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Thread: What have you done to your Miata today?

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    I guess 'ignition' is the wrong word. "Timing" seems to be the thing. If the intake cam isn't where it's supposed to be, OR the spark is going off at the wrong time because the sensor's bad or the reluctor ring's shifted on the cam, it could have these symptoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    I guess 'ignition' is the wrong work. "Timing" seems to be the thing. If the intake cam isn't where it's supposed to be, OR the spark is going off at the wrong time because the sensor's bad or the reluctor ring's shifted on the cam, it could have these symptoms.
    Sure, timing makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    With apple car play I need to keep the phone plugged in all the time, so the wireless charging is not an issue
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    Me as well with android auto but I use a wireless charger at work.

    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    you know, I did think of you when I WAS checking the fusebox. Thankfully the 5 or 6 fuses in mine are a lot easier to check. But yeah, they're good. And since it does actually crank and run, I know it's getting fuel AND spark, but something with the ignition is not right. Since the OCV is making some noise even when the car's not running, I'm going with that first.



    So...you're saying it's not one of those? There's a chance the reluctor ring moved, which would require probably replacing the intake cam, but I don't think I'm quite to that point yet.
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    Agreed, seems like a timing issue.



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    It might not be running at this moment, but parts are coming in






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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    It might not be running at this moment, but parts are coming in






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    Me as well with android auto but I use a wireless charger at work.



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    Agreed, seems like a timing issue.[/QUOTE]

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    I spent some of the afternoon doing something I've never had to do (and something probably unnecessary, but, you know, while you're in there...) and designed a fuel system from more or less scratch. Still retaining the stock sender unit and tank, but everything from the pump forward will be new -6 AN lines (except for 1 of the stock hard lines, which I plan to retain). In the interest of keeping clutter out of the engine bay, I'm going to have the pressure regulator in the rear (still need to take things apart to figure out where exactly), which means I'd only need to send the feed from the regulator to the fuel rail forwards. 1 line under the hood, vs 3 (feed to regulator, return, reg to rail) and the reg.
    I'm planning on using teflon lined Slip-Loc hoses. By most accounts, any normal modern hose will hold up fine with ethanol (including in my own experience, using rubber hose and pump gas), but when there's a couple dollar difference between the PTFE and unlined hose, it seems silly to chance it.
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    Good news, my car's running! Bad news, it wasn't the OCV (well...something's wrong with that OCV) or CAS.
    It turns out the tank was f**kin empty, and cars need fuel. Some times even I am astonished at the magnitude of my genius!

    Oh a hunch, I threw a half gallon in and it fried right up and revs. I'm an idiot.

    In my defense, the OCV was making a weird noise, so it's been replaced with one that isn't. If that hadn't been happening, I probably wouldn't have latched onto that idea as quickly.

    Apparently the last time I parked it, despite it running fine, it was barely on fumes and would have died completely within a minute of parking it lol
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    Awesome news! Love it when itís something so simple as a fuse, or empty tank of gas.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    Awesome news! Love it when it*s something so simple as a fuse, or empty tank of gas.....
    Yeah me too. When, after replacing the OCV (which *was* bad, just not the cause of the issue, obviously haha) and the CAS and it was still doing it, I was trying to think of reasons adding air hurt it. Well obviously because there isn't enough fuel. Well why isn't there enough fuel? *shrug* Let's splash some in the tank and see if that works.

    Sure enough...
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