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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 05-17-2002 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yup, my first car is an '89 Mustang GT!! 5-spd. sweetest car i've ever riddin in. i have some questions. the steering is a lil loose, wut should we look for? it has 108,000 miles on it

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Boss302
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posted 05-17-2002 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i'll try and get some pictures on here, but no promises

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Stewart
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posted 05-18-2002 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice pick up! I'll be looking forward to seeing some pics!

Stewart

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Boss302
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posted 05-18-2002 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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GTRocks
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From: Lusby, MD, USA
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posted 05-19-2002 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice ride, man!! I like it...'course I'm partial to the 5.0's! Sorry I can't help with the steering q. I'm sure someone can though.

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Boss302
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posted 05-21-2002 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
here's 2 more pictures of my car..better pictures

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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 05-25-2002 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Loose steering? Try to be more specific. Do you mean that the actual steering wheel feels loose? That there is alot of play in the wheel? That it's sloppy? A few things to check:
Jack the front of the car up, and with the wheel locked firmly in place give the front end a thorough shakedown. Make sure nothings loose under there. Check to make sure that the ball joints and tie rods don't have any play in them. Also...check the rack. Make sure it isn't leaking anything. Check the steering shaft and make sure it's not breaking, or that it hasn't worked itself loose from the rack. Check your strut mounts, make sure that they are tighened properly. If they are loose....(you would probably hear it for one) but it could cause the steering to feel sloppy.

There are other things to check as well...but start with these. And try to get me a more precise explination.

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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FISHTAIL
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posted 05-25-2002 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahh....some other real quick notes while I'm here. Car looks to be in pretty good shape...congrats on the buy. However..I see from the pictures that the wiper motor TSB hasn't been performed yet. I wouldnt' worry about it right now, but keep in mind that your wipers probalby will eventually stop working. Once they do...just let us know. I have the TSB saved on my computer. Part numbers and all. Another thing....it looks like you do'nt have fog lights from the picture. But in case you do...or want some...make sure that you re-wire them as per the corrals instructions before you use them alot. If they are missing, the reason that someone removed them is likely to be the same reason that someone had to come up with this rewire in teh first place. THey cause the Multi function switch to burn out eventually...and in the meantime make your headlights blink on and off once the wire heats up enough to start tripping breakers. um......that's about all I can think of at the moment. If I think of anything else you should check for I'll let you know.

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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Boss302
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posted 05-25-2002 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks for in info fishtail. by loose steering i mean that when its goin down the road the car wants to wander to one side, and when we turn the wheel a little to each side the car doesn't turn at all. once it stops raining i'll do everything u told me to and see whats wrong. thanks again

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Boss302
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posted 05-25-2002 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well, took the 'stang for a ride today..and the wipers stopped working.

What now???

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Stewart
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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
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posted 05-25-2002 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FISHTAIL:
I see from the pictures that the wiper motor TSB hasn't been performed yet. I wouldnt' worry about it right now, but keep in mind that your wipers probalby will eventually stop working.

quote:
Originally posted by Boss302:
well, took the 'stang for a ride today..and the wipers stopped working.

What now???


Ok Mike...remember that lottery we talked about in the post in Sam's Place? Couldja gimme the winning numbers for California's next lottery drawing please? I'll be more than happy to share with you!

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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 05-25-2002 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winning numbers eh? Well.....I know they'll include 92(year of my car) . Alright.....now, you need to get the TSB parts from ford. If you go in and tell them that you need the parts for the wiper TSB they will know what to give you. You'll get a new motor, a plastic cover for the motor, and I think some different wireing harnesses. It's very easy to install. The wandering that you are getting sounds like some worn bushings or tires.

If you are comfortable doing your own work, try out what I suggested earlier. If you aren't.....take it to a shop and have them "perform" an alignment. If anything is loose, or worn they should let you know.

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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Daniel Jones
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 05-25-2002 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check the inner tie rods for play. I've got 150K miles on my '87 and I'm on my third set. Granted, I do corner hard but the balljoints are still original. You can buy a rebuilt rack for just a little bit more than the inner tie rods will cost. I did this once and regretted it though. The rack, though it was claimed to be a high effort 15:1 rack has much less feel and effort than my original rack. Also, no steering limiters. The rack is 15:1 ratio but it's low effort, probably meant for a Lincoln or other less sporting car. Next time around, I'll just buy a new Ford Motorsport high effort rack. Also, check the rubber coupler on the steering shaft. I replaced mine with a universal joint.

Dan Jones

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