1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: Self Tech

March 31, 2012

1997 Mazda Miata: Self Tech

Before you attend a track day, it's in your best interest, as well as the others who will be on track around you, to give your car a good going over. Being spoiled with a Rotary Lift makes this easy. So with Miata Meister Jay Kavanagh looking over my shoulder, I had a good look in, under and around Project Rattle Can.

As everything was in good working order, Jay wanted to tackle a nagging issue having to do with the brakes.

Click on through...

For a while now, brake pedal travel has been on the long-ish side. While the braking force is still there, the extra half inch or so of distance has been bugging Jay. With the master cylinder and all the brake lines looking a-ok, our friends at StopTech suggested that tapered pads might be to blame. And, as long as the car was already up on the lift...

1997 Mazda Miata: Self Tech

Jay and I replaced the front pads in about 20 minutes and then set about inspecting the old ones for irregular wear. While the old pads had plenty of life left in them, they did show signs of tapering. That was easy.

1997 Mazda Miata: Self Tech

After a quick bleed of the brakes with ATE Super Blue, we bolted the wheels back up, lowered the car back down and went back to the office. Did I mention I love our Rotary Lift?

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 136,802 miles

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