AMSOIL Fluids Replacement Challenge

I was partially successful in my upgrade to AMSOIL fluids in my Miata, Karlino.
They say 2 out of 3 ain’t bad…

I was able to switch out the rear diff gear lube & the motor oil with AMSOIL products, but I could not get the square fill hole nut for the transmission to budge.  I tried a couple of different methods but was not successful.  Even though the car was up on stable jack stands, I’ll have to say I was a bit in fear of my life under there.  So, I will have to take it to a local AMSOIL dealer who owns a quick lube shop nearby.

Karlino Miata "jacked up" in the garage...

Now I know why guys hate changing oil on Miatas, there is no one easy way to get at the oil filter.  I went in from the top & even had a decent filter “socket” for my lug wrench.  But, it was still an ordeal to both remove & replace.  Note the oil filter “rash” on my arm below…

Miata oil filter "rash"...

As to participation in tomorrow’s autocross, I’m thinking I will have to pass, unfortunately.  The inside treads of ALL 4 of my tires are almost smooth.  Now I know the next item to save up for, while I still have to pay off the fuel pump repair.

Today’s “self-mechanic” experience taught me something today – I’d never make it as a mechanic.  I’m so damn slow…  at least Racing Ready tries to make up for that slowness with speed behind the wheel on the autocross course.


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