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How much does it cost to lubricate a suspension system?

To lubricate your car’s suspension system, you can expect an average cost of $50 to $95. However, prices may vary depending on your vehicle’s make and model.
How long does it take to lubricate a suspension system? For most vehicles, a suspension system lubrication can take about 1.5 hours. Based on where you take your vehicle to be serviced, time estimates can change due to wait times and increased volume. 
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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 to lubricate my suspension system and how much do those parts cost?

When preparing to lube your suspension system, you will need these specific parts: 
  1. Grease gun: Grease guns are used to transfer lubricant from the cartridge to various parts of your suspension system, including your ball joints, via grease fittings. Grease guns can be purchased for $15-$180 depending on if it’s corded or battery operated.
  2. Automotive grease: When it comes to suspension grease, there are a few different types, including synthetic, heavy-duty lithium, and silicone. Silicone can handle various temperatures, whereas most experts recommend synthetic or heavy-duty. To determine which grease is right for your vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual. Suspension grease can cost between $13-$80.
You can buy suspension lubrication 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 brands we recommend for suspension lubrication grease guns are Lincoln Industrial, Alemite, and DEWALT. When it comes to automotive grease, we recommend brands like Permatex, CRC Industries, and WD-40. Keep in mind that the best options for your suspension lubrication parts will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
For suspension system lubrications, OEM products are the best option. Organizations like Spicer and Dana are OEM certified by many manufacturers, meaning their products are designed for various vehicles. Both come with NLGI grease that can be either multi-purpose, high temperature, and extreme pressure. 
Similar to ball joint lubricants, there are also a variety of suspension greases available. To determine the right fit for your vehicle’s suspension, consult your owner’s manual.
To lubricate your suspension system, you will need a grease gun and the appropriate grease. Suspension system lubrication and grease guns can be bought both in-person and online from auto repair and auto body shops, like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, or from online sellers, like Amazon. Grease guns can also be purchased through in-store retailers, including Walmart and Home Depot.

Where can I get my suspension lubricated?

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Midas Auto Experts - Mt Ephraim
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160 N Black Horse Pike, Camden, NJ
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710 S Alafaya Trail,, Orlando, FL
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189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
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473 Elizabeth, NJ
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How will a mechanic lubricate my suspension system?

Once you take your vehicle in for a suspension system lubrication, your mechanic will first inspect your car’s suspension system for corrosion, as well as your steering system. Then, they will likely use these steps to complete a suspension system lubrication: 
  1. Lift your vehicle: Using jack stands, your car will be lifted off the ground so your mechanic can readily access both of your suspension systems and diagnose any other suspension issues. 
  2. Secure the wheel: Next, your steering wheel is secured by positioning blocks in front of and behind both of your rear wheels. Then, a jack will be set under the lowest point of your car for additional support.
  3. Lubricate steering and suspension: As your steering and suspension work hand in hand, it’s important to lubricate both. Serviceable parts include the outer tie rods, struts, pitman arm, idler arm, and ball joints. Your mechanic will fill the rubber boot around each of these components with grease. 
  4. Remove excess grease: Once all grease is applied, your mechanic will remove any additional grease. Leaving excess grease behind can cause damage to your bushings and can be hard to fix. 
  5. Lubricate rear suspension: If necessary, your mechanic will then lubricate the rear suspension. The same directions and steps will be taken on serviceable parts such as joints, bearings, rods, and more. 

What happens if I don’t lubricate my suspension system?

Failure to lubricate your suspension system at the required time can lead to severe internal damage, including: 
  • Loss of control
  • Faulty steering
  • Increased risk of accidents

What is a suspension system lubrication?

Your vehicle’s suspension system allows your car to move through rough terrain smoothly while maintaining control. Made up of ball joints, center/drag links, u-joints, control arms, sway bars, and more, your suspension is imperative to your car’s operation. Lubricating these parts on a regular basis helps your car operate at peak performance, and increases its overall lifespan. 

When should I perform a suspension system lubrication on my car?

A suspension system lubrication should happen at least twice a year, or by the time provided in your owner’s manual. However, if you experience any of the following common symptoms, you might need to lubricate your suspension system sooner rather than later: 
  • Loud squeaking: Hearing loud squeaking sounds from underneath your car when you hit a bump or pothole may indicate that something in your suspension system isn’t working properly, or that it might need greased. Generally, these sounds can be attributed to parts (such as ball joints) rubbing together to create friction, and left untreated, can result in early wear. 
  • Bumpy riding: If your suspension system isn’t operating properly, then your drive will feel bumpy rather than smooth. This could be due to worn parts, or parts that need to be lubricated for optimal performance.
  • Groaning while turning: Parts like ball joints help your vehicle to complete turns, and if they need to be attended to, you’ll hear it when you go around a corner. If you hear groaning, it’s best to contact a mechanic or check your suspension once you’re safely at home.

How often should a suspension system be lubricated?

Most manufacturers recommend greasing your suspension twice a year. Regular intervals will help ensure that your suspension components—upper/lower ball joints, rubber bushings, driveshaft—are in top working condition. 
The overall time for a suspension lubrication, however, does change with the vehicle’s make and model. Your owner’s manual will be able to give you specific information pertaining to your vehicle. 

Can I lubricate the suspension system myself?

Yes, you can grease your own suspension system. Be aware that a suspension system lubrication is much more detailed than working on one specific part and requires a mid-level to intermediate understanding of suspension parts. If you’re unsure of your DIY capabilities, you should take your car to a mechanic for additional assistance. 

FAQs

To make your suspension ride smoother, it’s recommended that you conduct regular maintenance and inspections on your suspension system. Through routine checks, you can determine if specific parts are worn or corroded, or if they simply need to be greased.
No, WD-40 can’t be used on suspension systems because it can contaminate the rubber in some suspension components. When lubing your suspension system, always go for a suspension lubricant or grease designed specifically for automotive use.

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