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just wondering if any of you guys have had your front shocks(struts) replaced? my front right shock just went about a week ago and my mechanic told me it would cost 225 to replace the one. double that to do both. my dad told me i should get both done b/c the other one will probably go soon too. but i dont have the cash right now for both. he said that it really isn't a DIY job either. has anyone ever replace a strut before? if so please let me know how your did it.
it would deffinately be a tough DIY without the proper equipment. do you want to replace just the shocks or the entire strut housing? unless the strut is bent or rusted you dont need to replace it. a fair price to replace all 4 shocks, installation, and a allignment should be around $450-500 if you go with bilstein tourings over a factory replacement.
I had my front struts and rear shocks replaced last week.
The rear ones I had my mechanic order me a couple (he gets discount) and I replaced them myself within half hour (super easy)
The front struts, I don't have a coil compressor or proper tools; therefore, had my mechanic do it.
The old strut housings were used and new inserts were put in. My mounts were shot as well and they were replaced.
Each front insert costed about $80 USD
Each mount costed about $110 USD
all in all, the total came to around $480.00 USD for the front struts.
So you's be looking at around $400 to $500 panding.
I replaced all my springs and shocks this weekend at all 4 corners. It's not a bad DIY job at all. Once you get the wheel, caliper, and rotor off, there's 1 bolt for the tie rod, and 1 bolt for the control arm. Under the hood, there's 3 bolts on the strut tower. Remove those bolts and the whole strut drops right out.
The only special tool I needed was a spring compressor, which can be bought or rented cheap from your local auto parts store. And removing the collar that fastens the shock into the strut takes a little work with some channel locks, or you can take them to a local shop and have them loosen them. My local shop did it for free and it took him 5 minutes.
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