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Ford Escape Mazda Tribute Maintenance and Repair



  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    Tech was correct, these vehicles don't come with factory installed cabin air filters, but the housing is there, so you can install one. People use fram engine filter which fits perfectly into the housing. The filter is around $4, installation is very easy.
  • Grabbed this from another forum:

    How To Do It

    1. Turn your Tribute or Escapes key on and then turn on the windshield wipers. Turn the key off when the wipers reach their full 'up' position. This allows you to get to some screws a little easier.

    2. Along the base of the windshield on the passenger side you'll see some plastic caps that cover phillips type screws. Remove the plastic caps using something like an eyeglass screwdriver or pointy object. Be careful you don't let these caps fall into the engine compartment.

    3. Remove the screws under the caps and pop the hood

    4. Along the front of the plastic cover you just removed the rear screws from you'll find half a dozen more screws. Remove them by pressing 'up' from the bottom while turning with a phillips type screwdriver. You can use a flat bladed screwdriver to do the pushing. Once the screws are removed just pull up the keepers and stash everything in a safe spot.

    5. Remove the cover. Under the cover you'll notice another good sized black box. This is the air box. Slide the top cover of the box forward and remove it. Now you're on target. This is where the filter will go.

    6. Insert the filter with the 'large' side facing down. It will be a nice snug perfect fit. With the filter in place slide the cover back on, install all other parts in the reverse of the way you took them apart.

    7. You might want to make a note someplace in your maintenance records to check the filter in a year and see if it needs replacing. In some parts of the country these things collect all kinds of pollen, seeds and other things that float through the air. Off roaders will probably collect a lot of dirt. Many of us will be able to use the same filter for years.
  • I had the same thing happen to me. I was told I needed to have my cabin air filter replaced as it was passed the 12,00 mile mark and it had never been done. I went to Ebay and had 2 filters (with directions) sent to my house for about $15. I followed the directions and opened the cabin air compartment and guess what? I didn't nave a cabin air filter and 01 Tributes never have them. I phoned the dealership and spoke to the head of the repair shop and he admitted that they work off a list that isn't model specific. It's all generic. He admitted that unless you do off roading or live in a dusty part of the country you don't need to have the filter at all. I'll use the 2 filters I have then ....never again. I won't have work done at the dealership again either.
  • I had that noise on my Tribute. I went to start it back in November and it had the same sound with loud clicking. We are having tranny issues on and off. It feels like it is struggling sometimes to gain speed and also seems like it is jumping while in Drive when stopped at a light. Been to Mazda 3 times and they can't duplicate it. We have less than 48K on the vehicle and it is a 2001 LX 4x4 6 cyl.
    I have the extended warranty and now they don't want to pay for my rental car that they provided since they can't find the problem. I am fighting that at this time.
  • I have a 2001 Tribute 4x4 that had a similar problem. It turns out that the rear differential was bad and had to be replaced. Fortunately it was still under warranty so I did not have to pay anything for it.
  • Have a '01 Escape V6 2WD bought new in August '01.
    At present I've logged ~66K miles. Other than the standard recalls and some TSB issues I've not had any of the major symptoms of tranny failure, tie-rods, surging, etc. I don't know, I may be one the few (so far) who haven't posted a lot of problems on this board. Could be my problems may be starting down the road yet.... hard to say. First-off, I'm no mechanic by any stretch, but am interested in how things work, who makes them, etc.. I do know that a modified modified CD4E is in use in the Escape/Tribute. Originally, Mazda made this trans. and there have been numerous, documented complaints about trans. failure from
    60K-90K mileage in mostly Mazda 626's. Ford supposedly enhanced the CD4E for placement in the Escape/Trib., maybe not enough it seems.

    My issue is that my dipstick says Mercon V while the owners manual says Mercon. So, I changed out with Mercon V with a complete flush, being informed that the dipstick has the final word. Maybe not too. One complete flush later to complete Mobil 1 synthetic ATF and seems to be no problems so far. I am flushing my AT system on average every 22K. As there is no problem manifesting itself now, I may be able to get by.
    My advice is simply to flush the A/T every 20-25K. All of the other flushes can be done at 30K.

    So far so good, but we'll see down the road...
  • V6 Escape sometimes cranks and cranks when cold starting. I have been using 85 octane. Only 40k on odometer
  • I'm having very similar problems with my 2001 Mazda Tribute. Last May the transmission had to be replaced at 40,000 miles. Since then, I've had an intermittent problem where the car has difficulty starting, the key locks in the accessory position, and frequently when I put the car in reverse, it just sits there and does nothing! It took 3 trips to the service department before they could recreate the problem. They told me that the column cylinoid(sp) needed replacing and that the ignition problem is separate. That, I'm told is the ignition lock and assembly. Of course, the warranty supposedly doesn't cover that part but I'm finding lots of information that the ignition for the Ford Focus, Ford Escape, and Mazda Tribute are all known to have problems and the same part is used for all 3. Good Luck with your problem.
  • I solved the problem with my Lemon Yellow 02 Escape. I am now a happy 05 Dodge Durango owner.
  • You may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. There's a reason they are practically giving them away. Check this site and elsewhere about the Dodge Durango. They get terrible gas mileage and have steering problems, ball joint problems (recall) and engine failures (sludge) galore.
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    Don't burst his bubble, LOL
  • My 2001 V-6 w/42,000 went into the dealer today with an intermittant check engine light, when the light was on, it would idle more roughly, when off, ran like always. Dealer called this AM, said compression in #4 was around 100, not the 150 or so of the others...the fix he said, is to remove head, look at valves, repair or replace, 5 hrs labor. We'll see, I have ext. warr. luckily.More later
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    Did you ask your dealer what the error code was?
  • I have an 02 Escape and we have just noticed the same thing in ours... We had a preliminary free inspection at the dealership and they said it might be the steering knuckle but we would have to pay $45 at least to get the specialist to look at it. We have about 38k miles so we are just past our warranty.
  • I'm going to help a lady friend purchase a car who wants an Escape. Are the problems that bad on this car, or are these problems few and far between? Any years to avoid??

  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    Don't rely on single forum to decide and consider that lot of trolling going on these forums...
  • Kybear : I don't believe that the Escape in and of it self is jinxed or made any worse than a lot of other vehicles. Just search the message boards and you'll observe that there are worse problems and challenges for other vehicles. I have an '01 V6 model which has been by and large as good a vehicle as I've ever owned (Hondas, Toyotas, Mazdas, Kia, GM, other Ford products
    included). Before you buy new, just make sure it's mostly what she wants or needs in vehicle. For instance, my wife thinks that my Escape is 'too big' while her RAv4 is just right, though both vehicles are roughly the same size inside with minor differences in size on the outside.

    If buying new, do a thorough test-drive or better yet ask if you can keep the car overnight for a better feel. If buying used spend the ~$100+ and have it checked over with a fine-toothed comb by a trusted mechanic. A thorough check should take at least a couple of hours.
  • How do you use the door lock to open the door. I tried and can't figure it out.
  • I have an 05 Escape LTD. Occasionally the ignition key sticks when I turn the key to start. It is as if the wrong key was in the ignition. The car is under warranty but the dealer claims that since it happens so infrequently it will be difficult to find the problem. I think they should replace the entire lock. When it does stick, I try jiggling the steering wheel but it does no good. Eventually it frees itself but it is very annoying.
  • Which Fram air filter fits the Tribute cabin air filter box?
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