2003 Volvo s40 front struts engine 1.9T
Mechanic scared me off because he tried arguing against a second opinion, but I was really skeptical of his 1000$ price point to replace the struts on the front. Where can I get a list of all the parts required and where is a good place to get a reasonable estimate of individual price for parts? I'm definitely getting a second opinion and its really shady to argue against me doing so.
seems quite high for just front struts! if it included control arms, and ball joints it would be around their quote.
How would I be able to tell? How do you know that? Where can I learn that?
$600-$800 would be a fair price. Is he replacing the strut mounts too? What parts is he using, OE or OEM? OEM would be the $1K price. I use www.fcpeuro.com for my parts. Remember there is labor in that price you were quoted and markup of parts to make a profit.
He is not using OEM, he said he gets after market though he did not specify which brand.
That's the thing he claimed everything had to go. From what I've been reading it's possible, though not necessarily true. I can see motivation to get me to replace every single piece near the front suspension and it's one of the reasons I wanted a second opinion and my suspicion was not helped by him trying to argue me away from talking to anyone else. Like yeah I get it, hold on to your business, but if your estimate is fair I'm going back to you. The car wont shatter to pieces if it gets driven to another shop on a bad spring, I'm sorry it just wont. It wont be great and I wont drive it to work, but come on. Isn't that behavior a little fishy? Fear mongering, dodgy answers, arguing against a second opinion...grr. Is this something a saturday mechanic buddy would be able to do safely if I got it a professional alignment after?
You need a spring compressor to remove the springs off the struts. So you have a broken one? You replace those in pairs, so that might be why the price he quotes was high? It is something you can do in your garage or driveway, just need the appropriate tools. Wrenches, jack stands, sockets, breaker bars, penetrating fluid and self confidence. also some youtube videos to guide you along, a friend and some beer help too.
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