How much does it cost to replace front shocks?
Furthermore, how much does it cost to get front shocks replaced?
Typical costs: Shock absorbers or struts can cost $25-$350 or more each, depending on the make and model of vehicle and the quality of the part. Although it could cost as much as $1,400 for a set of four, most do-it-yourselfers spend an average of $150-$250 to replace four shocks/struts.
Similarly, can you drive with bad shocks? And the answer is No! A bad or leaking strut or shock will give your vehicle poor ride quality, but it can't ruin a wheel bearing. In my opinion, driving a vehicle with bad shocks or struts can be dangerous because you cannot control you vehicle from bouncing.
Accordingly, should I replace all 4 shocks at the same time?
Yes, you need to replace both shocks at the same time. One new shock can (and will) have an adverse effect on the handling and thus safety. A new shock has different damping characteristics as the old one and it can lead to weird steering behaviour, loss of grip on one wheel, etc.
How often should you replace shocks?
Like all automotive parts, your vehicle's shocks and struts follow a specific maintenance schedule. Experts say that shocks and struts should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles.