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How much does it cost to replace trunk lift support shocks?

The actual price you’ll pay to replace your trunk lift support shocks depends on your car and your location. That said, the average cost is $117, with $69 going toward replacement parts and $48 for labor costs. 
How long does it take to replace trunk lift support shocks? Again, the exact time it takes to replace the shocks depends on your car. But a trained mechanic should be able to complete the service in 30 minutes to an hour. 
Here’s a breakdown of trunk lift support shocks replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 17, 2024
Volvo V70
$114
$44
$70
0.5 Hours
May 16, 2024
Honda Fit
$105
$44
$61
0.5 Hours
May 14, 2024
Ford Fusion
$92
$44
$48
0.5 Hours
May 13, 2024
Geo Prizm
$107
$44
$63
0.5 Hours
May 13, 2024
Land Rover Range Rover
$103
$44
$60
0.5 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 trunk lift support shocks replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

It’s best to consult your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
for detailed information, but here are the parts you may need:
  • Trunk lift support shocks: Generally, the only parts you’ll need are the new trunk shocks. A new set of trunk lift support struts should cost between $20 and $50. 
We recommend purchasing trunk lift support shocks at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts, or online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend trusted brands such as Sachs, Monroe, and StrongArm for trunk lift support shocks, ensuring reliable and smooth opening and supporting of your vehicle's trunk. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are produced specifically to be an exact fit for your vehicle. They come with a manufacturer’s warranty and tend to be high quality. The downside is that OEM parts are typically on the costlier side. 
Aftermarket parts tend to be cheaper and are available from a wide range of retailers. While OEM parts are generally the most reliable option, quality aftermarket parts are a solid choice for your trunk struts replacement.
You can find OEM parts at your local dealership or authorized parts retailer—just be prepared for the dealer price. For aftermarket parts, check your local auto parts stores—like Auto Zone, NAPA Auto Parts or Advance Auto Parts—or online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto.
If you choose to purchase an aftermarket part, make sure you check the part number to confirm it will fit on your car.

Where can I get my trunk lift support shocks replaced?

It can be difficult to find the right auto repair shop. That’s why Jerry's
GarageGuard™
has compiled a databank of hourly rates and repair estimates from more than 2,500 U.S. shops.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ shows you fair price estimates based on actual hourly rates from local automotive shops. Use it to plan for repairs and maintenance, learn about diagnostic fees, and find the shops near you with the best customer reviews.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to find affordable repair services in your area.
180 Reviews
Goodyear Auto Service - Downtown Sacramento
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1121 I St, Sacramento, CA
Trunk Lift Support Shocks Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$165
(Parts - $36, Labor - $129)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$135
162 Reviews
Ledoux's Auto Service
address
3924 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR
Trunk Lift Support Shocks Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$171
(Parts - $36, Labor - $135)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$75
152 Reviews
Dealer Alternative - Complete Auto Repair
address
957 S Clarke Rd, Ocoee, FL
Trunk Lift Support Shocks Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$121
(Parts - $36, Labor - $85)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$47.50
178 Reviews
Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service - Sugarhouse #794
address
2160 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT
Trunk Lift Support Shocks Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$173
(Parts - $36, Labor - $137)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
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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 trunk lift support shocks?

A mechanic will follow these general steps to replace your trunk lift support shocks:
  • Open the trunk and prop it open with a stick or pole
  • Note the orientation of the old struts
  • Remove the bolts securing the trunk shocks
  • Remove the old shocks
  • Position the new trunk shocks and install the mounting hardware
  • Open and close the trunk to test the new parts

What happens if I don’t replace my trunk lift support shocks?

If you fail to replace faulty trunk lift support shocks, you’re likely to face the following problems:
  • The trunk won’t stay open: If your trunk shocks are no longer working, they won’t be able to support the trunk lid. This means the trunk might slam shut on its own, potentially harming you, someone else, or your belongings. 
  • Strain on trunk hinges: If the trunk shocks can’t support the trunk lid’s weight, excess stress will be put on the trunk hinges. This can lead to more expenses down the road.
  • Limited trunk access: If the trunk shocks are faulty, you may have to support the trunk lid with one hand while retrieving or storing your belongings. 

What are trunk lift support shocks?

Similar to the shock absorbers that support your vehicle’s weight, trunk lift support shocks—sometimes called gas shocks, gas struts, gas springs, or liftgate struts—are mechanical components that help control the rear trunk’s opening and closing motion. They’re made of a gas-charged cylinder with a rod and piston that extend and retract. The shocks extend when you open the trunk, helping to support the lid’s weight, and they compress when you close it.

When should I replace the trunk lift support shocks on my car?

Because there is no set replacement schedule for trunk lift support shocks, you’ll only need to replace yours when they fail. Here are the most common signs that you may need new trunk shocks:
  • The trunk lid is difficult to open
  • The trunk lid closes on its own
  • The trunk lid doesn’t open at all
Keep in mind: These symptoms can point to other problems with the trunk, so it’s always best to contact a mechanic for an accurate diagnosis. 

How often should I replace my trunk lift support shocks?

There is no standard replacement interval for trunk lid lift supports. But, like most automotive components, trunk shocks are subject to wear and tear and can fail over time. You’ll need to replace your trunk struts when they’re no longer able to support the trunk lid. 

Can I replace my trunk lift support shocks myself?

Replacing trunk lift support shocks is an excellent DIY project for even car novices. It requires minimal mechanical know-how and only the most basic tools. 
That said, if you’re uncomfortable handling the job at home, you should contact a professional mechanic for a quick and easy repair. 

FAQs

Generally, you can’t repair trunk lift supports. They’re sealed units containing pressurized gas or hydraulic fluid. Once they start to fail, you’ll need to replace them.
Lift supports can fail for a variety of reasons, including: 
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Overloading with excessive weight
  • Environment factors
  • Oil leaks
  • Physical damage
  • Misalignment
  • Poor-quality parts
The primary benefits of replacing trunk lift shocks are:
  • Improved trunk functionality
  • Enhanced safety and security
  • It prevents trunk damage
  • Easier trunk access
  • It preserves the vehicle’s value
  • Peace of mind

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