PREPA­RA­TION

Total MX-5 - - HOW TO -

Firstly, check the ex­ist­ing al­ter­na­tor drive belt’s code mark­ings to en­sure that you buy the cor­rect re­place­ment. Also be aware that early mk1s had V-belts whilst later ver­sions fea­tured multi-grooved belts: the fit­ting pro­ce­dure is just the same. You’ll be work­ing in the depths of the engine bay amidst ro­tat­ing parts, so en­sure the ig­ni­tion is off and the key is out of the ig­ni­tion. Be­fore start­ing work, wait un­til the engine has cooled down, as your hands and arms will be rub­bing up against the ra­di­a­tor and cool­ing pipes. You don’t need many tools – a Philip’s head screw­driver, 12mm and 14mm span­ners, long-nosed pli­ers, oil can with a long spout, and a good torch: it’s dark in there. Thanks: Michael Cleverley of Cleverley Re­paired Cars.

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