Ford explorer strut replacement cost

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Last Updated on February 18, 2021

Shocks and struts are an important part of your vehicle’s suspension. While you may never need to replace them, they do wear out over time and can eventually fail.

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Expect most shocks or struts to last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. So what is the average cost to replace shocks and struts on your car when they go bad?

Related: Shocks vs Struts (What’s the Difference?)

The Importance of Shocks and Struts

The first thing you need to understand is the importance of the shocks and struts and why exactly you need to replace them. Most modern day vehicles have struts up front and shocks in the rear.

However, some may have the same type all around. Struts are the entire suspension assembly while shocks function as part of the entire suspension.

The suspension system of your car has two main functions.

  • Vehicle Performance – First, it manages road handling, helps with braking, and minimizes body roll while cornering. All these things help assure the safety of the passengers while driving.
  • Comfort – Secondly, a suspension system maximizes the comfort of the driver and any other passengers as it minimizes noise, vibrations, and bumps.

Shocks and struts play a major role in the suspension system of your vehicle, making their wear and tear have a negative impact on not just comfort, but safety.

Damaged shocks and struts affect the way the car tires meet the road resulting in poor performance, dangerous swaying and body roll, poor braking, and unsteady handling and holding of the road.

Average Cost To Replace Struts and Shocks

Strut Replacement Cost

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When replacing struts, you want to do so in pairs even if you think one of them is still good. Otherwise you can have serious handling and suspension issues that can cause unsafe driving conditions and even expensive damage.

The price you’ll pay to replace struts can vary quite a bit depending on brand of struts (usually either KYB, Monroe, Gabriel, or Bilstein), the make and model of your vehicle, and where you have the strut replacement done.

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. Labor alone will set you back about $150 to $300 for the pair.

Going to a car dealership for a strut replacement can cost significantly more and you can almost be assured of paying at least $1,000 as a typical front strut replacement cost. For this type of service, it makes sense to shop around and ideally go with a trustworthy independent mechanic to get the best price.

It is worth noting that a wheel alignment should be performed after having new struts installed. A two-wheel alignment will add another $40 to $80 and if all four struts are replaced, a four-wheel alignment ($80 to $160) is necessary.

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Shock Replacement Cost

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Like struts, you want to replace shocks in pairs. The cost to replace shocks is going to be slightly less than struts since they are generally not as complicated as struts.

The average total cost to replace a pair of shocks will run about $250 to $580. An individual shock absorber will cost around $50 to $140 so parts alone will set you back between $100 and $280. A couple hours of labor to do the job is an additional $150 to $300.

If needing to replace all 4 shocks (or struts), simply multiple the above total costs by two to get an estimate.

Related: Symptoms of Bad Shock Absorbers

Keep in mind that the cost for some vehicles (especially luxury vehicles like Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW, or Lexus) will be more than average. The same applies to sports cars or other vehicles that use more advanced shock or strut assemblies.

Can I Replace Shocks or Struts Myself?

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It depends. Replacement of shocks is pretty straightforward. The hardest part will be dealing with possible rust or seized bolts due to them being exposed to the elements. But you can easily save a couple hundred dollars off a typical shock replacement cost.

Struts come as either individual parts or complete assemblies. If the spring is separate from the strut, a spring compressor is required to compress the spring for removal and installation. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the highly compressed spring could pop loose and cause a traumatic injury.

Struts that come as assemblies are much easier to replace since the spring is part of the assembly. A pair of strut assemblies can be replaced by the average DIY mechanic in under two hours. 

But if the spring is separate, it’s best to let the professionals handle the replacement.

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Ford Explorer Shock or Strut Replacement

Shock or strut replacement can be labor intensive, and as a result runs a pretty high price tag. It all depends on the type of car you have.

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2005 Ford Explorer

4.6L V8 Eddie Bauer • 206,000 miles

Capitola ,  CA 95010

$273 - $333

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2003 Ford Explorer

4.0L V6 • 165,000 miles

South Houston ,  TX 77587

$377 - $461

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2009 Ford Explorer

4.0L V6 Eddie Bauer • 49,000 miles

Mission Viejo ,  CA 92692

$270 - $330

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2003 Ford Explorer

4.0L V6 • 180,000 miles

Concord ,  CA 94520

$354 - $432

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2003 Ford Explorer

4.0L V6 • 180,000 miles

Concord ,  CA 94520

$395 - $483

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2000 Ford Explorer

4.0L V6 Postal • 189,000 miles

Long Beach ,  CA 90803

$106 - $130

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2002 Ford Explorer

4.0L V6 • 157,000 miles

Tualatin ,  OR 97062

$373 - $455

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2006 Ford Explorer

4.6L V8 • 178,000 miles

Phoenix ,  AZ 85013

$374 - $458

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2006 Ford Explorer

4.6L V8 • 178,000 miles

Phoenix ,  AZ 85013

$416 - $508

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2014 Ford Explorer

3.5L V6 • 100,000 miles

Mckinney ,  TX 75071

$463 - $565

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Find a mechanic for Shocks and Struts replacement

Worn shocks and struts can make noise, create a bumpy ride – and make your car completely unenjoyable (not to mention unsafe!). That’s why, when the time comes for replacement, you’ll want to find someone who can do the job right. The following tips will help you select a mechanic you can trust.

How to find a mobile mechanic for Shocks and Struts replacement?

Select a certified professional

The new car smell may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean your car doesn’t deserve the best – even if it’s seen better days. You don’t want just anyone popping the hood and poking around. Look for a certified mechanic who has experience working with your car’s make and model. Also, keep in mind, there are many different areas a technician can specialize in. You’ll want to choose someone who has A4 Steering and Suspension Repair certification.

Do they have a good reputation?

Recommendations, either via word-of-mouth or internet reviews, are a great way to find a stellar mechanic. If a repair business has been around for a long time and has a devoted following, you can bet they operate with intelligence and integrity.

Do they seem professional?

Repair in your driveway should be a professional experience. You’ll know you’re in good hands when a mechanic, in a clean uniform, arrives in a company vehicle equipped with tools and car parts to complete the job. Time to raise your standards.

Don’t be left guessing about quality

The quality of shocks and struts varies, as does the caliber of the work being performed. Always ask about warranties when you schedule an appointment. Warranties offer quality assurance and protect you in the rare case that something goes wrong with your repair.

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How to find a local repair shop for Shocks and Struts replacement?

Look for a certified mechanic

Check to make sure the shop is working with only the best, aka ASE certified professionals. In particular, you’ll want to ask whether the mechanic assigned to your car has A4 Steering and Suspension certification. And if the shop doesn’t have the right credentials, move on.

Reputation is everything

The best shops have a loyal clientele – and a packed schedule to prove it. Online recommendations or word-of-mouth suggestions will help you find a mechanic with an outstanding reputation.

Are they helpful?

A good shop will take the time to explain any necessary shock and strut work in detail. They will also be honest about pricing (including giving you an estimate for parts and labor) and won’t try to add on any unnecessary repairs.

Do they offer a warranty?

Replacing your shocks or struts is something you only want to do once. Ask about warranty coverage when you schedule your appointment. A sound warranty provides peace of mind that you’re getting OEM-grade shocks or struts and expert repair.

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What exactly are Shocks and Struts?

You like the fact that you can drive your car without getting a sore tailbone, right? Well, you can thank your shocks and struts for that. They are what is known as suspension dampeners, and they’re the best friend your butt has never heard of.Usually a car has one dampener at each wheel. And while shocks and struts are both dampeners, they’re a little bit different. Shocks are simply a part of the suspension, while struts are part of the car’s structure as well. Struts serve as a platform for a car’s springs, and are fully integrated with them. Front struts are often used as a pivot point for the front wheels, allowing them to turn.

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Symptoms of failing Shocks and Struts

A bouncy ride

Yeah, I’m sure you can ride a mechanical bull better than your buddies. But save it for the dive bar. If your car feels like it’s driving over a bed of marbles, that’s a pretty good sign that your shocks or struts are failing.

Cupped tires

Damaged struts or shocks mean the car will be absorbing more impact when you drive, which isn’t good. A lot of that impact goes into the tires, which may have cupping. Cupped tires are tires with valleys and hills in the treading. They look weird, because they ARE weird.

Bottoming out

Ahh, the sweet sound of your car scraping on asphalt. If you suddenly find your car bottoming out with regularity, it’s probably not that double cheeseburger you had at lunch. It’s likely the result of busted shocks or struts.

Front end dives

Ever hit the brakes, only to have the front of your car dip like a roller coaster at the county fair? Kind of fun, right? But not good. That’s the result of bad struts or shocks.

Knocking sounds

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but bizarre noises coming from your car isn’t a good sign. If that noise is a knocking sound, it’s probably the shocks or struts.

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How urgent are Shock and Strut replacements?

Driving with bad shocks or struts will do more than just have you grabbing for a pillow to sit on. It can impact the steering of your car, and the well-being of other components, like your tires. It’s not going to get better just sitting there, so get it fixed.

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Strut Assembly Replacement Service

How much does a Strut Assembly Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a Ford Explorer Strut Assembly Replacement is $236 with $122 for parts and $114 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Ford ExplorerV8-4.6LService typeStrut Assembly - Rear ReplacementEstimate$1745.85Shop/Dealer Price$2133.58 - $3238.24
1997 Ford ExplorerV8-5.0LService typeStrut Assembly - Rear ReplacementEstimate$3451.22Shop/Dealer Price$4292.06 - $6778.52
2016 Ford ExplorerL4-2.3L TurboService typeStrut Assembly - Rear ReplacementEstimate$743.11Shop/Dealer Price$912.41 - $1393.26
2018 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5L TurboService typeStrut Assembly - Rear ReplacementEstimate$924.43Shop/Dealer Price$1139.03 - $1755.86
2000 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeStrut Assembly - Front ReplacementEstimate$407.11Shop/Dealer Price$489.68 - $705.81
1992 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeStrut Assembly - Front ReplacementEstimate$1441.95Shop/Dealer Price$1783.21 - $2775.45
2017 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeStrut Assembly - Rear ReplacementEstimate$1327.64Shop/Dealer Price$1623.27 - $2456.80
2018 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5L TurboService typeStrut Assembly - Front ReplacementEstimate$1114.42Shop/Dealer Price$1357.64 - $2031.92

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What is the Strut Assembly all about?

The strut assembly, an essential part of your car's suspension system, is attached to the front wheels and is used to absorb road shock, providing a smooth ride. Most cars made after 1995 have shock absorbers in the rear and strut assemblies in the front suspension. Older cars may have shock absorbers at all four wheels. Faulty or damaged struts affect the ride comfort as well as the braking effectiveness.

The strut assembly, located in the front or rear of the car, is basically a shock absorber with a spring coil for additional support. The front wheels have the extra weight of the engine and need extra support to absorb shock from the road. The shock absorber has a piston and a cylinder that contains a gas or liquid substance. The spring is attached to the piston. When you drive over a bump, the piston inside the cylinder moves up and down against the gas/fluid and the spring, absorbing the shock from the bump.

The strut assembly takes a beating over time, especially on bumpy roads. It will eventually start leaking the gas/liquid, leaving you with an unstable or rugged ride. With worn out struts, it is possible that the tires could lose contact with the road and/or the tires will wear out prematurely.

Keep in mind:

  • Struts are replaced in pairs (front or rear).
  • You may need to take the car to a shop for wheel alignment after this service. A mobile mechanic does not have the machine to align the wheels.

How it's done:

  • Verify that the struts are bad.
  • Remove and replace the struts.
  • Inspect the suspension system for any worn or damaged parts.

Our recommendation:

You can easily find out if you need new struts by doing a bounce test. Go to the front corner of your car and push down on the front of the car. If your car bounces up and down a few times, it's time to have a mechanic throughly assess the health of the strut assembly as bouncing often indicates a need for replacement.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Strut Assembly?

  • Unstable, bumpy ride.
  • Excessive body roll.
  • Uneven, excessive tire wear.
  • Knocking or other noises when going over bumps.

How important is this service?

The front of your vehicle has a strut assembly to help absorb shock. With so much weight at the front of the car (due to the engine placement), your vehicle needs extra help absorbing the shock and vibrations from the road. The strut assembly is a shock absorber with a spring coil that keeps your engine and cabin from experiencing the full vibrations of the road. When the strut assembly is damaged, it no longer acts as a shock absorber. Without this shock absorber, the ride will become much less smooth and comfortable, and your engine will be subject to potentially damaging amounts of force.

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