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    Shift control rod

    Just wanted to follow-up, I was able to remove the whole shift rod, the bolt that connects to the shift linkage came off really easy. I feel bad for you guys that are rusted out, mine was really clean (South Louisiana car). Per the instructions in the Corksport 3rd link kit I ground the...
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    Shift control rod

    I just found that Corksport sells a kit for it, just going to get this and try to drill the riveted pin out, we'll see how it goes, thanks for the help! https://corksport.com/protege-3rd-link-bushing-kit.html
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    Shift control rod

    Really so I just take out the pin and replace with a normal nut/bolt? I really wonder why they didn't do that in the first place. Guess I should replace the bushings all around if I'm going that far right?
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    Shift control rod

    Hello, could use some direction....my shifter is rattling like crazy, I investigated and found that the bushings around the riveted pin on the shift control rod are gone and there is a lot of play and rattle on it...pretty sure that is my problem. Only issue is that it is a riveted pin so I...
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    AC Expansion Valve Replacement

    Thanks guys
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    AC Expansion Valve Replacement

    I'm about to change my compressor, receiver/drier, and condenser and I see it is recommended to change the expansion valve. Looking in the manual, it seems like this is a pretty complicated procedure....has anyone attempted it? If so a few questions....do you need to take the entire cooling...
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    Replacing A/C Compressor, please double check my process

    Also I bought a new expansion valve but when I went to remove the low side cooler hose, I realized I need a special tool or something. Also looking at the manual and evaporator core it seemed like a complicated job so I didn't attempt it. I figured if something goes bad later I shouldn't have...
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    Replacing A/C Compressor, please double check my process

    Just a follow-up, everything went well. In case any other noobs like me are attempting this, here is some info. My compressor had started to squeal a bit when it kicked on....then I was getting warm air....then the pulley on my compressor starting getting wobbly and making a loud racket so I...
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    Stripped tensioner bolt - powersteering belt

    Not yet, I requested it from my Mazda dealer but they haven't gotten back to me yet. The nut actually had a little bit of life left so I was able to do the belt and tighten it down enough to hold for now.
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    Stripped tensioner bolt - powersteering belt

    Just an update, the Irwin Bolt-Grip was the ticket, slipped it over the nut, cranked down on it and it loosened right up. The only problem was getting the Bolt-grip off of the nut, I had to grease it and tap it with a hammer for a bit while pulling with two Vise grips.
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    Stripped tensioner bolt - powersteering belt

    Thanks a bunch everyone! This is very helpful!
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    Stripped tensioner bolt - powersteering belt

    So I was trying to change my PS/AC belt for the first time and stripped the tensioner bracket bolt right away. How do you normally get to this bolt? I was using a normal 14mm combination wrench. Do you know if this is a part that can be replaced after I get the bolt loosened? Any tips for...
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    Replacing A/C Compressor, please double check my process

    Thanks for the reply...the one thing I can't find is where to put the oil for the compressor...does it have its own drain/fill plug?
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    Replacing A/C Compressor, please double check my process

    I'm going to be replacing my A/C compressor, I was wondering if someone could double check to make sure if I've missed anything. I've ordered a new A/C compressor with clutch, receiver/dryer, and belt. My process was going to be: - Have r134 evacuated - Check oil in new compressor (5oz if I'm...
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    Can you help me figure out how to adjust height on these coilovers? [pic]

    I recently bought this 99 Miata, the previous owner has it really low and I'd like to raise it a bit, can you help me figure out how to raise the ride height on this specific set of coilovers? Thanks in advance.
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    Pinstripe Removal

    I tried a heat gun and a more powerful drill with the eraser wheel last night with no effect on the pin stripes. Previous owner or dealer must have put some kind of protective clear coat on the car over the pinstripes or some super wax or something. I've been reading and apparently the only...
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    Pinstripe Removal

    If you are talking about the eraser wheel on a drill, I've tried that with no luck, the wheel was just flaking, it wasn't doing anything to the pinstripe.
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    Pinstripe Removal

    What distance do you use the gun at? I guess you have to keep it moving pretty quick to avoid bubbling also right?
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    Pinstripe Removal

    No, the vinyl pinstripes that run the length of the car, usually put on by dealers for some reason.
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    Pinstripe Removal

    Can't stand the white pinstripes on my red P5, so I've set about to remove them....except it seems like they are quite indestructible. I tried the hair dryer first, then then Lift Off / Stickershock / Goo gone chemicals, then I got mad and ordered the 3M Eraser wheel and went to town on...