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Home Ford Mercury Ford Mustang 1979-93 and Mercury Capri 1979-96

Ford Mustang 1979-93 and Mercury Capri 1979-86

Suspension/Steering

Front Suspension
Component Torque
Control Arm-to-Crossmember Pivot Bolts/Nuts 1979-81 200-220 ft. lbs.
1982 215-260 ft. lbs.
1983-85 150-180 ft. lbs.
1986 and up 110-150 ft. lbs.
Control Arm Balljoint-to-Spindle Nut     NOTE 1979-82 80-120 ft. lbs.
1983-86 100-120 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 80-120 ft. lbs.
Strut/Shock Absorber Upper Mount-to-Body Nuts 1979-86 (3 nuts) 62-75 ft. lbs.
1987 (2 nuts) 50-75 ft. lbs.
Strut/Shock Absorber-to-Upper Mount Nut 1979-82 60-75 ft. lbs.
1983-86 55-92 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 50-75 ft. lbs.
Strut/Shock Absorber-to-Spindle Bolts/Nuts 1979-85 150-180 ft. lbs.
1986 and up 140-200 ft. lbs.
Rear Suspension
Component Torque
Upper Suspension Arm-to-Frame Pivot Bolt/Nut 1979-80 70-100 ft. lbs.
1981-82 100-110 ft. lbs.
1983-86 100-105 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 80-105 ft. lbs.
Upper Suspension Arm-to-Axle Housing Pivot Bolt/Nut 1979-80 70-100 ft. lbs.
1981-86 90-100 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 70-100 ft. lbs.
Lower Suspension Arm-to-Frame Pivot Bolt/Nut 1979-80 70-100 ft. lbs.
1981-82 100-110 ft. lbs.
1983-86 100-105 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 80-105 ft. lbs.
Lower Suspension Arm-to-Axle Housing Pivot Bolt/Nut 1979-80 70-100 ft. lbs.
1981-86 90-100 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 70-100 ft. lbs.
Steering
Component Torque
Air Bag Module Nuts 3-4 ft. lbs.
Intermediate Shaft-to-Steering Gear Input Shaft Pinch Bolt 1979-85 20-30 ft. lbs.
1986 and up 20-37 ft. lbs.
Intermediate Shaft Flange-to-Steering Gear Clamp Nuts 20-30 ft. lbs.
Intermediate Shaft-to-Steering Column Shaft Nut and Bolt 1979-89 35-45 ft. lbs.
1990 38-54 ft. lbs.
Steering Gear Mounting Bolts/Nuts 1979-85 80-100 ft. lbs.
1986 and up 30-40 ft. lbs.
Steering Wheel Bolt or Nut 1979-86 30-35 ft. lbs.
1987 and up 23-33 ft. lbs.
Tie Rod End-to-Spindle Arm Nuts    NOTE 35-47 ft. lbs.
NOTE Tighten to the minimum specified torque, then align next slot in nut with cotter pin hole.
Front suspension components
Fig. 1 Front suspension and steering components
Rear suspension components
Fig. 2 Rear suspension and steering components

 

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