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Thread: What have you done to your Miata today?

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    Out there... chiefmg's Avatar

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    Those are some good shots.

    Headed for my first car show tomorrow. I washed her yesterday with Dawn to remove the old wax, today after some errands I applied Zymol cleaner wax I have had for a while to see how it looked. Here is the result:





    She'll be in the sun tomorrow so we will see how shiny she is. Passing rain squall squashed doing that today.

    After eight years of ownership I finally got around to replacing a screw that was missing off the front of the passenger side side skirt. I could never find it on the Mazda drawings I have access to. Lo and behold while surfing eBay I found it. Was at the dealer this morning and they had some, so that is done.



    Also while surfing eBay I came across a complete intake assembly for a '99-00 (from airbox to crossover tube) that was pristine. It was apparently removed when the car was new and set aside. No idea if I will ever need it, but given the hoops I had to jump through when the 'charger ingested a bearing I thought it would be nice to have. For less than $100 shipped it's mine now.

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    Picked this up today:


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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefmg View Post
    Picked this up today:

    Very nice! I also picked up an award last week3nd, 3rd place!

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    Autox today!
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    NO BICYCLES ALLOWED ON COURSE!!!



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    shined her up and she went to a new home Saturday... she went to a great home.


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    Haven't really messed with the trunk lately due to my foot/ankle. It did pour here this morning for the first time in a while. I checked the trunk 10 minutes ago and it is bone dry. Thought for sure I would see some form of puddling since I haven't changed anything since the last time I saw water?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefmg View Post
    Picked this up today
    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    Very nice! I also picked up an award last week3nd, 3rd place!
    Congrats to you both!

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    NO BICYCLES ALLOWED ON COURSE!!!
    Where is that damn LIKE button!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by thejeans View Post
    shined her up and she went to a new home Saturday... she went to a great home.
    Sad to see that you let her go but it's nice to know she went to a good home. You def. had your ups and downs with her along the way.



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    Thanks Jeff.

    I continued with research to try and figure out what was causing my stumbling issue. The morning of the car show it was the worst it had ever been, I thought she was going to die. As it turns out, a failing coolant temperature sensor can cause this. In looking ata data log I took I noticed the coolant temperature was fluctuating during the same time as the AFR swings. Since none of the ignition stuff I tried worked I figured why not? Ordered a new one up Monday and picked it up on Wednesday. After looking everything over and checking the wires that I extended for the sensor connector I thought it would be a good idea to use some heat insulation on the wiring at the back of the engine. Ordered that from Amazon and it showed up yesterday. Went about installing it all once I had it in hand.

    In order to ease access to the sensor I removed the shock brace, wiper cowl and brake booster hard line. That opened it all up.



    Once I had the sensor free I went about removing the gasket off it. This was not successful, so I went to Ace to see what I could find. Ended up with a neoprene rubber washer that I cut down to fit. Next I cut a piece of the insulation tube to slide over the wiring for the sensor. It was much larger than needed just so I could slide it over the connector, so I folded it over and zip tied it up.



    For the rest of the wiring in that area (ignition coils) I went with a split blanket that Velcroed together, as so:





    Here is the finished product:



    Since the fix I have not had any other problems with stumbling. I was curious about the gasket for the sensor though. The parts listing for engine relays on Mazda Motorsports' site does not have a diagram so no way of knowing what is what. The factory repair manual doesn't show anything either. I stopped by the dealer to see if their diagrams would show anything and they did. There are a couple of those on order now so I'll be installing one upon receipt.

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    man I hope that fixes your issue. You've had some crazy issues with that damn thing
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    Today I swapped over to the silver Flatouts with S-Drives since the temperatures are such that the Rivals aren't too happy.

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