2005-2009 Ford Mustangs
|In very rare instances we have had reports of shock tower covers "popping up" after installation and subsequent driving. The covers seem to snap into place correctly at installation but then after the car is driven for a period of time, the covers have popped up and are not snapped fully into place any more.
The cause of the problem can be one of two things. One: there is a burr on the underside of the sheet metal hole around the shock that the cover snaps into. The burr doesn't allow the fingers on the underside of the shock tower covers to snap under the sheet metal. To fix this problem sand the underside of the sheet metal hole to remove the burr.
Two: On rare occasions the sheet metal that forms the shock tower is slightly thicker than normal, not allowing the fingers to snap fully under the sheet metal. To fix this problem, some material must be removed from the alternating lands between the fingers. This will allow the shock tower cover to sit slightly lower in the hole around the shock and allow the fingers to fully snap under the sheet metal.
To remove the proper amount of material, either sand or file the lands until the small circular ejector pin marks are no longer visible (see the picture to the left). Do not sand or file more than just enough to remove the marks. If more material is removed then the covers may be loose and rattle while driving. The amount of material that you are removing is only about 1/64". That is all that should be required for the fingers to snap fully under the sheet metal.
* Please be advised that this information is for suggestion only and is based on prior experience. We at CJ Pony Parts can not be held responsible or liable for any mistakes or injuries connected with the topics covered.