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#2882 of 4149 Squeaking, barking, noise tires
Mar 20, 2005 (10:25 pm)
This weekend we test-drove three 2005 Tributes (V4 and V-6) and all three seem to have the tires squeak or bark when ever we turned. Is this normal for a mid-size SUV or Mazda vehicles. We also drove the Ford Escape, Santa Fe. Outlander, CRV and none of these made the noise with the tires. Has anyone else ever had this problem? I read of noisy tires on other forums about the Tribute but no one explains what the noise is. Would different tires make a difference? I was not turning fast or turning to sharp or even accelerating through the turn. I drove all the others the same way. We really like the Tribute but not sure if I could put up with noise EVERY time I turn. Anyone else experience this?
#2883 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [laa]
Mar 21, 2005 (10:35 am)
Hmmm.. This sounds rather strange. For a test, I took my Tribute out for lunch today (05 AWD V6), lowered the windows (thankfully it has finally warmed up a little here in Northern VA), and listened. No weird squeaking or barking during routine turns.
The fact that multiple Tributes did this is weird, but perhaps that dealer has their tires inflated improperly. I had to add some air to all of my tires after purchase (I like them be at the higher side of the recommended PSI).
The problem that most people talk about with regards to tire noise and the Escape/Tribute, is that the tires that come standard have some noticeable road noise at highway speeds. I have noticed it with mine (it is not unbearable, mind you) but will definitely replace with better tires when the originals need to be replaced. My co-worker recently put on Michelin's on his Escape and has noticed a definite decrease in road noise and better handling. I would suggest going to a different dealer and test again.
#2884 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [dc_driver]
Mar 21, 2005 (8:15 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I will try another one and have them check the tire pressure. I will also watch to see if I am turning to sharp or acclerating into the turn. Any one have actual mpg on V4 and V6 that they are getting? Thanks again?
#2885 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [laa]
Mar 22, 2005 (1:19 pm)
Now mind you, I have the AWD V6, and it is not broken in all the way yet, but here is what I am averaging:
This is about normal for a V6 Escape/Tribute, but I also should mention that I live in DC and the cold weather, and stop and go traffic definitely affect my numbers. Some V6 owners average higher than mine, and I also have a case of the lead foot sometimes
I figure if you pay for the V6, you may as well enjoy it:)
For comparison, my Tribute gets almost identical mpg to my V6 Nissan Altima.
#2886 of 4149 Re: o1 escape lemon [nattan]
Mar 23, 2005 (7:47 am)
Hey there, I am currently driving a 02 eacape xls 5 speed, and have had the same problem, shuddering at 36000km, and having them say nmothing is wrong with it, I have had the clutch flywheel and pressure plate replaced which fixed it for the time being, but starting to get it back again, have you had problems with transmission bearings?>
#2887 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [laa]
Mar 23, 2005 (1:13 pm)
Test drove two more yesterday, no noise! Made sure airpressure was checked in both before driving. Pretty sure the Tribute is going to be or final choise. Now just have to figure out what a good price is. Anyone know what the holdback % is for Mazada (2% of base MSRP)? What would be a fair price over that, say $200 over invoice to dealer? Thanks for the advice.
#2888 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [laa]
Mar 23, 2005 (8:41 pm)
I'd say go for invoice or below, and go for all available rebates that you qualify for! Check the " Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner: Prices Paid & Buying Experience " discussion to see what others have been paying. I picked up our Tribute in December at a good price with lots of hints from the good folks on these forums! Good luck and let us know how you do.
#2889 of 4149 Re: Engine Ticking Sound [jag617]
Mar 24, 2005 (8:16 am)
Did your valve train noise go away right away? Had my adjustment done yesterday, the service writer said that I may hear the noise slightly when the car is cold but that should stop altogehter after a while. Drove the car around after I picked it up, sounds the same as before I brought it in. I stopped by the dealer, let him listen to it, he said to drive it for a day and if the noise does not go away, he will do the adjustment again. He said that the car has 16 0r 18 cam journals that they adjust. I probably will bring it back like he said to.
#2890 of 4149 Re: Brand New Tribute With Break Noise [latinomiamiguy]
Mar 25, 2005 (7:11 am)
I am having a similar noise from my 2005 Tribute. My vehicle was purchased in September 2004, and the noise started about a month later. It would only happen after the brakes were heated up, and only at slow speeds/coasting.
My dealership has looked at the vehicle 5 times for this issue, and they have replaced all four rotors, relined the brakes, flushed the brakes, replaced the brake pads, adjusted the parking brake, consulted with a Mazda engineer who denied the possibility of these noises even though they could be replicated by the service department, and now it's in the shop again for the 6th and final time today.
I'm filing for a replacement vehicle under the Georgia Lemon Law. Since they're admitting the problem is in the brakes, and they've had the opportunity to fix it more than one time and cannot, I qualify for the program. There are federal laws with similar wording and consumer protection. I'd suggest you visit www.autopedia.com to check how your state's lemon law is worded. This is not something I really want to do since there are costs associated with this process. You have to pay a usage fee based on the number of miles you've driven your vehicle, and it's up to the manufacturer to determine the mileage rate.
I can't be alone with this braking issue. I listened to a couple of phone calls being answered at the service department this morning, and two were for similar issues. Their response is that the Mazda brake pads leave a glaze on the rotors which makes a squeaking noise.
Be careful how you drive in stop and go traffic. My vehicle's brakes heated up so much, that the ABS system kicked in when it thought I was locking up the brakes. My Tribute lurched forward and almost hit the car in front of me. This happened while at a complete stop! The brake noise was so loud that people were looking to see where the noise was coming from. I was finally able to stop long enough to pull the parking brake in the hope of resetting the system. To my amazement, the squeaks and squeals completely stopped.
#2891 of 4149 Re: What problems affect these two vehicles? [bshap]
Mar 25, 2005 (8:42 am)
Then why does my Escape LIMITED 4x4 have more HP and Torque than your Tribute ? According to Car and Driver Magazine they are TWINS except for a few minor image differences and engine tweaks they are the SAME vehicle. Quit dreaming that you have an Enlightened SUV. You have what the rest of us have, a Ford Escape or a Mazda Tribute are just wrapped differently.But if Ford sells out to the "lowest bidders" then why will my Escape LIMITED 4x4 outrun your Tribute and why does my Escape have more HP and Torque ? Why does my Escape have better suspension parts if it sells out to the lowest bidder ?