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Struts don't come with springs. However manufacturers like Monroe, KYB, etc now offer complete strut assembly including strut, spring, mount for many makes/models. These "ready/complete struts" are great & economical way of restoring suspension on old cars. Unfortunately, no one seems to offer them for 2008 Rondo

While checking the Monroe struts, I have noticed 2008 Rondo shares Struct and Mounts with 2008 Optima. Only the spring is different, and all those companies offer the complete struts for the Optimas. So there are some possibilities....
Part number for our rondo right front strut is 54661-1D101 and for the optima (2008 v6) it is 54661-2G300. Coil part number for our rondo is 54630-1D301-DS and it is 54630-2G210-DS for the optima. Not sure if they both share the same strut. Would be nice though if we could buy the whole Monro assembly from the Optima. I had the same issue recently (see recent post). In my case, the left front coil broke in half in my driveway. When looking at the right one, found out it was also broken but at the base where only half a loop was separated from the rest. That was not recent giving the corrosion at the extremity.

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Thanks, gnorin. Using Monroe quick-struts for Optima would be a good if unlikely idea.

I'm still waiting for someone to comment here about whether it's important to do springs in pairs, like struts, and then whether alignment is needed.

I'll ask another shop and the dealer today about all this.
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It is highly recommended to do springs in pairs and since strut needs to come out for the work done - wheel alignment will be required.

One suggestion thou - call Kia corporate, not dealer, and speak with them re broken spring, this is safety issue and they may offer you a deal on repair even thou warranty is over.
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It is highly recommended to do springs in pairs and since strut needs to come out for the work done - wheel alignment will be required.

One suggestion thou - call Kia corporate, not dealer, and speak with them re broken spring, this is safety issue and they may offer you a deal on repair even thou warranty is over.
Thanks again. I've now spoken with 3 mechanics: my own old bud, a highly regarded local shop, and the local Kia dealer. Not to doubt you but none have said to do pairs, 2 suggested alignment after one spring. I was thinking to drive it after the spring and see if it feels like it needs aligning. Oddly to me, the dealer quoted me 125 for 2 hours labor, my old bud 200 for 2 hours, and the 3rd shop wouldn't quote till they saw it.

I'd have never thought of calling Kia but I just did - 800-333-4542. Despite being 10 years old they opened what they call a "goodwill case" for me, no guarantee but after they see the work order from the dealer they may reimburse me something for the bill!!!!

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Good deal indeed!!
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Part number for our rondo right front strut is 54661-1D101 and for the optima (2008 v6) it is 54661-2G300. Coil part number for our rondo is 54630-1D301-DS and it is 54630-2G210-DS for the optima. Not sure if they both share the same strut. Would be nice though if we could buy the whole Monro assembly from the Optima. I had the same issue recently (see recent post). In my case, the left front coil broke in half in my driveway. When looking at the right one, found out it was also broken but at the base where only half a loop was separated from the rest. That was not recent giving the corrosion at the extremity.
Kia part number maybe different, but Monroe has the same part number for Rondo & Optima.

FOr example, here is link to the front left strut. Click on the where used tab.
71136 :: e-Catalog :: MONROE® SHOCKS & STRUTS

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Thanks again. I've now spoken with 3 mechanics: my own old bud, a highly regarded local shop, and the local Kia dealer. Not to doubt you but none have said to do pairs, 2 suggested alignment after one spring. I was thinking to drive it after the spring and see if it feels like it needs aligning. Oddly to me, the dealer quoted me 125 for 2 hours labor, my old bud 200 for 2 hours, and the 3rd shop wouldn't quote till they saw it.

I'd have never thought of calling Kia but I just did - 800-333-4542. Despite being 10 years old they opened what they call a "goodwill case" for me, no guarantee but after they see the work order from the dealer they may reimburse me something for the bill!!!!
That's great!

Like others said above, alignment should be done. Many shops these days offer "free alignment check", so maybe you can try that first.

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Kia part number maybe different, but Monroe has the same part number for Rondo & Optima.

FOr example, here is link to the front left strut. Click on the where used tab.
71136 :: e-Catalog :: MONROE® SHOCKS & STRUTS
Thanks again. I checked the link and yes it's there for Rondo. Then I drilled UP to their products pages and picked the all-in-one quick-strut, then an 08 Rondo, and it came up with 2 struts. But they didn't look like the quicks, so I called Monroe and indeed there's no quicks for Rondo. Just a website glitch. Also, nothing at the KYB site looks to be all-in-one. Back to a spring.
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Good to know about calling kia corporate. Also, I am curious to know where your dealer is located. Might be driving to western Mass at 75$/hour. That`s cheap. Tell that to your old bud!
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The dealer is "Gary Rome" in Holyoke, MA. Technically it's his Hyundai place, his Kia place is down the road in Enfield, CT, but Holyoke works on Kia too. I'm taking the car in Monday.
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