1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata: DIY Floppy Mirror Fix
June 04, 2010
Project cars aren't just about mods and going fast and having fun. Sometimes you're simply dealing with the idiosyncracies of an old car.
Since the day we picked up Project Miata, its driver's mirror has been loose. Not flopping around, but enough play to where it shakes annoyingly at speed. The screws at the mirror "base" were tight as can be, though, necessitating a deeper look into the situation which didn't happen straight away. The issue was minor enough that we just lived with it. Until now.
Over the weekend I decided to fix it. Pretty simple, really. Unbolted the mirror. Saw that between the base and the door is a rubber gasket. Aha, there's the culprit. That gasket was old and flattened, giving the mirror leeway to wobble.
I just trimmed up a piece of 1/8"-thick sticky-back foam pipe wrap I found collecting dust in my garage, stuck it to the gasket -- being careful not to block the little cutout that allows water drainage -- and reassembled. Voila! Rock solid now.
Next up in Rattle Patrol -- something is loose behind the dash on the passenger side, and it rattles obnoxiously... sometimes. Can't locate it even after removing the glovebox and poking around under there. Drives me crazy.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 176,532 miles.