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Old 01-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Front strut & spring replacements, approximate labor cost?

Approximately how much should I expect to have BOTH sides of the front struts & springs replaced by a shop? Let's say the shop has no problem with me buying parts on my own, so I'll only pay for remove & replace labor.


About 4" of my front right coil spring snapped off while driving over a dip in the road. It was the bottom part of the spring that broke. It rusted through. Prior to snapping off there was a metal-on-metal rattling.

Both sides of the strut/spring assemblies are OEM and this car has been parked in the street all year round, the last 6 years, in New Jersey's salty roads.

It has Ford's coil-spring shields installed from a recall. The front strut and springs are factory OEM.


How dangerous is it to drive the car in this state?
It broke 50 miles away from home, and the car handled fine at highway speeds on the way back. It also looks fine - it appears to sit level with no noticeable sag. No unusual noises.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's probably wise to change all 4.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Approximately how much should I expect to have BOTH sides of the front struts & springs replaced by a shop? Let's say the shop has no problem with me buying parts on my own, so I'll only pay for remove & replace labor.
I have a lifetime wheel alignment contract with the Firestone shops (good idea for an old car), so when my car is in their shop for service, I ask them such questions just for the kicks. Last time I was there, I asked them how much it would cost to replace the struts and springs on all four corners, their parts. The estimate was about $2000, no joke. I also know that a MIDAS shop charged neighbor about $500 to replace just the front struts, without springs. They went bad a year later. My fresh ball joints from MIDAS went bad twice less than a year after being installed (second time after fixing under warranty) So, not only it's expensive, but the shops, if you don't inquire in advance, will install absolute garbage parts. It's no longer cost effective to maintain an old car unless you DIY IMHO.

My car really needed overhaul of front suspension (not just struts, but also CV axles, seals, etc). I couldn't afford it, so I bought the parts off Amazon and AAP and did the job myself. It was a pain. The car was sitting on jack stands for a week. The main issue was that despite of owning boxes and boxes of tools, I still run into issue like "oh, I need 29mm/30mm socket/13mm open wrench/socket/whatever for this, and none of my tools sets have it. So I'd postpone everything until I can make a run each day to Harbor Freight 20 miles away to buy a missing tool/part/etc.

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It's probably wise to change all 4.
Not always on a 10 year old car. Yes, it's +90% likely that the rear end is already sagging, but if that's not causing issues in day to day driving, I'd leave it.

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I just did the right front coil and shock replacement on my own. Took about 2 hours on one side to remove and replace. The coil was $45, shock was $57 and the top mount plate and bearing were $33. That is about $300 in parts minimum + 4 hours labor @$75.
I just got the parts I need to do the right side today. When I get both sides back together I will get aligned and be good to go!!
I was quoted about $700 for the front.
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I went with Monroe QuickStruts on all four corners and happy with their performance. Allow 1-2 hours per corner. Find the average price of he QuickStruts in your area and add an average of 6 hours labour, depending on your local shop rates, and that should give you a good idea of the price.
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The first thing I would do is talk to a Ford dealer see if your car is still covered on the spring recall from a couple years back. Cars were covered because springs were breaking due to rust. You may at least get the springs covered on the recall. I ended up changing my own and Ford paid for the parts.

What everyone else is saying about cost, is normal. Though I have seen some places that will offer free labor if you buy the parts from them, but your still looking at about $200 / $250 per corner.
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Big deal, replace bearing and mounts!!! $33 is cheap and very important!!!! $300 for both sides is the cheap parts for shock, coil and mount. KYB is bout $500 for parts only. Then at least 1 hour a side if a shop has the tools for all. I spend 2 hours a side and am fussy!
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For all of you who spend $300+ fon struts/springs/mounting plates for one corner, you are all insane! Last week I bought 6, yes 6, quick struts from PartsGeek.com with a grand total of $368 after shipping costs ($9.95). Mind you, they arent Monroe (which arent good to begin with), they are FCS Automotive brand. After asking people I know, they had nothing bad to say about the brand so I went with them. 2 are for the front of my 2000 SE Comfort w/ the Duratec, 2 are for the back of the same car and the other 2 are rears for my 2005 SE w/ FF Vulcan. I recieved them in 3 business days via FedEx, and had all 6 installed the same day. Took me about 1.25 hours per corner (I have done this before of family's cars). Basically, the moral of the story is, DO NOT BUY FROM AUTOZONE, ADVANCE, O'REILLY or any of the like. You will be overcharged.
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Six hours is the approximate flat rate time.
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