Murray finally changes the Mazda’s cambelt – but there’s a surprise in store…
Over £400 – yikes, that’s a hefty bill. In fact, it’s pretty close to half of what my MX-5 is worth. But it’s not all about the money – anyone who thinks that there’s a quick buck to be made out of classic cars is seriously wrong... Anyway, rant over.
Well, that particular rant is, anyway – let me commence a new one. The blasted cambelt has finally been changed. But there was a dark secret lurking beneath the MX-5’s bonnet. According to the chaps at A&S Autos in Peterborough, my Mazda was on its original ‘belt. 120,858 miles on a single cambelt? That’s madness. But the telltale signs were there. Someone had clearly tried – and failed – to remove the crankshaft pulley at some point, leaving me having to buy another one, (£70 for a used one).
Looking through the service history revealed no sign of a cambelt change either. I bought the car with around 100,000 miles on it, so I’d assumed that it would have had a change. However, assumptions are the mother of all screw-ups, as the saying goes.
Truth be told, I’m extremely impressed that it got to 120,858 miles – about double what Mazda says it should do – though, being a non-interference engine, it wouldn’t necessarily have been the end of the world if it had let go.
While it was at A&S, I finally had the driver’s side window mechanism sorted; it needed a new one after an airport parking attendant – probably some millennial with no idea of how to use a manual window – was too heavyhanded with it. Happily, wildlife can no longer enter the car and the fix should hopefully stop the mould too.
On that front, I recently stipulated that my own concoction of upholstery cleaner and wet wipes had got rid of the mould. However, I’ve since discovered that it’s merely masked it.
As such, please do get in touch if you a) have owned a car whose cambelt has lasted longer than mine, or b) know any quick and easy ways of ridding a ‘96 Mazda MX-5 of mould.
Murray’s Mazda in the ‘operating theatre’ at Peterborough’s A&S Autos.
Doluptatiis alibus mi, qui tem sim voluptium aditatibus cuptati year-old onsequam cambelt… Looks pretty good for a 21-
AFTER Huzzah – a closing window! A small change but one that makes a big difference.
Jammed window winder allowed various creepy crawlies in and mould to form. BEFORE