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New member - Northern Ireland 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0
Hey,

I've just bought an Mr2 as a wee project car, spent ages trying to find a nice straight one with no rust, this is what I came up with: Its a 1995 Mr2 2.0 n/a, and I love it!
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#64762
Re: New member - Northern Ireland 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 25
Welcome along, looks pretty straight and clean from those pics!

What are your project plans for it?
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#64764
Re: New member - Northern Ireland 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0
Cheers weeJohn, I'm really pleased with it. I'm not sure what to do just yet. I got it about two weeks ago, so far I've stripped back and resprayed the plastic triangular vents behind the windows, changed the fuel filter, the HT leads, spark plugs, distributor cap, ignition coil and cleaned the throttle body (I would have got more done but one of the bolts holding the distributor cap on broke and had to be drilled out :/).

There seems to be something up with the idle, it keeps hunting, so I'm going to take the fuel filter off and swap it back to the original to see if that is the problem, hopefully that fixes it! Then I've the oil filter to do.

As far as future plans, I'm thinking keep the exterior standard, make the air flow better by maybe a CAI and a decat/new exhaust system and change the alloys. I'd also like to tidy bits and pieces up - like replacing the aftermarket head unit with an original one etc.

Have you any ideas?
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Welcome along, lovely colour!
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#64767
Re: New member - Northern Ireland 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 32
Nice looking 2
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#64771
Re: New member - Northern Ireland 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 72
welcome.
after messing with your distributor you may have to set the ignition timing again, that may be the cause of bad idling

edit, also did you set the spark plug gap before you fitted the spark plugs?
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#64773
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lovely mr..welcome along
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Welcome to the site
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#64778
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Cheers lads, always nice to feel welcome! any mods you think would be good (and cheap lol)? Or any advice on what to do next?
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#64780
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Welcome. Nice looking 2. They look well in blue.
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#64781
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There arent really any cheap mods that can be done to n/a to get a decent increase in power.
Common cheap upgrades are exhaust and intake but you dont really get power just better sound.
Best thing to do is save up and buy a turbo model if youre mad for more power, or buy a crashed one with a turbo engine in it like me and some other members on here and do the engine swap, easier to get more power out of 3sgte engines.
But for now get used to how the car handles/behaves on the road, n/a is perfect if you never owned an mr2 before and you will enjoy driving it.
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#64786
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Unfortunately I already knew that... I'd thought about buying and rebuilding a turbo engine(pretty much to see how it works!), then dropping one in - just need to find one at the right price...

In terms of the high idle, I had set the spark plug gaps. I'm now thinking it might be the timing and I need to adjust the bolts around the distributor cap? Has anyone done this before? I found a walk through online, but don't want to mess it up! lol

The problem is only when Idling, its driving far better than before.

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welcome along, best of luck with the car and hope you sort the idling soon and on the cheap
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#64797
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you will need to get a timing light and in the diagnostics port in the engine bay stick a paper clip into pins te1 and e1 i think, ill double check what pins tomorrow, ill know by looking at the plug
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KyleMcC wrote:
Unfortunately I already knew that... I'd thought about buying and rebuilding a turbo engine(pretty much to see how it works!), then dropping one in - just need to find one at the right price...

In terms of the high idle, I had set the spark plug gaps. I'm now thinking it might be the timing and I need to adjust the bolts around the distributor cap? Has anyone done this before? I found a walk through online, but don't want to mess it up! lol

The problem is only when Idling, its driving far better than before.

Cheers


If you didnt remove the whole distributor, ust the cap, then the timing probably hasnt changed, but its worth checking anyway. As said above, link out TE1 and E1 in the diagnostic plug, this will put the car into diagnostic mode, revs should drop and stabilise at 700 rpm and then you can check the timing using a timing light.

It could be the idle is high because of a vacuum leak after the throttle body, check you have not disturbed any hoses and air is not getting sucked in apart from through the filter.
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#64835
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I had to remove the distributor to drill out one of the bolts which had sheared.

Had another mr2 adventure today, went out to the car after work, tried to start, nothing happened, so thought there must be a bad earth somewhere, standing by the side of the Road in moira main street checking fuses - couldn't find the culprit, I disconnected the battery, removed the ecu fuse (which was fine) checked the ignition fuse (also fine), jumped in and she started first time!

Not only that, but she now idles about 900rpm! So I'm hoping that resetting the ecu will have solved the problem, however i'd still like to do the timing at some point.

On another side note my heatshield looks a bit rusty in a few places, I removed 4 of the 6 nuts, but couldn't really get at the others, has anyone removed their heatshield?
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#64840
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So... Maybe not quite fixed yet. Drove the car out of the garage this morning - working fine, idle speed normal. turned the car off, went inside to say good bye to the wife, went back out to the car, went to start it heard a click! and nothing happened. same thing as yesterday.

I removed the cable from the battery, put it back on, tightened it up and it started fine, but back to the high idle speed (2100) I don't really know where to look next, maybe I've disturbed something when working in the engine, but I checked that over last night and everything seemed fine.

Anyone any ideas? feeling a bit lost now!
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#64843
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Lovely colour MR2, best of luck with it.
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#64844
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Resetting the ecu wont always fix it. Sometimes it does for a few hours.
Did you bridge connections e1 and te1? and read the flashes. Ya can find the codes online. Well work the try providing its not an intermittent fault.
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#64848
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Ended up I took the car over to East Coast Customs in Lisburn. The guys there are great, Simon came out with me in the car, noting the problem - thought it wasn't too serious, pushed and pulled at a few hoses, kinked a few lines and booked me in to do the timing on Wednesday.

Then drove her home, no problems at all - idling fine, starting fine, driving really well! I feel kinda stupid because I think I might not have put a hose on fully or pushed a connector far enough in

Whats also great about going to ECC is that you cant leave without wanting more... So Simon is getting back to me with a price for 17" Rota Torques, New coolant hoses, hel brake lines and a HKS mushroom filter and custom intake pipe (my wife is going to kill me!)
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#64857
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Welcome to the club and that's a beautiful color!
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#64858
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The best-worst thing about East Coast Customs is you always see something GOOOOOD
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#64876
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KyleMcC wrote:
Ended up I took the car over to East Coast Customs in Lisburn. The guys there are great, Simon came out with me in the car, noting the problem - thought it wasn't too serious, pushed and pulled at a few hoses, kinked a few lines and booked me in to do the timing on Wednesday.

Then drove her home, no problems at all - idling fine, starting fine, driving really well! I feel kinda stupid because I think I might not have put a hose on fully or pushed a connector far enough in

Whats also great about going to ECC is that you cant leave without wanting more... So Simon is getting back to me with a price for 17" Rota Torques, New coolant hoses, hel brake lines and a HKS mushroom filter and custom intake pipe (my wife is going to kill me!)


Lol, you are getting off quite light for ECC there, John must not have been about.

Sounds like you could have a battery terminal that is not making a good contact, a quick clean of the inside of the terminals and the posts with a piece of emery paper, a smear of vaseline and get them on right down the posts might help that.
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#64879
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Looks like another MR2 love / hate relationship starting to bloom

Welcome on board, lovely colour
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