2003 Mazda Miata MX-5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Mazda Miata MX-5

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2003 Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems

Ticking Noise From Engine Due to Sticking Valve Lash Adjusters

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.

A Leak May Develop From the Clutch Slave Cylinder

The clutch slave cylinder may develop a hydraulic leak resulting in no clutch pedal pressure and the inability to shift gears.

Check Engine Light Due to Restricted EGR System

The passages for the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system can become restricted or clogged causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The EGR valve will need to be inspected and the passages cleaned.

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2003 Mazda Miata MX-5 Questions

The left license plate light will not turn off when car is turned off. Why? (2 answers)

How do I get it to turn off?

What causes the engine to stall after running 5 - 10 minutes? (3 answers)

Engine starts fine but sputters and quits after 5 - 10 minutes running time. After resting a couple minutes it starts up again fine but quits again. The car sat in storage for 6 months and has 31000 miles on it. Fuel stabilizer was added before storage.

What would cause my car not have any juice? I just replaced the battery yesterda (3 answers)

was a little sluggish lately starting then yesterday cranked over but no start, jumped it went bought new battery and installed and not even a glimmer of a light or any kind of juice, will jump start but when dies or turned off...NOTHING at all.

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2003 Mazda Miata MX-5 Recalls

Fog Light Socket May Fall Out of Lamp Assembly

The heat generated by a fog light bulb can cause the socket holder to be pushed rearward in the light casing. This, in combination with the normal vibration during vehicle operation, can cause the bulb holder to separate from the light casing. Should this occur, the bulb socket and harness can drop inside the bumper and possibly result in the bumper being burned by the hot bulb. Dealers will install a spring to prevent the socket holder from separating from the lamp case. The Mazda recall number is 1103F.

 

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