one of them is acting funny, you have to check things out and replace them if need be.

And, similar to tires, your shocks and struts will wear out in pairs. The front ones first and the rear ones a little after that. Of course, that’s on average.

Don’t be surprised if only one of the struts in the front of your car is worn out and the other isn’t. In that scenario, I’d recommend replacing both if you can afford it. Otherwise, you’ll have to take care of the other one soon after.

So, more often than not, you won’t replace one at a time. You’ll do it in pairs. Sometimes, you’ll have to change all four at once.

What happens if you don’t replace shocks and struts?

You’re going to have a hard time driving with bad shocks and struts. Almost everything becomes harder to do: your car doesn’t stabilize properly, it takes longer to brake, you can’t steer properly, and you will be forever bouncing out on the road.

I’m not kidding. Without functioning shocks and struts, you’ll feel that you’re on a bumpy road everywhere.

As you know, both these parts allow your car to stabilize. You hit a pothole, and your car goes up and down a little bit, then goes back to normal.

Without shocks and struts, you will feel that you’re always hitting potholes. Your car will not be able to stop bouncing.

Add that to the fact that the brakes will not be working properly, and you’re one pothole away from a possible car crash.

How long do shocks and struts last?

Most shocks and struts will last you for 50,000 miles, give or take. You should inspect them after you drive for 10,000 to 12,000 miles or on a yearly basis, though. There’s no need to wait until you’re past the 50,000 miles to replace them if you don’t feel comfortable driving.

Shocks and struts are one of those car parts that feel like they last forever. And, let’s be real: 50,000 miles is a long time for the average driver.

As usual, I recommend not making decisions on averages but on how your car feels and drives.

If you feel like your steering wheel is bobbly, your suspension feels weird, or braking is harder than usual, check your shocks and struts – and replace them if need be.

More likely than not, you have those 50,000 miles to drive before you need to think about that, though.

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