How To Maintain Your Mustang

Ford Mustangs have experienced a lot of changes from the first generation till the latest 2010 6th generation. It is the pioneer of pony cars. The masculine look and sporty nature is the pride of the Mustang. Although it may be distinct from other cars, it is still a car and needs maintaining, especially that slick, masculine, sporty look.

Cleaning the exterior

Materials necessary:

  • Car wash soap
  • Car wash mitt (or sponge)
  • A large bucket
  • Cotton towel
  • Garden hose

To preserve that shiny, masculine, and gorgeous look, you will have to clean the exterior of your car regularly. The most advisable frequency is at least once a month. Cleaning every week doesn't hurt, but if you have a busy schedule, at least once a month will do. That includes the body and the rims.

Waxing the car once every year is okay, but it is much better if you do waxing every 3-4 months, as seasons change and may affect the body of the Mustang. If you find bird droppings on your paint, remove and clean as soon as you can. Droppings and even rain can corrode your paint.

Detailing the Mustang once a year is also recommended. Prepare the necessary materials before starting to clean the car, to avoid tiring yourself. Choose an ideal area before you start cleaning. Close all the doors and roll up the windows. Hose down the Mustang before applying the car washing soap (with water). Avoid using high pressure when washing the Mustang. Use soft pressure but enough to remove the dust, dirt and pebbles that may be present on the Mustang's body.

Remember to wash the car from top to bottom and by sections. Wash first the roof and the rims. The tires and the exhaust come last. Make sure not to miss a section or spot when rinsing. Once done rinsing, use a 100% cotton towel to dry the car. Start again, from the top and then to the bottom part. Now you’re done cleaning the exterior.

Cleaning the interior

Maintaining the interior part of the Mustang is essential. If a friend or an associate owns a Mustang too, ask where they take them for engine service. If that’s not the case, try to ask around and look for repair shops specializing in Mustangs. Although taking the car to the dealer can save you some work, it can still be costly. A good repair shop can easily solve engine problems at less cost. In some cases, repair shops tend to fix things that do not need repairing. And so, a preferred independent shop of an acquaintance may be a reliable service shop. Stick with the shop that has done a good job on the car.

Changing the oil

Dirty motor oil can wear out the engine very quickly. Changing oil regularly is necessary. Either take the Mustang to a nearby lube shop, or personally change the oil. The latter is definitely the better as it saves more money, there's no waiting-in-line, and personally knowing the state of the car is a plus. It is recommended to change your oil every 7,500 miles. If the latter is preferred, then keep in mind that dumping oil in a drain or throwing it in the garbage is a federal/state crime in the United States. Transmission fluid should be changed, but not too often. Unless the Mustang is driven under bad conditions, the transmission fluid should be changed every 9,000 miles to prevent decrease in effectiveness and durability in the transmission of the car.

On tires, brakes and shock absorbers

Invest in quality tires and change as often as necessary, (7,500-10,000 miles at least) in pairs if possible, especially on the rear to prevent skidding. Check for balance and alignment, it may affect how long the new tires will last. Worn shocks can wear out tires and suspension faster, so do check regularly.

Brakes too, should be checked regularly. Usually front brakes wear out first and can be expected to be necessarily changed every 30,000 miles. Finally, add break fluid from time to time.


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