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#2636 of 4133 Tribute engine starts and dies
Nov 27, 2004 (7:01 pm)
Does anybody have this problem with their 2001 Mazda Tribute, 4 cylinder, manual transmission?
I drive the car around town and it runs fine. I stop and go into the store and come out 10 minutes later and start the car. It will start but dies and will not keep running. If I let the car sit for 3-15 minutes it will start right up and does not act up again for a month or so. The dealership cannot find anything wrong because they cannot reproduce the problem and Mazda said keep bringing it in. It does not stall while I am driving and does not do it when the engine is cold in the morning. If you have had this problem please give me any information on how to get it fixed. I loved my car until this started happening in January.
#2637 of 4133 Re: Ford Escape still stalling after recall [ahodges]
Nov 30, 2004 (10:33 am)
Have you had any luck? It's funny because I've had the same problem as your sister. Prior to the recall I took my car in to get checked and they refused to thoroughly check the car because when they turned the car on, they had no problems. They said "the tech will not look for any problem if the car starts without problems". Now since the recall my car stalls more frequently and today my car actually shut off about 4 times while trying to park it. Now my big problem is that I'm about 10k miles over my warranty and I'm afraid the dealer will not bother with my problem. If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should do, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know. I USED to love my car.
#2639 of 4133 Re: '02 Tribute steering problem and tie rod issues
Dec 02, 2004 (12:16 pm)
I have an 02 Escape XLT and have similar problems (among other things...). The dealer told me that this is a problem that there is no fix for as of yet and that engineering is trying to work on a fix. In the mean time they lubed the wheel which should work temporarily.
I am also having a lot of trouble with the front end of my car. Last month they had to replace the engine mounts and now the tie rod is shot. Since I'm 500 miles over warranty, Ford is giving me the cold shoulder and telling me they won't fix it. I spoke to my independent mechanic and he told me this is an engineering problem with these cars. I called the dealer back and spoke to the service manager who didn't disagree but still told me that there's nothing he could do. Has anyone else had this problem???? My car is only 2 and a half years old and has never been off road! Just driven around the suburbs of NY.
#2640 of 4133 Re: '02 Tribute steering problem and tie rod issues [metrowmn]
Dec 05, 2004 (11:22 am)
I own an 01 Escape XLT V6 4wd and this vehicle has been taken off road. I use my Escape to visit the Cascade range of mountians for skiing and fishing. Granted, I use only access roads but it still puts the little Escape through its paces. I find it hard to believe the front end tie rod being an engineering issue. I have almost 50,000 on my Escape and mine are fine. I am sorry for you problems. The only advice I can give you is to try to reach the district manager for Ford in your region. Personally speak with the person. Keep it politically correct and professional. Ask that Ford at least split the cost with you or you pay for parts or labor... Negotiate.. Good luck..
#2641 of 4133 Re: still the same! [crazjim31]
Dec 05, 2004 (12:02 pm)
I had the same problem on two different times with my 01 Escape. Both times it threw a "P3" OBD2 code. The problem is you have a hairline crack on the top of one of your coil packs. This car has 6 coils. The bottom 3 (4-5-6) are very easy to replace. Moisture gets into the coil and shorts it. It dose not happen all the time,even in driving rain. But when it dose happen, it goes away after the engine gets nice and hot. Find someone with a scan tool and it will tell you exactly the number coil that is shorted (i.e-P304). If you have an AutoZone store near you, they will do it for free. They also carry the coil for about $50.All you need is a 8mm socket. If its one of the back coils (1-2-3), you have to remove the upper intake plenum to get to the coils (1-2-3). This is more involved than the bottom. The first time this happened to me , I bought the coil from Ford and paid $95. The second time I got it after market for half the price and found the same decal on it as the one that came from Ford. So save your money and go aftermarket. Hope this helps.
#2642 of 4133 Re: Tribute engine starts and dies [tennis]
Dec 05, 2004 (12:11 pm)
Replace your idle air speed control motor (IAC). They get gummy over time and cause the symptoms you are describing with no trouble codes. It is easy to do it yourself. It is located on the side of your throttle. It is a silver colored cylinder with a plug at the bottom with two small bolts mounting it to your intake. After market might not have it so you need to get it from your Mazda dealer.
#2643 of 4133 2002 Tribute - Problems with starting
Dec 06, 2004 (9:42 am)
I bought my Tribute brand new (Feb 02). On cold days, it will not start. It's not the battery because everything else works fine. It seems to be the starter, although no problems have been found. Sometimes, I just have to wait a half hour or so, and it starts right up. I have taken it to the dealership where they kept it for 2 days and of course it started right up and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Now it is out of warranty and they will not pay for a loaner, cannot guarantee Mazda will stand by my previous warranty, since I had the vehicle in prior to my warranty expiring. I'm really frustrated and would like to hear from others who have had this probelm.
#2644 of 4133 Re: '02 Tribute steering problem and tie rod issues [scape2]
Dec 07, 2004 (10:08 am)
Thanks for your response. It kind of confirms my belief that I got stuck with a lemon. (maybe they dropped it off the carrier???) Anyway, I've run up against a brick wall in dealing with Ford. They are ABSOLUTELY horrible to deal with and won't stand by their product! I am in the process of writing complaints to the BBB and the NYS attorney General's office but I don't expect much to happen. I finally took my car to MY mechanic (who is great). He fixed the tie rods on both sides and also re-aligned the car. In other words, he did it properly. The dealer actually only wanted to replace the tie rod on the right side (even though the tie rod on the left side was the one making the noise, he said the noise was "transferring" to the left side which I believe was a bunch of hooey) and never said anything to me about aligning the car until I mentioned it to them. Ford actually has come out with a new design of their tie rods for this car which leads me to believe as my mechanic has confirmed, that the prior design was poorly engineered and was not meant to last. I am going to put the car up for sale and buy a japanese car... Never had anywhere near the number of problems with one of those cars before. I would NEVER buy another Ford or Ford subsidiary car again!!!
#2645 of 4133 Re: check engine ,gas cap [mays]
Dec 07, 2004 (12:42 pm)
I had the same problem several months ago. Bring it back to the Dealership. It may just be a computer "bug" now that you have replaced the gas cap.