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Ford Mustang Engine Problems



  • check the computer to make sure it is grounded the kick panel . There is a plastic bracket that holds it into place, behind the computer is a spring that keeps it grounded . sometimes it will not ground .I had some of the same problems I made my own ground wire from the computer to the body of the car and never had another problem since
  • sounds like a crank position sensor
  • I bought a 2003 Ford Mustang 3.8L v6 about 2 years ago and the car has had this ticking noise in the engine ever since I have bought it.

    When I start my car the ticking starts high, then dyes down a little, then gets the loudest, then gets low and goes away after 3 minutes of starting. When my car makes the ticking noise I have noticed my rpm gauge jump between 1000 to 2000 and the loudest ticking makes the rpm go higher... Dont no if this has anything to do with the ticking but when I turn my car off i hear this noise that sounds like dropping drops of water on a hot surface. I looked up under my car and noticed water dripping from ( Im guessing its called the resonator) If I even spelled that right; anyways its the part that connects the muffler. Also noticed I have a very light cloud of white smoke but its rather unoticable unless you look at the tail pipe.

    Please help me! Im a rather clueless female and I no nothing about vehicles.. So if you respond can you please explain in detail what I need to do... Thanks
  • motor knocks high oil pressure shuts off 1990 4 cyl mustang auto please help
  • I have a 2000 Mustang V6 and the engine started acting up. I was driving down the road and I hear like a snapping sound similar to what is sounds like if you run over some little twigs in the road, then I noticed my car was shaking and did it worse when I was stopped. Kinda like when your almost outta gas and your car start shaking and stalls....thats what mine does but it doesn't stall it acts like it almost does. The check engine light is not on and i replaced the spark plugs. what could be the problem???
  • It is possible that a wheel is out of balance, it is also possible that you need an allignment.
  • If you're burning coolant there should also be smoke in your exhaust. White smoke I think.
  • hhds113hhds113 Posts: 2
    Warning : 1999-2004 4.6 liter engines have been known to have the spark pug blow out of the cylinder head . Its happened to me and alot of other people . Ford didn't put enough treads in the cylinder which is aluminum and they will blow out. Now its going to cost me about 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 dollars to have the engine tore down and replace the heads or have inserts put in . Not a happy camper when I only have 30,000 miles on my 1999 mustang GT Convert. show car. ** Buyer Beware**
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    There are companies that will come out and it without a taking the engine down. lady that comes into the hobbyshop had hers done in about two hours.
  • Here a youtube video of a woman having a difficult time getting her Mustang started. The first crank lasted rougly 11.5 seconds. The second crank went 13.5 seconds. The third at 21 seconds and the forth crank ran for a total of 23.5 seconds. Here's a link of the video below.

    Here's link to the clip

    Is it possible that if someone crank the car (or any car in general) that long that could it lead to the car/engine catching on fire as someone mentioned as an reply to this topic? r-mustang.html. Post number 16.
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    Without knowing the history of the car its hard to tell just what is wrong but heres are a few things that could cause this. The computer gone bad, The EGR value gone, the run fuse blown, coil bad, The ECM modular bad, timing belt broke/jump timing, cats gone bad and clogged
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    Could very well be a broken timing belt/may have jumped time. how many miles does the car have. A timing belt could be changed about every 80K miles and change will last alot longer. Have your timing checked.
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    Need to know more about the problem
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    You are aware that in these year starters that there are two types, One for the auto tranny short nose and the long nose for the manual tranny. Is the spacer plate in between the motor the and tranny.
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    To change the head gasket is the best way to go, but both gaskets not just one. the other one is the same age as the blown one. need to know what part of the country you are in ( not your address) just the part of the country.
  • hhds113hhds113 Posts: 2
    edited November 2010
  • lasamitchelllasamitchell Posts: 1
    edited February 2011
    I am having issues with my 2000 Mustang. It will start and idle just fine. Will also run fine when you rev it up but if i try to slowly press the gas, in gear and nuetral it will act as if it is going to stall. Any ideas on where I should start??
  • trench12trench12 Posts: 5
    2011 V6 coupe,6sp manual, 3.31 gear. 3500 mi. on car, 1000 miles on replaced engine. I am somewhat disappointed in the mileage on this car. I have the perfect test track at my disposal, I-80 in eastern Iowa. Cruise on, apx. 60 mph I agree the car will achieve the claimed 30 mpg. Shortly after hitting the secondary roads and driving as conservatively as possible I watch the mpg's take a drastic plunge down to apx, 19 (as rated). There is no in between. Any stop-go, shifting or anything but 6th gear uninterrupted cruising results in terrible results. Is this the norm? It would be impossible to drive anymore conservatively than I do. Thanx for any input. :confuse:
  • I have a 94 mustang with a 3.8. It has been knocking and bucking. Changed the plugs and replaced wires. Checked Ignition control module and changed out the coil pack. When I get it running it smells like pure gas is coming out of the exhaust and really thick blue smoke. The oil on the dip stick smells like gas. Any suggestions?
  • papasam1papasam1 Posts: 84
    Sounds like It may have jumped time and fouled number three plug, how many miles on it over 100,000 miles check the timing.
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