Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Piston Inspection

Special Tool(s)

Scraper, Piston Ring Groove 303-D033 (D81L-6002-D) or equivalent

CAUTION: Do not use a caustic cleaning solution or a wire brush to clean the pistons or damage can occur.

1. Clean and inspect the (1) ring lands, (2) skirts, (3) pin bosses, and the (4) tops of the pistons. If wear marks, scores or glazing is found on the piston skirt, check for a bent or twisted connecting rod.

Piston Inspection

2. Use the Piston Ring Groove Scraper to clean the piston ring grooves.

  • Make sure the oil ring holes are clean.

Piston Inspection

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    1. Measure the crankshaft connecting rod journal diameters in two directions perpendicular to one another at each end of the connecting rod journal. The difference in the measurements from one e ...

    Piston - Pin to Bore Diameter
    1. WARNING: Cover the end of the pin bore with a hand or shop rag when removing the retainer ring, since it has a tendency to spring out. Wear eye protection. NOTE: Piston and piston pins are a matc ...

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    Wiper Blade and Pivot Arm Adjustment
    1. Cycle and park the windshield wipers. 2. Verify that the distance between the center of the RH windshield wiper blade and the top edge of the cowl top vent panel is within specification. 3. Verify that the distance between the center of the LH win ...

    Toe Adjustment - Rear
    1. Loosen the nuts. To prevent damage to the ball joints, hold the tie-rod ends while loosening the nuts.   2. Rotate the toe link to the correct toe setting. 3. Tighten the nuts. To prevent damage to the ball joints, hold the tie-rod ends wh ...

    Inspection and Verification
    1. Verify the customer concern is with the evaporative emission (EVAP) system. 2. Visually inspect for the following obvious signs of mechanical damage. Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Fuel filler cap EVAP test port ...