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More on the Mustang

By Chris McPheat, Jun 24 2019 05:43PM

The Ford Mustang I look after has come back in for a couple more jobs. The last time it was here I traced the starting fault to a broken (and brittle) wire on the back of the ignition swicth, fixing this meant the owner could take it on the "Hot Rods & Hills" event recently held in the Lake District. Now that event is out of the way it's back in to track down some engine oil and power steering fluid leaks. Once the underneath was wiped clean and the engine fired up I could see that the power steering control valve on the end of the tie-rod was pushing fluid past its seals and there was a trail of oil from one of the sump bolts. With the sway bar and chassis cross-member out of the way (which was loose anyway - not ideal) the sump was pulled easily enough and, once cleaned, I found it was split around the leaking bolt hole. There were also signs it was part split around a couple of other mounting holes and continuous over-tightening of the sump bolts had bent the flanges beyond repair. The owner has ordered a new sump. Whilst I've been down there I've also replaced the leaking transmission dipstick tube o-ring and will be looking into improving the pipes that run to the cooler. All things being equal it should be done by the beginning of next week, or at least it had better be as he wants to take it to Tatton Park for the Stars & Stripes car show on July 6th.


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