Maximize Your Mustangs MPG, Spring Tune Up Tips For Your Favorite Ford Mustang
Given the price of gas these days we think its time to give your Mustang some attention this weekend and make sure that you are getting the best MPG possible– you will be surprised what peace of mind it will give you to know that your car is in tip top shape, and giving you the best mileage possible, it will also give you a good idea of what will be your next repair and replacement project if any. Here is our check list on how to give your car a good going over in your garage or driveway if the weather is good.
- Check The Following Fluid Levels:
- Brake Fluid
- Coolant Level – radiator and expansion tank – also check all hoses for any problems
- Engine Oil
- Power Steering Fluid
- Transmission Oil/ATF
- Windshield Washer – Check the Wiper Blades while you are at it.
- Battery Check: It’s also a good time to check and clean your battery – refill with distilled water if necessary and clean the battery terminals and connections with a wire brush and then re assemble.
- Check all serpentine belts for wear and cracking – spray with a good belt conditioner for a longer life.
- Check front accessory pulleys for any amount of play – especially the water pump
- Check Clutch Cable Adjustment.
- Air Filter – Check – Clean & replace if necessary
- Engine Oil & Filter Change – Replace with a GOOD Synthetic Oil For better mileage and longer change intervals – also reduced friction for better mileage – Worth Every penny
- If it has been more than 45,000 miles change Spark Plugs & Plug wires – better spark better combustion – more efficient burn of all fuel better gas mileage
- Check All Spark Plug Wires Or Coil On Plugs for cracks or arcing of spark – do this at night or in a dark garage and you can often see the spark arcing – Replace Ignition Wires, distributor cap and rotor or coil packs with a good quality brand name product like Accel, MSD or Ford Racing, Look at upgrading Ignition system – call us for ideas.
- Check and replace any and ALL cracked or rotting vacuum lines – you can make your own – buy windshield washer hose at any auto parts store – remove bad line cut new one to length and replace. Preventive maintenance is a good thing – stay ahead of the game.
- How about a Radiator or Transmission Flush – if you are not up to it and dealing with disposing of the old fluids – take a trip to the local lube center and have them do it all for you while you watch your favorite team on TV and enjoy a refreshment.
- Same goes for Brake fluid, power steering fluid and rear differential gear oil.
- Inspect Fuel System including fuel feed and return lines for cracks. Make sure that the connections between the fuel lines and the inline fuel filter are tight. You can also place the car and jack stands and inspect the gas tank and filler neck for punctures, cracks, and other damage. The connection between the filler neck and the tank is particularly critical. Inspect all tank mounting brackets and straps to be sure the tank is securely attached to the vehicle.
- If it has been over 2 years replace your inline fuel filter.
- You also might like to purchase a Fuel System Cleaner. We recommend Redline Fuel System Cleaner.
- Finally – rotate the tires and check all air pressure are correct – This is a good time to also check all of the components that are revealed with the wheels off – check brake pads, brake rotors and brake lines for wear and replace if necessary.
- Also check all shock absorbers and suspension struts for any leaks, this goes for Power steering rack – pump, tie rod ends and any suspension bushings that appear worn – take a flash light and look over everything check bolts are all tight.
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