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#3835 of 4364 Have you checked your shift boots lately?
Nov 03, 2004 (7:48 pm)
Been awhile since I've been able to post but here goes.
I finally got around to replacing my shift boots in my 1990 MX-5. It has 130,000 miles so not surprisingly, the two rubber shift boots in my shifter were long gone.
It was incredibly simple. Step 1: order them from local Mazda dealer. Step 2: Remove a few 10 mm screws the get the center console loose. Step 3: Remove the shift knob. Step 4: Remove the shifter. Step 5: Remove the old shift boots...one of them had to be cut away with a knife. Step 6: lube up the shifter shaft with some motor oil to get the small shift boot to go ont easier (a lot of people complain that this is difficult, but mine with on easily). Step 7: Replace the "big" shift boot and replace the insulation, console and shift knob...you're done.
While you have the shifter off you may want to check the conidtion of your turret lube. Mine had none so I replaced it with Redline MTL. I've heard of others using all sorts of stuff from motor oil to petroleum jelly. In retrospect, I would NOT have used MTL...it stinks too much.
If you haven't checked yours recently and you've got some miles on your Miata, you may want to spend a half hour or so and check out yours.
Nov 04, 2004 (7:33 am)
Ah, gear oil cologne. How'd your wife like it?
Mine avoids me for about 3 days.
#3838 of 4364 Tee hee
Nov 04, 2004 (6:49 pm)
Funny you should mention that. Before I replaced the shift boots, I refilled the turret with Redline MTL the same time I replaced the tranny fluid and the rear differential fluid (used Redline 75W90 for that). After the job, I had that tranny fluid stink premeating my interior. After I replaced the shift boots, the stink was gone...I guess those boots are useful afterall.
#3839 of 4364 All-wheel alignment and: What happens at 90K service visit?
Nov 08, 2004 (12:48 pm)
I have new tires (Falkens) to put on, and wondered if an all-wheel alignment is something that can be done on the Miata (96 M). Also, the dealer said my car is overdue for a 90K service visit. Anybody know what is recommended done at 90K? (currently has 98K on it now).
Nov 08, 2004 (12:52 pm)
I would do:
* fuel filter
* air filter
* oil change plus filter
* bleed brakes
* rotate tires (they're off anyway)
* coolant flush
* spark plugs
* spark plug wires
* gear oil
* differential oil
* PCV valve
* O2 sensor
Sound about right folks?
For 60k and 120k I'd do all the same stuff plus the belts.
Nov 08, 2004 (12:53 pm)
Did you get the Ziex 512s? I have those and have been happy with them.
They grip so much better than my old tires that I felt some tramlining at first. It took some adjusting!
#3842 of 4364 MazdaSpeed in Black
Nov 08, 2004 (7:29 pm)
Has anybody seen the new '05 Black MazdaSpeed Miata yet?
Nov 08, 2004 (9:37 pm)
I recently bought that 99 10AE Miata I was talking about earlier. The top seems to be a non-issue.
What IS an issue is the check engine light. It went on when I hit first the highway on my way home after taking delivery. We immediately turned around and took the vehicle back to them. The dealer promised to stand behind their vehicle and took it in for service and hooked us up with a free rental. A few days later they call and say it was the catalytic converter and they replaced it and we could go pick it up.
After getting the car back we drove it for several days when the light went on again. Brought it back. Again they gave us a free rental. This time they say it was the oxygen sensor and they replaced it. Picked up the car this evening.
Right before I got home guess what went on again?!?!?
Man I am sick of this. Any thoughts?
Nov 08, 2004 (10:07 pm)
have autozone scan it for free and tell you what they believe the problem is?
it might be a useful second opinion...