Rear Shocks or Struts?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Hurricane1000, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. How can I tell if my '95 Elantra GLS has rear shocks or struts? Thanks.
    Hurricane1000, Apr 10, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    I don't remember. Basically, a strut is a load-bearing suspension
    component. A shock supports no load. This is mostly a technical
    distinction and will be the same on any particular model. There isn't any
    particular need for the consumer to know. You'll either have shocks or
    struts but won't have both.
    hyundaitech, Apr 10, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    I have both on my minivan. It has struts in the front and shocks in the
    rear! :)

    Matt Whiting, Apr 11, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Look at them.
    Mike Marlow, Apr 11, 2006
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    Bob Adkins Guest

    Ya, it's easy!

    McPherson struts have a big coil over, and attach directly to the lower
    control arm with a robust, rectangular bracket. Shocks attach by one little
    eye. How's that Mike?
    Bob Adkins, Apr 11, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Doh! I meant on an axle. Nice catch.
    hyundaitech, Apr 11, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    I knew what you meant, but I just couldn't resist. :)

    Matt Whiting, Apr 11, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Me thinks that anyone who asks the question posed above will not understand
    what a coil over is, nor a lower control arm.
    Mike Marlow, Apr 12, 2006
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