Mazda B-Series 1998-06

Exterior Lights

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Brake, Signal & Marker Lights



Removal & Installation

The B Series Pick-up has a rear cargo light which illuminates the pick-up bed. It is incorporated with the high mount brake light. For REMOVAL & INSTALLATION procedures refer to the high mount brake light procedures earlier in this Section and remove the cargo lamp socket and bulb instead of the brake lamp components.

The Navajo has a cargo light mounted on the roof headliner near the tailgate, while the MPV has a cargo light located on the liftgate door. To replace the bulbs, simply pry off the lens and pull out the bulb. Install the new bulb.



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Fig. Using a small prying tool, release the tabs of the tailgate inner door light lens



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Fig. Pull off the tailgate inner door light lens...



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Fig. ... then pull the glass bulb out from between the bulb holder/connectors

Front Turn Signal & Side Marker Light
1998 B Series Pick-Up Models


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Fig. 1998 B Series Pick-up models front signal and marker lens assembly

  1. Remove the marker/turn signal lens retaining screws or nut.
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Fig. To change a turn signal/marker bulb, first unfasten the lens from the body, the reach behind the lens ...



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Fig. ... and grasp the lamp socket. Twist then pull the socket from the lens

  1. Gently pull outward on the lens assembly to disengage the barbed retainers.
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  3. Twist the lamp socket and remove it from the lens.
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  5. Pull the bulb from the socket.
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Fig. To remove the bulb from the socket, simply pull it straight out

To install:

  1. Install the bulb into the lamp socket.
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  3. Install the lamp socket to the lens and twist it to lock it in position.
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  5. Position the lens assembly, ensure that the barbed retainers are aligned with their mounting clips, and press the assembly until fully seated.
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  7. Install the marker/turn signal lens retaining screws or nut.
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  9. Check the operation of the lights.
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High-Mount Brake Light
B Series Pick-Up And Navajo Models


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Fig. Exploded view of the Ranger high mount brake and cargo light assembly-Explorer/Mountaineer models are similar, but without cargo light



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Fig. Example of the screw retained lamp socket used on some high mount brake light assemblies

  1. Remove the screws retaining the lamp to the liftgate (Navajo models) or the cab (B Series Pick-up models).
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  3. Pull the lamp away from the vehicle and disconnect the wiring connector.
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Some later models retain the lamp socket to the lens with a screw. Remove the screw and pull the lamp socket away from the lens to access the bulbs.

  1. If there is no retaining screw, remove the lamp socket from the lens by twisting it and pulling outward.
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  3. Pull the bulb straight out from the lamp socket to remove it.
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To install:

  1. Install the bulb into the lamp socket.
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  3. Install the lamp socket to the lens and either twist it to lock it in position or install its retaining screw.
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  5. Position the lens assembly to the body.
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  7. Install the lens assembly retaining screws.
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  9. Check the operation of the lights.
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License Plate Lights
Navajo And B Series Pick-Up Models


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Fig. Exploded view of the rear license plate light assembly-step bumper shown, other styles are similar

  1. From underneath the rear of the vehicle, grasp the lamp socket and rotate it 1 / 4 turn.
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  3. Pull the lamp socket from the lens.
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  5. Pull the bulb from the socket
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Fig. To change the license plate bulb, first remove the socket from the lens housing by twisting then pulling



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Fig. Next, remove the bulb from the socket by pulling it straight out

Tail Light & Side Marker Lamps
Navajo And B Series Pick-Up Models


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Fig. Exploded view of the rear light assembly used on the Navajo model



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Fig. To change a rear brake, signal or back-up bulb, on the B Series Pick-up, first remove the two outer screws ...



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Fig. ... then lower the tail gate and remove the two inner retaining screws



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Fig. The Navajo models only use two upper lens retaining screws, the bottom use barbed push pins

  1. Remove the 2 (Navajo models) or 4 (B Series Pick-up models) screws retaining the lamp assembly to the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the lamp assembly from the vehicle by pulling it outward. On the Navajo models, make sure the 2 barbed retainers at the bottom of the assembly release.
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Fig. Pull the lens assembly out from the vehicle body to access the bulb sockets



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Fig. Grasp the bulb socket then twist and pull it out of the lens assembly



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Fig. Remove the bulb from the socket by pulling it straight out

  1. Remove the lamp sockets from the lens housing by twisting it, then pulling outward.
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  3. Remove the bulb from the socket by pulling it straight outward.
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To install:

  1. Install the bulb into the lamp socket.
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  3. Install the lamp socket to the lens and twist it to lock it in position.
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  5. Position the lens assembly to the body. On Navajo models, ensure that the barbed retainers are aligned with their mounting clips, and press the assembly until fully seated.
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  7. Install the lens assembly retaining screws (four screws used on the B Series Pick-up and 2 on the Navajo).
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  9. Check the operation of the lights.
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Fog/Driving Lights



Aiming
  1. Park the vehicle on level ground, so it is perpendicular to and, facing a flat wall about 25 ft. (7.6m) away.
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  3. Remove any stone shields, if equipped, and switch ON the lights.
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  5. Loosen the mounting hardware of the lights so you can aim them as follows:
    1. The horizontal distance between the light beams on the wall should be the same as between the lights themselves.
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    3. The vertical height of the light beams above the ground should be 4 in. (10cm) less than the distance between the ground and the center of the lamp lenses for fog lights. For driving lights, the vertical height should be even with the distance between the ground and the center of the lamp.
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  7. Tighten the mounting hardware.
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  9. Test to make sure the lights work correctly, and the light pattern is even.
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Installing Aftermarket Auxiliary Lights

Before installing any aftermarket light, make sure it is legal for road use. Most acceptable lights will have a DOT approval number. Also check your local and regional inspection regulations. In certain areas, aftermarket lights must be installed in a particular manner or they may not be legal for inspection.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Unpack the contents of the light kit purchased. Place the contents in an open space where you can easily retrieve a piece if needed.
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  5. Choose a location for the lights. If you are installing fog lights, below the bumper and apart from each other is desirable. Most fog lights are mounted below or very close to the headlights. If you are installing driving lights, above the bumper and close together is desirable. Most driving lights are mounted between the headlights.
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  7. Drill the needed hole(s) to mount the light. Install the light, and secure using the supplied retainer nut and washer. Tighten the light mounting hardware, but not the light adjustment nut or bolt.
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  9. Install the relay that came with the light kit in the engine compartment, in a rigid area, such as a fender. Always install the relay with the terminals facing down. This will prevent water from entering the relay assembly.
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  11. Using the wire supplied, locate the ground terminal on the relay, and connect a length of wire from this terminal to a good ground source. You can drill a hole and screw this wire to an inside piece of metal; just scrape the paint away from the hole to ensure a good connection.
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  13. Locate the light terminal on the relay; and attach a length of wire between this terminal and the fog/driving lamps.
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  15. Locate the ignition terminal on the relay, and connect a length of wire between this terminal and the light switch.
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  17. Find a suitable mounting location for the light switch and install. Some examples of mounting areas are a location close to the main light switch, auxiliary light position in the dash panel, if equipped, or in the center of the dash panel.
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  19. Depending on local and regional regulations, the other end of the switch can be connected to a constant power source such as the battery, an ignition opening in the fuse panel, or a parking or headlight wire.
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  21. Locate the power terminal on the relay, and connect a wire with an in-line fuse of at least 10 amperes between the terminal and the battery.
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  23. With all the wires connected and tied up neatly, connect the negative battery cable.
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  25. Turn the lights ON and adjust the light pattern, if necessary.
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Removal & Installation
  1. Lift up on the locking tab which retains the lens to the lamp housing. Take care not to drop the lens.
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  3. Remove the lens from the lamp housing and turn it to gain access to the rear of the lens.
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  5. Disconnect the electrical harness plug from the pigtail connector.
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  7. Remove the rubber boot from the back of the lens assembly.
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  9. Release the bulb socket retainer from its locking tab.
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  11. Remove the bulb and socket from the lens and pull the bulb from the socket.
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WARNING
Never touch the bulb with your bare hands. The naturals oils from your skin will remain on the bulb, causing a localized hot-spot and premature failure. Wipe the bulb with rubbing alcohol before install it into the lens assembly.

To install:

  1. Install the bulb into the lamp socket. Follow the warning above.
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  3. Position the lamp socket into the lens and install the retaining clip.
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  5. Reposition the rubber boot.
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  7. Connect the electrical harness plug and position the lens assembly into the lamp housing.
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  9. Engage the lens retaining tab. Ensure that the lens is securely held in the lamp housing.
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  11. Check the light for proper operation.
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Headlights



Aiming

The headlights must be properly aimed to provide the best, safest road illumination. The lights should be checked for proper aim and adjusted as necessary. Certain state and local authorities have requirements for headlight aiming; these should be checked before adjustment is made.


CAUTION
About once a year, when the headlights are replaced or any time front end work is performed on your vehicle, the headlight should be accurately aimed by a reputable repair shop using the proper equipment. Headlights not properly aimed can make it virtually impossible to see and may blind other drivers on the road, possibly causing an accident. Note that the following procedure is a temporary fix, until you can take your vehicle to a repair shop for a proper adjustment.

Headlight adjustment may be temporarily made using a wall, as described below, or on the rear of another vehicle. When adjusted, the lights should not glare in oncoming car or truck windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you. These adjustments are rough and should always be fine-tuned by a repair shop which is equipped with headlight aiming tools. Improper adjustments may be both dangerous and illegal.

Horizontal and vertical aiming of each headlamp assembly is provided by two adjusting screws which move the housing against the tension of a coil spring. There is no adjustment for focus; this is done during headlight manufacturing.

Because the composite headlight assembly is bolted into position, no adjustment should be necessary or possible. Some applications, however, may be bolted to an adjuster plate or may be retained by adjusting screws. If so, follow this procedure when adjusting the lights, BUT always have the adjustment checked by a reputable shop.

Before removing the headlight bulb or disturbing the headlamp in any way, note the current settings in order to ease headlight adjustment upon reassembly. If the high or low beam setting of the old lamp still works, this can be done using the wall of a garage or a building:

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface, with the fuel tank about 1 / 2 full and with the vehicle empty of all extra cargo (unless normally carried). The vehicle should be facing a wall which is no less than 6 feet (1.8m) high and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. The front of the vehicle should be about 25 feet from the wall.
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Fig. Location of the aiming screws on most vehicles with sealed beam headlights



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Fig. Dual headlight adjustment screw locations-one side shown here (other side should be mirror image)



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Fig. Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps

  1. If aiming is to be performed outdoors, it is advisable to wait until dusk in order to properly see the headlight beams on the wall. If done in a garage, darken the area around the wall as much as possible by closing shades or hanging cloth over the windows.
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  3. Turn the headlights ON and mark the wall at the center of each light's low beam, then switch on the brights and mark the center of each light's high beam. A short length of masking tape which is visible from the front of the vehicle may be used. Although marking all four positions is advisable, marking one position from each light should be sufficient.
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Fig. Low-beam headlight pattern alignment



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Fig. High-beam headlight pattern alignment

  1. If neither beam on one side is working, and if another like-sized vehicle is available, park the second one in the exact spot where the vehicle was and mark the beams using the same-side light. Then switch the vehicles so the one to be aimed is back in the original spot. It must be parked no closer to or farther away from the wall than the second vehicle.
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  3. Perform any necessary repairs, but make sure the vehicle is not moved, or is returned to the exact spot from which the lights were marked. Turn the headlights ON and adjust the beams to match the marks on the wall.
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  5. Have the headlight adjustment checked as soon as possible by a reputable repair shop.
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Removal & Installation
B Series Pick-Up, Navajo And 1994-95 MPV Models
  1. Make sure that the headlight switch is turned OFF .
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Open the vehicle's hood and secure it in an upright position.
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  7. If equipped with a bulb access panel, open by depressing the latch then lifting.
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Fig. If equipped, open the headlight access panel by sliding the latch and lifting the panel upwards



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Fig. Push down the upper retaining tab on the headlight bulb connector plug and pull straight off of the bulb

  1. Unfasten the locking ring which secures the bulb and wire harness plug assembly, then withdraw the assembly rearward.
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  3. Disconnect the electrical wire harness plug from the bulb and remove the locking ring as well.
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Fig. Turn the headlight bulb retaining ring counterclockwise and pull off of the back of the bulb



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Fig. Pull the headlight bulb straight out of the headlight housing. Under any circumstance, never touch the glass of the light bulb with your fingers

To install:

  1. Before connecting a light bulb to the wire harness plug, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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  3. Install the locking ring onto the bulb, then line up the replacement headlight bulb with the harness plug. Firmly push the bulb onto the plug until the spring clip latches over the bulb's projection.
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WARNING
Do not touch the glass bulb with your fingers. Oil from your fingers can severely shorten the life of the bulb. If necessary, wipe off any dirt or oil from the bulb with rubbing alcohol before completing installation.

  1. Position the headlight bulb and secure it with the locking ring.
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  3. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  5. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. (If this is a combination low and high beam bulb, be sure to check both intensities.) If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct if necessary.
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  7. Close the bulb access panel and the vehicle's hood.
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