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Ok some of you may know about this one but if it's your first 5 or you are not aware read on.....

All MX5's have drain holes around the sills and roof this is common on most soft tops the idea is to take away any water that comes off your roof via the drain channels. Below are a few tips and pictures form my mk2.5 but the basics and locations are very similar on all mk's.

Tools needed WD40 very long stick or pipe cleaner ( I use a stick from the display ones you find in most homes :rofl:)

First where are the drain holes????
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The large red circles show the main drain holes for the roof and sills the smaller are for the door drain holes.

The door holes are on the lip of the door at the bottom simply make sure they are clear and you will be ok.

Below are the front sill drain holes they are just behind the lower sill lip run your finger over them to find and then blast a little WD40 in them :thumbsup:
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Moving on the most important of all your rear drain holes these do get blocked and cause all sorts of problems from damp trim around the roof store to rust in your rear quarter panels :cry:

To start drop your roof then find the upper drain hole (see below) this could be full of water as it collects off the roof and from your rear rain rail this means anything can follow the flow of water and block the drain...
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Now you've found it (may need to pull the carpet back a little) use your stick to carefully clear out the drain channel. You will have a small amount of resistance as you get to the bottom due to a little rubber flap this will open and the stick will then be visible out of the rear lower drain hole. Be very careful when doing this as you don't want to break the stick or push to hard and damage the drain channel!!!
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The stick will come out on in the left circle along with some very smelly water :rofl: then simply repeat the process used on the front lower drain holes and your done.

Feel free to share any other methods you may use or anything relevant to the mk1/2/3/3.5:thumbsup:
 

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Thanks stu, some good info on there, like the pics, makes it very clear.
 

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Thanks stu, some good info on there, like the pics, makes it very clear.
Dose that mean I don't need to do yours anymore :)
 

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There is a drain hole in the petrol cap recessed area which I'm sure everyone but me knows about! I only discovered it when my 5 wouldn't start and it was full of water. Thankfully there was not a full tank of fuel to drain off to resolve the problem.
 

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There is a drain hole in the petrol cap recessed area which I'm sure everyone but me knows about! I only discovered it when my 5 wouldn't start and it was full of water. Thankfully there was not a full tank of fuel to drain off to resolve the problem.
I didn't know about it either :oops:
 
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