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by MadMaz
Tue May 23, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic Chat
Topic: 2006 Drivers' Training Day in Taupo
Replies: 16
Views: 6065

Hi all

Had the same problem with blank e-mail pages after Saturday evening. Had originally selected "Plain Text", under "My Email Subs" so switched to the "HTML" option and am now recieving the text.

Try giving it a go.

Cheers
Mark
by MadMaz
Thu May 18, 2006 11:19 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: ADMIN - Last post
Replies: 16
Views: 8408

ADMIN - Last post

Hi zorruno Though I haven't been on the MX5 List that long, still wish to say many thanks to you for all your work. The new forum is just the ticket and brings everything right up to date - and thanks to the new forum moderators for their work to set it all up. The chat facility and the facility to ...
by MadMaz
Tue May 16, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Brakes
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

Brakes

Good call Terry The condition of the brakes are paramount out on the track - and that means the age and type of brake fluid and the condition of the brake pots, seals & presence of vapour - usually caused by old brake fluid absorbing water and then boiling away under temperature. Brake fluid is high...
by MadMaz
Tue May 16, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Brakes
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

Brakes

Good call Terry The condition of the brakes are paramount out on the track - and that means the age and type of brake fluid and the condition of the brake pots, seals & presence of vapour - usually caused by old brake fluid absorbing water and then boiling away under temperature. Brake fluid is high...
by MadMaz
Tue May 16, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Oil filter
Replies: 25
Views: 16104

Oil filter

Hi Dave (One of the very best oil filters on the market is the K&N - manufacturers of quality oil suspended air filters as well). Re oil change intervals, it depends greatly on oil grade and driving conditions. Generally, if using a cheap grade of mineral oil - change every 3,000km (& oil filter) & ...
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Gear Ratios & Final Drive Was: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 0
Views: 1334

Gear Ratios & Final Drive Was: Speaking of manual boxes

Yep, you're right Roger, when you do the maths - top gear times final drive ratio - virtually the same whether 5 or 6 speeder. This link to the MX5 gear ratios & final drive specs from the MX5 site: http://www.mx5club.org.nz/info/specs_89-00/ The 6 speeder is a close ratio box, not designed with an ...
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 6:51 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 16
Views: 6273

Speaking of manual boxes

Hey John

That's a good idea - I'll talk to Mazspare about availability of the 6-speed
boxes and see if they know anything about retrofitting an NA. And with a
6th gear running off a 1600 engine the fuel economy should be very good.

Cheers
Mark
(Firm believer in 98 Go Juice - Go for it!)
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 6:51 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 16
Views: 6273

Speaking of manual boxes

Hey John

That's a good idea - I'll talk to Mazspare about availability of the 6-speed
boxes and see if they know anything about retrofitting an NA. And with a
6th gear running off a 1600 engine the fuel economy should be very good.

Cheers
Mark
(Firm believer in 98 Go Juice - Go for it!)
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 16
Views: 6273

Speaking of manual boxes

That's another aspect which synthetic gear oil can improve.

Cheers
Mark
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 16
Views: 6273

Speaking of manual boxes

That's another aspect which synthetic gear oil can improve.

Cheers
Mark
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 16
Views: 6273

Speaking of manual boxes

Hi Colin While there's quite a few reasons for that happening (gear shaft end float or worn syncro hubs) I'd do two simpler things right away: *At 117 K I'd zip down to a service shop and check the level of gear oil in the gearbox. But in any case change the gear oil - checking the magnetic drain pl...
by MadMaz
Fri May 05, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Speaking of manual boxes
Replies: 16
Views: 6273

Speaking of manual boxes

Hi Colin While there's quite a few reasons for that happening (gear shaft end float or worn syncro hubs) I'd do two simpler things right away: *At 117 K I'd zip down to a service shop and check the level of gear oil in the gearbox. But in any case change the gear oil - checking the magnetic drain pl...
by MadMaz
Wed May 03, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: 2006
Topic: Cambelt due.
Replies: 5
Views: 2814

Cambelt due.

Hi Annette I've just the place - not quite South Auckland but close: Cambelt Replacement Services, 9C Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki. Ph 274-5122 They have a great one off price for all Mazda 4 cyl DOHC's including the MX5 of $275 + GST (includes new coolant). I've used them B4 & they're good. Cheers ...
by MadMaz
Wed May 03, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: 2006
Topic: Cambelt due.
Replies: 5
Views: 2814

Cambelt due.

Hi Annette I've just the place - not quite South Auckland but close: Cambelt Replacement Services, 9C Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki. Ph 274-5122 They have a great one off price for all Mazda 4 cyl DOHC's including the MX5 of $275 + GST (includes new coolant). I've used them B4 & they're good. Cheers ...
by MadMaz
Tue May 02, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Timing Advance Was: Exhaust whistle and rough idling when
Replies: 0
Views: 1255

Timing Advance Was: Exhaust whistle and rough idling when

Hi Peter That's an interesting point you've raised here - I've heard the same thing discussed about increased fuel consumption when advancing the timing. I've done this for many years with all my cars - & always running the maximum octane rating of fuel I could get. Advancing the timing provides mor...
by MadMaz
Tue May 02, 2006 9:38 am
Forum: 2006
Topic: Exhaust whistle and rough idling when cold
Replies: 7
Views: 3261

Exhaust whistle and rough idling when cold

Gidday kiwipete I'd go right through the following checklist & approach: If your car's done 120k's, replace the plug leads and replace the plugs if over 15,000k old. The distributor cap might also need replacing if the alloy posts inside are significantly corroded or there are signs of electrical "t...
by MadMaz
Tue May 02, 2006 9:38 am
Forum: 2006
Topic: Exhaust whistle and rough idling when cold
Replies: 7
Views: 3261

Exhaust whistle and rough idling when cold

Gidday kiwipete I'd go right through the following checklist & approach: If your car's done 120k's, replace the plug leads and replace the plugs if over 15,000k old. The distributor cap might also need replacing if the alloy posts inside are significantly corroded or there are signs of electrical "t...
by MadMaz
Mon May 01, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Car sounds like a tractor
Replies: 21
Views: 6893

Car sounds like a tractor

That sounds like a bad case of engine knocking owing to the ignition timing being too advanced for the octane rating of the fuel you're using. Are you using 91? I wouldn't run 91 in an MX5 because the octane rating for that grade is very inconsistent these days. 95 or pref 98 is the way to go. It's ...
by MadMaz
Mon May 01, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Car sounds like a tractor
Replies: 21
Views: 6893

Car sounds like a tractor

That sounds like a bad case of engine knocking owing to the ignition timing being too advanced for the octane rating of the fuel you're using. Are you using 91? I wouldn't run 91 in an MX5 because the octane rating for that grade is very inconsistent these days. 95 or pref 98 is the way to go. It's ...
by MadMaz
Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Managing In-Mail Was: April 2006 edition of Top Down
Replies: 0
Views: 1317

Managing In-Mail Was: April 2006 edition of Top Down

Can't understand messages like the one at the bottom when: * It's easy to set up a separate Infolder for your MX5 mail - keeping all MX5 in-mail completely separate from all your other in-mail. It's already been explained how to do this by members in the recent past. * If you've too much junk mail c...
by MadMaz
Thu Apr 13, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: aircon/powersteer drive belt
Replies: 4
Views: 1865

aircon/powersteer drive belt

Hi Ian You're right about the air con seals - if you want to retain max reliability of the compressor if wanting to use again. It's just that quite a few performance orientated chappies actually remove the unit altogether to save a bit of weight as well. I'd rather leave the aircon alone - as it doe...
by MadMaz
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: PPS Re: aircon/powersteer drive belt
Replies: 0
Views: 838

PPS Re: aircon/powersteer drive belt

P.P S. Sorry Mike I mentioned the wrong pulley-: You may have to unbolt and remove the AIRCON pulley to avoid interference from the new sized belt, as it look as if the new belt could track across the path of the AIRCON pulley. Pay to check that one out. Cheers Mark From ashworth@orcon.net.nz Fri Ap...
by MadMaz
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: P.S e: aircon/powersteer drive belt
Replies: 0
Views: 813

P.S e: aircon/powersteer drive belt

P.S. Mike

You may have to unbolt and remove the power steering pulley to avoid
interference from the new sized belt, as it look as if the new belt could
track across the path of the PS pulley. Pay to check that one out.

Cheers
Mark
by MadMaz
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: aircon/powersteer drive belt
Replies: 4
Views: 1865

aircon/powersteer drive belt

Gidday Mike You can't disconnect the drive belt to the power steering pump or the steering will become very heavy - like it is when you turn off you engine and try to turn the steering wheel. It not like unassisted steering in steering effort. But no probs dissconcting the aircon - just get another ...
by MadMaz
Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: 2006
Topic: Battery Was: Are normal car batteries unsafe in MX5?
Replies: 0
Views: 873

Battery Was: Are normal car batteries unsafe in MX5?

Hi Kevin (Thanks to the one who suggested you don't throw out e-mails!) Recalled your message as below when I had a look today at the battery of the NA I'm buying in December - Sure enough it's a lead acid one and looks pretty crusty - like it's been overcharging and leaking. And it's not holding it...

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