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Coil spring I have a 2001 nissan altima and yesterday there was a very loud banging noise in the front by the tires. I went by a garage and he said my front coil spring broke. Do you have directions on how to fix this?

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May need alignment after new coil spring (and/or strut assembly)...recommend that you allow a shop to do this...if you are skilled mechanic, you can do it by scribing marks before srut removal and matching marks after strut re-installed.

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Repair cost will vary from place to place, but I'd say coil and strut replacement is about 4-5 hours labor. I'd guess a $300-$450 for parts and labor (coil - $100, pair struts - $140)

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