Last post on Mar 24, 2013 at 5:59 AM
You are in the Ford Escape
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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#3661 of 4133 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [mjr6]
Mar 05, 2008 (2:44 pm)
As An owner of a 2002 Ford escape myself, i am not going to say i havent had some problems, But I do, do General Maintenance on this vehicle. You cant just put gas and change oil in it, It is just like any machine, you have to do general and preventive maintenance on Any vehicle, so Here is what you look at. DO NOT put a new Tranny in it. The dealership is trying to take you for a ride. And If you do replace the Transmission, get it in Writing from the Service Manager, that if this doesnt fix the problem, Than they will at their cost find and fix the problem. Assuming you have the 3.0 liter V6 model, replace just the back 3 coil pack plugs, as well as the spark plugs, also replace the upper and lower intake gaskets and your Pcv valve, and that will usually fix your problems. The reason why to only replace the back 3 coil pack plugs is because they are under the intake and they are exposed to 90% more heat, and them are the first to go. While the upper intake is off, just replace the ringed upper intake gaskets, and then remove the lower intake, and replace gasket as well. Do not let anyone charge you 2 seperate times to replace the coil packs and gaskets, they already have the upper intake off to replace the coil packs so you might as well change the gaskets to. The lower intake gaskets will cause a vacuum leak and your engine will lose power and die at idle. Same as with the coil packs, especially if it has been raining alot(moisture in air) Hope this helps.
#3662 of 4133 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [nitrous93]
Mar 05, 2008 (3:33 pm)
Thanks Dave, I will have these things checked out. I thought it was strange that the transmission had to be replaced without any problems with it. I'll post back in a couple of days of what I find out.
#3663 of 4133 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [mjr6]
Mar 06, 2008 (8:42 pm)
i replaced the back three coil packs but didn't change the gaskets on the intake but i did check for leaks on the vacuum lines with none to speak of, and now all is well, the engine light is off and running at a smooth idle with good power. still showing the air bag light in the dash but i got the dealership to read the computer at no charge but they find no code... so one problem solved but yet another mystery... hahahaha. built ford tough?
#3664 of 4133 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [sanipass]
Mar 07, 2008 (3:01 pm)
Good deal. Your Air bag light is caused by a bad sensor plug under the drivers seat, It has to be changed, Not hard. I believe this sensor is around $40.00 , But dont quote me. Hope this helps.
P.S. Come on now you have to admit that FORD has done a tremendous job on their quality since 2004. If you havent noticed. Go and look at their latest models. Besides, If you dont support Dodge, Chevy and Ford, then the whole automotive industry will be in the Toilet, because then you will have to buy a car from the other GUYS! HAHA!
#3665 of 4133 Re: 2002 Escape transmission issues [sanipass]
Mar 07, 2008 (8:55 pm)
Sounds as if you have encountered an incompetent repair shop. If your Escape is a V6 and you did not order the towing package, then you don't have the extra transmission fluid cooler that sits in front of the radiator (near the lower portion of the radiator). If you don't have the extra cooling, the CD4E transmissions will fail. It's a problem ford has known about for years. Ford is pretty stupid, because they could have fixed the problem in all Escapes, by just adding the 10 buck (their cost) fluid cooler.Get a good attorney and try to file a class action suit against Ford. You should win. It's pretty cut and dried. Ford knew about the defect and did nothing to correct it...
#3666 of 4133 Re: 2002 Escape transmission issues [davidp158]
Mar 11, 2008 (8:03 am)
Look for one of the engine mounts to be bad. Mine was on the passenger side. Found it by rocking the vehicle back and forth (in park with the hood up and engine OFF) quite firmly. You should see the engine rock on it's mounts and start hearing your THUNK or POP. You might also hear the transmission PARK pin clicking but ignore it (driver side of engine). Once mine started making the thumping noise I could put my finger on the bolt running thru the motot mount and feel it popping and thumping. Waiting on a new ($268!!) mount from the local Mazda dealership. LOL
Apr 11, 2008 (10:14 am)
Can anyone recommend tires for an '05 XLT Escape? Any online websites too?
#3668 of 4133 Mazda Tribute Gas Pedal Sticks
Apr 19, 2008 (9:34 am)
I purchased a brand new 2005 Mazda Tribute and have had significant trouble with the gas pedal sticking. I've had the entire throttle assembly replaced TWICE, but they say it's not a defect. However, I see hundreds of other Tribute owners with the same problem. I was told, finally, to file a formal complaint with www.nhtsa.gov and they will investigate to see if this problem ultimately needs to be listed as a recall issue. If you have the same problem, please contact them so they can do some investigating before other people are hurt and or killed due to their gas pedal jamming in place.
#3669 of 4133 Re: Accelerator Pedal Sticks [sylviah]
Apr 19, 2008 (9:45 am)
I also had the throttle assembly replaced, but it is worse than ever. I was told to contact the NHTSA and file a complaint so they could do the research and find out if this issue needs to be addressed as a recall item. It is a large problem that most Tribute owners are having to deal with -- but few are getting the support from the manufactorer or the dealerships to repair. Please visit the website and let them know what you've had to deal with -- please. www.nhtsa.gov
Trust me, it could save a life...
#3670 of 4133 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [nitrous93]
Apr 20, 2008 (5:06 pm)
Your airbag light will go off if you unplug the yellow connector under the driver's seat, clean it off, and plug it back in.