Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Spring Codes

Spring Codes

The spring code portion of the vehicle certification (VC) label identifies both the front and rear springs.

The first letter/number indicates the front spring code. The second letter/number indicates the rear spring code.

  • Front springs - base part number - 5310 (RH/LH)
  • Rear springs - base part number - 5560 (RH/LH)

Powertrain Calibration Information

Powertrain Calibration Information

NOTE: Powertrain calibration information is limited to a maximum of five characters per line on the Vehicle Certification Label. Because of this, calibration identification consisting of more than five characters will wrap to the second line on the VC label.

Powertrain calibration information is printed in the lower right corner of the Vehicle Certification Label.

Only the base calibration information is printed. Revision levels will not appear, however, this information can be found in the On Line Automotive Service Information System (OASIS). For the current model year, Ford Motor Company is using three different protocols which describe powertrain base calibration. These protocols are designed to provide worldwide standardization for vehicle calibration. If the electronic calibration strategy has been used since 1998 and carried into the current model year, protocol 1 will be used. Refer to Protocol 1 below. If the electronic calibration strategy has been used since 1999 and is carried into the current model year, protocol 2 will be used. Refer to Protocol 2 below. For new electronic calibration strategies introduced since the 2000 model year, use protocol 3. Refer to Protocol 3 below.

Protocol 1

Protocol 1

 

Item Description
1 Model year (model year in which calibration strategy was first introduced)
2 Engine code
3 Engine revision level

Protocol 2

Protocol 2

 

Item Description
1 Model year (model year in which calibration strategy was first introduced)
2 Engine code
3 Transmission code
4 Emission standard (designates the specific country emission standard)
5 Design level (design level assigned to the engine)

Protocol 3

Protocol 3

 

Item Description
1 Model year (model year in which calibration strategy was first introduced)
2 Vehicle code
3 Transmission code
4 Unique calibration (designates different hardware to similar vehicles). Example: tires, drive ratios, etc.
5 Fleet code (describes fleet to which the vehicle belongs). Example: 6 - evaporative emissions
6 Certification region (lead region where multiple regions are included in one calibration).

Example: A - U.S. federal

7 Revision level (will advance as revisions occur). Not printed on label

Protocol 3

The following offers a more detailed explanation of the coding strategy used for protocol 3.

Model Year

  • Y - 2000
  • 1 - 2001
  • 2 - 2002
  • 3 - 2003

Vehicle Line

  • ZE - Mustang

Transmission

  • 1 - Automatic transmission
  • 2 - Manual transmission
    Interior Trim Codes
    The interior trim codes are listed below. The first letter/number is for the interior fabric. The second letter is for the interior color. 9 - Quantum/Rhodes cloth (base coupe) A - Link weave cl ...

    Unique Calibration
    The Emissions/CAFE/CO2 Compliance Department is responsible for assigning these calibration numbers. Unique calibration identifications are assigned to cover similar vehicles to differentiate tires, ...

    Other materials:

    Transmission (Removal)
    1. Disconnect the battery ground cable. For additional information, refer to Section. 2. Lift up on the clutch pedal and secure it in place. 3. Remove the gearshift lever knob (7213). 4. Remove the console panel gearshift plate. Lift the gearshift leve ...

    Spring
    Special Tool(s) Tie-Rod End Remover 211-001 (TOOL-3290-D) or Equivalent Coil Spring Compressor 204-D001 (D78P-5310-A) or Equivalent ...

    Changing the vehicle battery
    WARNING: Batteries normally produce explosive gases which can cause personal injury. Therefore, do not allow flames, sparks or lighted substances to come near the battery. When working near the battery, always shield your face and protect your eyes. Always pro ...