I had my Forenza in for tires today and the mechanic called me out to show me that he thought something was wrong with the upper strut mounts. With the car up on the lift, he could raise and lower the front wheel and strut maybe 3/16". I told him it's made that way.
On most cars, the upper strut mount is bolted to the strut tower in the wheel well, the Forenza has floating strut mounts. It looks like there is about 3/16" to 1/4" of clearance under the strut plates, looking inside the engine compartment. Is this excessive?
I took things apart a little and put them back together. I concluded that a little clearance under the plate that retains the strut on top is normal, just like the old VW's. I can't see how it would work any other way. Other strut mounts I've worked on have been bolted to the bodywork, so they stayed tight. The ones on our cars are held in place and centered by the weight of the car. The plate/washer that is on top of the strut seems to be there only to keep it from falling completely out if the whole car is up in the air. I'm not a Suzuki mechanic though . . . but I am a mechanical engineer. I just don't know how much clearance is allowable, but I'm not going to sweat it.
The mechanics also told me I needed a new left outer tie rod end, so I ordered one to put on myself. When I went to put it on, I found out that the old one was still nice and tight. The play actually came from the struts hanging loose while it was up in the lift. Oh well, at least I didn't let them do an unnecessary $700 repair.
I'm in the proccess of changeing a front wheel bearing and while we were in the discovery stage my mechanic said that the struts seemed fine but the bushings must be bad. I was getting ready to put on a couple of strut bushing kits on the car, because of this play. I see a problem with this in driving the rain if the strut has play. this is my 16 year old daughters car. so more information on this would be helpful
My passenger side strut has alot more movement them the driver side mount and
i hear a snapping sound on that side and i found that the torque engine mount has movement idk if that is making the snapping sound
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