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Old 07-25-2014, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2004 Forenza Driveshaft?

My son drives a 2004 Forenza (4 cyl). After pulling out of a parking lot and turning right he had to pull the car over it was jerking/clunking so bad. Later that night I drove the car. I tried gently swerving the car left and right to see if a wheel hub was bad and all seemed good. Then I took a 90 degree right turn and I felt what my son felt. It felt as if the left wheel was going to come off with a violent clunking. When I got back to my driveway, where it began to clunk again,I put the the car in Park and shut off the engine. The car started rolling backwards. I had to turn the car back on and cycle the shift lever from Park to reverse and back to park for it to stay in park. After getting it into my garage, it is now clunking when I shift to drive. Reverse seems fine. I can't leave it in drive for long for I am afraid of the damage that could be done. My wife says it looks like the engine is trying to jump out of the car.
The engine seems to be running smooth and the steering is quiet and smooth. There have been no warning/caution lights.
I am thinking drive shaft or U Joint. Thoughts?
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hi welcome to the forum! the clunking on turning sounds like it could be a tierod end. theyre not super easy to replace so you might want to have a mechanic check it out. the problem your having with the shifter/transmission sounds like its your transmission range sensor/neutral safety switch starting to go bad. i think you can find the TRS for around $50. theres an entire thread on the forum about how to replace it and what the symptoms are. eventually youll probably get scrambled letters on the gauge cluster where it tells you what gear your in. heres a link to the thread
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-...-you-need.html
read through let us know what you think. also let us know what you find out about the suspension sound. anything else just ask!
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hi welcome to the forum! the clunking on turning sounds like it could be a tierod end. theyre not super easy to replace so you might want to have a mechanic check it out. the problem your having with the shifter/transmission sounds like its your transmission range sensor/neutral safety switch starting to go bad. i think you can find the TRS for around $50. theres an entire thread on the forum about how to replace it and what the symptoms are. eventually youll probably get scrambled letters on the gauge cluster where it tells you what gear your in. heres a link to the thread
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-...-you-need.html
read through let us know what you think. also let us know what you find out about the suspension sound. anything else just ask!
Thanks for the reply 7-even.
I was able to get the car up on ramps and found where grease had been slinging around from the right inboard CV joint and the boot was no longer secure. I pulled the boot back to find a mess. I am not sure everything was there but the bearings I felt were pretty rough. I have a right side axle assembly coming this week and plan to change it myself. I would post a couple pics just to share with anyone who may benefit from this in the future but, not sure how, if allowed.

Thanks again
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well glad you figured it all out. you can post pics from the bottom of the page. next to the "post quick reply" button is the "go advanced" button. i think you just press go advanced and it gives you the option to upload pics. looking forward to seeing some pics of the job
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