How Long Does a Shock Absorber Last?

Schedule Shock Absorber Replacement
Service Area

$153.45 - $2,020.72

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 470 customers who received a Shock Absorber Replacement.

Your car has a suspension system that provides dampening of shocks and jarring while driving on the road. The suspension also helps improve vehicle handling. There are many different types of suspension systems out there, but the most common by far is a combination of shock absorbers and struts. On older cars, shock absorbers are used on both the front and rear wheels, but modern cars use them primarily on the rear wheels, with strut assemblies on the front.

Both shocks and struts work in a similar way. They use either compressed gas or liquid to help absorb the lateral (up and down) movement of your car caused by bumps, dips, speed bumps, potholes and more. Your shock absorbers are in use any time the car is moving (and even when it’s not). That means they’re subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and they will eventually fail. In fact, they’re considered a normal maintenance item, and they should be replaced relatively regularly. You should also have your shocks and struts inspected at each oil change.

In general, a shock absorber should last at least 50,000 miles before you need to have it replaced. However, the real determining factor is where you drive and how you drive. For instance, if you do a lot of off-road driving, or spend a lot of time on dirt roads, your shocks will wear out much more quickly. If you do primarily highway or interstate driving where the roads are smooth and level, they may last well beyond the 50,000-mile mark.

Once your shocks begin to wear, they’ll fail quickly. What happens is that the end seals begin to wear. Eventually, they will fail. The gas or liquid inside the shock absorber will then leak out. In a liquid-based shock, this can be seen as moisture on the top of the shock absorber or running down the side of the assembly.

Because your car’s shock absorbers have such a dramatic role to play in handling and comfort, it’s important to know the signs that indicate you have a failing or failed shock. These include:

  • Knocking or bumping from the rear suspension

  • Vehicle does not sit level

  • Feeling that the rear end is “loose” while going around turns

  • The rear end bounces more than it should

  • Jarring ride over rougher roads

  • Even small bumps are very noticeable

If you think your shocks are in need of attention, YourMechanic can help. One of our mobile mechanics will come to your location, inspect each shock absorber and replace them if needed.


Next Step

Schedule Shock Absorber Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Shock Absorber Replacement. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Shock Absorber Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Shock Absorber Replacement Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

470

Rating Summary
441
13
3
9
4
441
13
3
9
4

Juan

11 years of experience
35 reviews
Juan
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Shock Absorber Replacement (Front) - Walnut Creek, California
Juan was punctual, polite, and responsive. I watched his work processing and it was clear immediately that he is a pro. The work was finished promptly and correctly. I would not hesitate to request Juan again.
Honda Odyssey - Shock Absorber Replacement (Front, Rear) - Elk Grove, California
Juan was fantastic! He was on schedule, very knowledgeable about cars, and did a superb job on installing my struts and shocks. My van rides so much better now!

Michael

36 years of experience
91 reviews
Michael
36 years of experience
Honda Civic - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Buena Park, California
Can not recommend Mike enough. He came in replaced the shocks on my Honda and the ride is a million times better. He is fast and friendly and answered all my questions. He truly is an expert. I used him to repair my Hyundai last year. The first mechanic I saw could not figure out the problem after hours of troubleshooting, Mike on the other hand diagnosed in minutes just by listening to it run.
Mercedes-Benz C230 - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Orange, California
He completed replacing rear shocks for my 2007 c230 sport. He is very knowledgeable and very quick and professional with his works because, I think, he has lots of automotive knowledge. I certainly will use him for all future needs.

Joaquin

3 years of experience
88 reviews
Joaquin
3 years of experience
Hyundai Veracruz - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Plano, Texas
great job, very prompt, explained all that needed to be done and why. would certainly ask for his services again. Bill

Bernie

50 years of experience
38 reviews
Bernie
50 years of experience
Honda Civic - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Paoli, Pennsylvania
Bernie was very professional. He called before he came. He completed the work quickly. He is very knowledgeable about cars. And he also is willing to share his knowledge about cars. He was also polite and respectful. Thank you Bernie!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE