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Ford Escape Mazda Tribute Maintenance and Repair



  • socal7socal7 Posts: 1
    I got a dent in my LH front fender --- before I pay for a new one (which would cost with painting about $700) I want to try and fix it myself.

    Problem is I can't even remove the undercarriage in order to get underneath the fender to hammer it out. I unscrewed all the screws but it still won't budge.

    Has anyone here tried this and what am I doing wrong? Is this the type of thing only a professional can fix?

    It's a 2005 White Ford Escape very basic model.
  • gilbrangilbran Posts: 2
    I took my 2003 Tribute to the Mazda dealer in Seattle (rated #1 Customer Satisfaction Dealer For the Last Seven Years). I began experiencing the clutch slippage sometime after 25,000 miles. The Seattle Mazda dealer insinuated that I must have let someone drive my car who was really hard on the clutch. Which is a croc, I maintain my vehicles to the point where one could eat off the engine block if you wanted to, and no one besides myself had ever driven my Mazda. Of course the warranty on the clutch ran out at 12,000 miles. Mazda wanted 1,500.00 to fix the problem. I am HAPPY to say that I am now the PROUD owner of a brand new Honda CRV. Based on my experience with the # 1 Rated Mazda Dealer in Seattle, I will NEVER own another Mazda!
  • gilbrangilbran Posts: 2
    Kimberly, I hope you were able to get the situation with the clutch on your Tribute DX handled satisfactorily. I recently took my 2003 Tribute into Mazda because the clutch began shuddering when I attempted to start out in first gear. I guess I noticed it earlier than 25,000 miles but didn't really start to become concerned until it was happening all the time around 25,000 miles. Mazda told me that as far as they were concerned it was normal wear and tear, and that the problem wasn't really anything to be concerned about, more an annoyance than anything. (Of course they would say this they weren't the ones risking life and limb pulling out into traffic in the vehicle on a daily basis). The guys at the service desk told me that if it were them they would wait until the clutch went totally out and then have it replaced. I personally feel that this is a "known" problem with Tribute, and most likely the Escape counterpart, with the same 4 cly 5 speed manual configuration. I did not get satisfaction from Mazda, so the next day I went out and traded my Mazda for a Honda. It sounds like the problem has been around since model year 2001, still happening in 2003 model year and probably still today. I am very sorry for folks who have to deal with this because I know only too well the grief it has caused me.
  • I have a 2002 Escape. Engine light comes on when gas gets low, but once I fill up and let it sit overnight, it goes out. Have no idea what the problem is. Read all other forums on this topic and the only 2 solutions I've seen is to replace the EGR and make sure the gas caps is sealing (or replace it with a locking one). I've looked at the gas cap and it doesn't look like it has or ever had a seal. The next thing I'll try is to take it to AAMCO transmissions as I've seen a commercial that says they'll run diagnostics on engine lights for free. Just need to find the time to take it in when the light is on.Any one else seen this?
  • wolf43wolf43 Posts: 2
    I got replaced the brake booster and the master cylinder and for some reason stop working you mention High Pitch Whistle from Break Pedal , I dont now any thing about it , can you help , may be the mechanic install some thing wrong thanks
  • Does anybody know if there is an after market gas tank available with at least 4 more gallons capacity? (2005 Escape, AWD, 4 cyl, automatic). I barely get 300 miles per tank, and I drive enough that it means twice a week stops at the gas station.

  • escapenutescapenut Posts: 117
    Don't know if there is an aftermarket tank that wouldn't require substantial modifcation to the underside of the Escape. May be able to be done, maybe not.

    I've got an '01 V-6 FWD XLT, and my mileage generally runs 17-18 City, 20-ish Hwy. Seems to me you should be getting a little better if yourengine is broken-in.
    I've got a friend who has an '01 XLS 4-cyl. and it's getting 25+ mpg Hwy. consistently and about 21-22 City. Sounds like you're only getting ~20 mpg, but I don't know what the break-out is between City/Hwy driving.
  • smoki1smoki1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute V6 . It will not stay idleing . You must keep one foot on the gas and the other on the brake to keep it running .
    Any Suggestions ??
  • Thanks for the feedback about a bigger gas tank. I got 19-20 mpg before break-in, and now get ~21-22 mpg ('05 I-4 AWD XLS Automatic). The mileage I get now seems consistent with my old Ford Ranger ('95 I-4 RWD XLS Manual) at 23-24 mpg. I see 1/4 winding country roads (fun), 1/4 hwy and 1/2 city. When I leave the city, I don't pass any gas stations, so I usually fill up with some reserve, average fill 15 gallons.

    If my driving habits give me 15 gallons out of the tank of gas, 4 more gallons would mean a lot less time spent at the gas station.

    For the record, 10K miles, no vehicle problems, other than the one deer. I almost stopped in time, less than $1K damage, all cosmetic. Also a plug for Middleton Ford (near Madison WI)
  • Since I had a nice Excalibur alarm system I bought for another vehicle in 1999 laying in the shed, I decided to add this to my new 05 Tribute. I went back to the dealer and they gave me the wiring information for the 05. In there it has:

    Hood Pin purple/orange - pin switch or SJB, conn. B, pin 5

    When I go and checked , I was surprised to see that there is no hood light on my 2005 Tribute. I still don't believe this. I looked and don't see a hood pin? Anybody know where the hood pin is located?

    Thanks Jim
  • aubry1aubry1 Posts: 1
    I too have 2002 Ford Escape XLT, only 3 weeks now, and just experienced this problem with the engine light. Was told it may have to do with oxygen in tank after fill up. did go on just after I filled, but it wasn't totally empty, anyway, it is completely annoying, and I guess AutoZone will run free diag on emissions related issues with these hand held pc's.
  • 97lude97lude Posts: 2
    2002 Escape, the battery light will not go out. I changed the battery, had the altinator checked twice - -no problems. The stays on the entire time the engine in on. During the battery switch I thought the computer might reset . . . no luck. Any ideas?
  • m983312m983312 Posts: 3
    I had the same problem with my 01 V6 Escape. I took it to a mechanic and after a week and a half, I got nothing but a bill for a new air filter and $60 in labor. After reading about it on this bb, I got the courage to install a new IAC motor myself. It took me 10 minutes. Once I had the part in hand, it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where it goes and how to hook it up. It's right on the top of the engine. If you look just behind and to the right of the big Fod logo on the black cover when you open the hood, you'll see a silver thing that looks like it should be a solenoid valve assembly. Replacing it consists of two bolts and one pluged (aphenol?) connector. Auto Zone, Discount Auto, and Parks all quoted me about $90 for the part and said it would take several days to get. I ended up getting it for about $70 at the local ford dealership and they had it in stock, so I'd start there. My only problem now is that the car is idling at around 2500... without hitting the gas at all, I can get up above 25mph, so I need to figure out how to deal with that. Also, there's a loud sound of air rushing, so maybe a vacuum leak? As you can tell, I'm no mechanic. Suffice it to say, I'll be finding another mechanic, but at least the car runs now with no help from him.
  • lmartinlmartin Posts: 2
    How much is a reasonable price to have the 2 front wheel bearings replaced? :surprise:
  • Change the Idle Air Control Valve, cost around $70, and do it yourself is esasy. Please see massage #3097, I did it and I'm happy now!!
  • glube23glube23 Posts: 2
    I have the same problem with my new Tribute. Have you found out what it is yet? I was going to go back to my dealer also but I was curious if you've been told what the problem was?

  • mike_amike_a Posts: 1
    I currently have the same problem in my 01 V6 Tribute. The car will not stay idling. I took it to the Mazda dealership; they said it was indeed the "Idle Air Control Valve" (IAC). They said it would cost $250 to replace it and only they could do the repair because the control codes would have to be reset or replaced.

    I am wondering if this is true? and if it is true, can I just disconnect the battery for about 10min. to reset the computer or codes?

    Any responses greatly appreciated as I am having this problem now and must make a decision in the next couple days to get this problem fixed.

  • m983312m983312 Posts: 3
    I'm no mechanic, but the Haynes manual for my 01 V6 Escape gives a little procedure for re-teaching the computer the idle strategy. That Haynes is the same manual as for the Tribute, by the way. I replaced the IAC motor on mine about a week ago and it's running just fine now without any assistance from a shop or any computer diagnostic. After I replaced it, I did just what you said and disconnected the battery. I then did the little procedure from the book, which consists of 1) letting it idle to normal temperature without any accessories (e.g., AC) running, then 2) letting it idle for an additional minute with the AC running. Finally, it tells you to drive for about 10 miles. After that, the PCM has relearned the idle strategy. Looks to my untrained eye that they aren't dealing honestly with you.
  • escapenutescapenut Posts: 117
    FWIW, I replaced my first IAC on my '01 Escape at about 25K miles, and I've cleaned it with throttle body/carb cleaner once since then. The IAC has a tendency to gum-up and hinder proper operation of it's function. However, since I plan on keeping my Escape (currently 77K) miles a while longer, I think I'll preempt any problem and just change the IAC again.
  • its1964its1964 Posts: 1
    Beside the high pitch whistle, have you ever had a problem with the park brake light coming on and staying on as you go down the road.
  • Just bought a 2005 Mercury Mariner (same car) and just discoverd a vibration when braking while driving on the highway (heavy braking at high speeds). Did you guys find out what the problem is? I guess I need to take it in to the dealer. Were they able to fix it?
  • glube23glube23 Posts: 2
    Took mine to the dealer. It turns out it was the rotors. I was told that cars that sit on the lot for a while develop rust on the rotors that causes them to create a pulsing when braking. If you bring it back early enought, its all covered under warranty.
  • Hi. were you ever able to get this solved. Our 2002 Escape is doing the EXACT same thing.
  • wolf43wolf43 Posts: 2
    Any know where are they i can find it /
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 135
    My wife brought our 2002 Tribute in to a Mazda dealer who we did not purchase the car from. The air bag light is on.

    The service writer said that since we did not buy the car from them, there would be a $94 charge for diagnostics, the repair itself would be covered under the airbag/seat belt warranty.

    Has anyone else encountered this charge because you didn't buy the car there?

    The dealer we bought from moved and it's now a real hassle for me to get the car there.
  • i just got kicked in the rear, because of time i had to take vehicle to dealer (orange park, Fl.) cost $350. 66k and extended warranty of course has expired. I will check with other dealers in the area about the replacement cost. :mad: :surprise: :confuse:
  • My 2002 ford focus has been in the shop for two weeks and they cannot find the problem. Did your battery light get fixed and what did they do?
  • 97lude97lude Posts: 2
    No the battery light has not been fixed. I am just delaying going to the dealer and paying the standard $400.00 charge to fix anything. My wife drives with the light on. Makes me feel like a real man when my wife has to drive a car with a potential problem.
    Our Excape also has the idle problem as well.
  • Escapenut,

    My daughter has a 2001 escape that will intermittently start but immediately die. At other times it starts fine, hot or cold. A local Ford dealer wants to flush injectors and put on new IAD, even though the car would not exhibit the problem while they had it. They quoted over $500!! I'm fairly handy and a new IAD costs about $60 so I'm going to replace it. Now the dumb question. Where is it and what does it look like? Her vehicle has about 55,000 miles on it.


  • Well, I just got back from a long trip that ran the gas tank almost dry (the engine light was on the entire trip), but after filling up (in Arizona) the engine light went out and stayed off until I reached California again and filled up. It went on right after filling up and then went off after driving about 30 miles. I think it is the gas in California with their low emisions formula. Is anyone else that is having this problem from a state that requires low emission formula gas?
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