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1994 Mazda Miata: T35 Torx, Round Two

June 24, 2010

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I know how much you like my pink striped beach towel as a backdrop for Mazda Miata component photographs, so I'm pressing it into service once more. I like it so much that it's in my rag bag, the place I go when I need to sop up spilled motor oil.

The above bolt is one of four that holds a pair of convertible top clips to the top of the Miata's windshield header. But this one is not from our 1994 Miata project car. No, it's a spare I had lying around in my garage.

Why does this matter? Our '94 has worn header clips. The grooves that the convertible top latches fit into are worn, and that means the top is hard to latch down properly. In fact, it recently came loose at speed.

So I figured I'd swap the worn latches out for my pair of "barely used" spares. But the bolts in question take a T35 Torx bit and I can't get them loose. T30 is too small, and T40 won't fit. I have no idea how I removed this one 19 years ago, but its mates are thoroughly stripped out so it must have been sketchy.

If this sounds familiar, it is. Our Ford Flex's front brake rotors need a T35 Torx bit (Ford swears we're wrong, but my ill-fitting T30 and non-fitting T40 bits say otherwise). The Flex rotor replacement wasn't critical, so I hadn't yet bought this inexplicably hard-to-find tool while I waited for a hole in my schedule.

Eazypower.com has tons of T35 Torx bits listed on-line, but their security certificate has expired and my browser throws up huge warnings. Sorry guys, but I'm not going there.

So I ordered one from someone else on Ebay. I'll fix the Miata and the Flex as soon as the stars align and I receive this much-needed tool. Stay tuned.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 177,361 miles

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