Well school is back in so time working on the Miata is limited. Engineering related classes this semester are Vibrations, Systems Engineering, Failure Analysis.
Speaking of failure analysis any experienced turbo guys want to tell me what happened to this 30$ EFR V-band clamp? i made the assumption that i could tighten and remove this nut like i would any other but evidently i was wrong..
This weekend i tried to track down my oil leaks so i pulled the transmission to gain access to the suspected leaky areas. (side note: Its funny looking back at the first time i pulled a miata trans to replace a clutch. It took all day with help.
Now days im doing it in 3.5 hours by myself.)
I found 3 super tiny leaks in the pan itself (if it were only these i wouldn't worry about it they are so small.) but i determined the majority is coming from the lower oil pan gasket. Since the face of the pan was warped some due to thermal shrinking during the welding process so the face of the pan and windage tray don't mate up perfectly. My desperate solution was to clean it up the best i could with starter fluid and then go crazy with some gasket maker. From previous experiences success is hit and miss but i don't have the resources or space to pull the engine and fix it the right way right now. Plans for a new pan / dry sump oil system exist but are further down the road.
Just for kicks i took some pics of the clutch / flywheel / PP. To me it looks like its still in the break in process. Someone might notice something i don't though..