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Thread: What have you done to your MS3 today?

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    Ex FSAE. New MS3. JamesCH's Avatar

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    Cleaned the EGR system, no CEL for a week or so. Hooray!

    Going to replace sway bar bushings soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    Okay well that makes sense then ...they definitely looked like they are not as heavy duty as the OEM ones...
    Yeah, the brackets supplied with the Moog K7326 are clearly junk.
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    I took it on it's final drive...My MS3 motor has finally bit the dust.

    ROD knock... 283,010 miles.

    Such a shame, I was really hoping to get it and the original clutch over 300k. The rest of the car is still in excellent condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    I took it on it's final drive...My MS3 motor has finally bit the dust.

    ROD knock... 283,010 miles.

    Such a shame, I was really hoping to get it and the original clutch over 300k. The rest of the car is still in excellent condition.
    That was you selling the MS3. It kept popping up as I searched for a car to replace my P5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebikes View Post
    That was you selling the MS3. It kept popping up as I searched for a car to replace my P5.
    Yes it is for sale, let me know if you want to check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    Yes it is for sale, let me know if you want to check it out.
    Nah, I bought a 06 3 Hatch with 77k on it in Chico. As much as my right foot wants a Speed3, the lower mileage ones were more than I was willing to pay. Good luck with the sale though!
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    Finally did a compression test on the MS3- only because I was doing one on the Miata and thought I should go ahead and get it over with so I actually know rather than assume. The numbers weren't terribly awful, better than I was expecting, honestly.

    Cylinder 1- 155/165
    Cylinder 2- 150/175
    Cylinder 3- 150/162
    Cylinder 4- 150/178

    I expected to see at least one, if not two, below minimum spec. This puts me at about ~19% down on each cylinder from healthy spec.

    I'm almost done with the Miata and if I can get it running and driving dependably, I'll use it as a daily so that a rebuild can be done on the MS3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    Finally did a compression test on the MS3- only because I was doing one on the Miata and thought I should go ahead and get it over with so I actually know rather than assume. The numbers weren't terribly awful, better than I was expecting, honestly.

    Cylinder 1- 155/165
    Cylinder 2- 150/175
    Cylinder 3- 150/162
    Cylinder 4- 150/178

    I expected to see at least one, if not two, below minimum spec. This puts me at about ~19% down on each cylinder from healthy spec.

    I'm almost done with the Miata and if I can get it running and driving dependably, I'll use it as a daily so that a rebuild can be done on the MS3.
    If it is not too late, try a leak-down test. Compression tests are subject to all sorts of variation: was the throttle open? Is the starter good? What was the battery SOC? Were the other spark plugs out? Is the o-ring on the gage good? And at the end of the day you still have no idea where the engine is leaking from. I hate it.

    A leak-down test is subject to fewer variables and will identify where any leakage is coming from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesCH View Post
    If it is not too late, try a leak-down test. Compression tests are subject to all sorts of variation: was the throttle open? Is the starter good? What was the battery SOC? Were the other spark plugs out? Is the o-ring on the gage good? And at the end of the day you still have no idea where the engine is leaking from. I hate it.

    A leak-down test is subject to fewer variables and will identify where any leakage is coming from.
    Had I had a leak-down tester at the time, I'd have done one.

    Compression tests require that the throttle plate be open- it's standard procedure. On the MS3, to disable the fuel supply when cranking, the throttle is fully depressed.
    Starter good? Kids are good- or bad- parts fail or wear. I assume you mean is it strong enough to turn the engine over at ~250RPM. Presumably, though I didn't monitor engine speed while starting.
    Battery- of course one would need to have a sufficient charge on the battery to provide ample power supply to the starter for 250RPM. However, did I perform a starting and charging test? No.
    Again, standardized test procedures for a compression test require removal of all the spark plugs.
    Was the o-ring intact and free of damage per a visual inspection? Yes.

    I agree to gain a better idea of engine health a leak-down test would be required and, when I get the time to do one, I will, but for now, this is some important information that I like to have.
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