Average Shocks and Struts Replacement Cost (What to Expect)

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

Shocks and struts are an important part of your vehicle’s suspension. While you may never need to replace them, they do wear out over time and can eventually fail.

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Expect most shocks or struts to last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. So what is the average cost to replace shocks and struts on your car when they go bad?

Related: Shocks vs Struts (What’s the Difference?)

The Importance of Shocks and Struts

The first thing you need to understand is the importance of the shocks and struts and why exactly you need to replace them. Most modern day vehicles have struts up front and shocks in the rear.

However, some may have the same type all around. Struts are the entire suspension assembly while shocks function as part of the entire suspension.

The suspension system of your car has two main functions.

  • Vehicle Performance – First, it manages road handling, helps with braking, and minimizes body roll while cornering. All these things help assure the safety of the passengers while driving.
  • Comfort – Secondly, a suspension system maximizes the comfort of the driver and any other passengers as it minimizes noise, vibrations, and bumps.

Shocks and struts play a major role in the suspension system of your vehicle, making their wear and tear have a negative impact on not just comfort, but safety.

Damaged shocks and struts affect the way the car tires meet the road resulting in poor performance, dangerous swaying and body roll, poor braking, and unsteady handling and holding of the road.

Related: 5 Signs of a Bad Strut Mount

Average Cost To Replace Struts and Shocks

Strut Replacement Cost

cost to replace front struts

When replacing struts, you want to do so in pairs even if you think one of them is still good. Otherwise you can have serious handling and suspension issues that can cause unsafe driving conditions and even expensive damage.

The price you’ll pay to replace struts can vary quite a bit depending on brand of struts (usually either KYB, Monroe, Gabriel, or Bilstein), the make and model of your vehicle, and where you have the strut replacement done.

On average, expect to pay somewhere between $450 and $900 to replace a pair of struts. An individual strut assembly will cost about $150 to $300 so you’re looking at around $300 to $600 for parts alone. Labor alone will set you back about $150 to $300 for the pair.

Going to a car dealership for a strut replacement can cost significantly more and you can almost be assured of paying at least $1,000 as a typical front strut replacement cost. For this type of service, it makes sense to shop around and ideally go with a trustworthy independent mechanic to get the best price.

It is worth noting that a wheel alignment should be performed after having new struts installed. A two-wheel alignment will add another $40 to $80 and if all four struts are replaced, a four-wheel alignment ($80 to $160) is necessary.

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Shock Replacement Cost

rear shock replacement cost

Like struts, you want to replace shocks in pairs. The cost to replace shocks is going to be slightly less than struts since they are generally not as complicated as struts.

The average total cost to replace a pair of shocks will run about $250 to $580. An individual shock absorber will cost around $50 to $140 so parts alone will set you back between $100 and $280. A couple hours of labor to do the job is an additional $150 to $300.

If needing to replace all 4 shocks (or struts), simply multiple the above total costs by two to get an estimate.

Related: Symptoms of Bad Shock Absorbers

Keep in mind that the cost for some vehicles (especially luxury vehicles like Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW, or Lexus) will be more than average. The same applies to sports cars or other vehicles that use more advanced shock or strut assemblies.

Can I Replace Shocks or Struts Myself?

DIY replace struts

It depends. Replacement of shocks is pretty straightforward. The hardest part will be dealing with possible rust or seized bolts due to them being exposed to the elements. But you can easily save a couple hundred dollars off a typical shock replacement cost.

Struts come as either individual parts or complete assemblies. If the spring is separate from the strut, a spring compressor is required to compress the spring for removal and installation. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the highly compressed spring could pop loose and cause a traumatic injury.

Struts that come as assemblies are much easier to replace since the spring is part of the assembly. A pair of strut assemblies can be replaced by the average DIY mechanic in under two hours. 

But if the spring is separate, it’s best to let the professionals handle the replacement.


90 thoughts on “Average Shocks and Struts Replacement Cost (What to Expect)”

  1. I have a quote of $1200 to replace both front shock &/or strut assemblies for a RWD 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Is this reasonable in the Las Vegas area?

    • Sounds like it might be a bit high, but since you said “&/or” I wonder if that is a general quote because they don’t know exactly which parts will need to be replaced until they take it apart. In the case where several parts need replacing, I could see it costing $1200.

    • Just do it yourself. It’s more satisfying knowing you saved hundreds or in your case probably close to a $1000. I just replaced all four of mine on a 2009 Ford Flex. Youtube it. It’s not as hard as you might think. Just get the pre assembled struts with everything all together from rock auto. It cost me around $300 for all four and took only a weekend.

  2. I have a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD 3.5 V6. I have a quote for a complete replacement of both front strut assembly, and rear shock. Add in wheel alignment, tire rotation, and an air filter. My quote is 1700$. This sounded high to me,…opinion?

    • Wheel rotation is usually covered for free by the place you brought the tires so check that. Wheel alignment costs around $100. Strut replacement for both front tires and air filter replacement are cheap and not that hard to replace. Rockauto.com for the parts will probably cost around $250 maybe $300 for everything. Look for the whole strut assembly including the coil if you do it yourself. Become self reliant, these auto mechanics are ripping everyone off. So total for everything will be less than $500. You can borrow basic tools from advanced auto or auto zone with a deposit so that can save money there but a few basic tools is all you would need if doing it yourself. It feels better in the end to fix it yourself. It’s self gratifying.

    • Rockauto.com enter info. You’ll be surprised. Then YouTube it looking for your exact vehicle and procedure for the replacement. It’s not too hard. If you can do a oil change you can replace all four struts easily five times for what they are charging. Or look at Chris fix it on YouTube. He explains everything plain and simple.

  3. How much would all the parts struts, shocks, tie rod ends, sway bar and the suspension cost. Throw much would labor be broken it down. For a 2007Honda CR V


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