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Category Archives: Mechanic

Horn upgrade for the MX-5 (Miata)

The stock horn on the MX-5 has a rather pathetic “meep meep” sound similar to the old Road Runner cartoon character. Now, I’m a fan of the Road Runner – it was a childhood favorite of mine, but on a car? To steal from the old motorcycle maxim, “loud horns save lives.” The louder the […]

Fog Lamp Upgrades for the Mazda MX-5 (Miata)

  After I bought the car, I noticed that the fog lamps didn’t have any effect on the lighting pattern. Now, before I go any further, I believe most people have unrealistic expectations of their fog lights. Most people I’ve talked to assume they can be used as supplemental low beam lights. Daniel Stern has […]

Cooling System Flush

Now something a little different from my usual Model Railroading posts: I had a pinhole leak develop in my car’s radiator. Now, the original radiator lasted from when the car was built in late 1999 to mid 2005, and this replacement radiator lasted from mid 2005 to mid 2012, so the aftermarket radiator was better […]

Water Pump

Nearly two weeks ago, my engine overheated. I pulled off to the side of the road immediately to avoid damage to the motor. Opening the hood, I knew it was bad – there was no steam rising from the engine. I carefully removed the “radiator cap” (which is located on the coolant bottle, and not […]