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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Now That's a Racket!

February 09, 2012

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The other night I got stuck in some pretty awful traffic. It ended up taking almost 30 minutes to get home from the supermarket, which was only a mile away. Besides fearing that my pint of Ben & Jerry's was turning into a milkshake in the trunk, the cabin started getting a little hot and stuffy. So, I hit the AC button.

A cacophony of rattling and belt noise sprung from under the hood. "Well, that's not good," I said. I tried it once more and left it on for a few seconds, but the racket continued. Alright, time for the windows.

It was so loud and rough, it reminded me of this:

By the way, my favorite Tosh.O comment on this video was, "Oh great, R2D2's having a seizure."

Just another item to look into, I suppose; preferably before the weather starts heating up.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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