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#1 Posted : 11 February 2019 17:44:14(UTC)
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~24k miles full Mazda service history, up to last one (oli/filter + new front pads) done by Toyota garage as part of buying. I "shouldn't" need to do anything for 12 months but already planning to get treatment/underseal done by MX5 specialist later in the year, is there anything else I should look to do early doors? 

I've booked the OC trackday at Cadwell but as a (car) track novice I doubt I'll be particularly hard on the car I'm sure the new pads will be fine, but was thinking of the gearbox oil maybe, as the first/second are a smidge notchy when cold (which I believe is common on the 6spd), which from the guide on here suggests a change of oil viscosity may reduce/e eliminate).

I'd rather "over" service/ have peace of mind as plan it as a keeper, so happy to look at age related stuff like bushes etc.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 Posted : 11 February 2019 18:31:01(UTC)
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Decent tyres (guessing it could have Bridgestone on) and alignment.

Definitely change oils in gearbox/diff

Check brakes and lube slide pins, can seize easily through lack of maintenance.

Good idea to protect the chassis etc, they do fall short on this from factory.

One final must, keep that engine oil topped to the max on the dipstick,  check weekly they don't take too kindly to low oil levels.

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#3 Posted : 11 February 2019 18:45:14(UTC)
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One proactive thing definitely to do if not already done is to seal the windscreen cowl grommets. Plenty of advice on the forum on this.

Have a good look at the front and rear anti-roll bar drop links if not already replaced. Common problem, mine needed replacing around 35k miles.

Check all wheels for heat after a run, sticking brake callipers is again a common problem and could cause problems on your trackday.

Rear diff and gearbox oils are good for around 60k miles. However if the gear change is notchy then it is an easy job to change the gearbox oil using a pair of ramps at the front with axle stands under the rear to get the car level. While you have the car up in the air it is also easy to change the diff oil. To make life easy to fill both you will need a syringe.

Otherwise just enjoy the car, never regretted buying my Mk3.



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#4 Posted : 11 February 2019 19:44:21(UTC)
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No change in Gearbox Oil Viscosity is required but in a lot of circumstances, not all there are a few oils that are tweaked to be less viscous at lower temperatures and may improve the gearchange action.

Two well known ones are

Castrol Syntrans Multivehicle, do not use any other Castrol gear oil.

Redline MT90, do not use any other Redline gear oil

There is also an adjustment that can be made to the clutch free play from under the dashboard but that does not always assist the gearchange.

Use any GL5 oil for the diff not the ones mentioned above.

Take the radiator expansion tank cap off and look for any minor crack around the neck of the tank.

If there is any cracking replace the tank circa £60 but unlikely.

If doing track days flush the brake fluid.
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