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Ahhh you made it this far and here it is! The last and FINAL part of the Mazda Miata MX5 clutch replacement. Now we know from the comments that this is not the typical way the job goes and some guys say they can do them in 30min in their back yard BUT this is the way our job went. Overall they are a simple design and relatively easy to do. We did hit a few snags along the way but it turned out nice in the end! -Enjoy!
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48 thoughts on “Mazda miata mx 5 – clutch replacement job – part iv”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rowdy Flyer1903 says:

    Doesn’t the shifter ‘well’ have to be filled separately from that of the transmission oil? I thought it had to be submerged in its own separate bath of oil? Somewhere my dusty memory, this has surfaced.

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

    I think this is definitely in the category of 'if I can do it you CAN'T do it'. Epic series and I'm grateful that you showed how hard it was to get that bolt out. You certainly earned your money on this one plus extra. I really enjoyed watching this and as a non mechanic I thought that WD40 was going to ignite when you hosed it down the hit it with a torch again. But that's why I'm not a mechanic because I haven't a clue. I hope you charged him Saturday and Sunday rates. 7 day week to get the job done is insane, but if you are backed up the following week it makes sense especially when you are self employed. Great video, thanks again Mr O.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Burne says:

    Love the detailed videos, you face all the problems a home mechanic faces and explains solutions so well. Thank you.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Car Mo says:

    WOW that was a nightmare for sure, I know the feeling working on the Sunday to keep you on track. Best thing no disturbances no ringing phones too. Reminder BG in-force ion PN 438 blows away WD-40 10 fold, for rusted seized bolts nuts, etc.

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

    Coming along great Awesome of the owner to bring it back later for the Master and slave cylinders Eric O Awesome video Series and Episode @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

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

    you'd have made a first rate orthopedic surgeon but your lifestyle as a mechanic is far far superior….no shift work, no midnight call-ins, your time and schedule and weekends and holidays are your own and you can work right beside your family

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alex Suniga says:

    Eric you have very good patience bro. You are doing an awesome job 👍

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Marsh says:

    Mx5 5 speed is 2 L or 2.1 qt. Two quarts is usually enough.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bernard Trainor says:

    I know this is a few years old now but it is by far the most honest and real example of a gearbox removal I have watched. Even the professionals have issues despite their experience and tools. Thank you from across in the Emerald Isle

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neville Richardson says:

    I'm sure ERIC must translate to "He who overcomes adversity while keeping his sanity" – great perseverance & great entertainment – love your work.

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

    your the best mechanic I know never found one that cares the way you do ,hats off to you

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fred In Venice says:

    7 days no fun but golden work ethic pays in the long run. Great series. Good work. Very informative! Thanks.

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

    Some never seces on your is good for you lol

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hawk 1966 says:

    Itty bitty car veeeeeery long series of videos. 😅😂🤣🐒

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sarge Adapt and says:

    99% of technicians do not have your skill because they do not have your patience.
    Btw, my rear powerplant frame bolts were the same and I failed the patience test. Ended up having to melt out those top retainer nuts. Was way harder than it looked.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Rumler says:

    I wonder if I should show this series to my mechanic before he replaces the clutch on my 01…..

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thom Martin says:

    I sat here and watched all 4 videos, because I have 5 miatas and I am pretty sure one of them will need a clutch some day, so I wanted to see how you would approach the task.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    I have never heard of a stud installer.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    Methinks you might be the only mechanic in the world who uses the phrase, "classic reach around". In another time the statement was something something classic something. Of course we find it endearing but not usual. Part of the mystic of SMA. I will probably think it in that position the rest of my days

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

    Well done good to know you took some of the fight out of that mazda

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MetalTeamster says:

    " Braaaa " – ( I think that is hilarious how you imitate the dork you tubers… )… Nice ending… One thing I always notice, is fresh / new clutches have lighter pedal pressure than the old one… I think it is a combo of the lubed up linkages and the slightly diff angle of the pressure plate fingers due to the new / thicker disk… I could be wrong… But, nice job, that one had some serious toughness…. The Porsche 911 clutch and IMS bearing I did was tough like this in a slightly diff way…

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sutton Coldfield says:

    When you run your own business, you get to work half-days, and it doesn't matter which twelve hours that is.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mmi16 says:

    Amazing – SCCA racers in the Spec Miata class change clutches between on track sessions – an hour or so. Street amenities do complicate things.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe L. says:

    Ya a cool guy and a great mechanic
    Joe Navy veteran 🇺🇸🇺🇸

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vincent Higgins says:

    it would have been a lot simpler if you had gone back to when you did part 1 as you were recording yourself taking it apart that makes more sense.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kountzer says:

    I saw a 97 Miata for sale that needs a clutch. That's how I found this video series. I've see your videos before. For a split second I wondered If your shop is here in Houston. South Main is a busy street on the South side. When u said it was snowing in April I knew then it wasn't here. It is a bad winter here when we get a total of 2 inches of snow for the season.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SailingWJ says:

    Great stuff….. master mechanic…. !!

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rudolf Benner says:

    Only mericans say 'aboot'.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Wallinger says:

    the joys of being your own boss.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Harry LaFountain says:

    Great job Eric💪💪💪

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Len Huddleston says:

    you made me remember doing clutches and transmissions on the old cars like the 47 plymoths and the 90 toyota trucks i remember especially laying those transmissions on my chest and aligning it with the pilot bearing to get it into the pilot bushing , those were good times, thanks for the video.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justsome Randomguy says:

    Man… I was really looking forward to the test drive!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Frey says:

    what a great kind guy or gal to send that

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary C. says:

    Eric,
    39 yr veteran of the automotive clutch aftermarket here. I feel your pain on this one and I've spoken to unknown number of techs who have walked this type of walk on a clutch R&R the difficult procedure for a small car heck my full size Dodge CTD 6 speed is a stroll in the park compared to that PPF beam. I've watched several of your videos and this is as close to real frustration I've seen from you. Understandable.
    You commented that the pedal felt light. An absolutely correct observation for a same for same R&R. As the disc gets thinner the release load increases (except for the self adjusting type clutch) a new full thickness disc returns release load back to new and cleaning the fork, pivot, greasing, guide tube cleanup and a clean no gunk clutch release bearing and you've reduced the friction for release. All of this combined equals a reduction in pedal effort. Shifts clean, engages smooth, no slip and shifts thru all gears? Go home and enjoy the family, well done.
    I don't know if you previously addressed this but I see you installed customer supplied parts. Care to comment on this cause lots of shops either will not install customers parts or many times it sets the stage for a really bad day and outcome that usually falls back on the customer trying to save a buck.
    Well done.
    Gary

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Douglas Cunningham says:

    No Eric, we don't say aboot in Canada, at least not in my hood. I find your videos entertaining , humorous and informative. Keep up the good work!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Scriffiano says:

    Very interesting bro…lol

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    it's all backwards, the padding

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Byron Watkins says:

    Did you get to look at that stinky brake or leaky cam sensor?

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

    And you doubt dorman

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rc121crx says:

    That type of stuff wouldn't happen if you were down here in the south. Hehehe

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RJB says:

    Would you say this is a "FRUSTRATING" job? 🙂

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Larsen says:

    Great video, I learned a bunch. Of tricks. 👍👍👍

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars OLD SCHOOL says:

    British standard ( Whitworth) the bolt was classified by the hex head size, so a Whitworth 1/2 bolt used a 1/2 inch wrench.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John M. says:

    Yeah, no. I don't think that I could do this one, especially on jack stands. That sucks that all this work had to be done over a bad $5 cheap bearing.
    I'm exhausted from watching all these videos on the Mazda clutch! I need a break… 🙂

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Furmaga says:

    Backyard on my back w/3 puppies licking my face!!!

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B-MAN says:

    " I love my Job, I love my Job, I love my job, I love my job"…..

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Kohut says:

    Nice!! Great video series… 🙂

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Kohut says:

    I guess taking out the fill plug first would have been a bad idea…. 🙂

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