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Old 10-18-2015, 09:56 AM   #241
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Default NB Battery Replacement

My son bought me a NAPA 7551r battery for my MSM....The original battery was on its last legs.... I suspect that an 11 year old battery doesn't have much chance of a warranty claim, so I'll just have it recycled.


While doing the replacement, I noticed a bit of surface rust on the metal bottom of the battery compartment (beneath the plastic battery tray).


So, in historic Miata tradition, I made a 15 minute job into an ongoing 5 hour marathon. I sanded off the rust - which was minimal, vacuumed out the debris, wiped the area with rubbing alcohol, and applied three coats of PlastiDip.


Once that dries, 4 hours minimum, I'll proceed with the battery install.


Also, one of the best purchases I've ever made was a battery disconnect from Flyin Miata. It allows me to easily disconnect the battery....which most repair procedures state should be step one. Consider purchasing one.


Also, if you're charging a battery in the car, the trunk lights stay on when the trunk is open. There is no switch that allows you to easily turn them off, however, if you press down on the trunk latch (in the body) with a screwdriver or needle nose pliers, the latch will rotate, and lock the lights in the off position. Just remember to operate the latch (key or fob) before attempting to close the trunk.
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Old 10-18-2015, 10:08 AM   #242
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My son bought me a NAPA 7551r battery for my MSM....The original battery was on its last legs.... I suspect that an 11 year old battery doesn't have much chance of a warranty claim, so I'll just have it recycled.


While doing the replacement, I noticed a bit of surface rust on the metal bottom of the battery compartment (beneath the plastic battery tray).


So, in historic Miata tradition, I made a 15 minute job into an ongoing 5 hour marathon. I sanded off the rust - which was minimal, vacuumed out the debris, wiped the area with rubbing alcohol, and applied three coats of PlastiDip.


Once that dries, 4 hours minimum, I'll proceed with the battery install.


Also, one of the best purchases I've ever made was a battery disconnect from Flyin Miata. It allows me to easily disconnect the battery....which most repair procedures state should be step one. Consider purchasing one.


Also, if you're charging a battery in the car, the trunk lights stay on when the trunk is open. There is no switch that allows you to easily turn them off, however, if you press down on the trunk latch (in the body) with a screwdriver or needle nose pliers, the latch will rotate, and lock the lights in the off position. Just remember to operate the latch (key or fob) before attempting to close the trunk.
In a truly amazing coincidence, my next few hours will be devoted to a very similar task, albeit on my trusty Toyota pickup. Five years of being virtually ignored, save for oil changes, and I've experienced my first problem with the trusty Tacoma.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:45 PM   #243
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Default Minor Work on my MSM

Replaced the drivers side tail light, with a bulb that works! Changeout went easy, except that the tailight assembly needed some persuading with a rubber hammer to release it from the body. I thought there was another attachement that I missed for a few minutes.


Oil and filter changes were done also (6,000 miles, T6, M1-110 filter). Everything looked good. It's up to 217k miles on the chassis now, engine has been rebuilt. I'm always proud of myself when I can do it without any spills!!


Changed out the tires from worn out RE-11A's to RE-71R's. It's nice to have tread, appreciated having it two days after the change during a rain storm. Unfortunately, at some point, I'll have to change to the winter steelies and 3 year old blizzaks. It's still unseasonably warm in Connecticut, so I'm not in a hurry to do so yet!


Next up is cleaning the air filter. I keep thinking about moving it from the FM little enchilada location to the front of the engine bay, then I drive through heavy rain or a dust cloud, and appreciate Keith's wisdom.
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I got it... FO' FREE! Traded some labor for a '99 with 96K and some goodies, in great shape. Got it home, ripped around a little, then it got a bath and an oil change.
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