Difficult Engaging 2nd Gear

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Difficult Engaging 2nd Gear

Postby Dave MacPherson » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:11 am

This has been my first winter with my Mk3.5 and I’ve noticed difficulty engaging 2nd gear until the car warms up. I’m assuming that this is just a feature of the MX5 and that I’m not alone? The car has only done 27,000 miles and regularly serviced by Mazda, so I would expect the correct gearbox oil to have been used.
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Re: Difficult Engaging 2nd Gear

Postby drumtochty » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:23 pm

The oil specified by Mazda will have been used. It has been found that certain oils that meet the specification are better than others at startup.

See my other post.
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Re: Difficult Engaging 2nd Gear

Postby Dave MacPherson » Sat May 09, 2020 9:37 am

I finally got around to replacing gearbox and diff oils. I used the Redline MT90 GL4 in the box and the GL5 in the diff.. The old oils looked relatively clean and I can't say I've really noticed much of an improvement changing gear, particularly engaging 2 gear. I'll get around to changing the turret oil sometime.
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Re: Difficult Engaging 2nd Gear

Postby drumtochty » Sat May 09, 2020 2:43 pm

Some cars are better than others and some just do not improve no matter what.

Clutch adjustment from inside the car. Google for a guide

Check and if needed replace the clutch slave cyliner if leaking
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Re: Difficult Engaging 2nd Gear

Postby Dave MacPherson » Wed May 13, 2020 8:18 am

Many thanks
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