1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Rattle Patrol
June 19, 2012
Project Miata has plenty of rattles and squeaks. Lately, though, there have been more noises than usual, particularly related to the hardtop. So while it was in my driveway for a once-over, I went on safari.
For starters, the striker plate (the thing on the windshield header that the hardtop clasps onto) on the driver's side was missing one bolt, and the other had backed out halfway. Aha. They're T40 torx head metric bolts, not quite unicorns but certainly won't find them at Home Depot Motorsports. Not to worry. I found the missing bolt stowed away under the seat.
Add a stiffer suspension to an old floppy car and then drive it for as hard as possible on murderous roads for thousands of miles and bash it over the kerbs of a few roadcourses and you, too, can expect to find hardware under your seat.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 137,576 miles.