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Old 02-29-2008, 03:53 PM   #21
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I find it interesting that the person posting on CR sounds like a completely different individual compared to his posts here.
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Tougelabs: o sorry im in ny the car is in bethal ct.

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350drft: Bethel CT, which is in the Danbury CT area.

Maybe there's a filter that adds +20 intelligence here... On the other hand, they may have to dumb things down to "Jimmy-speak" on clubroadster
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:04 PM   #22
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multiple personality drifter, lol
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:49 PM   #23
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1st of all, this thread was started by myself, the owner of the car, that thread by tougelabs on CR, a friend of mine, is also trying to help resolve this issue. 2nd of all Newbsauce, thanks for being so helpful, you've had so much intelligent info to contribute to this thread. Your quite the problem-solver.

Back to the issue at hand, the ACU is under the dash, where it has never seen and rain or anything that might get it wet.

I'll check the ACU's connections now and follow the FAQ's from bipes and see if this is the source of our problem.

Thank you fussball.biturbo and everyone else for helping to get this whole thing resolved.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:59 PM   #24
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Yea sorry guys, I am always trying to help my friends out. I would like to pick it up but i cant really have another non-running project. THANKS THOUGH and thank you for those that take the time to help.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:52 PM   #25
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I have a feeling it is your CAS. Worth looking into, especially if you are trying to sell a non-running car.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:06 PM   #26
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I have a feeling it is your CAS. Worth looking into, especially if you are trying to sell a non-running car.
Yea, that's what I'm thinking right now. Tried playing with the Bipes like the FAQs instructed me to and still didn't do me any good.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:30 AM   #27
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Well, hopefully we can figure something out tomorrow. I want to bring the CAS and coilpack from my '93 with me to try to get yours fired up, but unfortunately I need my car running right now!
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:40 PM   #28
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Alright, hopefully we can dig this thread back up again, as I am almost the proud new owner of 350drft's Miata (still not running, obv).

We've tried the following (with me troubleshooting and sending parts from a distance):
1. New (used) CAS: After swapping the CAS, the car still wouldn't start, but decided to finally throw a check engine light. The code it threw was for a bad throttle position sensor.

2. New (used) TPS: 350drft swapped in a different TPS. condition unchanged.

I'm going to drive down to CT this Saturday to see if I can resolve the issue. I'd like to hear any other thoughts before I head down. My prime suspect is the Bipes, even though 350drft checked those connections, so I'll probably take it out of the system and see. I'm also going to check the TPS readings with a multimeter and see if I can find a short or bad connection anywhere.

Any other ideas?
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:47 PM   #29
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Make sure the fuel pump is running. Jump F/P and GND in the diagnostic box and listen for it when you try starting.
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Old 03-22-2008, 12:59 PM   #30
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Since no one else has pointed it out - you sure you still have a timing belt :-P Open the oil cap and have someone hit the starter - verify the cams are turning (if they arn't you get no spark, or it could have slipped and you get no spark - happened to me). If timing is ok then cas would be a big suspect.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:43 AM   #31
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///tonic and I went down to work on the car yesterday, with mixed success.

We got the car fired once, had it running and revving while on the dollys in the back corner of the garage. We shut the car down and buttoned everything back up, but once we rolled it to the entrance of the garage it would no longer start.

We fiddled a bit more and got the car started again, but once the throttle was opened, the car stalled. It would idle, but that was it. However, the car is back to not starting again.

We are 90% sure the problem lies in the wiring somewhere.

So far, we have confirmed:

CAS OK
TPS OK
Bipes ACU OK (re-wired twice)
Plugs OK- though the old ones looked a bit black, so we threw in a fresh set
Fuel pump running
Fuel OK
T-belt okay
timing questionable, but at least close enough to get the car running

There is some questionable wiring on the car, and we think some of that might be our problem. For example, there some wire with a female spade connector tapped into the 02 sensor wire near the ECU, but the spade is not connected to anything. There is also some odd shielded grounding wrap on the air flow wire. I should have taken pictures, but it slipped my mind.

The miata variously threw codes 2, 10 and 12, but we had cleared all of them by the end of the day. They were more or less intermittent, so I tend to think this problem to be wiring related. The last code we got was 10.


Does anyone else have ideas on what (other than wiring) might cause the problems we are having?

Maybe the ECU itself is damaged in some way?
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:37 AM   #32
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Swap in a known good AFM.
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Thanks olderguy,

Just found this yesterday, which sounds similar and was AFM related:
http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread...=270943&page=1

fussball, go pick up your car so I can borrow that AFM.
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check over all of your grounds too
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:47 AM   #35
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Man, getting so excited to get this car home to Boston and *running*. I'm planning to tow it up this coming Saturday.

As soon as I get it up here, the plan is to recheck all grounds, then swap in fussball's AFM and see if it starts up.

However, uh-oh: I've got a new ECU + megasquirt + AIT + wideband all on the way. I'm really tempted just to pull the current ECU, Bipes, and AFM, install the MS, and see what happens.
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I vote we swap in my AFM first...

non-running car with mostly stock engine management = challenge

non-running car with far from stock engine management that you have never used before = bigger challenge
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Update:
I towed the car home Sunday.
Yesterday, I charged the battery for about 20 minutes, tweaked the AFM wiring harness (which looks to be in pretty rough shape), and then she started right up and has been running perfect since! I even got her registered and drove to work today, top down and laughing all the way.

The GReddy is running ~ 8PSI right now and feels pretty good, but the car definitely needs a tune: It's not as fast as I expected for ~160 HP, and low-speed drivability is less than spectacular (of course, baseline here is my M3, which is unfair). Time to get that Megasquirt installed!

Also, I'm getting all kinds of compressor surge. Is that normal?
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Maybe your BOV isn't adjusted right, or is leaking?
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