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#3575 of 4149 Re: 03Escape not starting HELP! [03escape]
Jun 27, 2007 (9:31 pm)
Just wondering whether you've been able to fix your problem? We have a 2003 Mazda Tribute 4 cylinder, 5 speed manual transmission and have had issues with the vehicle not starting (especially in hot weather). After driving it for an hour or so, if we stop to get gas or pick up groceries, when we go to start the car, it does nothing. It takes nearly an hour for it to start up again. We've taken into Mazda a half a dozen times and they haven't been able to duplicate the problem. We've had the fuel pump and relay(s) replaced ... had the keys reprogrammed ... but to date ... nothing has resolved the issue. Any one else experiencing this problem?
#3576 of 4149 Re: Intermitten Starting Problems [kdescape]
Jun 27, 2007 (9:42 pm)
Did you ever find the solution to the problem? We have a similar problem with our 2003 Mazda Tribute?
Jun 28, 2007 (1:14 pm)
My mom owns an '02 Escape XLT AWD that has 52,300 miles on it. Since she purchased the vehicle last year at 31k, there has been a persistent shuddering or grinding noise in the transmission whenever it is downshifting from 4th to 3rd on any type of incline. I've driven the Escape many times and what happens is this: If I go up a small or steep hill and the tranny has to downshift (which it does almost constantly), I hear a grinding/shaking noise coming from the tranny at speeds between 35-45 and 55-65 mph. They've had the fluid flushed and changed twice, at 35k and 50k, but the noise persists. What do you think it is- the torque converter or the solenoid?
Just one more question as well: Does the Escape use the same troublesome 4-speed unit that the Windstar minivan used? I know that tranny gave many Windstar (and Taurus) owners a lot of headaches.
#3578 of 4149 In the market for an Escape?
Jul 03, 2007 (4:41 am)
If you are looking for an Escape, insist on the towing package. The tow package includes a greatly upgraded transmission oil cooler. The one flaw of the Escape trans is that it was always prone to overheating in early model years of its use (1994 Mazda 626). Although this problem was supposedly fixed, its worth it to get the best cooling possible with the towing package.
#3579 of 4149 Re: 03Escape not starting HELP! [flaere]
Jul 07, 2007 (5:31 am)
HAVE YOU FIXED THE PROBLEM? I have the same vehicle (2001).
It starts fine, but if it's hot out it will die after driving for awhile. Then to keep it running I have to hold the gas pedal down all the time in order to keep driving, or it will die again. Not easy to do with a clutch. I would like to fix myself rather than have the dealer try, and not be able to duplicate the problem.
Can anyone help me?
#3580 of 4149 Tribute dying on hot days.
Jul 07, 2007 (5:36 am)
2001 4cyl. 5 spd. It starts fine, but if it's hot out it will die after driving for awhile. Then to keep it running I have to hold the gas pedal down all the time in order to keep driving, or it will die again. Not easy to do with a clutch. I would like to fix myself rather than have the dealer try, and not be able to duplicate the problem.
Can anyone help me?
#3581 of 4149 Re: 03Escape not starting HELP! [rossco3]
Jul 08, 2007 (8:15 pm)
No, not yet ... but will let you know if we're successful.
#3583 of 4149 Re: Tribute dying on hot days. [rossco3]
Jul 11, 2007 (10:41 am)
I have a 2002 tribute that is also dying on hot days. Please let me know if you figure it out. The mechanics have no idea.
#3584 of 4149 Problems with my 2005 tribute moonroof system
Jul 13, 2007 (2:07 pm)
I have a serious problem with the moonroof of my it tribute 2005 and it is that I had stopped a lot of time the vehicle and the moon roof I am not well closed, leaving a space for where entrance a lot of garbage that stride and damage the support and the guides of the glass of the moonroof and now ask to the dealer and them alone they sell the whole kit and that the parts that I need don't have P/N. Will it be that somebody can help me saying I eat up I can get those parts? Thank you Raśl Obando (raul_obandohotmail.com)