Miata 1990-1997

Starter

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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Mazda Miata 1990-1997

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the starter and solenoid.
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  5. For (M/T), remove the starter bracket.
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  7. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the starter mounting bolts, and remove the starter.
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    To install:

  11. Position the starter and tighten the starter mounting bolts to 28-38 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm).
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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  15. Install the starter bracket (M/T) and tighten the lower bolt to 28-38 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm), and the upper bolt to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm).
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  17. Connect the electrical connectors to the starter solenoid and the starter.
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  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Testing



Specific to:

Mazda Miata 1990-1997

Mazda uses thee types of starters in their vehicles; conventional, reduction and direct drive.

  1. Ensure that the battery is fully charged.
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  3. Inspect the starter wire connections at the starter for looseness or corrosion.
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  5. Follow the positive battery cable to the starter and ensure that battery voltage is reaching the starter.
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  7. If battery voltage is found at the starter, continue with the test. If not, inspect or replace the battery cable.

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    Fig. Connect a voltmeter to the starter terminals and ground to check for battery voltage at the starter

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  9. If equipped with a manual transmission, depress the clutch pedal.
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  11. Turn the ignition to START position and check for battery voltage at the S terminal of the starter.
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  13. If battery voltage is found at the S terminal, remove the starter and inspect the starter relay, field coil and armature. Replace as necessary.
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  15. If no battery voltage is found at the S terminal, inspect the ignition switch, wire harness and, if equipped, clutch pedal interlock switch or transmission range sensor/neutral safety switch.
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