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Hi folks.

I'm Rich and have joined rotary ownership after purchasing a 55 plate 192 RX8. It's a car that I've always wanted but shied away from somewhat given their reputation! That said... after three weeks, I'm loving it! :thumleft:

It had a comp test done before I bought it and read 7.9-8.0 on each rotor and had only done 31,500 miles so super chuffed.

In the hot weather we've had recently, I've noticed a ticking sound coming from the passenger side front wheel which only seems to happen when it's warm/muggy outside. It happens when the car has been sitting in the sun for some time. I'm going to get the wheel off at some point though have had it up on a jack and can't see anything obvious but if anyone has any experience/suggestions, I'd be happy for it.

Happy motoring all!
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The noise might just be a stone caught in the tyre tread blocks, if it's connected to road speed.

If it's just at idle then it could be the a/c compressor drive clutch being switched in/out, which is normal.
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Hi Rich, if the sound is also happening when the car is still, check the spark plugs are tightened and the leads seated properly at both ends.
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Thanks for the replies. It's not a stone as the tread is clear but also, it's not there all the time - only when the outside air temp is on the warmer side.

It's linked to road speed so I'm thinking something linked to the rotation of the wheel assy... :scratch:
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Hi and :welcome: Rich. :D Sorry, no thoughts on your ticking noise from me. :-k

Have a good read through whatever in the FAQ section you didn't already read :study: and then (and just ignore me if you know all this already) here are my best tips for keeping it all running sweetly:

1. To start up turn the key to position 2, wait for most of the lights on the dash to go out (I watch the airbag light by the glove box), press the clutch to the floor (optional, but reduces drag), turn the key to start and do not touch the throttle until it has started. You can drive off straight away, just keep the revs down for a bit (see #4 below).

2. Never [-X turn off the engine before it has reached at least somewhere towards normal operating temperature (should only take a minute or two, but best to go for a short drive if just swapping cars round on the drive etc). Switching off cold risks flooding, which is a real :censored: with a rotary engine. Mazda recommend rev to 4k and hold it for 8-10 seconds switching off while still revving if you have no option but to switch off cold (it is not necessary to do this in any other circumstance).

3. Check the oil level regularly (use the dipstick - the oil gauge tells you nothing other than that you have or don't have pressure) and top up if necessary with semi synthetic 5w30 (most people and specialists are advising to use 10w40 now though) ... small amounts at a time, no more than ½ a litre then check the level again before adding more as you don't want to overfill it.

4. Use all the revs once the engine is nice and warm (don't sit idling to warm up, start up and drive but keep it below about 4k until the needle on the water temperature gauge is pointing straight up, then give it another 10 minutes for the oil to warm up too before really thrashing it :twisted: ) and hit the beep often. Best acceleration is from 4k revs up - to pull away you really need to rev to 2k - you can let the revs drop after lifting the clutch if you are in traffic, cruising steadily at 3½k revs and changing down to go up hills or accelerate gets you the best mpg ... which still won't be great. ;)

5. Join the club for discounts on all sorts of things (you will very quickly get the cost of membership back - and then some), loads more info in the members only sections (including access to all the workshop and technical manuals), local meets (we are gradually starting them again, they were all postponed for obvious reasons - if you can't find one exactly local it is a good excuse for a drive if you come to one a bit further away), a sexy keyring just for joining and more. :thumright:
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Hi GreySilver Beast & Shagrington.

Updated profile - it didn't give me all the options wrt location etc when I signed up... but all done now :D

Thanks for the tips. I made sure to read a lot before committing to the purchase and so had a looong list of questions about it before I drove her away. I'm doing most if not all of what you've suggested. The last thing to do is join the club which is something on my to-do list!

I'm also using a premix as well as lots of specialists recommend that... That said, the premium fuel seems to give a slightly better mpg, even when "driven" :P
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Welcome aboard! Great to hear you are loving your new ride.
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