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Cost of shocks/struts replacement?

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Cost of shocks/struts replacement?

How much is this repair including parts and labour? If it matters, I have a 2012 Civic.

Also, what brand is the best?
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Most independents these days use quick struts. Monroe and KYB are 2 brands I was looking at when I thought about changing mine.
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Rock Auto for parts, likely an hour per corner for labour is what places will quote.

You'll also need an alignment.
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Ummm your 2012 already need replace?
I am curious cuz I have 2013 so I need to prepare myself @.@
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killer007 wrote: Ummm your 2012 already need replace?
I am curious cuz I have 2013 so I need to prepare myself @.@
It's an 8 year old car with unknown mileage, you're surprised that it needs shocks/struts?
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Did you get them checked before? I have the same car with 190k km and only had to replace a loose ball joint and an alignment. Wasn’t told I needed to change anything else.
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mxthor3 wrote: It's an 8 year old car with unknown mileage, you're surprised that it needs shocks/struts?
Yeah cuz mine it's 2013 and has 140k km on it
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killer007 wrote: Yeah cuz mine it's 2013 and has 140k km on it
You're probably due in the very near future :)
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Depends on the roads you drive on and how wreckless you take entering / exiting plazas and speed bumps. I don't believe in "shocks need to be done at X KM / X age". Shocks are worn like brakes and tires, not necessarily by age like coolant / engine oil / belts / filters / spark plugs. My 2013 is nearing 160k km on original front brake pads because I don't accelerate towards red lights, gradually brake instead, and always try to coast to a stop when I can. My shocks also don't leak at all and car is stiff as the first day, because I always slow down for speed bumps and entering / exiting plazas. Also depends on how loaded your car is (Passengers or items) on a regular basis.
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killer007 wrote: Ummm your 2012 already need replace?
I am curious cuz I have 2013 so I need to prepare myself @.@
changed in my 2003 civic over a year ago, at that time it had around 180kkm.
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Around $1,000 plus wheel alignment
I replaced them with KYB at 310, 000KM (2012 Civic)
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The vast majority people don't replace their shocks and struts as early as they "should" but since the car still performs okay, there isn't really a need to do so. I recently sold a 2008 SRX and a 2012 Cruze with 240k and 170k kms on original shocks and struts but if I had been keeping them, the SRX would have gotten new ones pronto. Good front struts will set the OP back a couple hundred a side for the parts and the rears will be substantially cheaper. I personally would avoid Monroe - the ones I've used in the past have been garbage and so I lean toward OEM. I have no idea how much labour is involved on a Civic but the cars I've done it's maybe 30 minutes for the rears and one to two hours for each of the fronts - depending on FWD, AWD, or RWD. And then you have to get a four wheel alignment. So, it's not cheap - perhaps explaining why people don't get this work done unless they really have to.
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killer007 wrote: Ummm your 2012 already need replace?
I am curious cuz I have 2013 so I need to prepare myself @.@
I don't know what the expected timeline is for replacement. I am not the original owner, and the car now has nearly 104,000 km. It appears that they are worn out based on my own observation while driving and from inspecting them. I don't think it's urgent, but it's definitely a job coming up in the next 6 months or so.
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KhetysTeachings wrote: I don't know what the expected timeline is for replacement. I am not the original owner, and the car now has nearly 104,000 km. It appears that they are worn out based on my own observation while driving and from inspecting them. I don't think it's urgent, but it's definitely a job coming up in the next 6 months or so.
Good on you for being in tune with your car's ride. In my experience, shocks and springs can start to show their age as early as the 80,000 kms point but if the car is driven very gently, they can work as new for a good deal longer. Bumpy roads, aggressive turning and braking will worsen things and if a shock starts to wear, so will the spring. And if these go, so can ball joints and bushings and tie rod ends and...
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The front set is usually easier to work on than the rear and the front often needs replacement first.

KYB or Monroe are usually used by OEMs, Monroe rides a little softer than KYB, depending on the original manufacturer.

Labour wise, about 1 hr per side. Parts and labour from a shop can run quite high, I got a quote for $1400 (just front struts and alignment) from a local reputable general repair indie shop (not dedicated suspension shop) in Ottawa so I got it done in the US.

I replaced the front struts in my 2007 Camry in 2016 when I found a broken coil spring while doing an oil change at 113K. Got KYB Strut-Plus set from Rock Auto for $200/each, 3 hrs labour total (including sway bar links and outer tie rod ends as preventative maintenance) and $100 alignment. I wasn't familiar with the work so got it done at a shop. KYB drives a little stiffer than the original OEM for me but I like it with better handling. My car is 206K now.

When the left side started leaking oil 3 years later in 2019, got a replacement from Rock Auto and replaced it myself. I paid for the new one and shipping back ($40-$50) of the defective part and Rockauto reimbursed me for the full cost (including shipping) of the new one.

Found the broken front springs on the 2008 Avalon last year at 108K and ordered both front KYB sets from RA for $400 and installed them myself along with sway bar links in about 3 hours. I did not get an alignment after this and have found no difference in driving or tire wear.

If the coil springs did not break, I would not have replaced the struts because the shocks were still working fine. I found that the coil springs on Toyotas don't last long, with 3 broken ones on 2 cars not long after 100K. All of them have the same signature, about 3/4 of the turn at the bottom so they did not cause any other damage and allowing the car to continue driving. I wouldn't have known if I didn't find the broken piece hanging on a frame or during tire changeover inpsections.
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FWIW, I had a 2010 CTS-V and had to replace the rear struts after 7 years. Even though I did the work myself, each strut was about $400 from Rock Auto (lol at the stealership who wanted to charge me $900 apiece).

Magnetic ride was awesome but when it came time to fix things it was a spicy meatball.
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RubiconX wrote: LOL so much talk and nobody answered the question for OP :facepalm:
I did the best I could in post #12:
Good front struts will set the OP back a couple hundred a side for the parts and the rears will be substantially cheaper...I have no idea how much labour is involved on a Civic but the cars I've done it's maybe 30 minutes for the rears and one to two hours for each of the fronts
I don't drive a 2012 Civic so I couldn't do any better than that. Sorry.
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I changed the shocks and struts on my 2016 HRV @ 100,000km and it’s made a huge difference. The ride is so much better now.

It doesn’t have to be leaking to justify replacement.

Consider changing the sway bar bushings and end links at the same time since they’ll be in the vicinity.
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I replaced with the Sachs brand which I see is also available for your 2012 civic on rock auto.

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