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1997 Mazda Miata: Not Quite House Trained

January 20, 2012

 1997 Mazda Miata: Not Quite House Trained

The Miata has been piddling on my driveway. At first I thought it might be power steering fluid (Jay had told me it might leak a little due to the supercharger install) but it wasn't the right color. Further inspection revealed it to be coolant.

 1997 Mazda Miata: Not Quite House Trained

At you can likely tell in the photo, it was leaking from somewhere higher on the engine and then dripping down onto the pulleys. I consulted with Jay a little and we figured it was either coming from the housing gasket or one of the hoses.

 1997 Mazda Miata: Not Quite House Trained

A bit of sleuthing revealed it was most likely the new hose (big one, top left) that Jay had put in as part of the new radiator install. The clamp wasn't as tight as it could be, and coolant was leaking as a result. Colder temperatures where I live could have caused it to leak now, because previously it hadn't been a problem (or if unnoticed, at least not as bad).

I've tightened the clamp, so unless that's not the cure, we should be good. I'll also need to add some fresh coolant as we're down to the minimum level in the reservoir.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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