Question about 1990 Mazda MX-5
I don't know how many miles you have on the car but it sounds very much like a water pump failure.
When the seals fail, there is (on most) a small (1/6") hole in the water pump housing that allows water to drain to prevent possible contamination into the engine.
This may be tough to see but the pump is driven by a belt/pulley located at the front of the engine. It may also be pretty much into the block making it hard to distinguish on some cars.
You should be able to recognize the NON-pump pullies such as AC compressor, idlers, alternator, etc.
The one you can't quite nail down - that's probably the water pump.
On some vehicles it is a very easy job to remove and replace, others can be an absolute b---h.
I would highly recommend you buy an aftermarket service manual from Haynes or Chilton so you will have a handy reference.
It may also save you money by getting some info before taking it in for potentially costly service.
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
May 11, 2014 | Cars & Trucks
Sep 02, 2012 | Cars & Trucks
Sep 01, 2012 | 2000 Lincoln LS
Sep 07, 2011 | 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
Dec 02, 2010 | BMW 530 Cars & Trucks
Jul 13, 2010 | 1996 Plymouth Breeze
Oct 24, 2009 | 1990 Toyota Camry
Apr 29, 2009 | 1999 Ford Contour
Apr 05, 2009 | 2001 Pontiac Aztek
149 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: