What does this mean?
We think you’re looking for new front and rear shocks. At their most basic level shocks absorb impact at each wheel, ensuring bumps and uneven pavement aren’t too harsh for the driver. However when traveling at highway speeds, they serve a second purpose: keeping the wheels on the ground over rough payment. Each wheel generally has one corresponding shock. We’ve listed quotes for repairing the front two wheels and back two wheels separately.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 5. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
If you’re a typical driver and looking to conserve cash, we’d recommend starting with the front shocks first. The rear shocks are designed to support maximum vehicle payload, which few people use. The front shocks are always supporting the engine and wear much faster. As a result, the rear shocks can last almost twice as long. Unless you’ve already replaced the front shocks, the front shocks will probably fix the problem. Further, it is more or less the same price to get the front shock done separately versus having all four done together.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.