After changing my struts on 2010 Focus my front end had dropped I can’t see my hood when driving.

I had my struts and shocks replaced as a preventative measure to have the car last longer. Great mechanical shape. No issues with either the shocks or struts. After they were replaced by a local mechanic the front end of my car has dropped and I can no longer see the hood of my car when driving. I can no longer estimate how near the front end is to an object (curb, parking lot pole, a car ahead of me). I feel this in unsafe.

My car has 141000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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The struts that were installed in the car may have been the wrong style or the wrong design for your vehicle causing the front end to drop down more. Usually the front end would rise more as the springs would be new and not sag. I recommend checking to see what parts were installed and verify the make and model it was used for. Some of the struts are universal and can be used on different vehicles. You may have to have a different set installed to make the ride height correct for your driving conditions. If you need further assistance with your struts being too low, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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Some struts have adjustment slots to perform the alignment with. All struts affect alignment in some way so it`s best to check the specific vehicle service manual and specifications.
They will break-in a bit and get smoother but it will take a few hundred miles at least. As long as those “noises” you hear don`t sound like a bunch of loose boards (known as “loose lumber” noise), there is likely nothing Goodyear can do short of replacing everything with a different brand.
Just like most of the parts on your vehicle, shocks and struts are subject to wear and must be periodically replaced to maintain optimum performance.
Not installing the bolt back in same direction, especially with this bolt can cause an alignment problem on your car and one for the professional. If you just remove top center bolt, the strut can fall in and damage parts like the axle boot, ABS wire, and stabilizer link bushings.
Uneven tire wear – When your vehicle`s shocks and struts are worn out, the car can bounce, causing a reduction in road holding force. This bouncing can also cause accelerated tire wear including cupping or scalloping of the tires (when pieces of rubber are gouged out of the tire).
Wait for the suspension to settle, get an alignment after 4-5 days.
There is most likely nothing wrong with the replacement shock or strut, but a metallic clunking noise typically indicates loose or worn mounting hardware. A loose mount can allow movement between the bolt and attaching parts, while a mount that is worn can cause the shock/strut to move up and down.
Generally, shocks and struts wear out every 50,000-100,000 miles. If you`re a more aggressive driver and/or frequently drive on rough roads, they will wear out faster. Shocks and struts don`t go out all at once; they deteriorate slowly over time.
Loss of handling and control – Driving with failing shocks or struts has a direct impact on your ability to control your vehicle. You may notice that your vehicle bounces excessively, rolls or sways abruptly when making a turn, or that you feel out of control when hit by a cross wind.
Unlike shock absorbers, struts provide structural support for the vehicle`s suspension. As a result, struts affect ride comfort and handling, as well as vehicle control, braking, steering, alignment and wear on other suspension components, including the tires.
extremely worn or damaged struts can also throw a vehicle`s alignment off, resulting in abnormal tire wear.
Although you`ve replaced the struts and shocks recently, it`s possible that wheel bearings are damaged, or the rear sway bar or sway bar bushing is damaged. It`s also possible that the replacement parts were not properly installed, aligned or tightened – or the air pressure in the rear tires is excessive.
Your struts do not determine ride height. Springs determine ride height. If you reused the old springs then maybe you have new spring pads.
If the vibration remains constant while you`re driving, it might be a sign that there`s a serious problem with your shocks. At highway speeds, these vibrations could become more intense and hamper your ability to control the car.
If broken shocks-struts are not repaired in a timely manner, they can also wear out the wheel bearings and/or cause tire “cupping” (uneven tire wear).
Shocks/struts don`t set the ride height. Unless a spring has `yielded`, it will not settle down to a lower height. The springs are designed never to yield. Unless you`ve done something mechanical, for which you`d hear something like crashing when you went over a bump, the springs you put on are probably too stiff.
Single-adjustable shocks are pretty straightforward. There will be a knob on the shock, usually found at the bottom, and when you turn it, you either increase or decrease both compression and rebound.
They are also constantly moving – a typical strut will endure millions of cycles during its lifetime – up to 1750 times for every mile driven on a normal road surface. This constant up and down movement, which is exacerbated by potholes, bumps and curb strikes, pushes and pulls at the mount causing wear overtime.

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After changing my struts on 2010 Focus my front end had dropped I can’t see my hood when driving.
ANSWER : The struts that were installed in the car may have been the wrong style or the wrong design for your vehicle causing the front end to drop down more. Usually the front end would rise more as the springs would be new and not sag. I recommend checking to see what parts were installed and verify the make and model it was used for. Some of the struts are universal and can be used on different vehicles. You may have to have a different set installed to make the ride height correct for your driving conditions. If you need further assistance with your struts being too low, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Can front wheel drive car engine power rear wheel drive
ANSWER : Anything is possible with enough engineering. The changes you are looking at would take major structural changes and would definitely not be an easy job. You could possibly consult a manufacturing engineer to get more details on how this could actually be carried out and whether it would be feasible.

Whining during acceeration, front end drops during the night
ANSWER : There may be a malfunction in the hydraulic portion of the suspension system. A leaking component can cause one or more corners of the vehicle to drop. The whine you are hearing may be coming from the hydraulic fluid pump pulling in air from the leak. Have an experienced technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect your suspension system for malfunctions and leaks.

Are strut mounts typically replaced when you do new struts on front end? Quoted $700+tax for both – not including alignment. High?
ANSWER : Hi there. Were the mounts quoted in the estimate? Was a strut assembly quoted? If the answer is no to these questions, then the strut mounts were not quoted. However, the strut mounts on this vehicle are pretty much just a rubber cushion designed to aid in the absorption of road shock. There are many aftermarket brands that offer complete assemblies at reasonable prices. Installation and part prices can vary from one repair facility to another. I suggest acquiring additional estimates and comparing the pros and cons of each. Was an inspection performed that determined that the struts are in need of replacement? What was the diagnostic process or reference specification? As a former Toyota Master technician I can tell you that Toyota has a specific criteria measurement for leaking struts and shocks; some leakage is normal, but if the fluid is all the way to the bottom of the shock tube it is in need of replacement. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a suspension inspection and a strut replacement.

hood latch locked before could. Lose hood and now hood is jammed and can’t get it unjammed
ANSWER : Hi there:

If the hood was having a problem closing and won’t open now, it’s typically an indicator that the hood latch itself is damaged or simply needs to be lubricated. The best way to have this issue repaired or diagnosed is to contact a professional mechanic and have them complete a door will not open inspection. This will allow them to determine why the front hood on your 96 Ford Explorer is locked and recommend the right repairs.

Front end control arm or ball joint? Cost?
ANSWER : It sounds like your lower control arm ball joint came apart. The fact that it came out is an indication that there is a lot of wear in the front end. You may have also damaged other components like the brake hoses or a lower control arm. The spindle may also be damaged. I recommend having the vehicle’s suspension inspected by a mechanic before getting a quote for repairs, since there may be major damage that is not so obvious.

Left front strut makes clanking sound when driving over bumps
ANSWER : Without knowing a bit more backstory, I can only make assumptions. It is unusual for a dealership to want to paint a car unless there is a paint recall or the vehicle was damaged in some way. If the vehicle was damaged it could explain what is going on, but that is only speculation. Communication is key in this sort of event. The best thing I can suggest for this type of problem is to contact Mazda North America and talk to them. They are able to find out any work that was done at the dealer and why. If you need to get an independent mechanic’s opinion on this, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come out to your home or office to give your car a comprehensive inspection of your steering, suspension, and brakes in order to have the proper repairs done.

After driving awhile, when idling, RPM drops below 500 & car stalls. Happens rarely but RPM fluctuates, and drops suddenly.
ANSWER : If you are having a stalling problem then you may have a computer code stored in memory. I suggest having the computer scanned to see if there is any codes stored and diagnose them as needed. The intake hose and air filter should be inspected for leaks in the hoses and dirty or leaking air filters. If the air filter is dirty or leaking then have the mass air sensor cleaned. If you still need help, have a mechanic diagnose the stalling issue for you and let you know exactly what repairs should be done.