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Mechanic recommendations for lower Fairfield County?

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    We noticed today what looks like transmission fluid leaking and a kind of chink-chink rattle sometimes when driving. Was wondering if this is some sort of transmission/clutch issue.  Any recommendations for Miata-friendly mechanics who can take a look at it?  I’m in Norwalk.

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    Hi Martin –

    We’re in Norwalk as well.

    We’ve been happy with Currie’s Automotive for general repairs (http://www.curriesautomotive.com/) and National Transmission for transmission stuff (https://www.yelp.com/biz/national-transmissions-norwalk-2), both in central Norwalk… although I can’t really vouch for their Miata knowledge. We’ve mainly brought other family cars there for various things over the years. So far, I’ve been fortunate to have been able to handle the majority of the work on my ’96 NA myself, or with the help of very knowledgable club members at the tech days. (That was my goal when I bought it.)

    Hope you get to the bottom of the leak / noise, and hope to see you around Norwalk…

    -Tom

     

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    Martin,

    I hope you get to the root of your leak and noise. I probably could help you a little better if I knew more about your Miata such as year, mileage, modifications, recent service history, do you drive it daily, or does it sit for long periods, etc.

    I look forward to hearing how you make out. Everyone’s experience can add knowledge here, so if you find someone good, let us know! If you are willing/looking to take a drive many of us who work on our own cars would be willing to share our experience and make suggestions.

    Dave

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    Thanks for the tips guys! Tom, actually I used to take my old Volvo to Adam from Curries, I asked him about the Miata but he said he doesn’t work on Mazdas and recommended European Autos on West Ave next to their tire place.  It is leaking Green fluid which we’re guessing is anti freeze so we’re going to chase that up first.

     

    Dave it’s a 1991 Miata NA with 72k miles, we just got it about 3 months ago.  We’ve changed the oil and put in new brake pads/rotors so far and just noticed this leak last week.  We’ve been driving it about once a week so far.

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    Didn’t realize Currie’s specifically doesn’t work on Mazdas… good to know. Never used European Auto, but their Yelp reviews seem to all be 5-star. Will have to keep them in mind.

    I dealt with a couple annoying coolant leaks last fall. If you dig into it, and need an extra set of eyes / hands, let me know. I’m just across town.

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    Feel free to drop on up to Waterbury and I will check it out.  A lot of times on these cars what appears to be a transmission leak is actually a valve cover or CAS O-ring leaking at the back of the head.  not sure about the ‘clink’…

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    Update: actually it was a coolant leak from the water pump.  So we ended up doing the water pump and timing belt replacement ourselves this weekend.  The timing is a bit off now as it has a rough idle and a tick.  We’ll go back and adjust the timing next weekend and hopefully that will fix it.

    As for the clinkly rattle noise, it’s still there. I read somewhere it may be some bearing in the clutch so we might take it to National Transmissions in Norwalk after we fix the timing.

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    Update: the rattle noise was the catalytic converter so after some tightening the noise went away.

    Fast-forward a few months and after Lime Rock, now I think we really do have a clutch issue.  When we press the clutch peddle in, there isn’t much pressure and when it’s in there are some loud rattling and other noises going on, after it’s hard to shift into gear.  At this stage I’m thinking of taking it to a transmissions place like Aamco or National Transmissions in Norwalk.

    Is this a good course of action or any other recommendations?

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    The lack of clutch peddle pressure makes me suspect hydraulics, either master or slave. If you pump it (doesn’t have to be running) does it build pressure? But it could be the pressure plate itself in the clutch. Was the clutch slipping? I am always skeptical of those transmission national chains, but it helps that Tom has had good experience with them. Hopefully someone here can recconend an honest mechanic down in lower Fairfield County. I remember loosing a clutch in an old Volvo that sounds like what you are describing, so it may very well be the issue.

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave.

    Probably not the slave/master as we replaced those about 2 months ago when it started giving problems. We’re leaning more towards the pressure plate and also the there is a squeaking noise that may be the throw out bearing. I’ll probably take it in this week to one of these places and see what they say.

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