Question about 2004 Suzuki Forenza
My mechanic fixed my front brakes. He told me that my car has floating front struts. I Brought my car for an inspection sticker and they told me both my front struts need replacing. I told him they were "floating struts and they are fine. How do I get him to believe me?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The gear-shifter solenoid or brakelight switch has failed.
To check the brakelight switch, start the car and step on the brake. If the brakelights don't come on, the switch is faulty. You'll find the switch under the dashboard above the brake pedal.
If the brakelights came on, your shifter solenoid is probably bad. In this case, here's a quick-and-dirty fix to get you moving...
Look for a small plastic cover next to the gear shift. Pop this off with a fingernail or small flat screwdriver. There will be a hole beneath the cover. Push a small screwdwiver down that hole untill you feel some resistance. You should now be able to shift out of park.
Be warned...this trick allows a shift even without touching the brake. So get the solenoid fixed as soon as you can.
Good luck !
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
Get a third opinion. I don't see how the Suzuki dealer person could diagnose a problem from a phone call.
Take off a wheel and see how much brake pad you have left. The pulsating sounds like the rotors need resurfacing. Replacing pads and resurfacting rotors shouldn't be a major expenditure.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
For the do-it-yourself kind of mechanic, there is a kit sold by Prestone that will help you back flush the system using an ordinary garden hose. Available at most any auto-parts store, Walmart & such. It has the basic instructions on the container but I'll give you an overview.
You will need a large container to catch the anti-freeze coming out, You could drain it by removing the plug at the bottom of the radiator first , or remove the lower hose & get most of it out & then just flush the remainder, back-flushing is recommended.
There is a piece that fits into the radiator caps position that helps to aim the water towards a container but sometimes you can't use it due to size restrictions & limitations on space & have to catch the fluid with a drain pan as it overflows.
You will need to install a backflush connector "T". You simply cut into one of the 2 heater hoses, preferably the return line, and install that piece using 2 hose clamps to secure it. The garden hose hooks there.
The engine should be cool, you can crack a head or block by drowning a hot engine with ice cold water.
Just turn the water on slowly, once the anti-freeze stops coming out & it's just water, remove the drain pan & recycle what anti-freeze you can. Remember, most anti-freeze is fatal to birds & animals, including large dogs & children, so clean spills or at least dilute it with water until it is not a threat.
once done, drain the system & refill with the mix you prefer for your area, usually not less than a 50/50.
Posted on Feb 18, 2010
Hello michele151: My name is Roger and I will answer your question. The manufacturer recommends replacing the belt at 60,000 miles and inspecting the belt at 30,000 miles. This would also be a good time to check the water pump as the timing belt turns it also. I always recommend replacing the timing belt with a timing kit as this way you also have the parts to replace the idler bearings at the same time. these are small bearings that turn a million times and do wear out. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer as this way I know it was of use. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
Posted on Mar 15, 2010
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Did you spill anything on the console?
I'm not familiar with this exact model but I used to be a tech at a Mazda dealer. We used to have to take apart consoles and clean big gulp goo out of the mechanism. There is a small electric solenoid that unlocks the shifter when you step on the brake. It does not have enough power to move the linkage when there is sticky goo all over it.
Take the top off the shifter. Clean all the moving parts. Pre-moistened kitchen wipes followed by a light coat of silicone spray was the secret recipe.
Posted on Mar 03, 2011
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