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So I get into my car this morning and Im hearing this knocking sound coming from the front driver side wheel well which made me pull over , good thing I was on my way to the dealership to get my backup cam replaced, had them look at it and the spring on the strut is broke, just my luck. Looking like a $500 repair.
 

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Probably just bad metal...imperfection in the construction, it just finally gave way. Too bad this isn't warrantee...
 

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The part isnt even available anywhere so there is no ETA at the moment either. Im stuck driving a base model Optima.
 

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Had you of gone to a preferred dealer you'd be in another Cadenza, at least a base one. I realize that isn't the priority, but still, sucks.
 

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Yeah, I remember the compressor replacement on mine, waited a couple weeks for a compressor....should be on the shelf. I like how unique these cars are, but the parts to repair are never on the shelf. At least for everything I've dealt with in the past I was able to continue driving it until the part arrived.




Since you're out of pocket anyway, why not just replace the whole strut on both sides with aftermarket? You could probably get the two of them for under $500, then just have the dealership install...
 

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I was considering it but was thinking I would need to change all the springs if I'm going to go that route which I don't want to do just yet.
 

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As long as you keep the same ride height, just change the front strut/spring assembly as a whole just front 2 corners. Again, I think you can get parts for below $500, then it's just labor, figure 3 maybe 4 hours max. Could probably do it yourself honestly, you're not compressing an existing spring if you're doing coilovers, it's a few bolts top and bottom, just keep the suspension arm supported while you're disconnecting the strut...
 

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As long as you keep the same ride height, just change the front strut/spring assembly as a whole just front 2 corners. Again, I think you can get parts for below $500, then it's just labor, figure 3 maybe 4 hours max. Could probably do it yourself honestly, you're not compressing an existing spring if you're doing coilovers, it's a few bolts top and bottom, just keep the suspension arm supported while you're disconnecting the strut...
Do you know of any good brands?
 

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I wish I did, but I don't. My last car I traded it in once the front struts stated to show repair needs. I know I could get the struts for like $100 or less each, but had to compress the spring. The full coil overs were pushing just over $200 or so each, and I just decided it was the last straw, not going to keep putting money into a car as its value keeps going down. Then found the Cadenza.


That said, years ago I know Monroe made good stuff, but there are a lot of brands out there now. I'd almost suggest checking the Optima forums to see where whey are going, similar car so to speak and a lot of activity on those forums...
 

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Its been almost 2 weeks and I havent heard anything back yet, thinking about calling the kia support line
 

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Just got a call from the dealership that the part is in and the lady also clarified that I bought my cadenza CPO which I was aware of but they were not, weird since I bought it from them. Anyway she reminds me that I bought the service contract, forgot about this, which means all I owe is $50 instead of $500.
 

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Absolutely and given that this was my first big purchase as an adult, it was a very smart choice.
 

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After 2 months the Passenger Spring has done the same thing and is broken. Has anyone else experienced similar issues? Car only has about 60,000 miles on it, seems strange that both springs would break within 2months of another. Just hope it doesnt take 2 weeks for the replacement to arrive like last time.
 

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THat's nutz, but it's possible maybe that both your springs were made at the same time, and a bad lot went out with flaws in the metal. That's the only thing I can guess. I've never heard of a spring breaking in a car that wasn't misused offroad often...
 
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