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Old 10-21-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Broken front driver-side coil spring

Apparently my front driver-side coil spring is broken on my 1999 Saab 9-5.

I have two main questions:
1.) Could this have been caused by the fact that my IDIOT mechanic didn't tighten the lugnuts on my tire and let me drive off? I seem to recall hearing a pop before I realized the tire was loose, and only thereafter tightened the tire up (lugs were handtightened) and realized it was still making noise when turning.

Basically, the sounds which lead me to take the car in began occurring after the point at which they let me drive off with hand-tightened lugnuts... and it just so happens the coil broke right where said tire was hand-tightened.

2.) Whats my best course of action? Do I buy just one new coil spring? A pair? Do I buy a mount to go with it? Do I look for used?
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site!

Depends on how DIY you are and goals. You should be able to get one coil new or used, and get/rent the tools from Autozone or Advanced Auto to do a coil. I also would check the strut and see if it isn't damaged also.

Plan B is that this a great opportunity to upgrade front suspension. Depends on your budget.

Not sure that loose wheel is the cause, did the wheel come off or wobble badly?


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Apparently my front driver-side coil spring is broken on my 1999 Saab 9-5.

I have two main questions:
1.) Could this have been caused by the fact that my IDIOT mechanic didn't tighten the lugnuts on my tire and let me drive off? I seem to recall hearing a pop before I realized the tire was loose, and only thereafter tightened the tire up (lugs were handtightened) and realized it was still making noise when turning.

Basically, the sounds which lead me to take the car in began occurring after the point at which they let me drive off with hand-tightened lugnuts... and it just so happens the coil broke right where said tire was hand-tightened.

2.) Whats my best course of action? Do I buy just one new coil spring? A pair? Do I buy a mount to go with it? Do I look for used?
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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Left wheel wobbled badly. Thanks for input so far... wasn't aware you could rent the tools. That might come in handy.
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Just to confirm... you think I can just do the ONE side instead of both?
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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Last question! How the heck do I find out the color marking?
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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This had nothing to wheel bolts being loose...

There is a plate on the driver's side strut tower that has the spring code. Go to the Saabsite.com for a decoding chart.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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I found the table, I think... but it looks like most of the parts online dont include anything that resembles the "color" (misnomer?) codes listed, unfortunately.

Here's the table I *think* you're talking about.

Here's an auction that pictures some codes that don't resemble anything in that table.

Do I have the right table, or are some shocks just not marked the same way?
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:53 AM   #8
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Apparently my front driver-side coil spring is broken on my 1999 Saab 9-5.

2.) Whats my best course of action? Do I buy just one new coil spring? A pair? Do I buy a mount to go with it? Do I look for used?
In my opinion, if you're going to try to change just one spring, try to go with a used one with somewhat similar mileage as what your car has. Springs sag as the car ages, so just one new one may throw things out of whack, especially if both front springs are the originals.

Two new would probably be best, but you'd be fine with one used if you're on a budget.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:57 AM   #9
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prety shure springs sold set of 2
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