Cost of a repair will it be worth it

Tiny
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  • 2001 SATURN SL2
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 115,000 MILES
My 2001 Saturn SL I was driving down the street sounded like something fell out got car back home, have flat they took off tire whole tire is shredded on the inside a spring snapped don't know what you call it but it's right above the brakes. Will this be an expensive job to fix. It is the right front tire. Thanks
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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 11:13 PM

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Tiny
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Can you post a pic of the spring?Unless you see it in the diagram I posted if you do what number in the diagram?
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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 11:24 PM
Tiny
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If # 7 is bigger it looks like that
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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 11:35 PM
Tiny
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If that's where the spring goes that's your coil spring. It would be worth replacing that.
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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 11:40 PM
Tiny
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I just looked at how to fix front brakes it is the coil up above brakes that fell down and snapped
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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 11:45 PM
Tiny
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If it's a really good sized spring it's your coil spring.I posted a better pic of the spring. Let me know if it look's like that.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 12:02 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your help That does look like the coil that snapped and ripped the whole inside of my tire. Is this an expensive job to fix and is my car worth it being 10 yrs old. Bought it new Dec 2000. Cant really afford to start putting $ into it. Did last year.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 4:46 PM
Tiny
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If it's just the spring that's bad the spring should be under 100 and the labor is 1.1hrs time's shop labor rate 80-100 per hr. Plus you will have to have it Wheel Alignment after the spring is replaced. It's worth fixing you can't get another car for that. You only have a 115,000 mile's on that car if you changed the oil and transmission fluid like your supposse to then you have lot's of life left in that car.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 7:52 PM
Tiny
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I had it brought somewhere they said it was the the strut? Is a strut a coil? Anyway they said both should be replaced so other one doesn't do the same thing. When I got new sticker they told me ball bearings needed to be done next time on oil change that is what I thought fell out. Is 900.00 a lot for what they are fixing if so nothing I can do I need a car just would like to know, you have been so helpful thank you so much.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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The spring goes on the strut the spring hold's up the weight of the car. The strut dampens the bounce of the spring and hold's the spring in place. So they want 900 to replace both front spring's and strut's with alignment?Does that include the bearing?Also are you talking about the front wheel bearing?If so is it making noise while you drive?Is he saying the strut came apart causing the spring to come out?
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 AT 8:26 PM
Tiny
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Hi no he just replaced springs and front end alignment a new tire total was 839.00, He said both springs had to be replaced or it would have been crooked and the other one might have gone soon. They didn't seem to think anything was wrong with wheel bearings that was my old mechanic that told me I needed to have them done when I got my sticker, hmmm. They seemed fair and told me it was worth getting fixed used car would go for 3500 like mine. You have been so helpful I am so grateful I found this site.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 3:34 PM
Tiny
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If you only had the two spring's done then the dealer price for both spring's is 169 plus tax dealer price may vary the labor is 2.1HRS labor time's shop labor rate 80-100 per hr?Plus maybe 100 for the alignment then whatever the tire cost.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 7:17 PM

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