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The cost of a front shock absorber replacement depends on your car brand, model and engine. Also, depending on your location, the price of a front shock absorber replacement on your vehicle can vary.
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Audi A1 S Line
Dacia Duster Ambiance Dci
BMW 116i Sport
Citroen Berlingo M Sp
Ford C Max Zetec
Fiat 500l Pop Star
Your shock absorbers are part of the suspension system that smoothes out the bumpiness of an uneven road to provide you with a comfortable ride.
A shock absorber is a gas or oil filled tube that is compressed by a piston to dissipate kinetic energy and regulate the rebounding your car will suffer when driving over potholed, bumpy or uneven ground.
A shock absorber will fail to operate correctly if the fluid leaks. This can be due to poor or damaged seals.
A shock absorber will also fail to function properly if it becomes damaged, bent or broken due to continual wear, general use or accident damage.
Smaller internal parts are likely to wear out in time and cause the improper operation of the complete component.
If your car is bouncing excessively and providing uncomfortable ride quality, then there’s a good chance your shock absorbers aren’t operating correctly.
When driving around corners or over uneven ground and the car feels unstable then your suspension could be damaged.
If driving over humps, sleeping policemen or raised road elements causes problems, your shock absorbers could be damaged.
If you notice puddles of oil-like fluid on the road around your wheels, your shock absorbers could be leaking.
In circumstances when your tyres lose contact with the road going over bumpy surfaces, sharp bridges or raised ground, your suspension isn’t working properly.
You can expect shock absorbers to last at least 50k miles. Your owner’s manual may specify a different mileage or duration, as this figure is only a guideline. You should also have your shock absorbers checked after heavy contact with potholes, curbs or large rocks in the road.
Car suspension is a common reason for MOT failures. Broken or faulty shock absorbers, including oil leaks, will be a definite fail for an MOT.
The typical cost of replacing a condenser varies between £200 and £250.
For example, an Audi A1 S Line would have a dealer price of £255.23, yet Fixter will carry out the same work for only £206—a 19% saving!
Changing the front shock absorber in a Fiat 500l Pop Star will cost you £268.06 with your dealer, but only £216.00 with Fixter—another superb saving of 19%!
When you choose Fixter to find you a great deal and a premium mechanic to carry out your front shock absorber replacement, you can expect to save around £40 from an average dealer price. That’s a typical saving in the region of 15–20%.
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