Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 1, 2000
It's nothing but smooth sailing for our Modern Mach's dash, now that we have our new crash pad in place of the old wavy one.

All cars have their little pet problems, and our job is to help you fix those problems so you can enjoy your Mustang to its fullest and get on with your life. As our Mustangs get older, new problems rear their ugly heads and try to ruin our enjoyment. But with Mustang Monthly on your side, this won't have to happen.

Case in point-the '87-'93 Mustang dash crash pad that runs across the face of the dash assembly. This pad is a vinyl-covered length of dense foam that is molded to a metal frame. The vinyl tends to pull away with age and heat stress, revealing the foam underneath. The fix is usually to throw one of those carpet-type dash covers over the entire mess, but we prefer correctly fixing things. Removal of the crash pad is relatively easy and requires nothing more than a 9mm socket, 9mm or 3/8-inch wrench, a T-20 Torx, and a small flat-blade screwdriver. Once the pad is removed, your choices are to replace the pad or to repair the one you have-especially if it is a difficult-to-replace color. Mustang Parts Specialties, purveyor of many Mustang parts new and used, helped us find a black crash pad for our '90 Modern Mach. We also repaired our old one just so you could see how it is done.

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