Ford Mustang/Capri 1979-1988 Repair Guide



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The following applies to exhaust systems using clamped joints. Some models use welded joints at the muffler. These joints will, of course, have to be cut.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle using jackstands placed under the frame.
  5. On 1983-88 vehicles, disconnect the lower shock absorber mountings. This will allow the rear axle to lower providing additional clearance. Be careful not to stretch the brake hose.
  7. Disconnect the muffler and tailpipe support brackets from the exhaust system, as equipped.
  9. Separate the inlet of the muffler from the exhaust system. This can be done by removing the muffler clamp or flange mounting bolts, as equipped.
  11. Remove the clamp from the muffler outlet to allow removal of the tailpipe. Separate the tailpipe and remove the muffler. If equipped with a one piece tailpipe and muffler, remove the muffler and tailpipe assembly as a unit.
  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Always use new clamps when replacing exhaust system components. Install exhaust system components loosely, then align system checking that all clearances are satisfactory. Torque support bracket bolts to 14 ft. lbs., flange nuts to 30 ft. lbs. and clamp nuts to 35 ft. lbs.

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Fig. Fig. 1: The muffler is located between an inlet pipe and the tailpipe