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#3550 of 4149 Power Steering Fluid
Mar 04, 2007 (3:46 pm)
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute S with the 3.0 liter Duratec V6. I was checking my oil and fluids this afternoon and it seems I am low on Power Steering fluid. The manual says to only use MERCON ATF fluid. I am having trouble finding this. Can anyone tell me where to find it, or if there is a safe alternative to use without voiding the warranty? The engine has 18,990 miles on it. Any help would be great...thanks!
#3551 of 4149 Re: Power Steering Fluid [tminchew01]
Mar 05, 2007 (6:07 am)
Mercon is one of the common ATfs around. A quick check on the Internet shows Valvoline, Chevron, Exxon, Castrol, Havoline, Shell, Motorcraft and Penzoil all aupply it. It is often advertised in conjunction with the name Dexron III. Go to a Ford or Mazda dealership for the stuff, or any repair shop that does transmission work will have it. Your local parts store should carry it.
#3552 of 4149 Re: Keys stuck in ignition [tb6471]
Mar 05, 2007 (9:49 am)
Change the ignition cylinder. If you ask locksmiths who do alot of automotive, they will tell you the Focus and Escape/Tribute have a poorly designed ign. cylinder.
There is a Strattec aftermartket cylinder that avoids the problems, and should work fine.
#3553 of 4149 Re: running lights blinking? [navia]
Mar 06, 2007 (6:30 pm)
Sorry if this is so old !
But did you ever find the cause to your issue of the running lights blinking ?
#3554 of 4149 Ford Escape bumper for Mazda Tribute
Mar 08, 2007 (6:20 pm)
I just wanted to know if the bumper for a Ford Escape will fit to a 2006 Mazda Tribute. I'm looking for the front and rear bumpers and for the trunk door. I just wanted to know if the parts will fit because I need to replace them and I found some cheap Ford Escape parts.
Thanks for your help.
#3555 of 4149 Re: Keys stuck in ignition [tb6471]
Mar 15, 2007 (8:20 am)
I also had the same problem, I thought it was the key or the lock... in my case it was the steering wheel preventing me from removing my key. I just gave the wheel a slight turn and the key comes free.
#3556 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [genome1]
Mar 20, 2007 (3:00 pm)
Hi! I just started experiencing the exact same problem a month ago on my 2003. It was intermittent but now it is happening at least once every day. Since it is intermittent my dealer won't do anything either! Apparently if the light doesn't come on and tell these yahoos exactly what is wrong with the vehicle they are incapable diagnosing anything. This is also not my first problem that they have refused to fix -- I had a stalling & failure to start problem but learned here at Edmunds what was causing that. Have you been able to find out what is wrong and get it repaired? I am afraid one day the brakes won't hold. This is not my first Mazda but since Ford bought the company and can't put together a safe vehicle, this is definitely the last!
#3557 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [rhiannon1]
Mar 20, 2007 (3:30 pm)
No luck. After 2 weeks with the dealer, during which one of the staff drove it home and back to work a few times, they could not duplicate the problem. A Transport Canada rep. also drove it and the problem didn't occur. I had no choice but to take the vehicle. The problem has recurred sporadically. I believe the ABS is too sensitive and it looks like I'm stuck with the problem. The other side of the coin: the ABS does behave properly on icy/rough roads; however, I hate it. I'd rather skid than plow into the back of another vehicle or slide into an intersection. This is my first and last Mazda!
#3558 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [genome1]
May 06, 2007 (12:16 pm)
I took mine in to the dealer & they said the most likely cause was uneven tire wear so I bought new tires and had a front end alignment done and it has had no effect. The ABS still deploys for no apparent reason on dry pavement and low speeds. Last week I almost rear-ended someone because I couldn't stop. So I spent hundreds and still am no closer to getting this resolved. If anyone has any ideas I really can use some help. The warranty expires in 2 months and my dealer is in no hurry to solve any of the problems I have with this car.
#3559 of 4149 Three new rims for 2007 Escape Limited
May 09, 2007 (3:59 am)
Cleaned up the wheels on my 07 Limited 5400km. Noticed corrosion around the hubs/centre cap area. Dealer ordered three new rims. The driver's front seems okay, but I will keep watching it. Dealer will replace if it goes bad. This must be a bad batch of rims. Just one winter and not driven on a daily basis. Washed weekly.