Hi guys. It doesn't sound like peter bella wants to replace them himself so I'd like to add a few comments that might help in this case.
We don't really get involved with that here because it depends on the typical labor rates in your area, the quality / name brand of the replacement parts and whether additional parts are needed. The car will also need a four-wheel alignment after the strut service. Some shops charge their hourly rate but most have a set fee for an alignment regardless of how long it takes. Your car has very little that can be adjusted so the alignment shouldn't take too long. Some tire wear angles are "you get what you got", and hope for the best.
Replacement struts cost in the area of $40.00 to $90.00 each. The upper mounts are often worn too but unless that wear is real severe no one will know until the strut is disassembled to transfer the spring to the new one. THAT'S when they have to hunt you down and tell you "more parts are needed".
Some companies are offering complete strut assemblies now that include a new spring and upper mount, (both smart choices). The parts will cost a lot more but the labor times are greatly reduced and the danger from flying compressed springs is eliminated. New springs will get a sagged front end back up where it should be which will improve tire wear.
As for labor times, many shops use a "flat rate" guide that spells out exactly how much time each procedure should take. That eliminates one variable when comparing estimates between two or more shops. Since strut replacement is so common, some shops have a set labor charge for the job. The problem with that is the procedure varies widely between car brands. Two struts could be replaced on an older Chrysler product in 20 minutes but that same job on some GM models could take a couple of hours. Your car falls somewhere in the middle of that range. That's why you might be charged a certain amount for new struts while your neighbor paid half as much for the same service but on a different brand of car. Of course the mechanic or shop is blamed for "ripping you off" and gets an undeserved bad reputation. The best is to get multiple estimates from different shops and compare what they're going to replace, how they're going to handle those extras they find along the way, and what services, such as the alignment, are included. Don't waste your time comparing an estimate to your friend's recent service work. That's as accurate as comparing doctor bills.
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 10:33 PM