Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Valve Springs

Special Tool(s)

Compressor, Valve Spring 303-163 (T81P-6513-A)


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1. Remove the LH and the RH valve covers. For additional information, refer to Valve Cover-LH and Valve Cover RH in this section.

2. Rotate the crankshaft until the piston for the valve being worked on is at the top of its stroke with both the intake valve and the exhaust valve closed.

3. Hold the valve in the cylinder head.

  • Remove the spark plug. For additional information, refer to Section.
  • Apply a minimum of 965 kPa (140 psi) of compressed air into the cylinder.

4. CAUTION: If the components are to be reinstalled, they must be installed in the same position. Mark the components for location.

NOTE: If a valve drops into the cylinder, remove the cylinder head. For additional information, refer to Cylinder Head LH or Cylinder Head RH in this section.

Remove the rocker arms.

1. Remove the bolts.

2. Remove the rocker arms.

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5. Using the special tool, compress the valve springs.

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6. Remove the valve spring assembly.

1. Remove the valve spring retainer key.

2. Remove the valve spring retainer.

3. Remove the valve spring.

4. Remove and discard the valve stem seal and spring seat assembly.

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7. Inspect the components. For additional information, refer to Section.


1. NOTE: Lubricate the parts with clean engine oil.

To install, reverse the removal procedure. Tighten the rocker arm bolts in two stages.

  • Stage 1: Tighten to 5 Nm (44 lb-in).
  • Stage 2: Tighten to 35 Nm (26 lb-ft).

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