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2008 Mustang TSB's and Recalls

Posted 7/3/2013 by Jonathan McDonald

Check out the TSB's for 2008 Mustang and see what common problems and solutions exist for your Mustang!

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The below Technical Service Bulletins, TSB for short, were issued for the 2008 Mustang and contain symptom, diagnosis, and repair information for common issues. Click the TSB ID numbers below to see the full TSB, there is also a brief description of the TSB below the number.

Ford TSB Article # 07-5-13

Issue
Some 2005-2008 Mustang vehicles may experience a no start and have a discharged battery. They are usually stored for prolonged periods of time or are driven infrequently for short distances. Batteries will discharge while the vehicle is in storage due to normal current draw loads. Over a period of time, 30 days or more, vehicles in storage will have shallow to deeply discharged batteries as a result of lack of use or normal current draw.

Ford TSB Article # 07-16-7

Issue
Some 2005-2008 Mustang vehicles may exhibit an exterior door handle not flush in the closed position. This may result in a loose handle, rattle noise, hard to open, and/or door self locks when opening outside handle.

Ford TSB Article # 07-17-6

Issue
Some 2005-2008 Mustang vehicles built before 8/2/2007 may experience a buzz/rattle from the door panels when using the radio/CD player at elevated volumes or bass levels or voice broadcasts. This may be due to the window switch bezel vibrating against the door trim panel. This can often be incorrectly diagnosed as an audio speaker buzz or a bad speaker.

Ford TSB Article # 07-17-8

Issue
Some 2005-2008 Mustang convertible vehicles may require a repair of the convertible top. Individual components should continue to be used where appropriate, but if required a new top assembly is now available.

Ford TSB Article # 07-23-10

Issue
Some 4.0L V6 2008 Mustangs with manual transmission and built from 08/20/2007 to 09/06/2007 may exhibit a very low clutch pedal effort during the first 1/2" of engagement (when lifting the pedal off the floor). Subjectively, the driver will have the perception that the clutch pedal is not following their foot. Objectively, pedal efforts will be approximately 5 lbs (2.3 kg) where 12 lbs (5.4 kg) or greater is normal.

Ford TSB Article # 08-2-4

Issue
Some 2005-2008 manual transmission equipped Mustangs (excluding GT500), and built before 12/06/2007, may exhibit a tick noise from the shifter boot in forward gears 1st, 3rd, and 5th.

Ford TSB Article # 08-3-4

Issue
Some 2005-2008 Mustang vehicles built before 12/03/2007 may exhibit a concern with a rattle, buzz, or vibration from either the center stack console (radio/heater area), steering wheel, seat, floorpan, and/or gearshift area.

Ford TSB Article # 08-5-1

Issue
Some 2008 Ford Mustangs equipped with Satellite Digital Audio Receiver (SDARS) may not seek or be able to toggle through all channels in Sirus Satellite Radio mode.

Ford TSB Article # 08-7-6

Issue
Some 2005-2008 Mustangs with the 4.6L 3V engine may experience difficulty with spark plug removal. This may cause damage tot he spark plug and leave part of the spark plug in the cylinder head. Affected engine dates are before 11/30/2007.

Ford TSB Article # 08-9-2

Issue
Some 2007-2008 Mustang vehicles may exhibit un-commanded perimeter lighting feature (head lamps - park lamps - side marker lamps) due to water induced short to ground in the door disarm switch.

Ford TSB Article # 08-12-9

Issue
Some 2008 Mustangs equipped with a remote keyless entry (RKE) transmitter may exhibit an inoperative key fob due to a discharged key fob battery. This may be caused by an internal issue with the key fob software. This concern only applies to vehicles built between 06/25/2007 and 11/12/2007 with a key fob part # of 8S4T-15K601-AA.

Ford TSB Article # 08-17-3

Issue
Some 2005-2009 Mustang convertible vehicles may exhibit a torn / separating quarter glass division bar due to misalignment between the front door window glass and the rear quarter window glass. Concern may be duplicated with convertible top down, quarter glass down and front door glass up. When the rear glass is raised, it may catch on the front door glass creating a scissor effect over time. The windows need to be aligned to each other and the convertible top, as a glass system.

Ford TSB Article # 08-20-2

Issue
Some 2008-2009 Mustang vehicles equipped with front door sub-woofers (Shaker 500 and Shaker 1000) and built before 07/07/2008 may exhibit static, crackle, pop, or distorted sound from the front door sub-woofer.

Ford TSB Article # 08-21-7

Issue
Some 2005-2009 Mustangs may exhibit issues with the power window one-touch up, bounce back, and short drop features.

Ford TSB Article # 08-23-4

Issue
Some 2005-2009 Mustangs (excludes GT500) equipped with either a 4.0L or 4.6L engine may exhibit a heavy driveline shudder on acceleration from a stop or between 3-15 MPH (5-24 Km/h). On 4.0L engines there may also be an above average engine presence. The wrong transmission crossmember assembly may have been installed from the factory. Similar complaints may also occur if the transmission crossmember and the transmission support insulator were improperly reassembled after transmission removal.

Ford TSB Article # 08-24-10

Issue
Some 2005-2009 Mustang vehicles may exhibit a rattle noise where the A-pillar meets the dash area. This rattle may be due to worn, missing or off location tape under the dash panel and/or A-pillar dual lock (velcro) fastener(s) not seated.

Ford TSB Article # 08-26-7

Issue
Some 2005-2009 Mustang vehicles may exhibit a difficult to diagnose a water leak in the front floor area. This may be caused by loose grommets and/or sealer skips around the cowl area, loose A-pillar window weatherstrip retainer, misaligned body harness grommet through the firewall, misaligned body harness grommet from the passenger door.

Ford TSB Article # 09-9-7

Issue
Some 2007-2008 Mustangs equipped with a 4.6L and 5.4L engine may exhibit a front end accessory drive (FEAD) related high-pitched metallic whistle/hoot noise after a cold soak in ambient temperatures below 40°F (4.4°C). This noise may be caused by the grooved nylon FEAD idler pulley.

Ford TSB Article # 09-12-12

Issue
Some 2005-2009 Mustangs equipped with a 5R55S automatic transmission may experience shifting concerns. A loss of 2nd, 3rd, and 5th gear may have overdrive band or intermediate band failures due to servo pin case bore wear causing reduced apply pressure.

Ford TSB Article # 09-18-16

Issue
Some 2005-2010 Mustang vehicles built before 04/05/2009 and equipped with a 4.6L engine and manual transmission, may exhibit an oil-canning or exhaust rattle/buzz around 2000 - 2500 RPM during the first few minutes of driving after a cold start. The sound goes away after the car warms up. The concern may be caused by the separator plate, between the rear face of the engine block and the transmission housing, vibrating and/or contacting the flywheel.

Ford TSB Article # 09-19-17

Issue
Some 2007-2008 Mustang vehicles equipped with the 4.6L engine and TR3650 5 speed manual transmission may exhibit a clash noise and/or raspy (rough) feel on gear engagements during 1-2 or 2-3 upshifts. This condition may be more pronounced when the transmission is colder than 40 degrees F (4 degrees C).

Ford TSB Article # 09-20-4

Issue
Some 2005-2010 Mustang vehicles may exhibit excessive axle whine noise.

Ford TSB Article # 09-20-10

Issue
Some 2008-2009 Mustang vehicles equipped with Single CD and CDX6 Audio Control Modules (ACM), may exhibit either a speaker pop noise and/or a condition where the ACM is completely inoperative or will not power on.

Ford TSB Article # 09-24-16

Issue
Some 2005-2010 Mustang 4.0L/4.6L, 2007-2010 Mustang Shelby GT500 vehicles built on or before 8/3/2009 may exhibit a grunt/creak/squeak/chirp noise from the lower control arm hydro bushing. The grunt/creak noise may occur over large vertical bumps like speed bumps and pot holes. The squeak/chirp noise may occur over bumps rough roads, and driveway approaches.

Ford TSB Article # 10-2-8

Issue
Some customers of 2008-2010 SYNC-equipped Mustangs may express concern with their SYNC paired device defaulting, switching or staying on privacy mode. The customer may not be able to accept the call through the SYNC system or must answer the call manually on their personal device.

Ford TSB Article # 10-3-8

Issue
Some 2007-2009 Mustang Shelby GT500s may exhibit the following clutch/transmission symptoms: hard to disengage or engage 1st and reverse, hard to shift all gears, vehicle creeps with transmission in gear and clutch pedal fully depressed without brake pedal application. These symptoms may be caused by the clutch not disengaging fully when the clutch pedal is fully depressed. This may be caused by excessive heat build-up during unique traffic conditions (example: severe stop/go urban driving, excessive clutch slipping). The clutch system is designed for performance driving conditions.

Ford TSB Article # 10-4-13

Issue
Some 2005-2010 Mustang vehicles equipped with a convertible top may exhibit a headliner that pulls away from the number 1 bow.

Ford TSB Article # 10-5-7

Issue
Some 2005-2010 Mustangs equipped with a 4.0L engine may exhibit a buzz noise from the upper engine at about 1900 RPM under light load acceleration.

Ford TSB Article # 10-5-9

Issue
Some 2006-2010 vehicles may exhibit an inoperative luggage compartment lid solenoid. The solenoid may be stuck in the open position, preventing the luggage compartment lid from latching.

Ford TSB Article # 10-23-8

Issue
Some 2007-2009 Mustang vehicles equipped with side air bags may exhibit the air bag lamp on with diagnostic trouble code (DTC) B2295 with lamp fault code 22/23 (driver/passenger seat side airbag circuit failure). This may be caused by the circuit connection in the side airbag module wire harness.

Ford TSB Article # 11-3-3

Issue
Some 2008-2009 Mustangs (without navigation) may exhibit no satellite reception with SAT FAULT displayed in the ACM, and a DTC B1342 set in the SDARS module.

Ford TSB Article # 12-5-8

Issue
Some 2005-2011 Mustang vehicles with the axle vent on the right (passenger) side may exhibit a heavy fluid leak from the rear axle vent after hard acceleration.

Ford TSB Article # 12-7-4

Issue
Some vehicles may exhibit diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) P0505, P0506 and/or engine idle RPM fluctuation and hard starts. These vehicles may also exhibit DTCs P2111 and P2112 after KAM has been is cleared, or the battery has been disconnected or the vehicle had a dead battery. On vehicles with over 10,000 miles the issue may be caused by sludge buildup in the electronic throttle body (ETB) leading to airflow being less than desired.

Ford Motor Company Recall #08C02

NHTSA Recall Campaign #08V082000

Components Invonlved - AirBag
Issue
  • Summary:
    • Ford is recalling 434,593 model year 2005-2008 Mustang vehicles for failing to comply with one of the neck injury requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208, "occupant crash protection," for an unbelted 5th percentile female sitting in the passenger seat while it is in the full forward position.
  • Consequence:
    • During an air bag deployment, if a small female in the front passenger seat is not wearing the safety belt, and has the seat in the full forward position, there may be an increased potential for a neck injury.
  • Remedy:
    • Dealers will reprogram the restraint control module free of charge. The recall began on march 3, 2008. Owners may contact ford at 1-866-436-7332 or through email to www.ownerconnection.com.
  • Notes:
    • Ford recall no. 08c02. Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.