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Ford Escape Mazda Tribute Maintenance and Repair



  • Check your master cylinder...same problem with my 01...E- light on. My master cylinder was leaking brake fluid into the brake booster. Had Master cylinder replaced three times in 4 months, first two were rebuilds, third is brand new...opt for new, the first time. E brake light comes on for a few different problems.
  • Have 2004 Tribute ES v-6, 53,000 miles, only dealer maintained, all service completed, truck is perfect. 2 months ago (right after a front brake job/oil change) started to smell a mildew order from the vents when a/c first turned on. 6 days ago a/c stopped working (thats a problem being in Florida). Dealer said condenser is leaking/cracked that is why a/c is not working (ford quality part). Problem, condenser is behind the dash by the firewall, have to remove the entire dash. $1200 bucks to fix. Complained to dealer said will split it (definitely a manufacture defect!). Truck is brand new looking and drives like it is brand new, just out of warranty. Hopefully Mazda Corp. will cover the other half. :mad:
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    I am having an issue with my '05 Tribute, 2.3 liter 4 cyl, 5 speed stick, regarding high engine speed following startup in cold temperatures.
    After 3 'attempts' to address the issue by what now appears to be an incompetent service department at the Hagerstown, Maryland dealer, I am seeking any input I might obtain here on this forum

    Note that this issue only appeared this past Fall, when temps began to drop. I did not have any problems during the first two winters I had the vehicle.

    Here is what is going on...When I start up in the morning, or when heading home for lunch, as I shift from first to second, the rpms will jump to between 2500 and 3000. The same thing occurs in subsequent shifts, for perhaps 30 seconds or a bit longer. As soon as I depress the clutch, the engine races that high. The problem is clearly temperature-related, since it did not occur this past December in Florida. But the first morning back home, it did.

    The dealership actually duplicated the problem, wonder of wonders, yet when they called Mazda USA, they claim they were told this is completely normal, which is of course a bunch of bull. When I asked if every Tribute, Escape, Mazda3, Mazda6, Ranger, Fusion, etc, etc did the same thing, I was told that they had been told by Mazda that it was something the 05 models did. Talk about pulling that out of his backside (note, I am being very euphemistic).

    Any ideas? The dealer said there is no IAC valve on the 2.3, but I have not confirmed that. All I know is, I have never owned a fuel injected vehicle that did anything like this, and it is certainly not normal operation.
  • Last time my dad was at the gas station, the pump auto shut-off kept triggering even though there was barely anything in the tank. I went to fill up this morning, and right after I started pumping, gas came shooting out of the tank all over the place. The only way I could avoid triggering the auto shut-off was to pump so slowly it took me 15 minutes to fill the tank. Even then it came back out two more times (let's just say my jeans don't smell so hot). I tried another pump, as well as inserting the nozzle from different angles, but it kept happening. I seem to recall reading a few complaints about this sort of thing before we got the Tribute, but I don't know what the fix was. So what's going on?
  • My 2001 Tribute DX 4Cyl 5 Sp AWD is very hard to shift up or down.Over the past year or so its gotten worse.Shifter cables seem too slide easily as does the shifter itself.Could a bad clutch slave or master cylinder be the reason? It does not look like they are leaking.Anybody out there have a similar problem or anybody got any advice.I'd sure appreciate it before the tranny shop starts replacing parts!
  • I have an automatic trans and yes the "shuddering" occurs going from 2nd to 3rd gear.
  • dan101dan101 Posts: 6
    I have a 2001 escape and it was shuddering at between 40-50 mph also. I took it to the dealer an it was a pin in the computer cost about $200.00 to fix. The part was roughly $12.00 the rest labor charges took about 30 minutes to fix.....
  • What is the part name?
  • I purchased a new 2 wheel drive 2005 Tribute 9 months ago. It now has about 14,000 km. An intermittent problem began 2 weeks ago. During braking to a stop (city driving, no ice or rough pavement), there is sudden resistance of the brake pedal combined with the sound of some sort of pump from the rear of the car PLUS a distinct acceleration forward; ie it feels as if the car is being pushed forward. Further pressure on the brakes does nothing. In order to stop the car from moving forward, I have to release the brake (which causes the car to surge forward) and immediately hit the brake pedal, which is now working properly and stops the car. The feeling of acceleration and the sound of the "pump" stops as soon as I release the brake and then hit it again. Since this has only happened when I'm braking behind a stopped car, I don't have time to check whether the tachometer is racing; I'm too concerned about rear-ending the vehicle ahead. The dealer has driven the car for a week and has not experienced the problem. He says the ABS system is working properly. I have never been in a situation where ABS has activated. My theories: (i) the ABS system is malfunctioning. Rather than shuddering the car to a stop with its intermittent braking, the ABS is seizing up.
    (ii) the faulty accelerator cable problem that resulted in a 2004 Tribute recall exists in my 2005.
    However, if the engine were revving, I would hear it from the front of the vehicle. The noise I hear that accompanies the acceleration comes from the rear and sounds like some sort of pump, not like the engine at all. I'm not crazy; my adult daughter was in the car with me once when it happened!
  • Have a look at my post 3530. Is this the same problem?
  • I have had this problem for years on my 2002 4WD. I recently read (on this or perhaps another forum) that the problem can be cleared up with a transmission flush. I did this a month ago and the problem has not surfaced since.

    The scheduled transmission fluid change is more often than what I am used to (every 25,000 miles?). However, I waited until about 50,000 to do the work, which is more in line with my previous vehicles.
  • Never thought that flushing a trans would clear up this problem. I'll give it a try.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,022
    Fluid change, flush or power flush?

    I keep hear two sides to the power flush argument, but it's worth considering the pros and cons. Here's my usual example of the con:

    amigo_john, "Isuzu Trooper" #8070, 30 Jun 2003 6:46 am

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  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I wouldn't reccomend flushing the transaxle. Flushing should really only be done on the cooler lines. Just drain and replace fluid in the transaxle.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    According to, the 2002 Ford Escape 4x4 with the 6 cylinder gets a trans. fluid change very 150,000 miles! This is what is called a sealed for life trans.

    I have heard horror stories from people trying to flush the trans at non dealerships as its supposedly not easy to do.

  • I own a 05 Tribute, I have found many gas stations where I have to manually hold the nozzle in at strange angles and fill slower then normal to keep from shut-off triggering. It's not just you, it happens to me all the time
  • Yeah, I definitely read reports of filling problems before we got the car, so I made sure ours was okay right after we got it. I haven't been able to take it in yet because our second car ('96 Ford Escort wagon) decided to pack it in the other day. We're getting by on quarter tanks because it's too cold to stand out there and do more (-30C windchill here all weekend)! A lot of gas station pumps won't even go slowly enough to get gas into the tank. You can hear it backing up and slowly coming back up the spout before it sprays out.
  • I'm seriously considering purchasing a 2005 mazda tribute GT (fully loaded v6) but i'm now feeling a little skeptical after reading some of the posts within this thread....

    Should I continue with the mazda purchase? or go with a 2003 toyota highlander instead. Which I found for the same price.

    2005 mazda tribute GT(v6) 39,000km
    2003 toyota highlander base 78,000km

    I've researched the heck out of these two vehicles and am most concerned with build quality and reliability.

    any insights would be much appreciated.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    What is the asking price of each vehicle? Probably asking more for the 2003 Highlander than the 2005 Tribute. We have owned A Ford Escape and 2004 Highlander V6. Both are reliable. I actually enjoy the Escape more. Smoother, better transmission. Of course the Highlander had a few more luxury features.
  • Get on the Highlander forum via Edmunds and you will see as many post/problems with it as you see for the Tribute. The people who typically post on these forums are those with problems, not those who get on to say they are having no problems. The Edmunds Editors and Consumers ratings are nearly the same for both vehicles. For the same price I would go with the vehicle with 2 years less wear and tear. I have a 2002 4WD with all the bells and whistles and have had only a few problems (most have been the typical minor ones found on this forum) that were taken care of inexpensively. Overall I am very pleased with the vehicle, my wife likes it as well. It still looks and rides almost like new after 60,000 miles.
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