1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Mazda Miata MX-5

1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems

Ticking Noise From Valve Lash Adjusters Due to Infrequent Oil Changes

A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. The noise may occur more frequently on higher mileage vehicles; Hydraulic valve lash adjusters may need to be replaced to correct this issue. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.

Valve Cover Gasket May Fail and Leak Oil onto Spark Plug Wires

Failure of the valve cover gasket can allow engine oil to leak onto the spark plug wires and damage them. The engine will run poorly (misfire) if the spark plug wires fail.

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1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 Questions

The Fuel filter, oil filter, spark plugs, cables all new. (1 answer)

I shoot start fluid in the air intake, filter etc... removed, runs like a champ. sounds great. It turns over runs for a sec and shuts off unless I shoot start fluid in the intake, it will keep running if I stand there. I'm thinking fuel pump. All the fuses are good, I have 100,762 miles on it...

actual estimate on valve seals (1 answer)

Where is the clutch slave cylinder located on a Miata 1997? (1 answer)

There is a great video of how to change the clutch slave cylinder on a Miata 2005 indicating its behind the passenger front wheel. Is the location the same for the 1997 model? I don't see it easily there.

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1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 Reviews

Bought it with only 9800 on it in NH 11 years ago and drove in NY and now AL. Fantastic car. Have 75000 mostly city miles and do expected maintenance and always change oil every 5000. Did timing belt and water pump as a precaution due to age at 60000. (once you do belt may as well pull water pump). Other than that only brake slave cylinder has failed and exhaust due to salt in NY. No other...
Bought my '97 M Edition this summer. My Mom had the original year for 11 years and I had the chance to drive it often and I fell in love. I became hooked on convertibles when I was 8 years old. No I wasn't driving (haha). My Dad's best friend used to take me for rides in the hills of San Francisco and Napa in a '67 MG. Talk about Heaven. My Limited Edition had 164k miles when I got it but had b...

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