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Automotive Torque Specifications

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

Ford Mustang 1979-93 and Mercury Capri 1979-86

Engines

3.8L V6
Component Torque
Camshaft Sprocket Bolts 15-22 ft. lbs.
Crankshaft Pulley-to-Vibration Damper Bolts 20-28 ft. lbs.
Cylinder Head Bolts 1983 Step 1 47 ft. lbs.
Step 2 55 ft. lbs.
Step 3 63 ft. lbs.
Step 4 74 ft. lbs.
Step 5 NOTE
1984 and up Step 1 37 ft. lbs.
Step 2 45 ft. lbs.
Step 3 52 ft. lbs.
Step 4 59 ft. lbs.
Step 5 NOTE
Exhaust Manifold Bolts 15-22 ft. lbs.
Flywheel/Driveplate-to-Crankshaft Bolts 54-64 ft. lbs.
Intake Manifold Bolts 1983 Step 1 5 ft. lbs.
Step 2 10 ft. lbs.
Step 3 18 ft. lbs.
1984 and up Step 1 7 ft. lbs.
Step 2 15 ft. lbs.
Step 3 24 ft. lbs.
Main Bearing Cap Bolts 65-81 ft. lbs.
Oil Pan Bolts 80-106 inch lbs.
Oil Pump Cover Bolts 18-22 ft. lbs.
Rocker Arm Cover Bolts 1983 (screw) 36-61 inch lbs.
1984 and up (bolt/stud) 80-106 inch lbs.
Rocker Arm Fulcrum Bolts Step 1 5-11 ft. lbs.
Step 2 18-26 ft. lbs.
Rod Bearing Cap Nuts 31-36 ft. lbs.
Thermostat Housing-to-Engine Bolts 15-22 ft. lbs.
Timing Chain Cover-to-Block Bolts 15-22 ft. lbs.
Vibration Damper-to-Crankshaft Bolt 93-121 ft. lbs.
Water Pump-to-Timing Chain Cover Bolts 15-22 ft. lbs.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
NOTE Loosen all bolts 2 or 3 turns, then repeat steps 1 through 4.
Cylinder head torque sequence
Fig. 1 Cylinder head torque sequence-3.8L
Intake manifold torque sequence
Fig. 2 Intake manifold torque sequence-3.8L
Timing mark alignment
Fig. 3 Timing mark alignment-3.8L and all V8s
Camshaft thrust button and spring
Fig. 4 Camshaft thrust button and spring-3.8L
Firing order: 1-4-2-5-3-6
Fig. 5 Firing order and cylinder location-3.8L

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