Problem Description and Possible Solution
Water intrusion into a connector (X309) located under the cab, beneath the driver's seat, can cause a rough idle, erratic speedometer operation, ABS Light and Check Engine Light illumination, and automatic transmission shifting problems. If needed, connector repair parts are available from Mazda dealers, and possibly some Ford dealers.
Average mileage: 100,400 (43,000–150,000)
10 people reported this problem
Problem was pickup ABS lights came on, speedometer stopped working, only shift to 1st gear & reverse. Sent my B 2500 to local Mazda found rear ABS sensor defective. Told common problem for this vehicle for years 1999 thru 2001 inexpensive fix.
Sometimes when starting it will backfire A little and the idle is extremely ruff. Turn off engine, wait 1 minute and then seems to be okay. Happens about every 4 months. Also,engine cooling indicator will not move until engine is heated up.