Get More Years from Your Trusty Mazda B2600
The Mazda B2600 was a breath of fresh air from the small, rather nondescript-looking pickup trucks made earlier by Mazda. Launched in 1987, the Mazda B2600 was the Japanese automaker's first venture into the American four-wheel drive niche. The B2600 is generally a dependable and practical pickup truck. If you own one, it's not difficult to see why—it can be used over the road or off the road and for daily activities or as a utility vehicle. However, your B2600 does encounter some hiccups that is why maintenance is essential. Here are some tips on how you can make your B2600 last longer:
- Chalk up good engine condition.
The engine is the heart of your B2600 and thus it needs proper care. Check if the clutch fails to fully unfasten when the clutch pedal is pressed. If it doesn't, you need to replace your clutch. But before doing so, inspect the clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder for problems. You may have to replace them both since a defective clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder could cause your clutch pedal to lose pressure. If you encounter hard starting, misfire, lack of power, stalling, illumination of the Check Engine Light, engine oil leak and abnormal noise, you may need to replace the entire distributor assembly.
- Inspect the doors, door seals, and windscreen seal.
There have been cases of water leaks inside B2600s due to damaged doors, door seals, and windscreen seal. Check if the doors of your B2600 close flush to the body. See to it that the door seal makes good and even contact with the door. This is particularly important if your B2600 has been involved in an accident. Test if water enters the doorway by having a person spray water from a garden hose around the door seals while you are seated inside your B2600 and the car carpets have been pulled back. Also, have water sprayed around the circumference of the windscreen. Then, look around the windscreen area to see if water is leaking around the windscreen seal.
- Look out for brake issues.
Check if your B2600 is having an illuminated Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Light, a vibrating brake pedal, and/or inconsistent brake performance. If one or more of these problems occur, your ABS System is malfunctioning and needs ABS System Diagnosis. If your ABS Light is flashing, perhaps the "Room" fuse is missing or blown. In such case, you just need to replace the fuse and check if the ABS Light is still flashing. If the fuse gets busted again, your B2600 needs further diagnosis. Now if the ABS Light is not flashing but continuously on, this indicates that you need to have your B2600 undergo ABS System Diagnosis.
- Check the oil pressure and oil pump.
You need to check oil pressure as this could plug up the oil galleries. If your B2600 has no oil pressure, confirm that the pick-up screen is not plugged for the oil pump. Also, check oil passage to confirm open passage to oil pump. You may need to install an oil pressure gauge in the oil gallery. In addition, ensure that the oil pump is being driven. You also need to inspect the passage between the oil filter, oil pressure sending unit gallery, and oil pump to see if there is restriction.