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Old 10-16-2013, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi everyone I have a question when removing the front struts on 08 Forenza do just remove the lower bolts and not remove the one bolt I see on top its wierd?
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If you are trying to remove the struts, then yes, you will need to remove the bolt on top. I have an '05 Forenza. I don't know if the '08 is any different. You should remove the top bolt before jacking the car up. Otherwise, the whole assembly will drop hard when you remove the top bolt with the car in the air.

You need a special tool to remove the top bolt. You might get lucky with a drop wrench (I did once). I can't recall the serial for the tool. You can find it in the Forenza/Daewoo manual posted by 7-even.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hi. the reno/forenza has McPherson struts in a "floating" design so they mount into the car by only one bolt on top. if your doing suspension i hope you have a little experience with doing the job or have help. be very careful with the springs even when out of the car theyre still under load. if your not careful the spring can shoot off the strut and hurt someone. heres the link to the online service manual. lots of useful info in it.
Daewoo Service Manual
any other questions just ask
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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After I remove the top bolt on my Forenza before I jack it up will the whole assembly drop iam having a friend help me I have done other struts before just not this type that has one bolt hold the top end
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Yes after you take apart everything underneath and undo the top bolt you should be able to slide it out the bottom. Anything else just ask.
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Before you jack it up, nothing will happen if you remove the top bolt. The weight of the car will hold everything in place.

Here is a diagram of the strut:

2007 Suzuki Forenza Parts - Suzuki Car Parts Catalog Online Store

If you look at the diagram, the bolt holding the strut on is #22. It's the bolt #20 that holds the spring on the strut.

Obviously, you will need to detach the strut from the knuckle. You will also need to disconnect the sway bar link. You may need to take pressure off the opposite side of the car to do this, as the sway bar will pull tight on it otherwise.
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Hello everyone, new in the forum, got my kid a 2007 Forenza but it won't pass safety inspection because they say the front 'strut mounts' are bad and need to be replaced. So, my question is where do I find the parts and how difficult is to replace them? We would like to do the work ourselves. Any info, thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi welcome to the forum! Out of curiosity why do they say the mounts are bad? You can get the parts from either RockAuto Parts Catalog or Suzuki Car Parts Catalog Online Store
If you've done the job on another car it should be about the same to get done. If not you should be able to do it in a days work with the right tools. Later today I'll post the link to the online service manual it has the proceedure step by step in it.
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Hey 7-even, thanks for your reply, I don't know exactly what they meant by the struts being bad, is my assumption that the bearings are worn. I appreciate the info and will look forward to the service manual.
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Well I ask because there saying. The "strut mounts" not the struts are bad. But if it's because the struts have movement in them they're supposed to because there a floating strut design. They just might not know that. I'll post the manual when I get home.
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