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#3674 of 4133 Re: Trans... [paul1741]
May 03, 2008 (7:27 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 4133 Problems when air conditioner running
May 23, 2008 (3:39 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 4133 Catalytic convertor issues
May 23, 2008 (7:23 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
#3678 of 4133 wiper problems, stalling
May 25, 2008 (1:07 pm)
I just want to say my wipers went out about a year after having it and took it to the dealership that day, found out that there was a recall in effect for this problem and it was fixed by the next day. This was six years ago and have not had any problems since. We have an 2001 Trib with over 123,000 miles on the clock now and still going strong.
About a week ago we did start have problems with our trib dying when you come to a stop it will start back up no with no problem, I have read on this site that this is contributed to the Idle Air Control. I have not replaced this part yet. I also read here that there is a reprograming that has to be done after replacing the IAC, is this correct and how is this done. Thank you.
#3679 of 4133 Re: Problems when air conditioner running [cobra11]
May 27, 2008 (2:57 pm)
It sounds like your alternator is failing to me....not gone yet, but going...... Have it checked - Auto Zone will do it free, I think.
#3680 of 4133 Re: Problems when air conditioner running [nvbanker]
May 28, 2008 (5:03 am)
Someone else mentioned that possibility.
My son suggested I disconnect the battery for a few minutes and perhaps the computer would reconfigure. I did that, and haven't had any problems the last few days. However I will get the alternator tested.
#3681 of 4133 2003 Mazda Tribute gauge problem
Jun 01, 2008 (1:25 pm)
HI, I no the ford Escape/ Mazda Tribute are almost the same. My problem is that my gauges will go from zero then all the way over and back. This happens any time. This includes the fuel, tach, and speedometer. I have been to the dealer and was told of a possible three costly causes. They were unsure of the correct cause. Have any of you had the same problem with your Escapes? If so did you find out the cause? Please let me know.
#3682 of 4133 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute gauge problem [tribute2004]
Jun 01, 2008 (8:33 pm)
Replace the battery...I just had the exact problem with my '01 Tribute.
#3683 of 4133 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute gauge problem [ohfemail]
Jun 04, 2008 (2:56 pm)
Yes, Ditto - this is a normal indicator that you are starting with low voltage - common on all Ford/Mazda and many other makes who use the same electronic gear for the dash from the same subcontractor (TRW, Visteon, Delphi & the like). Replace the battery, it'll go away.