Ford Mustang rough idle PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2009 14:57
Dear Barbara,
 
I have a 1998 Ford Mustang with 106,000 miles, but the car has been really cared for.   It has the 3.8 V6 in it and almost looks like it did when I bought it new.  I drove it on a 60 mile round trip last week and everything was fine, I parked it for a week tried to start it today and it will not idle and the check engine light comes on.  Almost like there is a vacuum leak.  I am myth because there was no indications something was wrong when I drove it last week, and no the car wont idle and the check engine light is one.  Do you have any ideals?  And thank you.
 
Mark Tedford
 
Dear Mark,
 
There definitely could be a vacuum leak of some sort with your Mustang. If you can keep the car running with your foot on the pedal then it is either a vacuum leak or the throttle body and the air passages may need a good cleaning.
If it will not run regardless of the pedal position then I would say there’s a very good possibility that you have an electrical failure somewhere. I would suggest getting your engine light diagnosed and this should direct you in the right direction.
 
Thanks for writing in,
BT
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 15:48
 
Ford mustang oil level and changes PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2009 14:55
Dear Barbara,
 
I have a 2003 Mustang GT with the V8. Been taking it to several places for oil changes. The last one I took it to, Firestone, they put in 6 quarts oil. I told them it is wrong as the Ford manual book says 5 quarts with filter change. He showed me on their shop computer it support to be 6 quarts. After driving home and checking the oil level the dipstick show it on the full mark. Did Ford put out a service bulletin changing the oil capacity from 5 to 6 quarts?   
 
D. Wright
 
Dear D. Wright,
 
Your cars owner’s manual usually shows the oil pan volume however this doesn’t include after filling the filter in most cases as it only includes getting the oil level into the safe zone or at the bottom of the fill zone. 
It is better to have it up to the top-full mark so you’ll know if it ever uses any oil between changes. 
Try a different location or service center to see if that amount changes next time and also check it when you get home again to see if the level is the same. I have seen the same car take up to 1/2 quart difference in several oil changes.

Thanks for writing in,
BT
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 15:48
 
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