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Ford Escape Mazda Tribute Maintenance and Repair



  • I have a 2002 tribute that is also dying on hot days. Please let me know if you figure it out. The mechanics have no idea.
  • I have a serious problem with the moonroof of my it tribute 2005 and it is that I had stopped a lot of time the vehicle and the moon roof I am not well closed, leaving a space for where entrance a lot of garbage that stride and damage the support and the guides of the glass of the moonroof and now ask to the dealer and them alone they sell the whole kit and that the parts that I need don't have P/N. Will it be that somebody can help me saying I eat up I can get those parts? Thank you Raúl Obando (
  • scoutguyscoutguy Posts: 3
    Has anyone found a way to solve the tailgate problem of not opening?
  • I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute and live in the Palm Springs area. Each of the last four summers and on an extremely hot day (in excess of 110F), the car has shown an electrical problem - indicator lights start flashing, radio becomes intermittent, etc. When the engine is turned off, it will not restart without a jump. When taken to the dealer, the first time, I was told it was the battery and it was replaced. The second time, I was told that there was nothing wrong, but after fighting with the dealer, the battery was replaced again. Last year, they finally determined that it was the alternator and replaced it while still under warranty. Now again, on year later, I'm having the same issue. Any suggestions as to what could be causing this to occur?
  • funokafunoka Posts: 13
    I have had no electrical problems, with my 2001 Tribute, but they replaced the computer chip twice under warranty in 2002. Did they check that, or do they think it is purely electrical?

    I've had no issues with my Trib since, until this weekend. It didn't want to start after an hour and a half drive and then sitting for two days. I was parked on an incline, and it was like it wasn't gettting enough gas -- the engine turned over. After getting it started after five attempts, all is fine now. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a reputable/low cost source for rear bumpers for the Tribute. JCWhitney only has front bumpers. It's not a necessity, but I may want to replace it soon for aesthetics.

  • othelloothello Posts: 2
    "But I also notice quite of bit of engine vibration coming through the accelerator pedal, mostly under heavy engine load such as right before the upshift while passing on the highway, though I'm not sure if it's typical for this type of vehicle as I have been driving a silky smooth Contour V6 for the last 5 years. I am a little worried that there is a loose or broken engine mount or other drivetrain component that is causing the vibration and that it will be very hard to trace by the dealer." - Kam327, July 05, 2005

    I didn't see very much response to this. I own an new '08 Escape (less than 700 miles on it right now)in which I notice vibration coming through the gas pedal. I agree that this is not a good thing - a loose or broken motor mount could fail disasterously. There is also a growling noise that shows up at light throttle (almost coasting) at any speed.

    I took it to the dealer with these complaints. The response was that there were no "unusual" vibrations or noises.

    The noise is difficult to repeat, but the pedal vibration is obvious, altho' not violent. How much gas pedal vibration is acceptable in a brand new vehicle?

    Have any other Escape owners (any model year) noticed undue vibration in the gas pedal?

    Note: 08 XLT V6 AWD 4spd Auto no extra packages.
  • tveilleuxtveilleux Posts: 15
    For everyone with starting issues (cranking but no turnover) on older autos try replacing the IAC valve (Idle Air Control). Inexpensive and easy to do (top mounted).
  • tveilleuxtveilleux Posts: 15
    Is the vibration short-lived or continous?

    There is a fairly common problem with transmision shudder that lasts for less than a second upon accelaration/shifting that is solved with changing/flushing the fluid. I am used to older cars that had longer change intervals and thus had the problem for a while before I read this and other forums that suggested this solution. With a new vehicle it may be either low fluid level or something else.
  • I had the same problem. The dealership mechanic wanted to keep the car for a week to duplicate the problem and then wanted to start replacing parts one at a time until they found the bad one. I checked on a mazda forum (
    which recommended changing the IAC valve right on top. It was $65 on and easy to replace (two screws right on top of the engine). It's been 3 weeks and hot out, and the car starts up fine every time.
  • scoutguyscoutguy Posts: 3
    Ever since I owned an Escape the solenoid that opens and locks the lift gate has not worked correctly. If you tried to open the lift gate it would not open. By the time I arrived at the dealership it would open. Now it is out of warranty and they say tough luck. It will not open or lock unless I physically move it with my finger. I checked the voltage at the solenoid and it read one volt. If I check the fuse at the center console it reads 12 volts, as well as under the hood. Has anyone experienced this problem?
  • kam327kam327 Posts: 115
    Othello, thanks for finally responding to my 2 year old post.

    I just got an '08 Tribute V6 AWD last week and the engine vibrations coming through the accelerator pedal are similar to those on the '05 Tribute I was writing about back then. So I guess it's normal for this car.
  • i have a '02 escape v6....just coming up on 92000 miles and have been told i need a new transmission.....hard shift into 4th gear and sometimes a rumble strip feeling
  • mikec15mikec15 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know how to open the rear lift gate when the electric lock is inoperable? :mad:
  • othelloothello Posts: 2
    Thanks to everyone who replied so far.

    The vibration in the gas pedal is present at all times. It gets a little worse under various circumstances. I'll check the tranny fluid level today, but I doubt I'll find it low.

    For some reason I find this kind of vibration particularly annoying in a new vehicle.

    For Kam327: Apparently you kept your '05 Tribute for 2 years and then traded it for the '08 Tribute. Did the '05 Tribute ever experience any drivetrain problems? I have to conclude you had a good experience with your vehicle despite the vibrations that you clearly noticed.

    At the moment I don't plan to keep this 08 Escape beyond the warrenty period, which since I only drive about 10,000 mi per year will be either 3 years or 5 years.

    I'd still like to know if any other Mariner/Escape/Tribute owners notice any vibration in the pedal. I've driven a lot of cars over the years, and only a few complete junkers have ever done this.
  • You have to unsnap the plastic cover on the bottom half of the gate, by the window. It will not come all the way off, because there are six screws on the bottom. You can't get to the screws until the gate is open. Reach your arm between the plastic cover and the gate. There is a solnoid there you will need to pull up or push down, I can't remember. Then the gate will open as normal. You can now remove the screws on the bottom to work on it.
  • This worked for me. I had the local guy on the corner do it vs. taking it to the dealer. Thanks!
  • This works for this problem! Any corner mechanic can do it, if you don't want to do it yourself, which I didn't.

    I am going on three weeks with no more starting problems!
  • Any help is appreciated. I have 73,000 miles, new brakes tires , rotors, etc.. front end. When I am driving and go over speed bumps or railroad tracks or turn the steering wheel back and forth real fast at around 15 MPH I get a popping noise in front end. I dont know if its either the Struts,some type of bushing or what. Someone please help as I am stumped on this one. :confuse:
  • I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute and I had 170 000 kilomiters on it and the engine went on it. I have talked to a number of people and they say 2002-2004 Mazda Tributes have engine problems. I called Mazda Canada and the dealership where I get it serviced at and they said there is nothing they can do. I think its really disapointed that the Mazda Trubutes don't last that long. I well never buy another Mazda ever again if they can't even last 5 years. If anyone else has had this problem please let me know!
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