Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Metro Detroit
Drives: 2007 Kia Rondo 2.4L 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis
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07 Rondo 2.4L Strut/Coil questions - Optima part compatibility
Hey guys/gals, been lurking for the past couple weeks searching around for more info on the issue that I'm having and decided to register. I've searched pretty thoroughly through the site for the answers that I am looking for but haven't come up with much info, so if it's out there, please forgive me.
Anyway, my brother has an '07 Rondo LX with 2.4L - around 125K miles. He recently went to get an alignment after getting new tires installed and the Tech brought him out to show him a broken coil spring on the front driver side - needless to say, he did not proceed with the alignment.
After searching around I've come up with a few conclusions:
1) This is a somewhat common issue with these vehicles
2) Aftermarket support for the Rondo is definitely lacking - no quickstruts available, nor aftermarket coils
3) OEM coils are pretty darn expensive - especially considering the chance of another break in the future
Considering the miles on the vehicle, I figured he might as well do the front struts while he's at it - i mean, the have to come off to put new coils on anyway. He's definitely not down with paying $1300+ for a shop to do the work, So we'll be doing the work ourselves (I've done struts before and I'm capable of doing it safely)
After some searching around, it looks like Kia has vehicle-specific part numbers for almost everything that I am looking at, even though aftermarket strut/strut part suppliers (Moog, Monroe, Sensen, Autozone, etc.) list common parts with the late 2006-2010 optima - mainly the struts, boots and strut mounts. Combining that knowledge with the fact that the Rondo only weighs about 200lbs more and comes with the same engines as the optima, I'm starting to think that Optima struts and coils will work just fine. The only issue that bothers me is that kia doesn't list any actual useful specs for the coils - dimensions, compression rate, etc.
So that leads to the actual question. If there's anyone out there who works a kia parts dept., junkyard, etc. or anyone who knows these two vehicles - will optima coils work? for that matter, could I use optima quickstruts like the sensens (i know - not the best choice) listed on ebay for $220ish/pair (can't post links yet)? Or even salvaged optima struts/coils? They seem to be a heck of a lot more prevelent in SE Michigan that than Rondos on Car-part. I'd rather not go the sensen route - i don't mind packing the coils (though I'd rather not), but I just wonder about all the other misc. parts that can nickle and dime this all the way up to a $500 project just in parts (mounts, seats, bearings, bushings, etc.) and they're not exactly available at every local parts store....
Any input will be appreciated. FWIW, I've found some salvaged optima struts nearby for $20/each - i may go pick them up just to see if they're the same (though I can't be sure until I've actually pulled the rondo's struts).
I still can't believe how often this happens though - according to the previous owner's maint. records, a coil spring was replaced at 70-something thousand miles.