Do cars have both shocks and struts?
First of all, it is important to note that not all vehicles have both shocks and struts. Some have just struts and some vehicles have only shocks. Shocks are part of the overall suspension, and a strut is a complete suspension assembly. The shocks and/or struts in your car perform two functions.
How much does it cost to replace shocks and struts?
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.
Are shocks and shock absorbers the same thing?
Shocks or shock absorbers are designed to limit the bounce and sway of your vehicle while it is on the road. They do not actually support the vehicle's weight. Shocks are part of the suspension system, but they are not essential in order to operate your car or truck.