Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

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Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby SC91 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:09 am

Hi guys :D

I use my mk2 mazda 1998 'S' mostly as a daily driver, recently I've noticed that it doesn't as good as it should as I have driven a few mx5s. The problem I have is I feel as if the car is very slippy (in this weather i expect that) the car just doesn't seem to handle the best? I seem to see alot of people referring to the alignment or the tracking to be an issue?

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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby IanH » Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:00 am

Shaun,

The 5 is particularly sensitive to tyres, type and pressure. I like to keep all 4 tyres the same make and model

Alignment is important too, the car does benefit from an alignment check and if necessary an adjust periodically. Only use someone who knows the 5 and who has something like the Hunter alignment system, don't whatever you do rely on a Kwik fit or ATS type tracking adjust.

Post where you are and someone will be able to recommend someone localish to you.

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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby JimF » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:52 pm

Hi Shaun. don't know the Glasgow area well enough for alignment but the guys on the pistonheads forum talk about alignment specialists.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby BoabG » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:26 pm

What about the Dundee area can anyone suggest a place to get mine checked ?.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby Colin » Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:24 pm

Try Paul Bowers Motors at 31-33 Clepington Street, Dundee.

Has the best alignment device for the MX-5's set up (Hunter?) and did a great job on mine. Hear he's pretty good for maintenance jobs in general...and you may get an OC discount if you ask. I did!
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby BoabG » Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:59 pm

Thanks for that Colin, I'll give him a shout when she's ready.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby SC91 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:23 pm

Hi everyone,

I noticed on the MOT certificate that the car has corroded suspension arms, could this be the problem which isn't making it feel as planted?

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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby IanH » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:34 pm

Unlikely I would have thought, I'd get them rubbed down and rust coated though, as mentioned before, tyres, good type at the correct pressure. Then 4 wheel alignment check and if necessary adjust. Greasy roads at the moment too will contribute to a less planted feel.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby SC91 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:53 pm

IanH wrote:Unlikely I would have thought, I'd get them rubbed down and rust coated though, as mentioned before, tyres, good type at the correct pressure. Then 4 wheel alignment check and if necessary adjust. Greasy roads at the moment too will contribute to a less planted feel.


No problem, I have a brand new set of 4 Bridgestone tyres with the correct tyre pressure. I have the car booked in for the 12th for an alignment and tracking set up to be done. Yeah I thought that, I definetly need the tracking done anyway

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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby ColinMack » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:04 pm

Hi - interesting reading this post and the replies. I am new to my MX5 ( June 2014 ) and it does feel a little skittish at times ( which I did expect ). I do know that my rear offside is loosing pressure and I am just about to get 2 new tires on the rear. However, I would also be interested in getting the alignment checked. Does anyone know of a tyre specialist in Ayrshire that has the correct equipment to do this ?

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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby IanH » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:33 pm

Hopefully someone will step in with local knowledge, you could try this site though for options; http://www.alignmycar.co.uk
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby SC91 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:49 pm

ColinMack wrote:Hi - interesting reading this post and the replies. I am new to my MX5 ( June 2014 ) and it does feel a little skittish at times ( which I did expect ). I do know that my rear offside is loosing pressure and I am just about to get 2 new tires on the rear. However, I would also be interested in getting the alignment checked. Does anyone know of a tyre specialist in Ayrshire that has the correct equipment to do this ?

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Hi colin,

I think the car is skiddish and it feels like the car is driving its self and I'm not driving it? Just feels looSe and not tight if that makes sense? Well I feel like the alignment and tracking that I'm getting done can only help? It is Kenny brown engineering (hillington) so he will tell me if there's anything wrong with any component on the car.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby tjay » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:32 am

Hi Shaun,second what Colin has said. Earlier this year Tayside had a run out and it ended up at Paul's ,where several members had their cars checked,each received a print out to confirm what did/Did require !
Can recommend him , had a few of my own cars done there after lowering them.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby ColinMack » Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:35 pm

Thanks All.

I work in Hillington - so Kenny Brown Engineering will be handy.

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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby mgrays » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:14 pm

Kenneth Brown Engineering. Hillington, Glasgow = assured OK (Des Rocks if anyone remembers him!) about 10 years ago..
Barnetts of Mollinsburn near Cumbernauld = good, did mine once about 9 years ago..
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby BoabG » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:44 pm

Got my 5 booked in to see Paul tomorrow to get tracking checked.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby BoabG » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:13 pm

Tracking done, camber also done. Met Tjay while I was there 8) , nice wee bleather.

Paul did a great job on my car, noticed the difference on drive home. :D
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby SC91 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:48 pm

mgrays wrote:Kenneth Brown Engineering. Hillington, Glasgow = assured OK (Des Rocks if anyone remembers him!) about 10 years ago..
Barnetts of Mollinsburn near Cumbernauld = good, did mine once about 9 years ago..


Right well I took it to Kenny this morning and he told me that my suspension and geometry is all over the place! the car is a fucking shambles! The front wheels have one going negative and one going positive, the rear geometry is horrendous :shock: just hope he can fix it because he said the bolts will not budge so I might need to replace suspension arms, bushes and bolts which isn't good
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby OldSpice » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:22 pm

Oh dear!x Language! :lol:

Hold fire on the suspension arms. It's perfectly possible the car has never had a proper laser alignment.
The adjusting bolts pretty much seize and twist like toffee under the wrench but it's possible to "destroy" the old bushes without ending the wishbones as well
I ought to know running two of these cars over 8 years as now. My guy stoically torched the rubbers till they gave up to the chisel so it was "only" a case of new bushes & bolts. We were even able to re-use a couple of the cam bolts...and they all went in with a nice smear of CoppaSlip for the next time.
But, if the bush 'oles are badly corroded...your right.
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Re: Mx5 Doesnt feel planted!

Postby SC91 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:41 pm

OldSpice wrote:Oh dear!x Language! :lol:

Hold fire on the suspension arms. It's perfectly possible the car has never had a proper laser alignment.
The adjusting bolts pretty much seize and twist like toffee under the wrench but it's possible to "destroy" the old bushes without ending the wishbones as well
I ought to know running two of these cars over 8 years as now. My guy stoically torched the rubbers till they gave up to the chisel so it was "only" a case of new bushes & bolts. We were even able to re-use a couple of the cam bolts...and they all went in with a nice smear of CoppaSlip for the next time.
But, if the bush 'oles are badly corroded...your right.



Apologies for the language lol! Right ok, I'm going to pick my car up I need to get bolts and bushes incase they do twist or snap, the car will be going back in to try and get this issue resolved. The car is just sketchy to drive at the moment and I use it as a daily driver. Thanks anyway old spice :)
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