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Old 03-09-2013, 05:40 PM
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Got it out!

My 93 Miata's transmission, that is.

Danggit to all heck, been driving this beastie for... years. ~ 50K miles or so.... without thinking too hard about issues, because, well, Miata, Ed, sick cats, work, etc. etc. etc.

Clutch was beginning to show signs of slipping.... adjust me foot. All good.

Throw out bearing started screaming, on occasion... adjust accordingly, turn up the radio, move on, nothing to see here.

~ 2 weeks ago, occasionally became consistently. Park the yada, wait for snow to clear, and dissect - today.

Rear main seal has clearly been sieve like for some time. CAS seal, likewise. Transmission front seal highly suspect.

Sigh. If I had something other than gravel on which to park little red, I may have noticed this sooner.

Oh well - flywheel out for surfacing Monday, shopping cart full of Miata seals being built tonight. Me driving Katz the Free Man until I get this all sorted out.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:50 PM
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Don't tell me you wore out a clutch and had all these seals leaking in just 50k miles in a Miata. That is awfully low Miles in a Miata.
My 1996 has 126,000 miles and the transmission feels like new; it snicks in and out of gear like it is just off the showroom floor; no slack whatsoever. Tight!
These cars seem to go forever.
But yeah; I would hate to work on any car on gravel or dirt or snow or rain or mud.....(but alas, have done it)
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:52 PM
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My 93 Miata's transmission, that is.

Danggit to all heck, been driving this beastie for... years. ~ 50K miles or so.... without thinking too hard about issues, because, well, Miata, Ed, sick cats, work, etc. etc. etc.

Clutch was beginning to show signs of slipping.... adjust me foot. All good.

Throw out bearing started screaming, on occasion... adjust accordingly, turn up the radio, move on, nothing to see here.

~ 2 weeks ago, occasionally became consistently. Park the yada, wait for snow to clear, and dissect - today.

Rear main seal has clearly been sieve like for some time. CAS seal, likewise. Transmission front seal highly suspect.

Sigh. If I had something other than gravel on which to park little red, I may have noticed this sooner.

Oh well - flywheel out for surfacing Monday, shopping cart full of Miata seals being built tonight. Me driving Katz the Free Man until I get this all sorted out.
Brought out the "Girly Man" car again huh?
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:08 AM
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This yada is the baby in miles - only 140k. 50k of which I've added.

Darling Wife's (the $500 yada) is a year newer (a 94) but has 170k or so.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:15 PM
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Leaking CAS o-ring the most likely suspect at this point. A known Miata weak spot that I'd possibly have noted earlier if the universe had offered up fewer.... distractions.



Cleaning up the mess and ordering parts.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:59 PM
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What year Miata? If it's 1999 or 2000, check the endplay on the crank; they have a reputation for lunching crankshaft thrust bearings.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:44 PM
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Well, at least the weather is perfect in Frederick for such a task--today, at least.
Did you get snow last week? Here in the Balto area, the rain/snow changeover never happened, and the 10 inches of snow that was predicted became simply an inch or more of rain. But, at least, its gone. And the temps this weekend have been in the 50s!
Do you, at least, have a piece of cardboard, or plywood to slide under the car to catch the dropped parts?
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:07 PM
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after years and years of pulling transmissions using the floor jack balance method, i finally bought one of these. ill dread the next transmission a little less.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:31 PM
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Spdrun, 'tis a 93, so no end-play concerns. And, in theory, well beyond the theoretical cut off for the dreaded short-nose crank bolt issue, but I'll be replacing rather than re-using the bolt just in case (gonna go ahead and do the timing belt since I have to replace the valve cover gasket and CAS o-ring anyway).

MS, we did get ~ 4-5" of snow, but it was pretty much gone the next day.

kmaysob, that is a right purdy tranny jack, but my "workshop" isn't terribly well suited for putting it to use:

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:02 PM
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kmaysob, that is a right purdy tranny jack, but my "workshop" isn't terribly well suited for putting it to use:

Not for nothing, but shouldn't that concrete block be flipped so the holes are perpendicular to the ground?

You got the tranny out, yank that engine for a 4.6L!
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:09 PM
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Not for nothing, but shouldn't that concrete block be flipped so the holes are perpendicular to the ground?

You got the tranny out, yank that engine for a 4.6L!
Photo was a quick grab from just after the jack stands went in. Before going under, the concrete blocks were indeed flipped & 2x6's put on the blocks (theory being if one or all jack stands fail, the front wheels sit on the ramps & rear A-arms sit on the block/2x6's and I stay un-squished underneath).

I have in fact toyed with the idea of a monster miata build some day..... time, money, other projects, etc. allowing.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:16 PM
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Good to hear. Now I don't hafta worry about ya!

And I can relate.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:42 PM
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annnnddddddd....... - so, tonight on the way home from work Katz decides that driver's side rear wheel needs to complain about worn out brake pads.

I do NOT need another car to work on right now. I DO need something to get me back and forth to work without incident.

Sigh. If I have to count on Gustav (in all his 12 MPG glory) for daily driver status, we're gonna break the bank.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:48 PM
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Slap Katz upside the rear with a set of brake pads....

Probably save enough, not having to drive Gustov, to pay for the pads in a week.

Do the real brake job later.....
I know how bad it sucks to work on a gravel driveway, postponement is always an attractive option... especially when it's still cold and wet....
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:25 PM
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My 93 Miata's transmission, that is.

Danggit to all heck, been driving this beastie for... years. ~ 50K miles or so.... without thinking too hard about issues, because, well, Miata, Ed, sick cats, work, etc. etc. etc.

Clutch was beginning to show signs of slipping.... adjust me foot. All good.

Throw out bearing started screaming, on occasion... adjust accordingly, turn up the radio, move on, nothing to see here.

~ 2 weeks ago, occasionally became consistently. Park the yada, wait for snow to clear, and dissect - today.

Rear main seal has clearly been sieve like for some time. CAS seal, likewise. Transmission front seal highly suspect.

Sigh. If I had something other than gravel on which to park little red, I may have noticed this sooner.

Oh well - flywheel out for surfacing Monday, shopping cart full of Miata seals being built tonight. Me driving Katz the Free Man until I get this all sorted out.
The last time I "Got It Out", my wife slapped it and made me put it back in.

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