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How much does it cost to replace air shocks?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $500-$1,500. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace air shocks? In general, it takes around 1-1.5 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my air shocks replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here are the main things you’ll need:
  1. Air shocks: This is the main suspension component that needs to be replaced. Air shocks, also known as shock absorbers, are an essential part of the vehicle’s suspension system that uses air-filled bags to support the vehicle's weight and regulate the movement of a vehicle's suspension. On average, new air shocks can range anywhere from $100 to $1500, depending on your car’s make and model.
  2. Air springs: Airbag springs are part of your car’s air suspension system, and their function is to lift the weight of the car. Get them checked if you’re experiencing issues with your shocks. They usually also cost between $100 to $1500. 
  3. Air compressor: Although you might not need to replace your air compressor just yet if there are air leaks in the suspension system, it’s a good idea to have the air compressor investigated by your mechanic during the air shocks replacement. Typically, a new air compressor costs from $40 to $1000.
You can buy air shock parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three of our top recommended brands for air shocks are Monroe, Bilstein, and Arnott. For air springs, we recommend Monroe, Arnott, and Firestone and our air compressor recommendations include Viair, ACDelco, and Firestone. However, be mindful that the best parts and brands for your air suspension air shock replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
You can purchase air shocks at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. You can also find air shocks on Amazon or RockAuto. 
However, make sure to first check your owner’s manual to confirm that the parts you’re purchasing are compatible with your vehicle.
Choosing OEM parts for your shocks and struts offers several advantages.
Although aftermarket options are often more affordable, they can lack a precise fit. In contrast, OEM parts are designed specifically for your vehicle. Moreover, OEM parts typically come with a warranty, providing added peace of mind, whereas aftermarket parts may not offer the same level of guarantee.

Where can I get my air shocks replaced?

Looking for a mechanic to replace your air shocks can be challenging, especially if you don't have a trusted garage. Thankfully, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
is here to assist you by comparing prices from over 2,500 reputable auto repair shops across the US.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ evaluates fair price estimates from each auto shop, taking into account their actual hourly labor costs. It will help you determine if diagnostic fees are included in the service cost and access real customer reviews to help you select the best service.
Browse through some of our vetted shops, and be sure to download the app to compare quotes for automotive repairs in your area.
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I & A Automotive
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24850 Aurora Rd Ste G, Cleveland, OH
Shop Diagnostic Fee
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$79.99
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61 Auto Center
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1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
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Seversin's Service Center
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3401 Milwaukee St, Madison, WI
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
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Das Performance
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151 Chatham Heights Rd #103, Fredericksburg, VA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my air shocks?

Your mechanic will do the following during an air shocks replacement: 
  • Inspect air shocks
  • Remove faulty air shocks
  • Install new air shocks
  • Test air shocks
  • Test drive vehicle to ensure new air shocks are in good working order
Keep in mind: A wheel alignment should be conducted after installing new shocks.

What happens if I don’t replace bad air shocks?

If you don't replace bad shocks, you risk the following:
  • Compromised ride quality and comfort
  • Poor vehicle stability
  • Increased braking distance
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Vehicle height issues
  • A lack of control which can result in a car accident

What are air shocks?

Air shocks are part of a vehicle’s air suspension system, which is powered by an electric compressor. They adjust the height of your vehicle while you drive and help you turn corners smoothly. 
Air shocks use inflatable
airbags
to keep your car supported and comfortable. As you drive, the pump or compressor will work together with multiple sensors to promptly react and adapt to changing road conditions.

What are the symptoms of bad air shocks?

There might be a few symptoms that your air shocks needs fixing, such as: 
  • Car becomes more difficult to handle
  • Compressor runs more frequently
  • Car bounces or sags more when you drive (you can feel this through the steering wheel)
  • Shocks begin leaking oil
  • Leaning or dipping when braking or accelerating
  • Strange tire tread patterns due to vehicle’s uneven balance
  • Clunking noises from car’s suspension
  • Steering difficulties

How often do you need to replace air shocks?

Air shocks tend to last longer than older gas-powered ones. Typically, air shocks require replacement once they reach around 80,000 to 100,000 miles. 
Keep in mind: Aggressive driving or rough road conditions can accelerate this process. Air shock deterioration occurs gradually, not all at once.

Is replacing air shocks yourself easy?

Although you can certainly try replacing the air shocks yourself, you should be confident in your DIY auto repair skills. For the average car owner, we recommend letting a certified mechanic diagnose and fix the problem.

FAQs

This service takes around one hour to complete. 
The air shocks can develop tiny holes over time due to age, extreme temperatures, and regular use. These small holes may lead to slow air leaks from the system. 
As a result, the air compressor may struggle to maintain the necessary air pressure in the air springs.
You shouldn’t drive with bad air shocks. 
A fully functional suspension system is vital for controlling your vehicle's speed and direction on the road. If you have bad air shocks, handling your vehicle becomes challenging, increasing your risk of getting in a road accident.

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