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#3586 of 4149 Electrical / Battery / Alternator Problem with 2003 Tribute
Jul 16, 2007 (9:58 am)
I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute and live in the Palm Springs area. Each of the last four summers and on an extremely hot day (in excess of 110F), the car has shown an electrical problem - indicator lights start flashing, radio becomes intermittent, etc. When the engine is turned off, it will not restart without a jump. When taken to the dealer, the first time, I was told it was the battery and it was replaced. The second time, I was told that there was nothing wrong, but after fighting with the dealer, the battery was replaced again. Last year, they finally determined that it was the alternator and replaced it while still under warranty. Now again, on year later, I'm having the same issue. Any suggestions as to what could be causing this to occur?
#3587 of 4149 Re: Electrical Problems? --- Plus Starting?
Jul 23, 2007 (6:04 am)
I have had no electrical problems, with my 2001 Tribute, but they replaced the computer chip twice under warranty in 2002. Did they check that, or do they think it is purely electrical?
I've had no issues with my Trib since, until this weekend. It didn't want to start after an hour and a half drive and then sitting for two days. I was parked on an incline, and it was like it wasn't gettting enough gas -- the engine turned over. After getting it started after five attempts, all is fine now. Has anyone else had this problem?
#3588 of 4149 '03 Tribute LX 4WD rear bumpers?
Jul 26, 2007 (9:21 am)
I was wondering if anyone knew of a reputable/low cost source for rear bumpers for the Tribute. JCWhitney only has front bumpers. It's not a necessity, but I may want to replace it soon for aesthetics.
#3589 of 4149 Re: Pedal Vibrations on Brand New Tribute [kam327]
Jul 26, 2007 (10:19 am)
"But I also notice quite of bit of engine vibration coming through the accelerator pedal, mostly under heavy engine load such as right before the upshift while passing on the highway, though I'm not sure if it's typical for this type of vehicle as I have been driving a silky smooth Contour V6 for the last 5 years. I am a little worried that there is a loose or broken engine mount or other drivetrain component that is causing the vibration and that it will be very hard to trace by the dealer." - Kam327, July 05, 2005
I didn't see very much response to this. I own an new '08 Escape (less than 700 miles on it right now)in which I notice vibration coming through the gas pedal. I agree that this is not a good thing - a loose or broken motor mount could fail disasterously. There is also a growling noise that shows up at light throttle (almost coasting) at any speed.
I took it to the dealer with these complaints. The response was that there were no "unusual" vibrations or noises.
The noise is difficult to repeat, but the pedal vibration is obvious, altho' not violent. How much gas pedal vibration is acceptable in a brand new vehicle?
Have any other Escape owners (any model year) noticed undue vibration in the gas pedal?
Note: 08 XLT V6 AWD 4spd Auto no extra packages.
#3590 of 4149 Re: Electrical Problems? --- Plus Starting? [funoka]
Jul 27, 2007 (4:54 am)
For everyone with starting issues (cranking but no turnover) on older autos try replacing the IAC valve (Idle Air Control). Inexpensive and easy to do (top mounted).
#3591 of 4149 Re: Pedal Vibrations on Brand New Tribute [othello]
Jul 27, 2007 (5:00 am)
Is the vibration short-lived or continous?
There is a fairly common problem with transmision shudder that lasts for less than a second upon accelaration/shifting that is solved with changing/flushing the fluid. I am used to older cars that had longer change intervals and thus had the problem for a while before I read this and other forums that suggested this solution. With a new vehicle it may be either low fluid level or something else.
#3592 of 4149 Re: 03Escape not starting HELP! [flaere]
Jul 28, 2007 (9:19 am)
I had the same problem. The dealership mechanic wanted to keep the car for a week to duplicate the problem and then wanted to start replacing parts one at a time until they found the bad one. I checked on a mazda forum (http://www.mazdaforum.com/archive/threads/2003-mazda-tribute-26234-1.html)
which recommended changing the IAC valve right on top. It was $65 on mazdapartsonline.com and easy to replace (two screws right on top of the engine). It's been 3 weeks and hot out, and the car starts up fine every time.
#3593 of 4149 Rear lift gate solenoid not working
Jul 30, 2007 (8:31 am)
Ever since I owned an Escape the solenoid that opens and locks the lift gate has not worked correctly. If you tried to open the lift gate it would not open. By the time I arrived at the dealership it would open. Now it is out of warranty and they say tough luck. It will not open or lock unless I physically move it with my finger. I checked the voltage at the solenoid and it read one volt. If I check the fuse at the center console it reads 12 volts, as well as under the hood. Has anyone experienced this problem?
#3594 of 4149 Re: Pedal Vibrations on Brand New Tribute [othello]
Jul 31, 2007 (4:58 pm)
Othello, thanks for finally responding to my 2 year old post.
I just got an '08 Tribute V6 AWD last week and the engine vibrations coming through the accelerator pedal are similar to those on the '05 Tribute I was writing about back then. So I guess it's normal for this car.
#3595 of 4149 Re: Transmission Problems? [wuky]
Aug 02, 2007 (10:25 am)
i have a '02 escape v6....just coming up on 92000 miles and have been told i need a new transmission.....hard shift into 4th gear and sometimes a rumble strip feeling