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#3285 of 4149 Re: 2001 used Ford Escape [jmc1007]
Feb 16, 2006 (9:49 pm)
My girlfriend has a very low mileage 2001 Tribute. She recently took it in for some recall work to her Mazda dealer. When she got it back the airbag light wouldn't go off. So, she took it back. They had unplugged the airbags. She drove the car home. Next morning the thing will not start. Everything works but, when you turn the key there is no click, no turning over of the engine. Towed it back to the dealer. They did something. She drove it home and the next morning same thing. I had her try the buttons on the key fob. That didn't work. Can you tell me what it was that you had to do to the Keyless Entry to fix this problem?
#3286 of 4149 Rattle in the passenger side door post.
Feb 18, 2006 (7:46 pm)
I have a rattle in my 2003 Escape which is very distracting when driving over certain surfaces, usually concrete above 40 MPH. I have taken off the seat belt parts and ruled out the seat belt mechanism. I have even tried stuffing cut up sponges into the post and it made no difference. Any ideas how to stop this annoying rattle?
#3287 of 4149 Re: Rattle in the passenger side door post. [utahescape]
Feb 21, 2006 (5:46 am)
I have an '01 Escape, and unless Ford has changed the seatbelt configuration, I've found that the rattle on mine was coming from the belt being twisted where the metal seatbelt insert was hitting the post and causing the rattle. It ussually happens if someone sits in the passenger seat and the seatbelt gets twisted when they let themselves out.
On yours it could be some piece of metal or something that may have been inadvertantly left in or on the frame during assembly or something that's worked it's way loose. Are you still under warranty, if so take it back to the dealer ?
#3288 of 4149 2003 Ford Escape Transmission problem
Feb 24, 2006 (2:29 pm)
I own a 2003 Ford Escape which I bought new. I had it serviced by the dealership every time it was needed. At 58k I was having some front end noise so I thought I would take it in early and do the 60k service and see if they could find where the noise was coming from and fix it. They call me later that day and told me the I needed brake pads and my front wheel bearing had gone out on me. So I had them do the service and brake pads and wheel bearing and walked out of there $898 less money. Part of the 60k service is to flush and replace the transmission fluid which my bill reflexes they did. At 64k (6000 miles later) my automatic transmission won't shift into 3rd. I took the car into the dealer and they told me something failed inside the tranny and they would have to tear it down to find the problem. Cost: $105 to tell me this. Oh by the way the Overdrive off light was flashing if this means anything to any of you. Anyway I found someone other than the dealer to do the work for about $500 less that the quote I got from the dealer. I'll never go back to another dealer for any kind of service again or buy a Ford again.
#3289 of 4149 Re: 2002Ford Escape XLT transmission failure at 63k [cal0kie]
Feb 24, 2006 (2:39 pm)
Read #3288 which is my story. I too was coming down out of the mountains when the tranny went out. I had turned off Overdrive off switch until I got down out to the hills and turned it back on when I hit flat land. Sure sounds like we had the same kind of problem and the got shafted the same way.
#3290 of 4149 would you buy 04 DX AWD 5 spd?
Feb 26, 2006 (6:24 am)
Looking at buying a really nice 04 DX AWD 5spd. Any thoughts or experiences with this vehicle?
I've read on the web stuff about Tributes that are made in US vs. Japan -- any specifics to that?
#3291 of 4149 Re: Transmission Problems Explained [dangescape]
Feb 27, 2006 (5:31 am)
Really easy. There is a threaded plug on the bottom that a 3/8" socket extension fits. Removing that will drain just under 4 quarts of fluid out of a total of 10 quarts.
So the procedure is to do the drain, refill it, run the engine for 5 minutes while shifting through the gears and repeat once or twice more or until the drained fluid look fresh. I just did mine using 3 gallons of Dexron III/Mercon. This is a very simple procedure and you can do this yourself, no need to spend money and have someone else do it for you unless you want to. Doing this procedure will flush and change about 80% to 85% of the tranny fluid including the torque converter. The new fluid will mix with the fluid in the torque converter. Even though you can't drain the converter completely unless you have the proper equipment, this is next best method. Use a good brand of Dexron III/Mercon also, Motorcraft is good, but I prefer Pennzoil brand.
Remember only use DEXRON III/MERCON no matter what the dipstick or the manual says.
I plan on doing this every 40K miles AND at every other oil change drain the almost 4 qts of tranny fluid and replace with almost 4 qts.
The Escape auto trans is problematic. Any type of preventive maitenance will keep it running better and longer.
#3292 of 4149 Re: Body Flex? [ashn888]
Feb 27, 2006 (6:28 am)
I licked the problem! It's the plastic inside door panels rubbing against the metal door frame. Open all doors-remove any screws from the inside door handle grabs and the side of the front door panels. GENTLY grab the panel top edge where it meets the glass (roll windows down first!)Get a good clear lube that does not attract water and dust such as a tube of lube gel from Radio Shack and apply a line on the sides and back of each panel as best you can. Take your time-pop panels back on and viola! The creaking will disappear!
#3293 of 4149 Re: 2001 Mazda Tribute Woes [dnardini]
Feb 27, 2006 (6:29 pm)
i noticed that you owned a b2600
i have a 87?
you wouldent happpen to know the fireing order on that would you?
#3294 of 4149 Re: Transmission Problems [tonyford] et al
Feb 28, 2006 (9:20 am)
I have also used this excellent "progressive dilution" principle. It works very well for power steering as well as transmissions.