Ford Mustang Cylinder Heads

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The Ford Mustang is a deeply coveted and stylish car that is on the wish list for many people because of its sleek design and power. Ford introduced the Ford Mustang in 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York to immediate acclaim (and 22,000 sales on the first day alone!). In the 1965 era of the Mustang, buyers could see it customized to their liking making it a race car or a great family vehicle. With convertible options and numerous optional “bells and whistles,” buyers could get exactly what they wanted.

Through the years, the power and look of the Ford Mustang changed with staples changing drastically over each new model. Today, the Ford Mustang has a 310-hp, 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seeks to grow its power. Ford seems to want to dig deeper into the electric market because in 2019, it announced a four-door electric crossover to be marketed as the 2020 Mustang Mach-E.

Ford Mustang Awards and Recognitions

  • Car and Driver Ten Best list in 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2016.
  • Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1974 and 1994
  • Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design in 1965
  • Finalist for 2021 Green Car Awards

Ford Mustang U.S. Sales by Generation

The table below shows what a dominant force the Ford Mustang has been historically in the U.S. auto market, and why the Ford Mustang is undoubtedly an American icon / relic.

First Generation 1964.5-1973 2,981,259
Second Generation (Mustang II) 1974-1978 1,107,718
Third Generation (Fox Body) 1979-1993 2,608,812
Fourth Generation (SN95) 1994-2004 1,562,529
Fifth Generation (S197) 2005-2014 1,006,975
Sixth Generation (S550) 2015-Present 458,478 (2015-2019)

For a listing of annual U.S. Ford Mustang sales since 1964 please visit this web page.

Ford Mustang Cylinder Head’s Temperature Sensor / Heat Level Indicator 

Temperatures can fluctuate under your hood since metal bends to the will of the heat and cold around it. Car makers have made some advancements to ensure that the temperature does not get to a level that could damage your engine. One of the ways deployed to control the temperature is the cylinder head temperature sensor. The sensors are there to tread from the high end of the temperature to the low end and communicate with the engine control module to direct it to change the temperature of the coolant running through it.

We suggest that you make sure your temperature sensor is working in your Ford Mustang before you replace the cylinder heads and drive for an extended period of time. A defective temperature sensor or “Heat Level Indicator” will void our product warranty. Please view our cylinder head warranty web page for more information.

Ford Mustang Cylinder Head Casting Dates

Casting numbers are incredibly important for a car owner to understand as its essential when buying and installing new parts. These raised numbers are an important identification that provides the date it was made so the owner of the vehicle is able to purchase a part that is compatible with the years and make of their vehicle. It’s incredibly important to do the research into your car and know where to find these numbers to save trouble in the future if you are looking to improve the parts or do repairs.

On a Ford Mustang cylinder head, you may see a mix of numbers and letters such as D4AE which allow you to see information about the part such as:

  • C: being the decade of manufacture
  • 4: being the year in the decade.
  • A: being the vehicle type
  • E: denoting the component type

Visit this web page to get more information on casting numbers on a Ford Mustang.

The Importance of Cylinder Heads in a Mustang (or any vehicle)

Cylinder heads are an essential part of your vehicle and are what makes sure your engine operates in good health. Located on top of the cylinder block on the engine, this combustion chamber can house components such as the valves, spark plugs, and fuel injectors. It also has intake and exhaust valves to let the air escape as well as holes to allow coolant from the radiator and oil to flow through to the engine. If your cylinder head is not taken care of or becomes cracked, then in a worst case scenario it could mean a total engine replacement.

Watch Video of Cylinder Head Replacement in a 1990 Ford Mustang GT40


Buy Replacement Ford Mustang Heads @ Clearwater Cylinder Heads

Clearwater Cylinder Heads knows exactly why cylinder heads are important. We have spent decades perfecting the care, refurbishment, and replacement of cylinder heads in cars, trucks, heavy machinery, and boats. If you notice anything wrong with your cylinder head or need a replacement, then Clearwater Cylinder Head is happy to help you. With incredible product expertise and cylinder head selection guidance, please call us for assistance with the ordering process.

If you are a mechanic or you know your VIN number, then you may be able to find the correct head for your Mustang by using either the Make / Model search or the VIN search feature on our website. Visit or search our website to view a truly massive online catalog of heads. Clearwater Cylinder Heads is dedicated to providing professional support in all of your cylinder head needs. Feel free to contact Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. toll-free at 1-800-572-1963. We look forward to serving you with quality products as quickly as possible to get your beloved vehicle back on the road.

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