Niagara Gazette — • SUSPENSION: Repairs can run anywhere from $120 for replacement of one ball joint to $2,000 for complete suspension rebuild. The best way to determine exact pricing is to get the vehicle up on a lift and have a front-end inspection performed.
• VEHICLE TAKES BUMP HARD: This condition is an indicator of bad shocks or struts, or broken spring/s.
• SHOCK/STRUT REPLACEMENT: This repair can run anywhere from $150 for four shocks to $1200 if the system is equipped with an air-ride suspension (air filled struts or springs).
• SPRING REPLACEMENT: The cost varies depending on vehicle and system design. Because spring replacement is labor intensive and can take much longer than what the labor guide calls for (due to rust and corrosion), spring replacement is usually priced on a time and material basis. I have seen situations where the labor guide calls for a $200 per axle charge, but the actual cost runs much higher due to frame damage, rust, and other unforeseen complications.
• VEHICLE PULLS TO ONE SIDE OR ANOTHER OR THE STEERING WHEEL IS CROOKED: The vehicle needs a wheel alignment.
Most vehicles today have four-wheel alignment capability. If the fix requires only a simple mechanical adjustment of the system, the repair will usually cost $90 to $150. If special kits have to be installed to make mechanical adjustment possible, you can add $30 to $100 per wheel, depending on the cost of the kit and the additional labor required to install it.
• WHOLE VEHICLE VIBRATES UNDER ACCELERATION: Drivetrain vibration can usually be attributed to a bent driveshaft, a worn CV joint, or transmission damage.
• HALF SHAFT REPLACEMENT: This repair runs from $200 to $500 per side for parts and labor, which does not include wheel alignment.
• CV JOINT: If a CV Joint is bad, it’s usually cheaper to replace the whole shaft with a rebuilt unit than to replace the CV Joint. Why? Because the parts and labor to rebuild a shaft is higher than a rebuilt replacement, and most rebuilt shafts carry a lifetime warranty.