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Shocks and Struts for Hyundai Equus

The Hyundai Equus is a full-size luxury sedan produced by the Hyundai Motor Corporation from 2000 to 2016. Offering limousine models as well as traditional luxury cars, the Equus offers a finely tuned, comfortable ride with a specialized suspension system that includes air-controlled suspension and continuous damping control for a constantly measured and corrected feel on the road. There are a range of suspension products available for the Equus to amplify performance or to serve as replacement parts for the original suspension system.

Does the Hyundai Equus have typical shocks and struts?

The Hyundai Equus offers a specialty luxury suspension system that fits with its limousine roots and luxurious driving feel. At the same time, it also uses shocks and struts - just ones that are air-controlled rather than the typical shocks and struts that are powered by the reactions of steel coil springs to the road below. Air suspension allows the Equus to glide over potholes, bumpy roads, and other obstacles or problematic road construction. It uses front struts and rear shocks as part of its comprehensive suspension system. The Hyundai also includes a continuous damping system that is electronically controlled, allowing sensors to detect particular road conditions and adjust the tautness of the suspension and the ride of the vehicles undercarriage in response to those conditions.

What is the difference between shocks and struts?

While both front struts and rear shocks are part of the comprehensive suspension system on the Equus that are connected to its central system of electronic sensors and controls, the two types of parts are different. Both help regulate the movement of the vehicle over the roadway and dampen bounce, jiggle, and other effects caused by bumpy or pitted roadways.

  • Shocks: Shock absorbers use pistons and hydraulic fluid to absorb the shocks from the road and control or dampen the cars response. In the Equus, they help provide the luxurious feel of gliding over the roadway, and they connect to the cars overall air-controlled suspension system with air lines.
  • Struts: Unlike shocks, struts are a structural part of the cars suspension system, and the air struts for the Hyundai contain an integrated air spring. They connect directly to the chassis of the vehicle and dampen the Equus response to roadway obstacles.
How do you know these parts need replacement?

Its important to have your Hyundai inspected every 50,000 miles or so to ensure that your suspension parts are in good shape and do not need replacement. Replacement of these types of components is an expected part of auto maintenance as shocks and struts undergo a great deal of wear in constantly regulating the vehicles response to roadway conditions. There are also some signs that you can notice on your own that can indicate that your shocks and struts need to be replaced. If the Equus loses its comfortable ride and instead exhibits excessive bounce, this could indicate a need for new suspension parts. In addition, if you notice cupping on the Hyundais tires, a wear pattern that indicates patchy bouncing of the tires over the ground, this could also indicate a need for suspension replacement parts.