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Old 03-31-2004, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A simple primary school-level problem.

Given: 2 new Struts (no springs), 2 new shocks, 2 new ball joints

Required: to replace existing parts on the car

Find: labor cost involved in doing all this work.

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Usually a mechanic will charge the following labour rates.

For ball joints I'd say an hour each side w/ the proper tool.

For the front struts, you will need to compress the front springs inorder to remove the front strut. I would also say an hour each side.

The rear shock is relatively easy, although I myself can remove this in less than an hour for both sides, typically a mechanic will charge you an hour each side as well.

You're looking at $200-$400 or more of labour depending on the shops hourly rates.

If you're looking to replace the springs or shock mounts in the future, I recommend doing it all at once. If you're not at all handy and you need a mechanic to do everything for you, I'd wait till I have all the parts and get everything done at once.

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or post where you live, maybe someone on the forums that is mechanically inclined with a garage full of tools would do it for a lot less. Worth a shot either way you want to go.
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