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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Miata is one of the few cars of the last few decades to become an instant – and enduring – classic. Adored among young and old, male and female alike, the...

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Battery keeps getting drained on a 1990 Mazda Miata
The first thing you'd want to do is have your alternator checked. It could be that the alternator is not charging the battery. It sounds pretty typical to me. If it's not that, you have a really bad wiring harness...
air conditioner. compressor not clicking in and out?
I love old Miatas! It's not surprising for a 23 year old car to need a little care for the A/C. You mention that it's been 2 years since your A/C was serviced. Those systems are small and contain a...
Left front strut makes clanking sound when driving over bumps
Without knowing a bit more backstory, I can only make assumptions. It is unusual for a dealership to want to paint a car unless there is a paint recall or the vehicle was damaged in some way. If the vehicle...
Sports car stalls/quits in hot weather on side streets
Hello there. Many different faults can cause the vehicle to stall only once hot. The most likely is the battery, fuel pump, fuel filter, battery cables, ignition switch, or various sensors. It would be helpful to know how often this...
Power steering, engine, and brakes quit, but lights work
A few different faults can cause the vehicle to stall out like this. The most common would be the ignition switch, battery, fuel pump, fuel filter, or battery cable. The brakes will work without the engine on but they loose...
Water Pump Issue
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1993 Mazda Miata. You need to remove the water pump belt and see if the alternator or water pump is seized since both are turned by the same belt. If the water...
Whining when off clutch and tapping from engine when cold
Hello. The whining noise you are hearing is typically from the pilot bearing located at the rear of the crankshaft. It can be an internal transmission issue but that is not as common. I typically check and even change the...
Top engine ticking on a 2006 Mazda Miata
Like I told to a guy with Honda--get your valves adjusted. Odds are the valves are just out of adjustment. That is why it sounds like it is ticking away. If you are hearing it coming from the top, then...
My car starts fine and I can drive it perfectly fine for about 15 minutes then it bogs down and will not move.
Hi there, thanks for your question. The fact that the car starts up and runs fine for 15 minutes before it stalls suggests that it is likely related to an air/fuel issue. There is something known as a mass air...
Intake maifold runner control is stuck open
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2001 Mazda Miata. Due to this trouble code, the intake manifold runner control will need to be replaced. If this is not done you can cause serious damage to your car. If you...
It wants to stall when I step on the gas
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1994 Mazda Miata to stall when you step on the gas. The most common sources would be the fuel pump, coil, spark plugs, fuel filter, throttle body, throttle linkage, or a coolant temperature...
Wideband question
As for the performance of the vehicle, the engine will likely run just fine with minimal differences. However, it is possible that installing this oxygen sensor could cause your Check Engine Light to come on. I would recommend looking in...
Miata is giving difficulty and grinding when changing gears.
The clutch might not be disengaging all the way due to the hydraulic system not pressing the clutch all the way in or the pressure plate is failing. You should be able to from a stand still and engine running...
The car cranks but occasionally wouldn't start
If the battery is going dead after a couple of days then you have an issue with something drawing the battery down. A battery that is low may not be able to start the engine since the starter will take...
Fuel pressure issues, hesitaion and occasionally wouldn't start
An erratic fuel pump may be one of a few different problems. You need to check to see if the fuel pump is getting power when the problem is happening. If it is, then the ground in the right rear...
"Key" warning shows up in a car with the keyless entry
The remote batteries sometimes lose contact and will not disable the antitheft system. The fix is to remove the battery and bend the terminals up about 30 degrees to put more pressure on the battery so it will not lose...
Brake warning light comes on during quick change of speed
The brake fluid in the brake master cylinder reservoir will start to go down as your brake pads wear down and the fluid may get low enough to cause the low brake fluid sensor to turn on the dash light...
Cheap sports car
The Miata is a good choice. They are fun to drive, there are many clubs for them and performance upgrades are readily available. Their small size makes them easy to work on; they are quite simple. The Eclipse is...
Unresponsive radiator fan
Hi, thanks for writing in. With the key in the on position, ground the black and green wire at the fan switch on the engine to see if the fan comes on. If it does, then I'd check the new...
Clutch is soft
Hi there. There are a few issues that can cause this: It sounds like you may have an issue with the clutch master cylinder again, or the slave cylinder may be binding. Both of these would have to...

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