FAQs—Mazda B2 500
I am currently planning to go on a lake camping trip using my Mazda B2 500 and I might need to tow equipment. What is the cargo capacity of the B2500 and what additional accessories can I put in the car to maximize carriage?
The Mazda B2 500 is always a good choice when it comes to rugged camping trips. It has pretty decent payload and towing capacities and can withstand rough driving conditions. First and foremost, keep in mind that the payload capacity refers to how much weight the passenger and the cargo bed can carry given that the driver is 150 lbs (68 kg). Meanwhile, the towing capacity refers to how much can be safely towed. If you are already carrying a substantial weight in the cargo, then it follows that you should lessen the weight you tow. For Mazda B2 500, the payload capacity is 1,260 lbs and the towing capacity is 2220 lbs. That's fair enough for a sports pick up truck. You could make use of cargo bars and racks to maximize and secure the load you plan to carry. It is also recommended to use a cargo bed mat, particularly the ribbed one, to refrain the load from moving and shaking while you are driving.
My 2000 manual transmission Mazda B2 500 is idling too high and difficult to control. What are the causes of this?
High idle engine speed in a B2 500 is usually caused by a faulty connection with the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). It is recommended that you take your pickup to an expert mechanic and get a connector replacement kit. Another cause for an abnormal idle speed is that there might be a leak in the vacuum hoses or fuel injectors. A hissing sound is an indicator of a vacuum leak. Thus, replace the vacuum hose if necessary. You should also check the PCV Valve and hose. Use pliers and gloves and pinch off the hose that supplies the valve. If engine idle speed suddenly returns back to normal, then it is time to replace the PCV valve. When all these do not provide a solution, then the problem could lie in the idle speed motor control. It is always best to take your vehicle to the technician as soon as possible when dealing with a problem like this.
How frequently do I need to replace the timing belt?
In general, manufacturers recommend changing the timing belt every 60,000 and 90,000 miles. Mazda recommends inspecting the timing belt every 120,000 miles. However, the older the car is, the more frequent should the timing belt maintenance be. There are times that the timing belt can be well-used even past its maintenance schedule, there are times that it breaks and corrodes prematurely. Leaks and overheating can hasten the wear of the timing belt. Make the effort not to expose the belt to too much oil, water or antifreeze. Cracks, spots and excessive slack are signs that the timing belt ought to be replaced already.