NC manifold removal

  1. My model of MX-5 is: __2005 nc
  2. I’m based near: __newark on trent
  3. I’m looking for technical help or recommendations on: __

Hi could anyone help with any tips for the above I’ve got all the fixings out but I’m struggling getting the manifold to clear the studs because of the steering column - I’m having to do the job on my own as I have covid so ant assistance would be appreciated (I’ve not took the lower heat shield off yet - is this required)

If I drop the lower fixing for the steering column off will this help

Thanks

Have you removed the 2 nuts holding the cat to the engine block? It has a bracket you can only see from underneath.

I removed the 2 sensors before trying to lift out the manifold. They can be accessed through the wheel arch.

If so then brute force worked - as that’s what I did.

Removed the shields I could remove
Undid all the manifold nuts
Undid the 2 sensors in the downpipe
Undid the 2 nuts holding the cat the the bracket that connects to the block
Undid the 2 nuts that hold the downpipe to the middle pipe
Then brute force to pull off the studs then lift up.

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Yes got those 2 bolts off on the bottom (what an effort that was)

Just going to a have brew then I’ll take the sensors off

Cheers for the advice

Cup of tea and a double dose of BF - just in time to watch the mighty red and white wizards

It was the lower sensor that was fouling on the steering column

Really appreciate the tips