Mazda MX-5: Miata Dip Stick Upgrade

It’s the little things that hopefully make a difference between a perfectly functioning motor and a blown one. Lately there has been a flurry of discussion on various social media channels about NC Miata owners blowing up their engines. And while some get all excited about a 2.5L swap to a Ford Fusion engine, I’d […]

Mazda MX-5: Miata Spring Maintenance

Been a while since I did any work on my car. For most of the winter I didn’t even drive it. But after starting anew job it’s once again my daily. So at almost exactly 5k miles I got to do my first oil change of 2018. Car feels great with fresh fluids. Over the […]

Mazda MX-5 Miata Maintenance Day

I have tried and once again failed with another attempt to fix the metal to metal clanking sound coming from the rear of the car. It has appeared out of the blue once we swapped my OEM shocks to a set of Bilsteins from a newer Miata. Since then I have greased the rear sway […]

Mazda MX-5 Miata Maintenance Day

Big day  working on my friend Bill’s Miata today. We were planning on changing his spark plugs to NGK Laser Iridium plugs as well as put in his new rear end links and replace the license plate light bulbs to the new LED ones I ordered online from Taiwan. The day started early for Bill […]

Mazda MX-5 Miata Maintenance Day

This father’s day my friend Bill and I decided to fix another issue both of our NC Miata’s were having… my rear stabilizer links were making a clicking sound ever since we installed the Bilstein shocks. His Miata seemed to have aftermarket end links where one of them was ripped out of it’s socket because […]

Mazda MX-5 Miata Maintenance Day

Today was a good day! After the post maintenance test drive my toddler nephew exclaimed: “Oh look it’s Mia and Tia!” Last week at the Woodcliff Lake Cars & Coffee my buddy Bill with the NC1 Copper Red Soft Top said he needed an oil change, so I volunteered to do it for him. Great! […]

Mazda MX-5: Oil Change Deal Castrol EDGE + K&N Wrench-Off Filter $22.99

Memorial Day oil change deal alert at your local Advance Auto Parts store… while I’m not due for an oil change and I still have a perfectly good jug of Castrol EDGE 5W20 from a previous purchase, along with a bunch K&N HP-1002 and PS-1002 filters for my Miata, at this price I decided to […]

Mazda MX-5: Fixing a Leak Under Windshield Wiper Cowling on my NC Miata

Wasn’t planning on working on my car this Sunday… but noticed a two inch wet spot on my new WeatherTech floor mats when I opened the door this morning after heavy rain last night… Dammit! I knew exactly where the leak came from. Its a common problem discussed extensively on Miata.net forums, and one I […]

Mazda MX-5: Diff Fluid Change With Castrol Syntrax 75W-90 Synthetic

Another unseasonably warm day this February with tropical like heat wave weather so I did some more maintenance on my Miata in preparation for the Road Trip to Florida next week. Was the gear oil due for a flush? Nope… not necessarily. I was about 9k miles short of the scheduled change. However, I thought […]

Mazda MX-5: K&N Air Filter Recharge Kit #99-5000

Took advantage of the beautiful weather this winter day to do some maintenance on the Miata. Today’s project was to clean and recharge my K&N air filter. I bought the K&N #99-5000 recharge kit some time ago with a nice discount from Advance Auto Parts, but didn’t want to do the recharge too soon. Some […]