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#2433 of 4133 Re: 2001 Mazda Tribute Woes [dnardini #1179]
Apr 08, 2004 (3:23 pm)
I searched for "idle" in all posted messages and found that you had a problem similar to the one I presently have, that is, "I encountered several incidents where I would come to a stop and the engine would lose power, with the idle loping to 250rpms. The vehicle would shudder and almost stall."
I have a 2002 Tribute with the V6 engine and have had an intermittent problem with the idle oscillating around 500-700 rpm when I stop at a light. The whole SUV shakes and the engine feels like it is going to stall, but hasn't so far. I've had it into the dealer for 4 visits. Each visit corrects the problem for awhile, then it reoccurs. The dealer has replaced an EGR sensor (3 times), reprogrammed the computer (2 times) and cleaned the whole intake system with spray to remove any deposits.
I was wondering what was done by the dealer you went to to correct your problem (if it indeed was successfully corrected).
#2434 of 4133 Tribute - poor hot idle performance on V6
Apr 08, 2004 (3:54 pm)
I have a 2002 Tribute with the V6 engine, automatic and approx. 43,000 miles. The Tribute ran very well until about 40,500 miles. Since then, there has been an intermittent problem with the engine idle oscillating around 500-700 rpm when I stop at a light (engine is thoroughly warmed up). The Tribute's body shakes and the engine feels like it is going to stall, but hasn't so far.
I've had it back to the dealer for 4 visits so far. Each visit corrects the problem for awhile, then it reoccurs. The dealer has replaced the EGR sensor (3 times), reprogrammed the computer (2 times), replaced the solenoid valve and cleaned the whole intake system with spray to remove any deposits.
The problem started again today. This time the check engine light is on (it has come on only once before I took it to the dealer for repair), but this time is a little different because now the engine is getting hard to start.
Has anyone had similar problems? Were they corrected by your dealer (and how was it done)?
#2436 of 4133 Tribute Brakes Squeaking
Apr 09, 2004 (8:09 am)
Have searched the discussion board and might have missed something, but .... My wife's 03 EX-V6, 4WD, has approx. 15K miles on it. In the past 1000 miles, the brakes started squeaking, but only at very low speed deceleration. Dealer says everything looks fine. Wife says it's like fingernails on a chalkboard (I agree) and if it can't be fixed, the car is mine and she takes my Lexus. Aside from the expected comments about my being a wimp, anyone have any ideas?
#2437 of 4133 Brakes
Apr 09, 2004 (10:20 am)
If the brakes check out fine, there is an anti-squeal spray you can get at an auto parts store that you spray on the rotors periodically. I have never used it so I can't endorse it.
Apr 09, 2004 (6:17 pm)
It might be a good idea to verify that the trib doesnt actually need brakes. Take it in for an oil change and rotation (usually done around 15k) Any competent tech will check your brakes while the wheels are off anyway. If the squealing is very noticeable when you bring it in, and it's verified by a service writer or manager, they have the ability to machine a new surface on front or rear rotors under warranty. I have done it myself a few times (usually rear drums are the culprit).
#2439 of 4133 Re: djp [rotarykid #2438]
Apr 11, 2004 (7:13 am)
Thanks all for the advice. Had the 15K check done but they said they couldn't duplicate the problem. Told me to try to identify whether it's front or back. I'll do that today and bring it back. Again, appreciate the help.
Apr 14, 2004 (12:10 am)
I agree, good news. However, why is it when GM/Ford or Dodge have recalls I read about them all over the net, in papers ect, hear about them in the worldnews.. But when Toyota or Honda have one, noone knows about them? I don't read about them in the newspaper, nor do I hear much about them on the internet, nor do they make the evening news?
Its obvious Ford found the problem. I have just over 40K on my Escape with never a stall. I'll call the dealership and see what they recommend.
#2442 of 4133 My Ford Escape is dangerous! Please share your advice.
Apr 14, 2004 (7:32 am)
I am looking for advice regarding my 2001 Ford Escape. On Oct 15, 2001 (a few months after purchasing), I was driving down a HUGE hill in Austin, TX, when my Escape suddenly died without warning. I was unable to stop, slow down, or steer! Luckily, I was able to coast to a stop in a parking lot at the bottom of the hill. I had it towed to the dealership and after 2 days, they returned it - they "couldn't find any problems". I had never experienced a loss of power like this in 16 yrs of driving. It really caught me off guard, and I'm not all that strong, so it was very difficult to try to pull the steering wheel to the right or left .... (and very frightening!) I couldn't get answers or reassurance that it was safe (I even called the CEO/President of Maxwell Ford in Austin, where I bought it to express my concern/ fears - no help there!) I finally took the car home and hoped it was just a one-time fluke.
For the past 2.5 years, it has worked fine. Not a single problem..... until last Friday (4/9/04)and then it happened again! I was going about 40mph around a curve in a subdivision and suddenly, it felt like I couldn't steer, stop, or slow down! It happened without any warning at all. Once again, I was very (very) lucky to be on a road where I could coast to a stop and avoid a really bad situation. Since I was a few blocks from home, I started it back up (after I stopped shaking!) and drove 2mph to my driveway and parked it - I have an appt to take it in to a different dealership this Friday.
My problem is this...... I am not that experienced with cars, car talk, car problems, etc.... I've just always followed my maintenance guidelines, driven safe and defensive, and the few times I've had a flat or a small problem, I've selected the dealership with the highest-quality ratings and hoped that they won't take advantage of me when I got the bill. Now, I've had this bigger problem that seems potentially very dangerous for some drivers (who aren't as prepared to deal with sudden loss of control over their car). I am uncomfortable driving this car -- no matter what happens from here! I feel like I'm tempting fate now, and I honestly don't know if I could keep my cool if this suddenly happened on a highway while moving at 70mph in heavy city traffic! Any suggestions on best way to proceed from here? Any advice is appreciated.