Ford Mustang 1994-1998 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 through 5

Your vehicle was supplied with a jack for emergency road repairs. This jack is fine for changing a flat tire or other short term procedures not requiring you to go beneath the vehicle. If it is used in an emergency situation, carefully follow the instructions provided either with the jack or in your owner's manual. Do not attempt to use the jack on any portions of the vehicle other than specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

It is very important to be careful about running the engine on vehicles equipped with limited slip differentials while on a jack. When the drive train is engaged, power is transmitted to the wheel with the best traction. If one drive wheel is in contact with the ground, the vehicle will drive off the jack, possibly resulting in severe injury or damage.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Ford's recommended frame rail and suspension lifting points

Always raise a Ford car from under the axles, suspension arms or frame rails, and be sure to block the diagonally opposite wheel. Place jackstands under the vehicle at the indicated points or directly under the frame when you are going to work under the vehicle.

With the exception of a hoist (which most of us would love to have, but where would we put it-), the most convenient way of raising the vehicle is the use of a garage or floor jack. You may use the floor jack on any of the frame and suspension points illustrated.

Never place the jack under the radiator, engine or transmission components. Severe and expensive damage will result when the jack is raised. Additionally, never jack under the floorpan or bodywork; the metal will deform.

NEVER WORK OR EVEN REACH UNDER A VEHICLE THAT IS NOT PROPERLY SUPPORTED. We are talking about your life here and the few minutes it takes to position a set of jackstands are precious little to ask to protect it.

Whenever you plan to work under the vehicle, you must support it on jackstands or ramps. NEVER use cinder blocks or stacks of wood to support the vehicle, even if you're only going to be under it for a few minutes. Never crawl under the vehicle when it is supported only by the tire-changing jack or other floor jack.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Raise the front of the vehicle with a floor jack beneath the No. 2 crossmember ...

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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and secure the vehicle with jackstands beneath the jacking/support points, behind the front wheels

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Fig. Fig. 4: Raise the rear of the vehicle with a floor jack beneath the rear jacking support ...

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Fig. Fig. 5: ... and support it with jackstands positioned under the rear axle tubes

Always position a block of wood or small rubber pad on top of the jack or jackstand to protect the lifting point's finish when lifting or supporting the vehicle.

Small hydraulic, screw, or scissors jacks are satisfactory for raising the vehicle. Drive-on trestles or ramps are also a handy and safe way to both raise and support the vehicle. Be careful though, some ramps may be too steep to drive your vehicle onto without scraping the front bottom panels. The ground effects on many of the performance Mustangs will not easily clear the steep grade of the ramps (although one option might be to use the ramps like jackstands that you place under the tires once the vehicle is raised). Never support the vehicle on any suspension member (unless specifically instructed to do so by a repair manual) or by an underbody panel.