A type of suspension layout in which a coil spring is positioned over a strut with fewer parts and less weight than conventional suspension systems. This layout is used on the front and rear suspensions of many passenger cars and on the front suspension of the Escape. (Refer to the Suspension Systems definitions for more details.)
Long upright suspension unit comprising a telescopic shock absorber mounted within a coil spring.
A combination of a coil spring and a shock absorber in one device.
A special kind of oversized shock absorber that's used as part of the vehicle's suspension. When used on the front suspension, it replaces the upper control arm and ball joint. Some struts have coil springs around them while others do not. Some struts hav
A suspension system that consists of a combination coil spring and shock absorber in one compact unit at each wheel. With this "independent" suspension design, road shocks at one wheel are not transferred to the opposite wheel. MacPherson struts use fewer parts, meaning a reduction on weight and fewer elements that could wear out.
A combined damper (shock absorber) and spring unit. MacPherson struts are used in most front-wheel drive vehicles for compact packaging. MacPherson struts also allow relatively long springs that can increase suspension travel and increase bump absorption capability.
A type of shock absorber that has a more structural role in a vehicle’s suspension Read more
A MacPherson strut is a unit that includes a damper or shock absorber cartridge inside a large, long metal spring. MacPherson struts are used over the front wheels of most front-drive cars. Replacement of MacPherson strut cartridges requires a spring compressor.
A suspension piece which employs a coil spring and shock absorber attached to the lower A-arms and the top of the front body structure. Originally it had a lateral link with an anti-roll bar instead of the lower A-arm. It was first invented by a Ford of England engineer, Earle S. MacPherson.