Before I removed my air cleaner assembly, the air cleaner assembly was tightly secured. It wouldn't move up or down or side-to side.
There are two feet with rubber gromments on the underside that fit into two holes in the fender well, and one mounting bolt on top.
I reinstalled the air cleaner and now, it's definitely loose. I took it to the dealer and he said that the losseness is normal, even though I showed him two GTs on the lot with air cleaners tightly secured.
My air cleaner now is very loose. I don't think it's a big problem, but I was wondering if this is normal? It seemed when I removed it, the rubber grommets held it tightly into place.
Have any of you removed your air cleaner and reinstalled it with the same problem as mine?
Here are the instructions from the service manual:
303-12-1 303-12-1 Intake Air Distribution and Filtering
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Removal and Installation
1. Loosen the clamp and disconnect the air cleaner
entering the engine. outlet pipe from the air cleaner assembly.
To install, reverse the removal procedure. • To install, tighten to 3 Nm (27 lb-in).
2. Disconnect the mass air flow (MAF) sensor
3. Remove the air cleaner assembly bolt.
• To install, tighten to 8 Nm (71 lb-in).
4. NOTE: Make sure that the 2 rubber grommets
are retained to the air cleaner assembly feet.
Remove the air cleaner assembly.
5. NOTE: Make sure that the 2 air cleaner
assembly feet rubber grommets are seated into
the locating holes in the fender.
NOTE: The air cleaner outlet pipe should be
securely sealed to prevent unmetered air from
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Last updated: 7/29/2004 2005 Mustang, 12/2004