Time For a Tune Up: A Simple Guide to Ford Mustang Tuning

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Looking to get more out of your Mustang?

Giving it a simple tuneup can help get lost power back. Being up-to-date on general maintenance will also make your Mustang last longer.

Down below are some of the ways in which you can maintain the efficiency and performance of your favorite supercar with the right Ford Mustang tuning.

Tire Pressure

For those running their Mustang for daily use, many Mustang owners have a tire pressure between 30 to 35 psi. Having tire pressure that is incorrect can make tires wear unevenly, which will also have an effect on gas mileage.

Find the best pressure for your tires by checking them regularly. 

If the middle of the tire tread seems to be wearing faster than the rest of the tire, you should reduce your pressure by 4 to 5 psi. If the outer edges seem to be wearing more, instead increase your pressure by the same amount.

Wheel Balances

Some of the things you should inspect on your wheels are your wheel balances. You can find them on the inner or outer lip of the rim of your tire.

They will be at specific points – they are there to make sure rotational balance is working properly.

You should be able to hear rumbling noise on your tire if they are not present. It is therefore important to make sure they’re intact. Maintenance can be upheld by having them re-balanced by a qualified tire shop.

Inspecting Your Tires

When looking at your tires, you should check for nails or other sharp objects that could get lodged in them.

Look at the valve stems and make sure they’re not leaking. The valves stems are the rubber points by which you deflate or inflate your tires. You can check them by moving them back and forth lightly while listening to the sound of an air leak.

If you believe the tire might be leaking, you should make a soapy water mix and spray the area. If there is indeed a leak, there will be large bubbles foaming where the air is leaving.

Changing Spark Plugs And Coils

You should make sure to regularly inspect your Mustangs spark plugs for deterioration. Mustangs that have older spark plugs may have an electrode eroding, which in turn makes the plug gap larger.

Looking at how the plugs are doing can give you pointers on how your engine is performing. Drivers that have a modified Mustang should make sure to get an aftermarket plug.

Coil packs, however, do not have to be changed regularly. Inspect them, however, to make sure that there are no contaminants and that the connections stay firm.

Plug wires, on the other hand, can go without changing for a very long time, but they do need to be inspected. Take a look at insulation, jackets, and that the ends haven't worn down and are in good condition. Also, make sure the wires have good connections.

Spark Plug Replacements

Spark plugs are quite cheap. E3, NGK, and Ford Motorcraft make very good quality plugs. They do need to be capped correctly, however. In cars that use forced induction, spark plugs have to be checked more regularly.

Cars that have NOS have to deal with hash combustion chamber conditions. To counterbalance this, you should use spark plugs that are smaller and inspect them more often.

Checking Battery Voltage And Condition

To do this, you will need a voltmeter that can read 20 V or less.

You can start by setting the voltmeter to read DC 20 V maximum value or less. Turn the car off and make sure the positive lead is on the positive part of the battery. Put the black lead to the negative part.

Fully charged batteries read 20-13 volts. Anything lower than 12 V means your battery is weak, and anything under 11 V means the battery is failing or has failed already.

Now turn the car back on. The voltmeter should say 13.5 to 14.7 V. This means your charging system is in good order. Any value is higher than this means the battery is overcharging, and anything that is lower than 13.5 V means there is a discharge happening.

Aftermarket And Replacement Air Filters

Air filters have to deal with various debris from the elements. If you’re still using a stock paper filter, you should change it every time you change your oil. Not doing so can affect how long your engine lasts and the gas mileage.

If buying an aftermarket air filter, you should use the oiling kit that comes with it, as it is specific to how said air filter works. When you are cleaning your air filter, make sure it completely dries before re-oiling it. You should also make sure the type and amount of oil is correct.

Maintaining A PCV Valve

You can maintain PCV valves by keeping up with oil changes. This is because the PCV value directly relates to all pressure. The older oil is, the more thick it will become.

Flushing The Radiator And Checking The Thermostat

Make sure radiator caps are in good condition. If they’re not, you can just replace them as they do not cost a lot of money. You should flush the radiator at a local shop once a year.

You can maintain the thermostat by keeping an eye on your Mustangs coolant. Check the thermostat every once in awhile by submerging it in water and heating up the water to the thermostat open temperature. If it opens, it is working properly.

Fuel Filter And Cold Water Storage

Mustangs built from 2015 to today make use of an internal fuel filter. This means they don’t have an in-line filter like Mustangs built before them.

You can add an aftermarket external filter to your Mustang if you wish. Proper filtration can make sure your injectors are protected from contaminants.

Changing the filter can also help to get rid of clogs and increase efficiency. If your car will be in subzero temperatures, put antifreeze into the engine.

Oil Changes And Oil Filters

Keep your oil filter clean by replacing it with every oil change. Oil that is contaminated will wear your bearings and the valve train. Make sure to use quality oil filters that meet the specifications of your car.

Ford Mustang Tuning The Right Way

Ford Mustang Tuning is easier than you might have thought. Keep your Mustang in shape and you'll be rewarded with a car that lasts long and provides stunning performance. For more car tips, check out more articles here

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