Author Topic: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)  (Read 58596 times)

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #525 on: March 17, 2019, 02:16:24 AM »
After some research I've discovered the brake pads used on the kad rear disc kit are the same pads used on a Suzuki RM 80 bike from the early 90s. 

Online MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #526 on: March 17, 2019, 09:16:23 AM »
Are those even still available?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #527 on: March 17, 2019, 10:14:25 AM »
They are and I bought extras off ebay for cheap too. 

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #528 on: August 04, 2019, 09:12:11 AM »
Hey I broke down again!  Currently dead at a gas station.  Haven't driven the car in 3 weeks, fired right up, stopped for gas, then not so much as a click from the ignition.  Did the same thing a month ago but at the house and thought I left a light on.  Fired up with a jump.  Awaiting the wife to answer her phone to come snag me to drive the rest of the way to the shop to try a new battery.

Online MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #529 on: August 04, 2019, 09:43:54 AM »
Any chance you could give it a bump start?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #530 on: August 04, 2019, 10:31:41 AM »
Jump start worked last time.  Bump start did not.  Just swapped in a new battery and fired right up.

Offline tsumini

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #531 on: August 04, 2019, 02:01:05 PM »
R U Sure it's charging?

Online MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #532 on: August 04, 2019, 03:51:44 PM »
I suggested he check the alternator output too.....it has a new alternator, but it could be a broken wire at the plug - ask me how I know!

OK, I'll tell you.....when I drove Buzz home from Baltimore to KC every so often the alt light would glow, then go out again. When it came to the night portion of my drive it was glowing steadily, but very faint. When I got home I later found the wires inside the plug broken and burned. It's a wonder I made it home!
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #533 on: August 05, 2019, 09:42:16 AM »
Confirmed the alternator is charging.  So the deka miata "race" battery that's pretty much new is just garbage.

Online MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #534 on: August 05, 2019, 10:51:29 AM »
Is there any warranty on that? Less than a year old.....but "race" generally means no....
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #535 on: August 05, 2019, 11:18:33 AM »
Bought it off ebay I think, so I think I'm eating it.

Offline MPlayle

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #536 on: August 05, 2019, 11:36:28 AM »
Are you sure you don't have a slight battery drain somewhere as well?

A weakened battery from a slow drain and high summer temperatures can lead to a battery going bad.


Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #537 on: August 05, 2019, 11:50:54 AM »
Possible but I doubt it.  Car has sat for lengthy periods and cranks strong, followed by stone cold dead.  Even if the alternator was intermittent I'd expect it to crank slow, dim lights, ect, instead of full juice then zero juice 10 minutes into a drive.  Battery wouldn't so much as spark touching the negative to the positive. 

Offline MPlayle

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #538 on: August 05, 2019, 04:05:10 PM »
A dead cell in a battery can do that.  Live one minute, then totally dead.  Even "dead", the battery may show as much as 12V with no load; but as soon as a load hits it shoots down to nothing.


Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #539 on: August 06, 2019, 08:42:27 AM »
Drove it to and from the shop this week a couple days, took it across town to drop Jen off at work, and used it as my airport car this week since Jens car is in the shop and she needs my truck while I'm at work.  Zips all around and knock on wood no other battery related issues.

Online MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #540 on: August 06, 2019, 09:08:22 AM »
Glad to see it's being driven, it's not good on them to leave them sit. I try and drive the green one anytime I need to run an errand.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT