Oct 31, 2012 update to the Mazda MX-5 Miata project car

Spurt spurt spurt

We visited our buddy Tom's driveway and spent some time on his ramps replacing an inlet pipe and some hoses.
This little guy had burst, and sprayed rusty water whenever we revved the engine.
Our temporary repair was to just cut off that little bit of hose.
We ordered all new hoses and a surprisingly pricey water pump inlet pipe because it, too, was leaking. That piece of cast aluminum set us back 76 bones or clams or whatever you call them.
It's a good thing we replaced them all. Notice the bulge at the right end of the old hose. These were not long for this world.
An advantage of ordering OEM hose clamps from Mazda is the ease of installation. Just slip them over the hose and pull the little retaining clip. Handy.
Everything's buttoned up and beautiful now. If only the rest of the car looked this nice.

We had our coolant issues, and then we fixed them. After about a quarter-million miles, it’s no surprise our hoses were starting to go—as was our water pump’s inlet pipe. Rust is the culprit on the last one.

We went over to our buddy Tom’s place and spent some time replacing hoses. Click the photos for more details.

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Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
10/31/12 10:57 a.m.

We had our coolant issues, and then we fixed them. After about a quarter-million miles, it's no surprise our hoses were starting to go—as was our water pump's inlet pipe. Rust is the culprit on the last one.

We went over to our buddy Tom's place and spent some time replacing hoses. Click the photos for more details.

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