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Give a damn...GiveacarGive a damn...Giveacar Cars, they're a bit like kids; great when they're doing what they should be doing but when they keep acting up and costing you a packet you want to give them away :) Luckily for me when I was a kid and...

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24 top tips for winter driving24 top tips for winter driving I don't know about you but I'm hoping for another Winter like the last one! I love the snow and I like driving in it too. So in anticipation of another long spell of deep snow covered roads, icy corners...

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Have a free guide to buying a used MX5 on me...Have a free guide to buying a used MX5 on me... My smurf coloured MX5 is up and running again and beginning to shape up nicely - finally :)  There have been quite a few problems that could have been avoided if I'd had a bit more knowledge earlier on...

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How to replace your soft top in two and a half hours...How to replace your soft top in two and a half hours... If it's the first time you've ever replaced the vinyl hood on your MX5, the bads news is you'll probaly need a weekend. On the other hand, if you've a bit of extra cash to hand you can call in The Soft...

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How to improve an MX5 – wrap it in sunshine!How to improve an MX5 – wrap it in sunshine! When I suggested to a friend I was going to Union Jack Maurice, he said 'Why don't you wrap him?' I immediately thought how do you wrap a car? How many rolls of gift wrap would it take, can you get bows...

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How to replace your soft top in two and a half hours…

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Parts | Posted on 18-08-2010

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If it’s the first time you’ve ever replaced the vinyl hood on your MX5, the bads news is you’ll probaly need a weekend. On the other hand, if you’ve a bit of extra cash to hand you can call in The Soft Top Shop to do it for you and they can do it in [...]

What’s a woodruff key?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Engine, Parts | Posted on 21-07-2010

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A woodruff key is the bane of my life at the moment – that’s what it is. An insignificant oblong piece of metal, the Achilles heel of Mazda MX5′s built between 1990 and 1994. For such a tiny thing, it can have a big impact on the health of your engine. It’s the Metal Micky [...]

Best of… places for MX5 parts, guides and help

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Books, Parts, Resources | Posted on 07-06-2010

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Just so as I can keep track of my best finds for parts, tips, sites and businesses for MX5 parts, I thought it might be handy to put a post together as a 101 guide for not letting your pocket rocket cost a packet! I thought it might also be a good idea for you [...]

Cheap Mazda MX5 parts from…

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Parts | Posted on 28-04-2010

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As I go I’m going to share the best places, stores and resources I’ve found and give them a nice big fat plug – ‘cos I’m like that and I think that if someone gives you good service or advice you should let everyone know. I don’t like the UK way of whinging when it’s [...]

What’s a crank angle sensor?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Parts | Posted on 22-04-2010

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Damn good question and glad you asked. I’d never heard of one until a helpful chap I know suggested it was worth looking at Maurice’s. He said, that it sounds like timing from what I described and that there are only two or three things that will stuff up the timing. The crank angle sensor [...]

What does an air flow meter do…?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Diagnostics, Parts | Posted on 17-03-2010

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Pretty much the same as it does in any other car! But, I find a simple title is always the best and I’m beginning to think that in all matters relating to cars these days, especially after the past couple of weeks. I’m steaming that my MX5 is still sat in the driveway and I [...]

How do spark plugs work?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Diagnostics, Parts, Servicing | Posted on 21-02-2010

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While I’m waiting for my service kit to be delivered – as Royal Mail are taking their time – I thought it would be a good idea not only to know what the ‘gubbins’ under the bonnet looks like, what it is and how to replace it but what it actually does. If I was [...]