Ford Mustang 1989-1993 Repair Guide

Front or Rear Wheels


Some aftermarket wheels may not be compatible with these vehicles. The use of incompatible wheels may result in equipment failure and possible personal injury! Use only approved wheels!


See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Be sure to install the lug nuts with the cone-shaped portion facing towards the wheel

  1. Block the wheel(s) opposite the wheel(s) being raised.
  3. If the front wheels are being raised, firmly set the parking brake.
  5. On vehicles with an automatic transmission, place the selector lever in P . On vehicles with a manual transmission, place the transmission in gear. Remember that this only keeps the drive wheels from turning, so if you are raising the rear of the vehicle, this won't help, you MUST block the front wheels in this case.
  7. If equipped, remove the wheel cover.
  9. Break loose the lug nuts. If a nut is stuck, never use heat to loosen it, otherwise damage to the wheel and bearings may occur. If the nuts are seized, one or two heavy hammer blows directly on the end of the bolt/nut head usually loosens the rust. Be careful as continued pounding will likely damage the brake drum or rotor.
  11. Raise the vehicle (using a jack at one of the proper jacking points-see Jacking in General Information & Maintenance for details) until the tire is clear of the ground. Support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  13. Remove the lug nuts, then remove the tire and wheel assembly.

To install:
  1. Make sure the wheel and hub mating surfaces, as well as the wheel lug studs, are clean and free of all foreign material. Always remove rust from the wheel mounting surfaces and the brake rotors/drums. Failure to do so may cause the lug nuts to loosen in service or could help the wheel to rust onto the rotor/drum making removal even more difficult next time.
  3. Position the wheel on the hub or drum and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Make sure that the coned ends face inward.
  5. Tighten all the lug nuts, in a crisscross pattern, until they are snug.
  7. Remove the supports and carefully lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts, in a crisscross pattern to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm). Always use a torque wrench to achieve the proper lug nut torque and prevent stretching the wheel studs.
  9. Repeat the torque pattern to assure proper wheel tightening.
  11. If equipped, install the hub cab or wheel cover.


Check the wheels for any damage. They must be replaced if they are bent, dented, heavily rusted, have elongated bolt holes, or have excessive lateral or radial runout. Wheels with excessive runout may cause a high-speed vehicle vibration.

Replacement wheels must be of the same load capacity, diameter, width, offset and mounting configuration as the original wheels. Using the wrong wheels may affect wheel bearing life, ground and tire clearance, or speedometer and odometer calibrations.