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This is the first video in a multi part series on replacing a clutch in a 1994 Mazda Miata MX5. The book time on the job is about 5 hours. Everything seemed to be going fine until we had to remove the rear bolts from the PPF (power plant frame) Needless to say, a little heat, a lot of air hammering, a few prayers and a can of WD40 I got them out! -Enjoy!
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48 thoughts on “Mazda miata mx 5 – clutch replacement job – part i”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan d says:

    You just need to loosen it enough so the ppf can rotate out of the way

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rowdy Flyer1903 says:

    Actually no, the shifter is separately lubricated.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chuck Miller says:

    I learned to deal with rusty stuck bolts with M42 cobalt drill bits and taps.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Bentley says:

    That was one hell of a bolt. I surprised that you didn't take a sledge hammer to the whole car. That's how I felt about it. Thought it would never come out. Kudos Mr O.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    By the End Of Part 1 Power Plant Frame Removed Clutch 0 lmfao 😂 good Work Eric O some jobs just go south through the entire Job @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars An Atheist By Choice says:

    Gorilla tape huh… guessing you haven't seen project farms videos…..

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Ferrick says:

    Nice job Eric. You amaze me with your patience.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Taylormade2350 says:

    You need a rust removing laser gun. They're only about 40k dollars.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars claymore cluepile says:

    another great video….most of your videos are more suspenseful than an alfred hitchkock movie….will he get the bolt out? will the housing shatter? is the killer coming back to the bathroom window? will the whole building explode and go up in as ball of flame?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Mazdas are well built cars. Fairy dust = sawzall + welder.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jon O says:

    Damit all I needed was magic fairy dust sumbitch why am I always the last to know! 🤣😂🤣🤯

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Noe Kumagay says:

    If you heated it will expand you need to immediately pour cold water to contract then it will come out

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars thebulltoo says:

    Obviously Mazda had a better idea, too bad they didn’t use it.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dodgeplow says:

    mother of pearl lol. I have to use that one

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John_Dee14 says:

    Where can I order the said magic fairy dust please?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FarmCraft101 says:

    Lol. A WD40 facial! Hahaha. Great stuff Eric O.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brad Cass says:

    You can work around the ppf, just leave the rear bolt in and move it over

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregory Thomas says:

    I love how they welded on that small ramp to keep from something sheering off the bolt…little detail that most manufacturers don't do 🙂

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Beepee Fromabove says:

    All this to change out a clutch.. I'm cured!!!
    A turkey baster and a plastic carton will handle extra oil/grease.
    Not been run on salted roads ever.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Robison says:

    My niece had one of those cars, Little tiny car. Niece, not so much.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nathan Haley says:

    The classic reach around

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michieff says:

    I never thought that bolt would give way. Excellent work.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lefty dog says:

    There's a reason there are no Miatas' in Frozen Tundra, NY. Because no one who would buy one would live there. That was your first clue to move the hell out of there. Does Amazon even deliver there? Are cokes still a nickel? What industries left there b4 the ice age came? I bet the subframe on new cars start to rust on the showroom floor. God, what a hell hole

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lefty dog says:

    Avoca, NY: family income about $50k. I'm thinking two things. lots of people are paying you in goats and hay, and podunck, Illinois where "Taryl fixes all" videos are made is like Manhattan by comparison. I keep having this recurring Twilight Zone nightmare where i get stuck there in a snowstorm and somebody on the street says, "it'll all be gone by May" . Now, There's your dinner!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DaKineGuy says:

    Holy crap that crack at the end! What a bolt!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warren Vanbramer says:

    Did you just watch Rush hour? Ha ha!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hammurhed Sherk says:

    I clicked this video and immediately loved it. Then I saw it's almost an hour long…. FUCK YEAH! 😎

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars zr1sparky1 says:

    I'm just a diyer with a lift and a torch. Understatement of the year

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MTZ SkunkWorks says:

    Man i miss my mx5!! That was such a great car!!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars That American says:

    Use Wart remover Freeze it.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Jordan says:

    I've got a 2003 Miata, I pray to God that I don't have the same set up under my car if I ever need to renew the clutch….

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Heebner says:

    For getting off the Mazda nuts that jam on the stud: I've had good luck with cutting off 1 or 2 corners of the nut with a cutoff wheel on a die grinder or a dremel tool. Cut parallel to the stud, as close to the threads as you can. It weakens the nut and opens it up a little. Much easier than replacing a broken stud.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ozzy Krahn says:

    had a 91 ranger with with a mazda 5 speed, tough trani, falling apart inside of it but kept oil in it and kept on going

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Spartacus says:

    “What is this crap?! Snow! It’s April”
    “In New York, get over it”
    “I give upon life!”
    Lol, sorry but that was slightly better then the dedication to that bolt.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars paul ellis says:

    One lucky guy anyone else it would be broken

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars G Gordon says:

    The engineers who designed that should be shot.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars k8trum says:

    Stumbled across your video searching youtube in desperation of how to remove PPF ! No seized bolts on mine but I couldn't figure out how to get it off the diff. Thanks for filming this – it's been a lifesaver.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Apodalont says:

    Unless you work on cars from the east coast where they use salt on roadways just shut up! It's not the same as back west.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luis Aguirre says:

    This guy is the man !

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg778 says:

    WD facial 😂

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jimmy shine says:

    Used to have a miata….many late nights leaving the parking garages…lifting the exit bar just enough to drive under and leave….would've paid but there were never any attendants that late at night

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars shop Art says:

    Derogatory Commenters comment because they can’t do.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Painter says:

    I would have went old school with a pullbar and cheater with some heat the impacts can't compete sometimes with just basic pull power

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WouterB76 says:

    "I'm a DIY with a lift"…….that's it, now i'm gonna save money for my own lift and call myself a pro!

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Pontiac chevy oldsmobile and buick all called it a differential transmission flex frame on the monza firenza skyhawk and omega, not the nova body omega

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars T Mo says:

    "You know how hot mothers get." … And there's lots of other ones that got me laughin' pretty good, too. Love this guy.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tracy smith says:

    Wearing ear protection is smart. It gets worse after 55 when loud sounds like car alarm chirps start to become painful. You look back and wish you wore the muffs more often.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tundramanq says:

    Miata+ clutch ! Being aware of this frame box system ( a structural frame piece on this ragtop) made this a "gotta see." With a big tub of popcorn! This tyranny is the same one used on my 84 Mazda B2000 pickup, ergo the extra holes.

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