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Ford Escape Mazda Tribute Maintenance and Repair



  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    I had to have my Goodyear Wrangler RF-A 60k mile tread tires replaced at 30k because of flatspotting caused by the overload of torque put on the front tires. The Reps at Goodyear told me they have had ALOT of escape's eating through tires because it has too much torque for the front wheels. You need a heavy duty tire that can handle the load amount. Luckily because of the warranty I had on the Goodyear's I got brand new Tires real cheap (free).

  • toady1toady1 Posts: 2
    My wife loves her 2001 Tribute, BUT...

    It has stalled on her twice now, once about a year ago and once last week. The dealer "swore" he had fixed it last time and no doubt he will "swear" again he has fixed it when we pick it up tomorrow. My wife will not believe him and wants to get rid of the car. This is a shame because she loves it.

    My question is: Is there a true fix for this problem and if so what do we need to do to insure ourselves that the dealer has fixed it properly? Or do we trade in the lemon and pray for the poor sucker who ends up with it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    Wow, a whole year in between incidents makes me wonder if it's the same problem or not. Maybe something different has cropped up since the first fix. What did the dealer do to rectify the problem the first time? As much information as you can give us, please.
  • steff2steff2 Posts: 2
    My wife's Tribute stalled today as well for the third time. I have not taken it in yet to a dealer, but by reading others on this site, it appears that the stalling is an inherent problem.
    Anyone else?
  • toady1toady1 Posts: 2
    Both times they reflashed the pcm. They had an updated TSB and so the calibration they loaded was different this time than it was the first time.

    I do not know why when a "better fix" came along they would not warn us that the old fix wasn't the one we needed.

    The symptoms both times were identical, the engine stalled when going downhill at about 35-45 miles/hour.

    We owned the car for a year befor the first incident occured.

    If any other info would be helpful let me know.

  • Sure are a lot of these things showing up on the used lots. Can't wait til the new Nissan Titan goes on sale, my junky Tribute will be among them.

    Buyer Beware!!

  • nmhartnmhart Posts: 2
    Jut purchased a 03 LX last night. after I bought it I noticed every time you accelerate the AC stopes blowing from the dash increases blowing at windsheild. Has any one else had this problem?
  • cubsjpdcubsjpd Posts: 3
    Can anyone tell me why my in-dash 6-cd changer won't play a cd burned at home on my computer?
  • how r u recording them?
    Make sure you burn it as a music cd, and not a data cd
    all the disks in my 6 disk player are burnt
  • cubsjpdcubsjpd Posts: 3
    what format were the songs on your burnt cd's ?
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    To clarify, do you mean it stops blowing *completely* from the dash vents? ANd what settings exactly do you have the controls on?
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    I would recommend doing a search on Edmund's Tribute/Escape section for "stalling" There are a ton of informative posts on the subject, but most are buried back a few months to a year. Seems like most people have already gone through the teething problems with the Escape. I can only speculate as to exactly what your problems are, because in some cases a PCM reflash cures the problem and in other cases it turned out to be an actual mechanical problem-like a leaking intake gasket or bad MAF sensor. Don't give up and trade it in if that's the only problem you have, though, the Escape/Tribute are some of the best vehicles Ford makes and it sure would be a shame to let this one (tough to solve) problem ruin your experience. Please update us on your fixes. Good luck!
  • alwaysedalwaysed Posts: 55
    If you have random stalling incidents, widely separated timewise, it could be water(condensation) in the tank especially if the car had not been driven for an extended period of time.
  • captdoncaptdon Posts: 1
    I've got a 2001 tribute and every so often while going down a steep bridge, all of a sudden I notice the engine is not running. I have to pull over and put it in park and it starts up and off I go. The dealer says they've never heard of this and if it ain't broke they can't fix it. By the way 2 power steering assemblys, leaked due to flaws in the casting, and 2 computer modules, no problems just check engine light came on. I'm starting to notice a shudder when engine shifts between 40-45mph, also dealer says is normal due to electronic shifting.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    turns out the engine light was because of a bad tank of gas. Dealer purged the tank and line and refueled me with new gas and that fixed the problem.

  • herbvicherbvic Posts: 2
    Don't put too much stock in the blame game the tire guys want to play. My Goodyear Wrangler tires that came stock on my truck wore flat spots at around 25,000 miles and before 30,000 miles the right front had a tread separation. It was while driving at 55 miles an hour and it destroyed a lot of sheet metal and plastic before I could stop. The tire never deflated by the way. Goodyear paid damages and bought me a new tire. No front end allignment was necessary. With 70,000 miles on the truck now, I have not seen the problem reappear, and I'm using off brand tires.

  • herbvicherbvic Posts: 2
    I once had a newly purchased Dodge Mirada start stalling intermittently. Since it was only 3 months old, I took it back to the dealer. He replaced the computer module. The next day it stalled again. I took it back. He installed a carberator kit. The next day it stalled again. Complete electronic ignition system. It stalled again.

    A shade tree mechanic told me to have the dealer replace the fuel filter. It took some convincing, but the chief mechanic finally relented and changed it. I never had another lick of trouble.

    Sometimes it's the simple things that cause the big headaches.

  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    "I never had another lick of trouble."

    On a Dodge Mirada? I assume you mean you never had trouble with that part again. :)
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 135
    This is similar to a problem that many Taurus/Sables had. When you accelerate, there is a temporary loss of vaccuum, and that can cause the doors in the ventilation system to open/close. It sounds like there is a leak in the vaccuum lines of your ventilation system.

    Hopefully, you're under warranty, as this can be labor intensive to find.

  • I had an unusual problem today with my 2001. I was towing my small utility trailer when the wiring shorted out and blew the turn signal and stop light fuses. Given my trailer not a suprise. I got home and parked the car. When it was time to unload the trailer I could not get it out of park. It occured to me the stop light fuse being out might be part of the system that checks for brake application before you can shift into gear (thanks Audi owners). I swapped some fuses and it went right into gear. Lesson learned, carry spares.

  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    Vacuum problem all the way! You have a loose or leaky vac hose someplace in your A/C/intake system.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Maybe the real lesson is that you should install fuses on the hot leads of your trailer harness. $5 of prevention might save a larger headache later.
  • I need some help here. I am a loyal Honda owner. I currently have a 2000 2WD Honda CRV LX. I have not been happy with my 2000 CRV mostly due to it's lack of get up and go (not sure what the technical term would be for that, power?). I read that the 2003 CRV is rated much better than the 2000 I currently own. I was interested in the Tribute & Escape as well, mainly because people have told me that they have more power, and I believe they have also received good ratings. My concern is that although I have been unhappy with my current CRV, it has been good to me. Very reliable, not many issues (only fuel injector, one strut, one window regulator, all covered under 75K ext warr). I have always owned Accords outside of this CRV and have been extremely happy with Honda. I find myself having a very hard time considering something else. Can someone give me a good reason as to why I may want to consider the Escape/Tribute. Is the Escape & Tribute pretty much the same vehicle? Also, how good are the Mazda & Ford service centers, I love Right Honda's service center, that I am also afraid to loose. I do not need this vehicle for 4WD, I would purchase a 2WD, and I drive 50 miles a day round trip to and from work. I love in Arizona as well, need good AC. HELP!
  • tribstertribster Posts: 20
    I had owned 4 Honda cars before I bought my 03' Tribute. I had the same kind of anxiety as you are experiencing. It was hard to switch from a HONDA to a FORD/MAZDA. Trust me I have been there. When I bought my Tribute(May29), I was looking for something I can use to tow a small tent trailer. I test drove the 03 CRV and a couple of other brands. I did not like the styling of the CRV... too much of a minivan... I test drove the Tribute and really liked the power it had. Gas mileage is not too bad(18-23). You will notice that the inside materials are much better than then the 01' model year. Still not as good as the CRV interior. I really like the premium audio package.

    Here is why I decided on the tribute. As much as I like Honda cars, I hate the Honda dealership experience. They will usually give you the worst Trade-in value and they don't lower their cars price much. I walked into a Mazda dealer and got exactly what KBB said I should get for my trade-in. Good luck getting that from a Honda dealer.
    The trade-in value on the Tribute is not as good as the CRV. So if you are going to replace it in a couple of years... keep that in mind. My tribute had an oil leak from the oil pan @ 900 miles... the dealer fixed it after 2 trys. I heard the 04 model will have the shifter on the floor. I should have waited for this change... Anyway if you plane on carrying bikes or towing, you can't beat the Tribute (3500lbs) with tow package. Take a long test drive before you buy it. May be you should rent an Escape/Tribute for a couple of days so you can drive it for an extended period of time and then make up your mind. The 4 year bumper-to-bumper warranty / loner car program and road side assistance also helped in my decision of buying the Tribute.

    Good luck
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    It may depend on which KBB book number the dealer was showing you.

    What is the "Kelley Blue Book" Price?

    Steve, Host
  • Anyone know a safe way to remove wax from the bottem plastic of the escape? Even though I try and be careful, every time I wax my new escape, no matter how careful I am, some wax gets on the bottem trim, and no matter what I have tried, I can't get all of it off

  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,229
    I too am looking for a safe simple way of getting that wax off of the cladding. I hear a toothbrush will do the trick.

    I do know that dish soap + elbow grease does not work.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    One poster around here (Juice) has recommended peanut butter for cleaning plastic parts. Creamy. Usual disclaimers!

    Steve, Host
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    What he didn't mention was that you have to use cottage cheese to get the peanut butter off. And grape jam on the cottage cheese. Mmmmmm...I could go for some deep fried window trim right about now...
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Meguiar's has a product made for the trim of any vehicle with the plastic molding. It's Meguiar's Gold Class Trim Detailer. It comes in a 10 oz. bottle for $2.99 just go to Http://
    Pep Boys should have it if you need it. I've also heard of some product called Back to Black but I haven't used it.

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