Saturday, March 2, 2019

Miata NA (1991) Hood release cable replacement

Very straightforward

great video here titled Miata MX5 Hood Release Cable Replacement - MIATA STREET

bought a new cable from the dealer for $40.  Think I could have bought on line for $20

Fortunately my cable failed with the hood open.  I had been having trouble pushing the handle back in for some time before it finally would not go all the way back in so the hood would not close all the way.  Crappy design as the actual cable was fine.


I attached some string to the end of the cable before pulling it through the firewall.  This made it simple to pull the new cable back through.

Garmin Vivoactive HR died

watch died after 2 years and a month (Jan 2016 - Feb 2019)

Went to the garmin repair site, entered in my serial number and to my surprise it was covered.  I did not buy any special warranty

They sent an email that includes a shipping label (free shipping).  Mailed on a Saturday, returned a refurbished unit the following thursday).

Very Happy Customer.


I use the watch mostly in a salt water environment (surfing).  would guess around 100 hours of exposure to salt water over the 25 months.

I use the surftracker app.  almost from the beginning I would notice the display screen changing randomly while in the water. looking back this did lead to additional button pushes while in the water to get back to the data screen.  something garmin says to avoid.

I have not had a chance to use the refurbished unit in the water yet

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Porsche Cayman 2008 Windshield Wiper Leak

access.  great article here on how to remove the reservoir. 

turns out i could replace the pump and grommet with the reservoir in place. although it would not have been obvious until after i did it.

troubleshooting.  the leak was coming from the area where the pump nozzle fit into the grommet at the bottom of the reservoir.  as the water level had to be about an inch higher than the grommet before it started leaking it was not clear exactly where it was leaking.  The fit between the grommet and pump nozzle or the pump housing.  the price of the grommet with shipping was around $12 and pelican parts sold the pump and grommet for $18 so I decided to replace both

helpful hints. 

I removed the entire cowling in the wheel well to provide better access. 

There are 4 screws (T-25 torx) and 3  plastic nuts (10mm).  The 4th screw is underneath the car, just inside the lift lift spot.  It is not shown in the write up

The plastic tab on the fill tube failed (just underneath the finger) when trying to bend it back making it difficult to remove as had no leverage to lift up the tab.

you can remove the pump from the reservoir by simply pulling up on the pump.  it is located behind the green circle

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Miata NA (1991) Brakes & Rotors


Very straight forward.

Couple of notes

- On the rear brakes, the you DO NOT compress the piston with a C Clamp.  Use an allen wrench to turn a screw that compresses the piston
- you do not need to remove the 'key" when unwinding using the 4mm allen wrench.  you should be able to see the piston retract when turning.
- I had to use a hammer to gently tap the rotors as I rotated then to break them free.
- I released the parking brake
- I used a lift as couple of the bolts were on tight and extra room made access much easier to break free.

lots of good info on miata net and you tube



Saturday, September 29, 2018

Miata NA cursed water plug part # FEA7-13-104


1991 Miata US w/ 226K miles

Overall the job was straight forward and took me a couple of hours with breaks.

Only needed to remove the ignition coil which turns out to have been the hardest part. Specifically the lower bolt [12mm].  Removing two heater hoses would have made it easier. I did not.

Special thanks to Rocky's Miatomotive for advice on access


- ratchet/12 mm socket
- regular pair of pliers
- small flashlight
- flat head screw driver

- FEA7-13-104 (cap, ceiling)
- Clamp (worm style)


- While I could reach in with my left hand from the passenger side and touch the plug, I needed visibility and additional access in order to remove and replace the clamp.  Removing the ignition coil served two purposes

1) allowed me to shine a flashlight down onto the plug so I could see to grip the clamp
2) provided access to allow me to tighten the new clamp (used worm gear)


Step 1 - remove ignition coil.  top 2 12mm bolts are easy.  bottom 12mm bolt was a challenge due to limited room.  I was able to get a ratchet on the bolt and it was slow going.  Range of motion was limited by the heater hoses so only turning the bolt about a 16th turn each time.

Step 2 - remove clamp/cap.  with a flashlight shining down from the space opened up after removing the coil, with my left hand I was able to get a pair of pliers on the clamp and the light allowed me to see what I was doing.  Clamp/cap came of easily with no residue on the pipe.

Step 3 - replace cap/clamp.  using my left hand I was able to reach in a and push on the cap.  used saliva as lubricant.  then used my left hand to slip on the clamp and hold it in place.  Then looking down from on top [ignition coil gap] , with my right hand was able to use a screw driver to tighten the worm clamp.

Step 4 - replace ignition coil.  Tight fit but was able to get the bolt started then, as above, took a while to tighten due to limited range of motion on the ratchet.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Garmin NUVI 1300 update maps

2017 .img file available via goolge search

format SD card and create Garmin folder
copy file into Garmin folder on SD card

to load map(s)
check map(s) you want

if more than one map then

GMAPPROM.IMG  for the Primary mapset 
GMAPSUPP.IMG  for the second
GMAPSUP2.IMG  for the third 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Google Play Music Manager

uploading songs via music manager did not find my itunes folder even though it was in the default location

check "share itunes library XML with other applications"
restart music manager

if you have your itunes library file somewhere else then take a look here