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1996 Mustang GT won't start with shifter in Park, but will start in Neutral

The range switch doesn't think the car is in park. On Fords theres an adjustable cable if you look on the driver side of the transmission there will be lever with a cable attached. Sometimes the clip ...
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Head gasket sealer or head gasket replace

If this is a car you are planning on keeping, I'd highly suggest just paying the money to get it fixed. A stop leak may work for a period of time, but it's only temporary. A couple of things to ...
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Can you run an engine with an acorn shell in one of the cylinders?

You might get away with it, but I sure wouldn't recommend trying. The risks just seem too high. Instead try either blowing air into the cylinder with a small tube (to leave room for the shell to come ...
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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

This question and answer from @BobCross is very illuminating and may help you in your decision making process. Have a look.
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Removing catalytic converters on a 2000 v6 Mustang?

tl;dr: I can't find any evidence that removing the catalytic converters on this model will improve the car. It will definitely confuse the ECU (and obviously pollute more). I've looked hard for any ...
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What causes my Mustang to buck when I let off the gas at a high RPM?

I think what you are experiencing is normal behavior for just about any rear-wheel drive vehicle (and probably most front wheel drives, but to a lesser extent). This is due to the loading/unloading of ...
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VIN Number Mismatch

The VIN is stored within the OBD-II system. This is what the dongle is reading. If the PCM was ever replaced, the VIN may not have been stored correctly in the new (to the car) PCM. Any shop which ...
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1998 V6 Mustang -20+ LTFT on both banks

Cleaning the MAF won't help here because the fuel trims are negative. A dirty MAF would typically under-read mass air flow and subsequently force a positive fuel trim correction. A few possibilities: ...
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oil pan removal

It's likely just sealant keeping it together. Some blocks and pans have tabs on the side to allow for a prybar to be inserted without the potential to compromise the seal when it's put back together. ...
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RTV gasket maker

What I'd suggest instead is: if it's a paper gasket, get a sheet of gasket paper (available at most auto parts stores) and very carefully trace the old one onto the paper (be sure to use the finest-...
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Battery and Alternator Pass Test - 2003 Mustang GT

Do a load test on the battery. You will need a multimeter or voltmeter and a fully charged battery. Connect the meter leads to the battery posts (positive with positive and negative with negative). ...
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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

Tl;dr: it might be better for noise, vibration and harshness than for handling. Once upon a time, I had a Fox body mustang. I remembered it being chock full of rattles and squeaks. It was ...
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Convertible top vinyl small crack repair

You could try a flexible epoxy or something like a cloth/heavy-duty repair tape: http://www.gorillatough.com/gorilla-clear-repair or https://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/tenacious-tape#10691
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What are vehicle emission limitations in Bavaria?

First of all, this doesn't apply to Bavaria alone, but to all Germany. You are right, diesel and petrol cars get the same stickers, though, petrol cars get either no sticker (no catalytic converter, ...
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Reversed with handbreak on and manual transmission - how to diagnose problems if they arise?

The clutch, e-brake pads, and tires are almost certainly all fine. They can take a lot of abuse and if they're still working (assuming no noticeable tire gouges) they are fine. You probably ought to ...
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RTV gasket maker

Short answer - no. Mostly RTV is just not meant for that kind of pressure. In a pinch, sure - short-term, but not as a fix.
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04 Ford mustang has no bass

It's probably the terrible stock speakers. Upgrade your speakers or put in a subwoofer if you want bass.
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How to check 05 mustang quality of lights and sensors quality

When you first turn your vehicle on, the vehicle itself does a "Power On Self Test" or POST. When you turn your key from off to the run position (before you start it up), all of the dash lights which ...
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Replace lifter without removing heads or engine in 2000 Mustang?

In a generic sense, yes, you can remove the lifters without removing the heads or engine from the vehicle. I'm assuming your engine is the 3.8L V6. There were two other engines available, the 4.6L V8 ...
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Work involved in changing master cylinder and brake booster on 1972 Mustang

1972 Flat Rate data is a bit difficult to come by, even from a fossil like myself that never throws anything away. For a 1982 Mustang 5.0 V8, book is around 2 hours labor. The engine compartment is ...
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What are vehicle emission limitations in Bavaria?

Look again at the page you referred to, you need the second table marked 'Petrol'. According to this page by the German certification authority TUV, you are allowed to drive your Mustang in the ...
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Need to change Rod bearings...any tips?

This is just me being anal, but you'd actually be getting undersized bearings not oversized. You really needed to have pulled the engine, checked the crankshaft journals out in order to see if you ...
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RTV gasket maker

As Solar Mike said, you can get it at the Ford dealer. This same basic engine was used in a lot of different vehicles over many, many years. The engine model was only replaced in the Ford lineup in ...
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RTV gasket maker

According to This ford specific parts website you are looking for part number 6C639 (or possibly 6600 if I am misunderstanding your description of the part) Note the square and circle in the top ...
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Connecting rod bearing torque specs 2003 Ford Mustang

I used to have a set of manuals that had all of this info but, for reasons I won't get into, I don't have them at this time. But I remember tightening end caps on a 2001 v6 3.8l several years ago, if ...
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Transmission or not?

Inspect your transmission shifter cable. Make sure it is tight at both ends, as this is the most likely cause. This would leave the transmission in Park. If the cables seems tight, shift through all ...
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A/C hose blowout while charging new system, do I need to add more oil?

In short, yes you lost oil. The question is how much? The purists would drain the system, but in your case that is impractical. Suggestion. Find out the total oil charge for the system. If you can ...
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Stripped header bolt hole. Can I repair w/o taking out the engine?

Yes, you can do it, if you have sufficient access to the hole. A tap with handle is going to be around 2"-4" long. Do you have enough clearance to get it in place, perpendicular to the surface of the ...
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Creaking sound from the rear right side of the car

Check the rear stabilizer links. They are located between the lower control arm and the anti sway bar. They should look something like this: or this: They can have ball and socket joints or rubber ...
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No dash lights or exterior lights, no crank, and no power

I'd be looking at 2 things: has the ignition switch failed/ main feed wire come off? Are the battery connections both at the terminals and the ground strap, good clean and tight? Total power loss, ...
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