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#3840 of 4149 Re: Tribute Airbag Light [rhiannon1]
Jan 30, 2010 (5:00 am)
I have a 2003 Escape - same vehicle as the Tribute. I have the same issue that started over 1 year ago. I spoke with the Ford dealership and they advised I probably needed a new sensor. As I recall it started in the cold weather but who knows, it could have been a sharp turn as well. I choose not to fix it due to the potential cost. Soooo, the light remains on. The dealer advised the bag would not just inflate on it's own and it would probably work normally in a crash. But I don't intend to test that. Of course this does not answer your original question....
#3841 of 4149 2002 v6 ford escape oil light flicker
Feb 05, 2010 (5:15 pm)
the oil light started flickering the other day when i was on a moderately steep grade and standing still in drive. checked oil and added half a quart. this has been the norm after about 2300 miles following an oil change due to a minor leak that appeared after about 80000 miles, don't know from where. light still flickers even though oil level is fine. sensor,pump, wiring.... any ideas?
#3842 of 4149 2002 Tribut LX V6- Electrical Problems
Feb 11, 2010 (8:56 pm)
I have a 2002 Tribute LX V6 that appears to have developed some electrical problems over the past few days. When I went to start it yesterday, the battery was dead and it needed to be jumped off. I had it jumped off and drove it to work and turned off the engine. When the engine was turned off, all electrical appears to die (including the odometer and PRND321 which is always on) and the car has to be locked manually. I did not think anything of it as the battery is as old as the car. Jumped it off again and drove home and it actually started again, although it did take awhile. Fast froward to this evening- the car has been sitting for 24 hours and was started without having to be jumped off, but the electrical system is still dead unless the car is running. We took the car in and had the battery replaced tonight, but the electrical system is still dead. Please note that the interior lights and radio are also not functioning when the car is running and the gauges are still "sweeping" once every time the car is started as if it is doing some type of self-test. The mechanic suggested that perhaps there is something wrong with the computer or electrical system. The car currently has 117k miles on it and has had issues with the airbag light since day one, but has really only had the fuel pump replaced as far as repairs. I find it strange that the electrical system is dead once the car is off but will function when the car is one. Please note that the before mentioned radio and interior lights do not function regardless of the ignition position.
Has anyone else ever seen/had this problem?? I checked the radio fuse and it appears to be fine, but have not had a chance to check any other fuses.
#3843 of 4149 Re: 2002 Tribut LX V6- Electrical Problems [jeffb0101]
by vg33e power
Feb 12, 2010 (7:16 am)
It could be the GEM (General Electronics Module) that controls pretty much all the electrical functions of the vehicle. Perhaps, the dead battery and jumping it made it go haywire.
#3844 of 4149 Re: 2002 Tribut LX V6- Electrical Problems [vg33e power]
Feb 12, 2010 (7:38 am)
Thanks. Do you think this is a difficult and expensive problem to remedy?
#3845 of 4149 Re: 2002 Tribut LX V6- Electrical Problems [jeffb0101]
by vg33e power
Feb 12, 2010 (9:12 am)
Before you go and make the expense I would get it diagnosed by a Mazda or Ford dealer. However, if it is the GEM here are the part number/s and retail price.
3L8Z-14B205-AA (w/Keyless Entry) $355.02
YL8Z-14B205-EA (w/o Keyless Entry) $318.76
This is a plug and go module so there is no need for dealer to program. This module should be in the engine bay area around the Fuse Box area and it will be a square module with a couple connectors coming out the side.
#3846 of 4149 Re: 2002 Tribut LX V6- Electrical Problems [vg33e power]
Feb 13, 2010 (1:30 pm)
Thanks for the advice! I finally had some more time to look in the owners manual and check more of the fuses since the rain and snow stopped. It turned out to only be a fuse and now everything is working as it should be.
#3847 of 4149 2006 Ford Escape XLT V6 Roaring Grinding sound from back right tire/brake
Mar 03, 2010 (8:41 am)
My 2006 ford escape has 37,000 miles. While braking I heard a loud roaring sound coming from the back right tire/brake. I immediately drove to local repair shop and the car did not make the noise while they were testing it.... now the roaring grinding sound is back and louder than before, roars when braking, turning and a slight grinding sound while driving. What could be the problem and why does it make the sound and then stop for two months and now making the sound again? Suggestions? Car does not pull while braking.
#3848 of 4149 02 tribute sitting > 5months. Won't start with new battery
Mar 03, 2010 (8:49 am)
Circumstances left the car sitting for about 5 months in NYC (so through the winter). I've just replaced the battery. It cranks, but it's not firing. What can I check/usual suspects, without having to tow it to a shop to resolve? thx for any input.
#3849 of 4149 Re: 2006 Ford Escape XLT V6 Roaring Grinding sound from back right tire/brake [sunshine38]
Mar 03, 2010 (9:02 am)
If the noise is coming from a particular wheel then open up that wheel. Sounds like a brake component problem, perhaps a wheel cylinder, busted spring or the like.