Mazda B2000 Tail Pipe
How to Diagnose Mazda B2000 Tail Pipe Problems
The tail pipe of Mazda B2000 is strategically located at the underside of the vehicle to dispose of harmful exhaust gases away from the engine and the cabin, but it comes at the expense of the pipe being more vulnerable to wear and damage compared to other parts of the B2000's exhaust system. Dirt, rocks and other road debris can hit and damage the tail pipe when driving at high speeds, while constant exposure to the elements makes it especially prone to corrosion. Over time this will cause the tail pipe to break down, which, in turn, leads to a variety of exhaust problems. The following are some of the most common signs of Mazda B2000 tail pipe wear and how to troubleshoot them.
Rust in the tailpipes is common given its location underneath the chassis. While minor rusting on the tail pipe surface is relatively harmless and won't affect its performance, severe corrosion can compromise the integrity of the pipe. Inspect the entire length of the tail pipe and check for visible signs where rust has eaten away at the pipe body. In addition, poke at the parts of the pipe you suspect to be rusted inside with a pair of pliers or a screwdriver end. If you are able to poke into the pipe or feel it give against the tool, the pipe is seriously corroded and needs to be replaced.
Cracks and fissures
Damage caused by flying road debris as well as improper installation can cause the pipe to crack and leak exhaust into the cabin. Areas of the pipe that connects to other exhaust components - such as the exhaust manifold for example - are particularly prone to cracking, so make sure to inspect these regularly.
Abnormal noises coming out from the tail pipe may indicate a problem with the pipe or the muffler. If the sound is a low booming or hissing noise which gradually gets louder, the problem could be with a leaking muffler. On the other hand, if the sound is a recurring hiss or an unusual popping noise, it could be an indication of a damaged tail pipe. Also, if you hear a rattling noise while driving your car, check if any part of the pipe is dragging on the road. The mounting flange of the Mazda B2000 has been known to rust and break apart, particularly after years of use, causing the pipe to fall and drag against the ground.