GT350 BASICS, WHAT'S NORMAL, TSB/RECALLs, DON'Ts, DELIVERY AND REGULAR CHECKS & STUFF U NEED TO KNOW

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  1. Tank

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    #1 Tank, Aug 30, 2017
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    This is a public service thread developed for the MUSTANG6G community on the 2015 and up GT350 manufactured by Ford at the Flat Rock Assembly Line, Flat Rock, MI. You are encouraged to take a look and participate with your first-hand experiences.​

    How this'll work (feel free to suggest others):
    • Make a suggestion or send me links to add here. I update contents on a regular basis.
    • Use the forum's SEARCH & follow the links to get more information for any issues. Consider using search if you experience any problem with your GT350. After a few model years, the issue most likely has been discussed before.
    • Owners Manual and Shelby Supplemental Manual- read thoroughly and as needed during ownership:
      > Click this link if you need a copy of your Owner’s Manual, Supplemental Manual, Warranty....This info is also available here from Motorcraft.
    • You are responsible for anything you do to your vehicle.
    • Mustang6G Forum Rules, just in case you missed them,:like:
    3/9/19 - Moved things around a bit and found some broken links, please let me know if you find any. Thanks.
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    Ford Performance- 1 (800) 367-3788‬,

    Basic Vehicle Info:
    • What's Considered Normal (Thanks to @montreal ponies for this catagory)
      • Piston slap, also known as "flapping" to a particular Canadian :crackup:
      • Brakes squeal
      • Tramlining
      • Brake dust, lotsa brake dust
      • Expect to have to fill 'er up everytime you drive the car :D
      • Sub par panel fitment and quality & questionable paint quality in some circumstances
      • According to the March 2017 Shelby Supplement pg. 48, oil consumption of "approximately 1 quart per 500 miles" while "driving high performance vehicles in such a way that might lead to higher oil consumption (this includes extended time at high engine speeds, high loads, engine braking, hard cornering maneuvers and track use."
      • Some have reported a ticking noise from the front rotors particularly in a slow turn.
      • Expect your windows to get hung up on your weather stripping if you quickly open them with the windows all the way up. From @Zombo- “Unlatch the door while keeping the door closed using your thumb on the fixed part of the door handle. Once unlatch, open the door slightly until the window drops down, then open all the way. Using this process, the window can not get hung up on the door seal.”
    • Don't
      • Allow your GT350 to be towed with a slingbelt or wheel lift equipment. Get it FLAT BEDDED. See Supplemental Manual.
      • Lift driver's side wiper quickly, it will scrape the paint off the leading edge of your hood.
      • Use an impact wrench at anytime on your stock lug nuts. They're a two piece lug that'll warp/deform/distort overtime.
      • Go to redline until engine oil temp reaches 190 F degrees. On a cold day, this might not happen or could take a while.
      • Let bird crap stay on your stripes. It will permanently etch, mar, discolor, or otherwise destoy the stripe.
      • Take it through an automatic car wash - parts may be blown off the car.
      • Ford doesn’t recommend turning your brake rotors. See SSM posted by @btown93
    Ordering Info:
    • Looking to search new GT350 inventory, go to the first post here or try the Shop Ford site here. Also, check out @AgentOrange 's thread on finding Ford dealers who do not charge 'Added Dealer Markups" (ADM).
    • Want to track your order or have questions about COTUS?
    • Have questions about your Window Sticker or want to know how to get a copy?
    New GT350 Purchaser Info:
    • Original GT350 purchasers will have the opportunity to attend the GT350 Track Attack run by Ford Performance Racing School in Tooele Utah. Travel and lodging are not included.
      • SIGN UP AS SOON AS YOU ARE ELIGIBLE - DATES FILL UP QUICKLY.
      • See sticky by @bmailpb.
      • A heads up when you get there, Tooele is pronounced "Two-will-ah".
        • People may mess with your head, be prepared :tumbleweed:
    • Original GT350 purchasers will get a Supplemental package, consisting of a miniature flat-plane crank and some other goodies, weeks to months after the purchase.
      • See thread by @Glhshelby.
      • If you haven't received yours, call the FP number above. Have your VIN and date of purchase handy.
    At Delivery, Check For the Following:
    • Front and rear suspension spring spacers are removed. If they are not and you find them still installed when you get home, you might need to have the magneride reset if you’re getting error codes. See dealer for fix.
    • Splitter is installed correctly if you allowed the dealer install it. (Hint, many GT350 owners choose to install it themselves.) See sticky by @Steve16 for more info. See pics by @Epiphany for a clear comparison of a correctly and incorrectly installed splitter.
    • Edge of hood by driver’s side wiper- improperly lifted driver’s side wiper can scrape the paint off the leading edge of the hood. See discussion between @Tomster and @PP0001 for futher info.
    • Rear bumper gap- measure to get baseline at delivery then again when you notice it growing (if applicable)
    • Panel fitment in general
    • Look for any signs of damage due to improper transport- misaligned/miscolored panels, front undercarriage damage. If possible, can you be there when the truck arrives? All GT350s are supposed to be loaded on the bottom deck , facing backwards and no deeper than the third position from the rear. See post.
    • Bird crap on your stripes can cause permanent damage. Ensure it can be cleaned off with no visible defects. Do not accept delivery; get some sort of compensation or have the stripes removed if you do keep it.
    • Check the fasteners along the underside of the side skirts along the rocker panels. Some have reported loose or incomplete installation. Thanks @Destro
    • Then, bed them big-ass Brembos ASAP :turkey: Here's a link to the Tire Rack page on bedding brakes. Here’s another by Zeckhausen Racing. If anyone wants to write up a thread in this forum, I'll link it here.
    TSBs and Recalls have been moved to this post. If you know of any applicable to the GT350 and are not listed, please let me know. Thanks.

    High Priority Checks:
    High priority defined as something to do to avoid a catastrophic failure.
    • Engine oil level. See post in this thread for how to do this. For a video, check this post by @xXANCHORMONXx
      • SUGGESTION - ON THE DAY YOU FILL UP & WHEN YOU GET HOME, ASSUMING YOU’RE PARKED ON A LEVEL SURFACE, WAIT 15 MINUTES THEN CHECK YOUR ENGINE OIL LEVEL
    See thread started by @Sprintamx and this one by @xXANCHORMONXx
    Torque and sealant specs for the EOP sensor from the '16 Helm:

    - Material : Thread Sealant with PTFE / TA-24-B (WSK-M2G350-A2)
    - Torque :

    1. Stage 1: 124 lb.in (14 Nm) (10.333 lb.ft.)
    2. Stage 2: 180°
    If you can't find the Motorcraft TA-24-B, these manufacturers report these products meet the Ford WSK-M2G350-A2 spec:
    - Loctite PST 565
    - Loctite PST 592
    - Permatex High Temperature Tread Sealant
    • Brake master cylinder to clutch master cylinder reservoir line fitment (less frequently than weekly if modified with clamp or similar)
    Moderate Priority Checks: Moderate priority defined as everything else.

    Drive train and related
    • Torque on oil filter - first gen, spin on filters. Still concerned about it vibrating loose, install a band clamp. @Zombo
    • CV boot integrity. (see thread by @kairojya for more information.
    • Engine to Oil Cooler lines for leaks
    • "C" Ring on Oil Filter Adapter- properly seated (at least once after delivery). It's visible from the oil filter hatch.
    • Lug nut torque
    • If you've installed them, check and empty catch cans as needed
    • Check fuse box for loose fuses and loose battery cables
    • Bottom edge of radiator for weeping coolant. Members report coolant can accumulate on the topside of the under belly pan so detecting this might not be so easy unless you drop the pan.
    • Check the underside of your hood directly above the air intake seal for paint damage from the seal. See post by @Zombo Check the underside of your hood by the battery cover seal too. Thanks @fpa1974 :like:
    Chassis, body...
    • Side vent trim piece pulling away from body
    • Rear bumper gap- this may continue to expand.
    • Aluminum panels for corrosion. See the TSB link above.
    • Splitter installed correctly- anytime someone other than owner removes and reinstalls it.
    How-to Info:
    • Changing your oil, see this thread for the spin on, early type filter or this thread for the later canister type filter, both threads courtesy of @kairojya.
      • Have the spin on filter and want some low tech security due to loosening paranoia? Try the band clamp method as recommended by @Zombo.
    • Got a pre-2017 Base or Tech & want to learn about adding a transmission cooler?
    • Want to know about swapping a non-cooled transmission, see @Hack ‘s install.
    • Want to get some more diff cooler info on the pre-2017s Base and Techs? @kgschrader.
    • Want to know more about adding the Full Tilt Boogie Racing diff cooler kit? Check this thread by @db252 . (Half the price of the Ford kit; allows for dash display of diff temp , if already enabled; and does NOT mount to the rear bumper assembly.)
    • Want to know about swapping out the 4" screen? @Epiphany
    • Want to know how to use forscan to turn off Engine Sound Enhancement/Active Noise Cancellation (ESE/ANC) @Spart
    • Need to get your hood latch release handle off from the driver's side kick panel?
      • Try pushing a 10 mm 1/4 drive socket to release the internal tabs.
      • Wiggle things around a bit.
      • If the first 10 mm socket doesn't work, try a different one.
    Where To Start When Things Go Wrong
    DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) from the '16 Helm have been moved here. Let me know if you need a DTC looked up.

    General Info:
     
  2. Tomster

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    Sounds like a sticky to me
     
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    If you have catch cans installed, empty out passenger side catch can every X amount of miles depending on your vehicle.
     
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    Check line from brake master cylinder reservoir to clutch master cylinder. The connection at brake master cylinder reservoir can be loose.
     
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    Low priority...
    Check fuse box for loose fuses and loose battery cables maybe once every 6 months.
     
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    Hey Chris,
    When it comes to the GT350, there is no 'low priority' :lol:
    That's a new one to me. Do you know of any threads discussing this issue?
    Thanks for the suggestion :thumbsup:
     
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    - Radiator for light weeping of fluid along the bottom edges
     
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    Check for front and rear spacers upon delivery of the car.
     
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    Oh and NEVER pull the driver side wiper arm up quickly :/
     
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    I hear that brother...lol
     
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    MY CAR HAS A SCAR FROM ME PULLING UP THE WIPER.
     
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    #12 Tank, Aug 31, 2017
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    Hey [MENTION=13658]TDC[/MENTION],

    That's a new one to me, has this been discussed anywhere?
     
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    Im glad someone posted about this, as I was able to use this info before I received my car last year.

    Also having a regular issue where I have to fill up every day I drive the car :D
     
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    I'd be cool to add a " normal caractheristic of the car " thread

    Piston flapping
    Brakes squealing
    Tramlining
    Brake dust
    are the ones i'm tinking right now.

    Nice initiative Jim, thx.
     
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    Bed in your brakes with hard braking immediately.

    Throw out the "1000 miles' of testicle fondling the throttle bullshit and just give it the beans.
     
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    DO NOT take the car to redline cold (<180). On a cold take it will take a long time to get to 180.
     
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    I'm a cool guy- catagory added :thumbsup:

    Thanks for the suggestion Dan!!
     
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    STICKY, STICKY, STICKY!!!! Just do it Mods...DO it.

    [ame]
     
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    I believe mine was the second from this forum that needed their engine coolant radiator replaced. I pulled the belly tray off the car to prep for the oil line recall and notice coolant wetting the bottom. The leak was so slow and belly pan so large that no evidence of the leak is visible. Therefore I recommend to make an effort and check it; especially if you notice the coolant level in the reservoir slowly going down.
     
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    Another don't mentioned in the owners manual but is probably easily missed, Don't take to an automatic car wash as parts may be blown off the car.
     
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