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#3769 of 4149 Re: 2006 MAZDA TRIBUTE MPG question, ONLY 14/16 city/highway [gangkou]
Jul 04, 2009 (12:46 pm)
I have a 03 with a 2.8 V6 and with a moderate load on vacation my last recorded MPG going into Ks was 30.5 (with a tail wind) coming back to Az going from denver to grand junction (thru the rocky mountains) I avg. 28 MPG. In town and around with A/C I always get 20-21 MPG. It was a salvaged vehicle that I rebuilt. I have to run 25 psi in the front and 24 psi in the rear tires around town cause of the rough streets. On the highway they are 34 front and 32 rear and I drive 65 mph.
You have a I-4 and you are under powered. Some suggestions I would offer you are: Air up your tires as high as you can stand them. Don't drive over 65, don't use the cruise control on any hills, coast up them and slowly regain speed going down a hill. Put a vacuum operated A/C clutch cutout so when you accelerate your extra 6-9 hp used on the A/C compressor is available or turn the A/C off when accelerating. Take the worthless luggage rack off of the roof. Don't stop light to stop light race. Switch to full synthetic everywhere, diff x 2, trans, motor. Switch to Bosch plus four platinum plugs and change ur air filter every 5K miles and do not use K&N unless you oil and rub the inlet side in powdery dirt prior to reinstallation, other wise they don't work.
#3770 of 4149 Re: 2005 Ford Escape ABS light [racenut]
by vg33e power
Jul 06, 2009 (9:30 am)
WOW! are you in California? I have been to three different ones in So Cal and all three told me the same thing..."we don't lend them out anymore, but you can buy one starting at $59.99"
#3771 of 4149 No cruise and ABS, airbag, and Brake light on
Jul 08, 2009 (1:53 am)
I have a 2002 Ford Escape XLT V6 automatic transmission and my brake light, ABS light, and airbag light are always on (airbag light blinks a few times then stays on) and I discovered a couple of days ago my cruise control isn't working either. I have already replaced the fuse at location 5 for the ABS unit, ASC unit, and "restraints control module" but the lights are still on and the cruise still doesn't work. I also tested the battery and alternator to make sure they weren't going bad, they are fine. This is probably a simple repair but I don't know where to start. Any ideas?
#3772 of 4149 airbag, ABS and brake llight on
Jul 08, 2009 (3:22 am)
I have a 03 Escape. I would have a computer scan of your system and that can be done free at Auto Zone. But my guess is that it is time for a brake job. That may take care of all three sensor lights...Good Luck
#3773 of 4149 Re: No cruise and ABS, airbag, and Brake light on [peter0688]
Jul 08, 2009 (4:12 am)
just checked the new fuse I had put in and it blew also. Something must be either overloading it or shorting it out. It looks like that fuse is a main part of the cruise control system. Besides a bad wire, could anything else be causing this?
#3774 of 4149 Water Pump Belt
Jul 11, 2009 (5:27 pm)
I have a 2004 Mazda Tribute with 120,000 miles. Just replaced the serpentine belt and wanted to change the water pump belt. The Haynes Manual said to release the tension pully but I don't see one. The belt goes from the cam shaft pulley to the water pump pulley. That's it, and it's tight. ?? How do you get the old one off and the new one on? I thought this would be the easy one but it has me confused. Thanks
#3775 of 4149 Re: Water Pump Belt [oldsalt3]
by vg33e power
Jul 13, 2009 (7:00 am)
Per Ford repair manual:
-Remove the water pump belt cover
-Cut and remove the water pump belt. Discard the belt
-Install the belt on the water pump pulley and position it on the camshaft pulley (sort of like when trying to get a bicycle chain back on the large sprocket)
-Rotate the crankshaft clockwise to seat the belt on the camshaft pulley
-Install the water pump belt cover
Hope this helps!
#3776 of 4149 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions
Jul 14, 2009 (2:42 pm)
Just bought this mazda, it rides nice, has alll the options 'cept heated seats. was a 2 owner, 1st put 52k on it, 2nd 48K. no idea what maintenance has been done, since I got if from a dealer. extremely clean inside, been garaged since the underside is super clean and corrosion free. Body looks like new. paint shows no defects. originally built in august of 2003.
What does it need, what would be good to do preventively, what would be wasted money "it's not broke don't fix it"?
never owned a Mazda before, looks like I've overlooked a good thing in the past.
thanks, in advance, for the help.
#3777 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [motrcyclr]
by vg33e power
Jul 14, 2009 (3:16 pm)
Oil Change (if it wasnt done)
#3778 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [vg33e power]
Jul 14, 2009 (4:47 pm)
Thanks for the list, it's a big help. Any internal hardware that requires changing like perhaps an internal timing belt/chain? Water pump? I'm not looking for stuff to fix, just want to catch likely problems if possible, when it's convenient for me, instead of in the middle of nowhere, after dark, with no phone. I got a good deal on this, under $7000.00 because of the miles, and if i can add a couple hundred $ on likely maintenance items fixed because they are well worn, I'm going to consider it.