Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: 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, which may indicate a need for balancing, rotation, or front suspension alignment.

Correct tire pressure and driving techniques have an important influence on tire life. Heavy cornering, excessively rapid acceleration and unnecessary sharp braking increases tire wear.

Replacement tires must follow the recommended:

  • tire sizes.
  • speed rating.
  • load range.
  • tire construction type.

Use of any other tire size or type can seriously affect:

  • ride.
  • handling.
  • speedometer/odometer calibration.
  • vehicle ground clearance.
  • tire clearance between the body and chassis.
  • wheel bearing life.
  • brake cooling.

New wheels need to be installed when vehicle's wheels:

  • are bent.
  • are cracked.
  • are dented.
  • are heavily corroded.
  • are leaking.
  • have elongated wheel hub bolt holes.
  • have excessive lateral or radial runout.

Wheel and tire assemblies are attached by six wheel nuts.

It is mandatory to use only the tire sizes recommended on the tire chart attached to the vehicle. Larger or smaller tires can damage the vehicle, affect durability, and require changing the speedometer calibration. Make sure wheel size and offsets match those recommended for the tire in use.

1. Inspect for signs of uneven wear that may indicate a need for balancing, rotation, front suspension alignment, damaged tie-rod, or steering components.

2. Check tires for:

  • cuts.
  • stone bruises.
  • abrasions
  • blisters.
  • embedded objects.

3. Tread wear indicators are molded into the bottom of the tread grooves. Install a new tire when the indicator bands become visible.

    Inspection and Verification
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    Symptom Chart
    Condition Possible Sources Action Tires show excess wear on edge of tread Underinflated tires. Vehicle overloaded. High-speed cornering. Incorrect r ...

    Other materials:

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    Timing Drive Components
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    Geartrain
    Power is transmitted from the torque converter to the Ravigneaux geartrain components through the input shaft and forward clutch cylinder. The geartrain contains a Ravigneaux planetary set connected by dual pinion gears. By holding or driving ...