Common SN95 Problems

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  1. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Although the SN95 generation of Mustang was generally good, like all vehicles there are some problems.

    This thread will cover some of the common problems with 1994 -2004 Mustangs (SN95). The information in this thread was provided by members of our community, thank you all that helped.


    If you are looking for problems with particular engines, there is a link to each below:
    4.6L V8 4V Problems
    4.6L V8 2V Problems
    5.0L V8 Problems
    3.8L V6 Problems


    When looking for a SN95 Mustang look for signs that may be the source of problems down the road. Like all vehicles the main factors of problems are from abuse, age or high miles/kilometers and lack of or improper maintenance. The SN95 generation is starting to roll into 20 years, so many of these common issues are from age or high miles/kilometers.

    If you have any questions after reading this thread please try using the search bar located in the top right. Chances are there is already a topic covering your exact question.
    After trying the search bar please feel free to start a thread in the appropriate section for addition information. Our community is happy to help!


    Lastly, if you have any corrections or addition information please make a post below. I will update this post with addition information.




    1. Crystal White paint peeling, highly likely to happen.
    Solution: Extreme care, but likely repainting.
    Cpotts13, MustangChris

    2.Quad Shocks rubbing. Caused by changes to suspension such as lowering (more than 1.75”?) or large rear tires.
    Solution: Flipping or removing quad shocks
    Ferocious

    3. E- Brake cable rubbing driveshaft and like to rust
    Can be caused from worn rear control arm bushing
    Cpotts13, greenscobie86

    4. Inside fan only blows out defroster vents
    Usually caused from broken vacuum line along firewall.
    Cpotts13, Twista

    5. Throw Out Bearing (TOB).
    Solution: Replace, preferably with an upgraded one.
    Orange94, Slykin

    6. Aftermarket short throw shifter stoppers pushing out of gear.
    Solution: Adjust stoppers to correct position and tighten.
    Orange94

    7. Lose ground or blown rear amp on radio, specifically the Mach 460 system
    94_red cobra

    8. Odometer gear breaking
    Solution: can try a upgraded aftermarket one, but its commonly just replaced.
    lutter94, Orange94

    9. Clutch Cable
    Solution: Replace with a stock cable (maximum motorsports offers a good stock one). DO NOT GET AN AFTERMARKET CABLE! The majority of them are garbage and will cause problems. Can use an aftermarket adjuster with stock cable with no problems.
    boston2k4, Orange94

    10. Door seals, will need to be replaced eventually
    boston2k4

    11. Power seats, motor and shaft like to break.
    Solution: Fix or replace. Or switch to manual rack.
    boston2k4

    12. Trunk lock
    boston2k4

    13. Bad Window Motors
    MustangChris

    14. Gas tank filler tube grommet
    MustangChris

    15. Third brake light haze
    MustangChris

    16. Leaky coolant expansion tanks
    MustangChris

    17. Door handles pulling off
    MustangChris

    18. Interior door cups get pulled off
    MustangChris

    19. Radiator change in 1996, different than 94/95 and 97/98
    MustangChris

    20. Hood recall
    MustangChris

    21. A/C condenser recall
    MustangChris

    22. Heater or A/C only works on 1 setting
    Solution: Replace blower resistor
    Twista

    23. Gauges not very accurate. The gauges are only able to give an “okay” or “bad” reading.
    So don’t be alarmed if temperature is high on the “NORMAL”, anywhere in the normal range is okay. Use your own judgement if car is overheating or not.
    miss.mod.50, Orange94

    24. Front ball joints/inner/outer tie rods will need replacing
    justinschmidt1

    25. Starter solenoid corrodes
    justinschmidt1

    26. Alternators go bad
    justinschmidt1

    27. AC switch fails
    justinschmidt1

    28. Auto Trans, good idea to change fluid 30-40k and add trans cooler
    justinschmidt1

    29. Rubber Bushings, will need to be replaced eventually.
    JerzeyStangz

    28. Replace air blower unit when the unit starts to squeak.
    JerzeyStangz

    29. The Stalk on the steering wheel eventually fails
    JerzeyStangz

    30. Keep a close eye on your OEM steel brake lines
    JerzeyStangz

    31. Rear Main Seal will likely need to be replaced
    JerzeyStangz

    32. High pressure line on power steering pump leaks, O ring goes bad.
    Slykin
     
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    Great Write up "Joker" ..Soooo much detail..Wow!!
     
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    Very nice work orange
     
  4. KillNThrill24

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    Definitely glad mine didn't have any of those issues when I bought it, not a single one. But we won't talk about my current issues....

    I'll definitely vouch for the clutch cable btw. I had an SR after my stock one wore out (old age). It snapped within a week, literally. Bought an MM to replace it and got a lighter clutch pedal and has lasted ever since. So I totally agree do NOT buy anything other than MM for clutch cable, MM is an OEM replacement

    MC I'd like to know about that A/C recall.....

    Great info in this thread, good job Richard!
     
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    Headlights are usually fogged over on these cars, and will either need sanding or replaced

    Reverse grinds going in (manual only), usually helps going into 1st then reverse or 5th then reverse

    Common for spark plugs to back out of the heads, you'll hear what sounds like an exhaust leak coming from under the hood, re tighten all spark plugs
     
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    dear number 14, GFY! lol happened to me on a full tank of gas
     
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    Blower motor resistor takes all of 5 mins to replace. $20-30 part. Held in by 2 (if I remember) 7mm bolts and hooked up to a small wiring harness. Look under the glove box and to the right, it's really obvious where it is. I recommend a 1/4" ratchet with a 3" extension to make life easy. Don't go nuts torquing it down, either, it's plastic on plastic.

    I added more detail about the self-changing 4.6 plugs in the 4.6 thread. (96-04, all versions of 4.6, 2V and 4V)

    Power seats be sure to check fuse first. Sounds silly but always start simple. My '97 was inop until I changed the fuse, never another problem.

    Hazy CHMSL an issue on 99-04 cars. 94-98 I've never known it to be a big deal.

    Rear main, I think is more of a 5.0 issue. Rare to hear about it with a 4.6.

    Also for the 4R70W guys, some things you really should know about (Most of this info from the guy who designed the trans originally)
    http://www.tccoa.com/articles/tranny/transmission/page4.shtml (1-2 accum failure an issue on 97 and down)
    http://www.tccoa.com/articles/tranny/transmission/index.shtml
    (See j-mod especially)
     
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    Can I suggest that problems specific to certain years be labeled as such?

    For example broken odometer gear = 94-98 only, 99+ have electronic odometer.

    Just to help people who may stumble here on a google search. Valuable stuff for them, more traffic for us, new members and new knowledge.
     
  9. Orange 94

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    Thanks guys! The first post will be updated with the problems you guys added when I have time.

    [MENTION=9840]Goldmember[/MENTION] Good suggestion! Will try to go through it and updated that as well when I have time.
     
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    One to maybe add. Stock flexible lines from hard lines to fuel rail. I read a pretty big write up on another forum about a lot of 94-5 owners having the inner liner go bad after being so old. They had solutions anywhere from stai less steel braided and AN connectors to making new rubber lines with a liner in them. It was on corral I saw it. But there were quite a few who had actually burnt..
     
  11. bad86capri

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    How about the ccrm issues and the cooling fan issues.

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