Last post on Dec 02, 2013 at 4:13 PM
You are in the Ford Escape
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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#3668 of 4149 Mazda Tribute Gas Pedal Sticks
Apr 19, 2008 (8:34 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 4149 Re: Accelerator Pedal Sticks [sylviah]
Apr 19, 2008 (8:45 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 4149 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [nitrous93]
Apr 20, 2008 (4:06 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.
#3671 of 4149 Re: car loses power when put in gear [brandi5]
Apr 20, 2008 (4:41 pm)
Have you had the IAC valve replaced? (Idle Air Control) They get really dirty and have to be replaced periodically. This was the cause of one of my two stalling issues in my 2002 tribute. The other time was an issue with the #4 cylinder - they cleaned it, did a fuel system cleaning and it's purred like a kitten ever since.
Hope this helps.
#3672 of 4149 Re: 02 Escape Idle Problem [spudsmom]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 20, 2008 (8:24 pm)
I hope you folks exercise a lot of caution messing around with your airbag wiring and sensors.
#3673 of 4149 2001 Mazda Tribute Transmission Mystery
Apr 30, 2008 (1:30 pm)
Just started having problems with my suv when I put it in drive. It doesn't seem to want to go into gear, though it works fine in the lower gears. I took it to the mechanic and he told me that visual and diagnostic tests turned up nothing even though he experienced the same problem when driving it. It seems to be at its worst when the car has been idle. He told me that he is sure that it is the transmission. Can anyone tell me where the problem is and how I can fix its too late?
#3674 of 4149 Re: Trans... [paul1741]
May 03, 2008 (6:27 pm)
have 2002 escape xlt w tow pkg. and 2005 tribute no tow pkg(added a hitch at u-haul).both have same exact trans cooler in front.no addtl cooling is added with tow pkg,,just hitch! go to u-haul,49$ plus 66$labor to install addtl transm cooler.thats in addition to the factory trans cooler.i tow a 20' seadoo ,fully loaded trailer & fuel=3500 lbs.ford tech said run the heater if you tow at 45-50 mph for distances of 8-15 miles,will be fine. and with the trans cooler ADDED,won't have problem. use synthetic oil,5w30,NOT 5w20! thats specified only for FORD to make it's CAFE standards.5w30 will give you much better benefit .read "motor oil bible"and it'll explain.
#3676 of 4149 Problems when air conditioner running
May 23, 2008 (2:39 pm)
I was driving with my air on. The compressor or fan or something seemed to start and stop. The air never stopped blowing but you could hear the system blow hard then soft. After that, my brake light came on, my blinker sound strange and my radio had no power.
I pulled over and turned off the air and everything else worked normal again.
Called the mechanic but can't get the car in until Tuesday. He suggested I check out the battery for corrosion on the cables. None, just corrosion on a part of the battery no where near the cables. He mentioned a possible bad ground, I don't know where that is or what it looks like and wouldn't attempt to mess with anything electrical.
Any possible ideas as to what this could be? What kind of expense? (lost my job a month ago so pretty worried and have an interview next week 45 miles out of town so not sure what to do. Live in Texas and if I have to drive to the interview without air, I'm not going to be looking so nice drenched in sweat.)
#3677 of 4149 Catalytic convertor issues
May 23, 2008 (6:23 pm)
I have a 2001 Tribute, V-6 with 92K miles. 6 months ago the EGR valve blew a hole in itself. After replacement car ran good again. During a trip earlier last week EGR blew another hole stranding my wife out of town. A mechanic replaced valve and she headed for home but 10 minutes later car engine lost power and did't want to run. Back to mechanic who advised problem was the catalytic convertors (3) and Mazda had to fix it. Dealer checked and advised all 3 units are plugged and need replaced. Quoted price for repair was over $3K. This is crazy. I'm not sure this car is worth that much but my wife loves the car. I towed the car home myself. Anybody experience similar problem? I'm looking for a cheaper fix than what the dealership has quoted. Thanks, bOOmer