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Old 08-20-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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Got a Stang, Need Some HELP!!!

Okay, here's the thing. Just got a 97 v6 3.8 Mustang in excellent visual condition and very good mechanical. Barebones car, but still ALOT of fun! Thing is that my tachometer works on and off... till now anyway. Earlier I had the water pump replaced and stuff and on the way home I was getting on the Interstate but slipped to 4th instead of 2nd. Please hold the riddicule, I'd been driving a POS truck and had to get reaquainted with the stang. Anyway, before put into a lower gear I let off the clutch a little, gased it, put it back down, repeated. However the second time the tachometer turned on and OVER. So now it's stuck and if I rev it up high enough and go backwards a little, but I still can't get it over to the other side.

So, it used to work and it flips on and off, and from that I'm guessing (and hoping) that the problem is in the dash where something came loose. Would be great if I could get it to stay on and also put it back on the proper side of the meter. Any help is appreciated and I don't know much about cars so pictures and DETAILED help is GREATLY appreciated.






Also, I want to make some noise but I'm strapped for cash. Don't want true dual, Cat-back (think that's what it's called) is fine. People keep pointing me to flow masters 3 necessities.

1. Loud
2. Cheap
3. Legal

I'm not really cheap or anything, it's just that school's back in and I no longer have a way to get money.


Thanks in advance for any help.

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Also, how hard is it to install my own exaust? Well, more specifically, remove the old one.




Just remebered this too... head light looks like it has mud in it, what's the best way to clean it? (Not literally) To be more specific, what with and what helps to keep it that way.
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Old 08-20-2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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MAC company makes a muffler they call it "flowpath" it's supposed to be a bolt on if you want to hear the sound clik on this link then click on the left side for single exhaust on the MAC it used the factory pipe...

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OUPS I Forgot the link: http://www.mustangexhaust.com/3.8sounds.htm
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My suggestion about the tach would be to remove the instrument cluster and disconnect then reconnect your cars computer from the back. Should just be a plug. Pick up a Chilton's Manual. Tons of useful, illustrated info for you to look at, including how to remove the instrument cluster.

Again, that is only my suggestion. I've never owned a manual, and don't remember how my 97 worked behind the cluster. I just know that that will reset my gauges on my 99.
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Thanks for the exhaust link.

About the cluster, my milage and other things won't be "tampered" with if I take it out, right?
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Thanks for the exhaust link.

About the cluster, my milage and other things won't be "tampered" with if I take it out, right?
Hey, well you live in SC and so do I. I have my old true dual exhaust if you wanna buy it cheap. I live in Sumter just so you know. All you'll need is to buy some mufflers and it'll work just fine. And finally I just checked and it's 90 miles to my place. But if you need some mechaical advise let me know and I'll help ya out. Welcome to the boards.
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Thanks for the exhaust link.

About the cluster, my milage and other things won't be "tampered" with if I take it out, right?
shouldn't be, but I'm not 100% positive on that. Like I said, I don't remember how my 97 worked back there. I know it had the actual odometer that rolls over, unlike my 99 that has the electronic odometer. I wouldn't think it would mess with that stuff. I thought somebody else would have popped in by now though.
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