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How much does it cost to replace a strut assembly?

The average strut replacement cost is around $400-$1,100. But you should remember that those are average estimates. Your actual total cost depends on your vehicle, location, and the type of struts you purchase.  
How long does it take to replace struts? Exact replacement times can vary from car to car. But on average, a trained mechanic will take between one and two hours per strut—note that you should always replace struts in pairs, meaning the entire job could take two to four hours. 
Also, keep in mind that you will need a wheel alignment following a strut replacement. That can cause the entire process to take upwards of five hours. 
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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 strut assembly replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

You should consult your
owner’s manual
and a vehicle repair guide for model-specific repair information, but here is a general overview of what you may need:
  • Strut assemblies: The only parts you should have to buy for your replacement are the new strut assemblies. A strut assembly typically includes the coil spring, strut mount,  bearing plate, shock absorber, a bellow or dust boot, a bump stop, and a jounce stop. A pair of strut assemblies should cost between $400 and $700. 
You can purchase strut assembly 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 strut assembly parts are Monroe, KYB, and Gabriel, but the best brands for your replacement will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
For most automotive repairs, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are the best choice. 
Your car’s manufacturer designs and creates OEM parts to be a perfect fit for your make and model. They come with a strong warranty and are usually made from high-quality materials. That said, OEM parts can be pricey and may be difficult to find for some vehicles.
Aftermarket parts are produced by third-party companies and fit a wider range of cars. They’re usually cheaper than OEM parts but may be available in budget, premium, and performance versions. Aftermarket parts are an excellent choice for older vehicles, drivers looking for savings, and those interested in upgrading their cars.
You can find aftermarket parts at most auto parts stores—like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts—and online retailers like Amazon or RockAuto. OEM parts are available at your local dealership or an authorized parts supplier.

Where can I get my strut assembly replaced?

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Jerry's GarageGuard™  uses real hourly rates from shops in your neighborhood to generate fair price estimates. Use Jerry's GarageGuard™ to budget for future maintenance work, learn about diagnostic fees, and find shops in your area with the best reviews.
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4751 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa, OK
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Fresno Tire Company
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6632 N Blackstone Ave B, Fresno, CA
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4420 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX
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How will a mechanic replace my strut assemblies?

The exact replacement process can vary from car to car. But here are the general steps your mechanic will follow to replace your struts:
  • Open the hood and lift the car off the ground—if you’re replacing the front struts, you’ll access the upper mounting bolts from under the hood; if replacing the rear struts, you may have to remove the back seats or access the mounting bolts from inside the trunk, depending on the car
  • Remove the wheels
  • Disconnect any brake lines and ABS wires from the strut and steering knuckle
  • Remove the lower mounting bolts connected to the steering knuckle
  • Disconnect the sway bar link from the strut
  • Use a hammer or pry bar to separate the steering knuckle and the strut
  • Remove the upper strut mount bolts
  • Remove the old strut
  • Compare the new strut assembly to the old one to confirm that you don’t have to transfer any parts over to the new part
  • Clean the steering knuckle where the strut attaches to it
  • Position the new strut assembly and install the upper mounting bolts
  • Use a jack to lift the steering knuckle into place—confirm that the bolt holes on the strut and knuckle line up
  • Install the lower bolts
  • Torque the lower bolts to the appropriate specification
  • Replace the sway bar end links and torque them appropriately
  • Reconnect the ABS and brake lines
  • Tighten the upper mounting bolts and torque them to the manufacturer’s specification
Remember that after replacing the struts, your car will need an alignment. Following an alignment, your mechanic will test drive the vehicle. 

What happens if I don’t replace my strut assemblies?

If you have bad struts and choose not to replace them, you’ll likely develop the following issues:
  • Reduced ride comfort, handling, and stability: Worn-out struts will absorb fewer shocks and vibrations. This can cause the vehicle’s handling to drop and can lead to body roll, less responsive steering, and overall poor ride quality.
  • Increased braking distance: Bad struts can affect the car’s stability during braking. This can lead to longer stopping distances, increasing your risk of an accident.
  • Uneven tire wear: When your struts lose their damping ability, your tires may bounce more. This can lead to uneven tire wear and more frequent tire replacements.
  • Damage to other suspension components: Faulty shocks can damage your car’s suspension system. Over time, this can lead to premature wear of components like the control arms, ball joints, bushings, and tie rods.
  • Safety risks: Worn-out struts can reduce your car’s handling, stability, and braking performance. This can lead to dangerous driving conditions.

What is a strut assembly?

A strut assembly is an important part of many suspension systems. It’s a combined shock absorber-coil spring unit designed to help support your vehicle’s weight, absorb shocks and vibrations, and help maintain stability. 

When should I replace the strut assemblies on my car?

There is no set replacement interval for strut assemblies but they tend to wear out after 50,000 to 100,000 miles. You’ll only need to replace your struts if they fail or you want an upgrade. The most common signs of worn-out struts include the following:
  • Noises when driving over bumps: If you hear clunking or knocking noises while driving over bumps or potholes, it could be a sign that you need new struts.
  • Poor ride quality: A common symptom of bad struts is a bumpy, uncomfortable ride. Some bounces are normal when driving over rough terrain but if you can feel every crack and bump in the road or your ride feels lurchy and rough, you may need new struts.
  • The car pulls to one side: If your car pulls to one side, it can be a sign that it’s out of alignment—but it can also indicate worn-out struts. The struts play a key role in front-end alignment so if you notice the car pulling to one side, the struts may be to blame. 
  • Uneven tire wear: When the struts wear out, they can’t absorb shocks properly. This can cause your tires to lose contact with the road momentarily, leading to uneven tire wear.
Keep in mind: These problems can indicate other steering and suspension system issues. The best way to properly diagnose your car’s problem is to visit a certified mechanic. 

How often should I replace my strut assemblies?

There generally isn’t a fixed replacement interval for strut assemblies, though you should check your owner’s manual to be sure. Struts tend to wear out after around 50,000 to 100,000 miles. You’ll need to replace yours if you experience signs of strut failure, which can include clunking noises, a bumpy ride, and uneven tire wear.

Can I replace my strut assemblies myself?

A strut assembly replacement is a mid-to-advanced-level repair job. While it can be a great DIY project for experienced hobbyists and home mechanics, it’s likely too complex for novices. 
If you’re not comfortable working with your vehicle’s suspension system, you should contact a professional mechanic.

FAQs

You should avoid driving with bad struts as doing so can lead to the following:
  • Reduced handling and vehicle control
  • Longer braking distances
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Poor ride quality
  • Suspension damage
  • Increased accident risks
  • Alignment problems
The average lifespan of struts can vary based on your driving habits, the type of struts, and your car’s make and model. That said, struts generally last for between 50,000 and 100,000 miles before needing a replacement.
Many factors can contribute to struts going bad. Some of the top causes include the following:
  • Normal wear and tear
  • High mileage
  • Poor road conditions
  • Leaks or seal damage
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Environmental factors 
  • Accidents or collisions
  • Overloading the car
  • Oil contamination
  • Poor driving habits

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