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1999-2004 Mustang maintenance schedule

I jut looked at a form from the Ford site, aswell as the recommended maintenance according to the Haynes manual... and I note some differences.

Haynes manual tells me this:

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Every 250 Miles or Weekly (whichever occurs first)
Check engine oil level
Check engine coolant level
Check windshield washer fluid level
Check brake fluid level
Check tire wear and psi

Every 3,000 Miles or 3 Months (whichever occurs first)
all items previously listed plus:
Check power steering fluid level
Check automatic transmission fluid level
Check engine oil and oil filter
Check clutch pedal freeplay

Every 6,000 Miles or 6 Months (whichever occurs first)
all items previously listed plus:
Check and service battery
Inspect and replace windshield wiper blades
Rotate tires
Check seatbelt operation

Every 15,000 Miles or 12 Months (whichever occurs first)
all items previously listed plus:
Inspect and replace underhood hoses
Inspect cooling system
Check fuel system
Inspect steering and suspension componenets
Inspect brakes
Check manual transmission lubricant level
Check rear differential lubricant level

Every 30,000 Miles or 24 Months (whichever occurs first)
all items previously listed plus:
Check engine drivebelts
Inspect ignition system components
Replace air filter
Check PCV valve
Replace fuel filter
Inspect exhaust system
Change automatic transmission fluid and filter
Service cooling system
Change brake fluid

Every 60,000 Miles or 48 Months (whichever occurs first)
all items previously listed plus:
Replace spark plugs
Change manual transmission lubricant
Change rear differential lubricant

Recommended Fuel
All except Cobra- unleaded 87+octane
Cobra- unleaded 91+ octane

Engine Coolant
50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze and water

Brake Fluid
Dot 3 or Dot 4 brake fluid

Differential Lube
80W-90 Lubricant; for trak-lock axles: add 4oz of friction modifier when changing oil

Fluid Capacities

Oil Capacities
3.8L V6- 5qts
4.6L V8 (-1996)- 5qts
4.6L V8 (1997+)- 6qts
5.0L V8- 5qts

Fuel Capacity
15.4 gallons

Cooling System Capacities
V6- 11.8qts
V8- 14.1qts

Automatic Transmissions
AODE- 12.5qts
4R70W- V6- 13.9qts; V8- 12.8qts

Manual Transmissions
T5- 5.6qts
T45- 6.6qts

Rear Differential
7.5"- 3.25pts
8.8"- 3.75pts

Ignition

Spark Plug Gap
.052"

Torque Specs
Wheel Lug- 85-105 ft./lbs
Spark Plugs- 7-14 ft./lbs
Oil Pan Drain Plug- 8-12ft./lbs; '98 V8- 15-19 ft./lbs
Auto Transmission Pan Bolts- 10-12 ft./lbs
Manual Transmission Drain/Fill Plug- 12-22 ft./lbs
Rear Differential Drain/Fill Plug- 12-22 ft./lbs

Source: Haynes Manual
Okay... Now we look at this sheet for my vehicle from Genuine Ford and Lincoln Mercury Parts & Service and then the selection 'Maintenance Vehicle' on the left:



Now my car is coming up on it's 60k mark. And these two sources tell me different things. So... Which is it? Anyone can shed some light on what actually needs to be done with the 60k, so I can atleast determine what I need to let them check in January?


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Well that's an easy one, do what the OEM says. Haynes can write whatever they want but if the engine blows and you say "well the Haynes manual says", they are going to tell you to get Haynes to fix it.


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The Haynes manual goes a bit beyond the genuineservice site...

Hence my confusion on the matter, cause my local Ford dealership knows little to nothing about the exact maintenance schedule on this one

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great post. This one will help a lot of people withe some basic questions

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I gather the genuineparts one is the correct one to follow then? Or has anyone else yet another idea of the schedule?

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But I did notice on the genuine service link it said to change your oil every 5k witch may be ok but I personally dissagree with it. And it also said fill with 5 qts of oil when I know mine takes 6. so there's already some iffy info on the genuine manual.

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I agree with Haynes about changing out the tranny and differential lube at 60k.

The list on the Ford site is good, too, but I would add the fluid changes from the Haynes list.

Frankly, I'd consider flushing the brake fluid and engine coolant too if that has not been done yet. Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, so its about the age of the car rather than the mileage (which is on the low side for a 6 year old car).

If the engine coolant is getting rusty, that's a sign to flush.

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Well, I know the diff got changed at 30k, so that's covered. Tranny might need changing tho.

As to the brake fluid, no clue. But I know the engine coolant is still clear. They also noted that the engine coolant might loose it's rust protective application over time, so flushing that and replacing the coolant completely wouldn't be such a bad thing to do before it's getting rusty...

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Differentaloil: checked/replaced somewhere post 30k.
Serpentine belt: replaced already.
Sparkplugs: replaced already.
Air filter: K&N, I just need to clean it. Planned on xmas for that.
Brakepads: replaced as needed.
Tires: replacing those next wednesday. Been aligned not too long ago too.

It just had it's yearly check to verify emissions, safety and roadworthyness, so most is done already.

Based on that, I'm guessing oilfilter and oil, trannyoil, check the brake fluid, and replace if needed, verify consistancy of engine-coolant and flush/replace as needed, check steering linkage, and lubricate as needed, replace fuelfilter, and check exhaust/heat shields.

Hmm... Filters need ordering, but the rest is pretty standard and should be available without too much hassle.

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Checking the brake fluid is more than just looking at the level and topping up. They should be able to determine if it has done its hydroscopic (water absorbing) thing and needs replacement.

Motor mounts and shocks should be checked. Passenger side goes first on the motor mounts. They USUALLY are good for 100k or more, but spirited driving can wear them out.

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I figured that on the brake fluid. As to mounts and shocks, those are part of the yearly check AFAIK. Besides that... I'm not that spirited in driving. I usually take it easy, but every now and then I let her roam a bit

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