FAQs—Mazda Rotary Pickup
When I checked the tires of my Mazda Rotary Pickup, I found some uneven tire wear. What should I do?
When there's uneven tire wear, you should check the vehicle's alignment. You may take your vehicle to a tire service center if you want to assess the tire damage, especially if the tires wear out faster than usual. Have the suspension of the vehicle checked and have this repaired or modified before you change the tires. To prevent tire wear, have the tires rotated. You can extend the life of the tires by making sure that the vehicle is properly aligned and that your vehicle's suspension parts are in good condition.
Why do tires have to be replaced when the tread is down to 1/16 inch?
The tread is designed for deflecting or redirecting water from beneath the tire. This improves traction and prevents hydroplaning on wet roads. So when the treads start to wear out severely, it becomes unsafe to use the tires. In most US states, tires are considered worn out when they're down to 1/16 inch of the tread depth. This is considered the standard.
Why do you need to flush the power steering fluid? Is this really necessary?
If you want the power steering system of the vehicle to work optimally, you have to maintain the good condition of the power steering fluid. The fluid helps prolong the life of power steering components such as the pump and the rack by keeping them properly lubricated. Over time, however, the O-rings and seals, along with other internal components, may break apart due to extreme temperature, friction, and electrochemical degradation. As a result, the fluid may become contaminated. The old fluid should be drained in this case and the system should be refilled with fresh fluid. If you notice any difference in steering, you should have the fluid checked to see if there's a leak or if it's already in poor condition.
The vehicle loses coolant fast, and I think there's a leak. However, there's no puddle of coolant underneath the vehicle. What seems to be the issue here? I'm quite confused.
Usually, when there's a coolant leak you can spot some pool of liquid in your driveway or your garage. The fluid will come with a sweet smell and will appear sticky. If you don't spot any puddle of liquid, you may be dealing with a faulty internal engine gasket or component. Coolant loss, after all, can be external or internal. Internal coolant loss can cause damage to emission components and other parts. In which case, the cooling system should be inspected and checked. Trace where coolant loss is coming from to have the problem fixed right away.
I just found out that I have a leaking radiator. However, I can't replace the leaking part just yet and have this serviced by a shop. What could be a temporary fix?
You have to trace source of the leak after the radiator has cooled down. The source of the leak could then be plugged with a leak repair product. Although this may work, this isn't a permanent or long-term solution. You'll have to replace the leaky part eventually.