Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Inspection and Verification

WARNING: A vehicle equipped with a Traction-Lok differential will always have both wheels driving. If, while the vehicle is being serviced, only one wheel is raised off the ground and the rear axle is driven by the engine, the wheel on the ground could drive the vehicle off the stand or jack. Be sure both rear wheels are off the ground.

WARNING: Never run the engine with one wheel off the ground, for example, when changing a tire. The wheel(s) resting on the ground could cause the vehicle to move.

WARNING: Do not balance the wheels and tires while they are mounted on the vehicle.

Possible tire disintegration or differential failure could result, causing personal injury and extensive component damage. Use off-vehicle wheel and tire balancer only.

Be sure to follow the warnings when carrying out inspection and verification.

    Road Test
    Verify the customer concern by carrying out a road test on a smooth road. If any vibrations are apparent. To maximize tire performance, inspect for signs of incorrect inflation and uneven wear, whic ...

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    Disassembly
    1. Remove the driveshaft (4602). For additional information, refer to Driveshaft in this section. 2. CAUTION: Under no circumstances is the driveshaft assembly to be clamped in the jaws of a vise or similar holding fixture. Denting or localizing fracture ca ...

    Deactivation
    WARNING: Always wear safety glasses when repairing an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) vehicle and when handling an air bag module. This will reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accidental deployment. WARNING: Carry a live air ...

    Installation
    NOTE: Do not use a fiber disc to clean the surfaces. Fibers from the disc can get into the oil pan and oil and clog the oil bypass valve. 1. Clean and inspect the cylinder head for flatness. 2. Install a new head gasket on the cylinder block with the sma ...