2004 Mazda Miata MX-5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Mazda Miata MX-5

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2004 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.

Warped Flywheel May Cause Shudder When Vehicle is in Reverse

The flywheel can warp causing a shudder when the vehicle is in reverse.

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2004 Mazda Miata MX-5 Questions

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How to test temperature sensor. (1 answer)

My temperature gauge always reads very low. It barely moves after not being run for days. It may move it's own width, but that about all. Where is the sensor on a 2004 MX5?

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2004 Mazda Miata MX-5 Reviews

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This is the first Miata(2004) I have ever owned. I was always afraid to do do-it -self add-ons with my other cars. Not so with this one I have put on a dual exhaust( approx. 45 min.) I have had the entire dash out and back again. Everything seems to be 10mm to 13mm sockets. As far as driving. I love it. There is nothing like crusing along main street or on a country road with the top down and ...
My 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata is my fifth Miata in 10 years. Every time Mazda upgraded the car, I traded up. The Mazdaspeed has a turbocharged engine, numerous suspension upgrades, and other go-faster goodies. It was sold in limited numbers for 2004 and 2005, and in special colors. Every Miata I've owned has been almost flawless in terms of reliability. My 2001 had a transmission issue fixed under...

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