In March of 2017 I was complaining about a vibration between 45 and 55 mph. I had put the wheels on the balancing machine during tech day and discovered that two of the wheels appeared to be out of round of slightly bent. I proceeded to have them straightened, by Stevenson Mazda (thanks Howard) –…

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Changing a car battery is simple, right?  Not so fast.  How to change the car battery in your Miata. by Ron Carmichael I think we have all installed a new car battery during our lifetimes. It was a simple operation which called for unhooking the battery terminals, removing the old battery, installing a new one…

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I spent a few minutes chatting with Mike at National Speed today. I was wondering if they do Miatas and what one might do to improve performance without forsaking drivability (quiet, fuel mileage etc). He was amazingly patient explaining to me that tuning, while not cheap, was one answer to my question. For models NC…

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As we approach Tech Day it seemed appropriate to write about some of the challenges one could encounter with the NC model. First is the top. As the NC’s age, (the newest now 5 years old and the oldest 15) tops begin to reach end of life, especially if they have been exposed to the…

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In March of 2017, I was complaining about a vibration between 45 and 55 mph. I had put the wheels on the balancing machine during tech day and discovered that two of the wheels appeared to be out of round or slightly bent. I proceeded to have them straightened by Stevenson Mazda (thanks Howard) –…

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In March of 2017 I was complaining about a vibration between 45 and 55 mph. I had put the wheels on the balancing machine during tech day and discovered that two of the wheels appeared to be out of round or slightly bent. I proceeded to have them straightened, by Stevenson Mazda (thanks Howard) –…

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Saturday Feb 4 Tech Day at Stevenson Miata had the highest member attendance There were 18 Miatas piloted by 19 members, one was a co-pilot. Everyone was able to get their requested maintenance done while several had successful troubleshooting performed. I await feedback on these performance enhancements and will post in a later Ragtop Tales issue. We…

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My top replacement, 3X and counting… My rag top has now been replaced three times due to rips at the pull straps that help fold the top when putting it down. That means I now have the third new replacement top. I thought all was well when (Play the music from Jaws) I found this…

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There is much more to washing and waxing when it comes to cleaning and protecting your vehicle’s paint. If you care about your car’s exterior, you will avoid those quickie car washes with the big brushes that can do more harm than good and do a DIY car wash that will achieve the best results.…

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