On average, expect to pay somewhere between $450 and $900 to replace a pair of struts. An individual strut assembly will cost about $150 to $300 so you’re looking at around $300 to $600 for parts alone.
A simple rule of thumb is that if the struts or coil springs are being replaced because of age or wear, then also replace the mounts. A worn or damaged mount can cause a variety of symptoms so they should be inspected by a qualified technician.
Additionally, how long do strut mounts last? A properly installed new strut mount should last several years, say 10+ as for my 2002 GC with OE strut mounts still on it, even though driven on salty roads in winter.
Likewise, people ask, how much do strut mounts cost?
For instance, if you buy from the original manufacturer, you have to pay around $70 to $100, while for an aftermarket shock and strut mount, price range is from $17 to $50 depending on the brand and type. There is huge variety of parts to choose from.
Can you drive with bad struts?
Yes, it is possible to drive having bad struts. A vehicle with worn-out struts can still work and ride you here and there, but you have to be really cautious and vigilant. It will obviously be a bumpy ride, but you can drive in a car with bad struts. Instead of driving around with them.
What sound does a bad strut make?
When compressed, the knocking sound that is often heard is caused by the strut “bottoming out” or metal-to-metal contact. If you notice a knocking or clunking sound coming from an area near the front or rear tires, it’s most likely due to worn out or broken struts.
What sound does a bad strut mount make?
The most common is when a worn out strut mount produces a clunking or rattling noise. Front strut mount. This type of noise could be caused by a metal plate separating from the rubber inside the mount, or by a worn-out strut bearing.
What makes strut mounts go bad?
Strut mounts are subjected to heavy vibration during their lifespan and like any rubber to metal bonded parts, they are susceptible to wear over time. Worn strut mounts and bearing plates can cause noise, steering binding or even be the cause of steering pull.
What happens when strut mounts fail?
The strut mounts should always be replaced when replacing the strut assembly as together with the bearing they hold the whole weight of the vehicle, putting them under extreme pressure. Sudden failure of this assembly can have dramatic and dangerous consequences. Failure may also cause heaviness in vehicle steering.
Do strut mounts go bad?
Symptoms of a faulty strut mount For example, clunking when driving over bumps or squeaking when maneuvering at low speed. Premature and/or uneven tire wear. Accelerated wear of shock absorbers. Excessive vibration.
Can I drive with bad strut mounts?
Strut mounts that tear a little are safe to drive with. The mounts themselves have metal inside them and are conically shaped at the top so they really won’t fail unless you take the vehicle airborne and the mount rips. You should replace it though.
Do you need an alignment after replacing rear struts?
Re: Do I need an alignment after rear strut replacement? As long as you remove ONLY the strut hardware and you don’t pull bolts out for the LCA, UCA, or the knuckle, the alignment should not change unless ride height changes significantly.
Should I replace all 4 shocks at the same time?
Yes, you need to replace both shocks at the same time. One new shock can (and will) have an adverse effect on the handling and thus safety. A new shock has different damping characteristics as the old one and it can lead to weird steering behaviour, loss of grip on one wheel, etc.
Can I replace shocks myself?
If you need to replace your car’s shock absorbers but don’t want to pay an expensive mechanic’s fee, you can do so on your own with a little effort. Shocks are essential to a car’s performance, giving it a smooth and even ride. Over time, however, the vehicle’s suspensions become worn out.
Are shocks and struts the same thing?
A vehicle will have either a shock or a strut at each wheel, never both. The major difference between shocks and struts is that a strut is a structural part of the vehicles suspension system where a shock is not. A strut is also crucial part of the vehicles steering system and greatly affects alignment angles.
Why are struts so expensive?
If you’re buying from autozone, it’s because the aftermarket/service part companies don’t sell as many of each model of strut so it costs them more to produce and they have to make a higher profit margin. Generally speaking, OEM struts are much higher quality than anything you’ll buy at the parts store.
Should I replace front and rear shocks at the same time?
It’s not necessary, but it’s usually recommended to replace them in pairs, for example, both front struts or both rear shocks. This is because a new shock absorber will absorb road bumps better than the old one. The answer is no: if the spring is in a good shape, it can be re-used with the new strut.