Can you install shocks yourself?

If you need to replace your car’s shock absorbers but don’t want to pay an expensive mechanic’s fee, you can do so on your own with a little effort. Shocks are essential to a car’s performance, giving it a smooth and even ride. Over time, however, the vehicle’s suspensions become worn out.

Which way do you install shocks?

As a general rule with all Bilstein shocks, you should pay attention to the label. Bilstein tech advises that you should always mount your shocks so that the Bilstein logo is right-side up.

How much does it cost to change shocks?

A typical shock and strut replacement can set you back anywhere between $450 and $1,100 on parts and labor combined. An individual shock and strut assembly costs around $150 to $900, while estimated labor costs for replacing a shock and strut assembly can range anywhere from $150 to $300 per assembly.

Is it OK to mount shocks upside down?

The difference is that a mono-tube shock absorber can be mounted upside down or right side up and it will work either way. *NOTE A conventional two-tube shock absorber must be mounted somewhat vertically. * A mono-tube shock absorber improves unsprung mass when mounted upside down.

Do you have to compress shocks for installation?

The truth is the shock has probably been just “laying around” too long. Here’s the deal: Although not required, the shock can be “primed” before installation: Hold the shock vertical (normal installation position) and then stroke the shock to fully compress it and then fully extended it several times.

Do you need an alignment after replacing rear shocks?

In general, you don’t need an alignment done after replacing shocks on a vehicle with the older style front suspension typically found on rear wheel drive vehicles. Replacing those shocks has nothing to do with the alignment whatsoever unless the spring has lost some of it’s tension.

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