The Ford Mustang is one of the most respected vehicles on the road. Famous for its powerful engine and muscular looks, the Mustang legend continues to run strong. But every car eventually has some mechanical problems. Let’s look at some common Mustang breakdowns and their associated costs.
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If you hear squeaking while turning, there’s a good chance your car’s outer tie rods need to be replaced. You might also notice the car pulls to one side upon turning. Faulty Mustang tie rods can also cause the tires to wear unevenly. This problem is more common in models with over 115,000 miles.
Tie rod replacement will cost you around $150 to $280, parts and labor included.
Oil Or Coolant Leak
Leaking fluids can come from a variety of causes. If it is due to an intake manifold gasket problem, you might also notice rough idling, engine misfire, or the check engine light coming on. This issue appears more frequently after 148,000 miles.
Repair costs for an intake manifold replacement run from $225 to $325. Being a labor intensive repair, mechanic fees alone can be up to $250.
Chirping & Squeaking
If you hear a loud chirping or squeaking, don’t look for birds under the hood, but check the camshaft position sensor instead. This problem appears more often in vehicles with over 82,000 miles. Your Mustang might also show signs of engine misfire or unexpected shutting off.
Camshaft sensor replacement costs range from $90 to $150. If you replace the sensor yourself, the part only costs around $50.
Out Of Clutch
When a Mustang clutch goes bad, you might feel clutch slippage, shuddering, or stiffness. Many times clutch damage is due to engine oil or transmission fluid leaks, so make sure your mechanic checks for these upon repair.
Clutch replacement can be expensive, ranging from $670 to $900. This job also requires several man hours, and labor costs alone can reach over $600.
Mustang running rough? Has the engine overheated in the past? Does your car have many miles on it? If so, there’s a good chance your head gaskets are shot. Unfortunately, in most cases, the factory warranty is expired when this failure occurs.
A damaged head gasket may also cause engine coolant leak into the oil, causing a milky appearance. A white, sweet-smelling exhaust smoke is another sign of head gasket failure.
If you have an extended car warranty, the cost of this repair will be covered. If not, you’ll be paying anywhere between $1,000 to $1,500 for repairs.
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As the leading auto warranty provider, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Ford Mustang repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data.
Published in Car Repair Cost by CARCHEX on January 23, 2016