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Uncle Mush
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Posted by: @galo
Posted by: @uncle-mush

Thanks to all of you for posting this information.  It was good for me to read it and hope that I have filed correctly in my brain's memory bank for easy retrieval sometime down the road.  I/m only 6 years old, so perhaps it will be another 3-4 years before I have to make the same repair to my Spyder -- based on all y'alls ages.  🙂

It's not your age, you young punk...it's your Spyder's age(which is at least 16y/o)... 😉 😉 

 

I am honored to be referred to as a young punk 🙂  Alas, it was typographical error on my part when typing and then the additional error of my not re-reading what I had actually typed before I hit "reply" that caused the problem for me.  I have gone back in and corrected the post to identify that "I'm only 68 years old, so perhaps . . ." 

I realize it is the age of the Spyder -- mine is a 2003 and this is the year 2021 so my car is  -- oh, well, I really never cold do math.  It was the idea that it was old codgers, such as myself, making the repair that I was relating to the most.  😀 😀 😀  No matter what, I am grateful to all y'all for making the posts on how to fix the brake light issue and for pointing out the humorous errors in my original post. 

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Posted : March 2, 2021 4:19 pm
haloruler64
(@haloruler64)
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That's actually pretty crazy to think about. When I "got" my first car (aka I was allowed to drive my parents old car that was sitting in storage for 5+ years), it was 2011 and the car was a 1996. It was just 15 years old, and I thought it so old. Now don't get me wrong, I couldn't have been more thankful and I adored the car and that said nothing negative about my situation. In fact, I never dreamed of getting to drive a car that I didn't buy. While my classmates around me were gifted cars for their birthdays, things like brand new Civics and 3 year old 7 series BMWs, I was riding in my Corolla that I had fixed with my own two hands like a baller. 

My beloved MR2 is now 21, old enough to drink. And it seriously doesn't seem that old to me. It's modern enough, it has electric everything and an all aluminum engine and fuel injection and coil on plug ignition, it's not that different from modern cars. Whereas my Corolla, just four years older, had a distributor and an iron block and a vacuum based EGR and all of these things that aged it significantly for the meager 4 year difference. It wasn't a carbie, no, but it felt older mechanically. 

Damn, I'm getting old...

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder, 2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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Posted : March 2, 2021 8:37 pm
Galo
 Galo
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😀 😀 , I thought, 😜 , you were being, 🤡 , funny!!!

 

 

You're still a young punk...and I'm an old punk 😊 😳 😷 🍾 

 

Enjoy, UM!!!

"Think as we think", say many Spyder owners, "or you are abominably wicked, you are a toad". After I'd thought about, I said "I will then, be a toad."
Thank you, Stephen Crane

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Posted : March 2, 2021 8:39 pm
Galo
 Galo
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Posted by: @haloruler64

That's actually pretty crazy to think about. When I "got" my first car (aka I was allowed to drive my parents old car that was sitting in storage for 5+ years), it was 2011 and the car was a 1996. It was just 15 years old, and I thought it so old. Now don't get me wrong, I couldn't have been more thankful and I adored the car and that said nothing negative about my situation. In fact, I never dreamed of getting to drive a car that I didn't buy. While my classmates around me were gifted cars for their birthdays, things like brand new Civics and 3 year old 7 series BMWs, I was riding in my Corolla that I had fixed with my own two hands like a baller. 

My beloved MR2 is now 21, old enough to drink. And it seriously doesn't seem that old to me. It's modern enough, it has electric everything and an all aluminum engine and fuel injection and coil on plug ignition, it's not that different from modern cars. Whereas my Corolla, just four years older, had a distributor and an iron block and a vacuum based EGR and all of these things that aged it significantly for the meager 4 year difference. It wasn't a carbie, no, but it felt older mechanically. 

Damn, I'm getting old...

Younger punk... 😊 

I remember being younger...just yesterday I was younger than I am today...what a memory 😥 😪 😫 

 

"Think as we think", say many Spyder owners, "or you are abominably wicked, you are a toad". After I'd thought about, I said "I will then, be a toad."
Thank you, Stephen Crane

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Posted : March 3, 2021 8:34 pm
FormInFunction
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I'm very late to the party, just wanted to add for anyone that searches this in the future that the easiest way to replace the piece is to have the car on, then depressing the brake pedal is very easy to allow access to where the new piece needs to be inserted. An added plus is this lets you have the A/C blowing right on your face as you squirm under the dash like an NFL lineman in an oldschool McDonald's playhouse.

I bought a generic piece from Autozone, which didn't fit thru the hole so I cut off the stem & double sided taped mine. Another option in a pinch is taping a coin so you can make it home without a dead battery &/or a traffic stop.

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Posted : March 4, 2021 9:20 pm
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marsrock7
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I'm pretty sure I've had a dime and some electrical tape doing this grommet's job for a couple years now. Some double sided 3M would probably be an improvement.... But no sense in messing with it until it's a problem again 🙂

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Posted : March 5, 2021 11:31 am
DesertWanderer
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@marsrock7 I did the dime plus Gorilla tape to get home as well!

2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl)
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : March 5, 2021 1:52 pm
Galo
 Galo
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I originally made a "cushion" out of some hard rubber-like stuff. It stayed in place for a few days, but by then I had the real deal and put it in...I bought 2, so in 20 years, I can do it again...hey, I'll only be 91 then!

"Think as we think", say many Spyder owners, "or you are abominably wicked, you are a toad". After I'd thought about, I said "I will then, be a toad."
Thank you, Stephen Crane

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Posted : March 5, 2021 11:33 pm
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