Strut cartridges should be about $60 apiece. Full assemblies are around $160.
Whether you replace the cartridges or the whole strut, the vehicle will have to be aligned afterwards. That's about $60 last time I checked around.
Replacing the cartridges is about a 90 minute job. Most shops will charge 2 hours for it, though.
Replacing the whole strut assembly is about an hour and you can do it yourself quite easily with just a few tools.
The cost for labor will depend on the local labor rates. From what I've seen, nowadays that's about $100 an hour.
If you can rent or borrow a spring compressor, you can replace the strut cartridges yourself and save a significant chunk of change.
1: Loosen the lug nuts.
2: Raise the front end and block a rear wheel. Use jack stands to support the car.
3: Remove the front wheels.
4: Place the jack under the lower control arm.
5: Remove the 2 bolts securing the strut housing flange to the steering knuckle.
6: Raise the hood and remove the 3 bolts securing the strut tower to the body. Prior to removal, mark the locations of the bolts on the body.
7: Compress the strut spring.
8: Remove the strut cap bolt, strut cap, spring, and bump stop.
9: Use a pair of channellocks or large slipjoint pliers to remove the strut cartridge retainer bolt.
10: Slide the strut cartridge out.
11: reverse the above process.
12: Torque the strut cap bolts to 37 foot-pounds and the strut flange to steering knuckle bolts to 47 foot-pounds. Lug nuts are torqued to 80 foot-pounds.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 10:20 PM