Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 1, 2000

If there is one irritant inside an '87-'93 model Fox Mustang, it's that blasted ashtray door that fails about a year into the blissful ownership of your Mustang. Not one Mustang I've had the pleasure of driving, riding in, or working on has been free of this wonderful annoyance. Some show small signs of an impending problem, such as my own '90 5.0, while other ashtray doors flat-out won't open or won't stay closed.

There are many good reasons for fixing the problem. The pleasure of being able to correctly close the ashtray door immediately comes to mind. There are other reasons, too, such as security (if you have replaced your ashtray with electronic controls of some sort for nitrous, stereo, and so on), resale value (that floppy ashtray door really makes the car look cheap and worn out at sale time), and cleanliness (if you are a smoker, the ashtray door can keep ashes and debris from blowing about). With valid reasons such as these, wouldn't you want to fix your ailing ashtray door?

We've shown you how to fix the ashtray door spring and arm a time or two in the past with various home remedies, but now, using one of the available kits from MavroMont Industries, you can easily and permanently repair your ashtray door with just a few simple steps. Follow along as we fix our '93 5.0 sedan and rid it of "droopy door."

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