02 mustang: 6 cyl -skid light appears and will not go faster than 50-60 mph
Recently got in an accident and ran over a spare tire with rim on the freeway going about 70mph. took my mustang to repair shop and got it back to find out that it would not go faster than 50-60 mph and the traction light goes on. any ideas as to what may be the problem? other than the sorry *** mechanic?
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Since the sound gets louder the faster you go, it sounds like you have a bad wheel bearing. You could try putting the spare on the back and see if it helps. If you can get the front of your car off the ground, spin your wheel with one hand and with the other hand, grab ahold of your coil spring on your strut. If you feel a vibration on the coil, than more than likely you have a bad wheel bearing.
if the lugs are a closed top lug, they may not tighten down enough to secure the spare. if they are the open top/hollow lugs they should be able to tighten down the spare tire rim. so, if you have the closed top style you may want to get a set that are the open top or hollow style so you are able to tighten down a spare rim when needed. this is what i did when i ran into this issue with my 99 grand cherokee.
your abs/ anti skid sensors are reading that one tire is spinning faster than the others, due to a smaller tire in one corner of the vehicle, it is actually confusint the cpu into thinking the tire is actually skidding, hence, it is compensating for what it is programmed to believe is a hazourdous condition.
Put on the spare tire and see if that helps. If it does, go to the tire store and use your hazard coverage for them to check your rim for being bent or your tire from having a bruised belt. The rim is your responsibility, the tire is the tire stores. An 04 should have spare rims in Salvage yards. You can go online for those if need be.
This is pretty common on the 2005 Mustangs, it's caused by failing stepper motors in the instrument cluster, they control the movement of the gauges. There's a guide on how to fix them here - 2005 Mustang speedometer problem