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#3938 of 4149 Re: $1500 Backfire Explosions [cdnescape]
Feb 29, 2012 (6:59 am)
My 2004 Mazda Tribute with 160,000 miles just exploded on starting. Smoke and flame from under the hood and the plastic intake manifold totally blown apart and scattered in the parking lot. It could have killed somebody if they were in the way. Mazda dealer said that they never heard anything like this and had no clue what would have caused it. They never mentioned any "bulletin about backfires". The tribute never backfired before. Of course it's over a $1000 repair bill and they won't guarantee that there is nothing else wrong with the engine after that expolsion.
#3939 of 4149 Re: $1500 Backfire Explosions [walter32]
Mar 08, 2012 (3:21 pm)
Unfortunate, to be sure. I also have heard of no such phenomenon, but in older days, there were lots of carbureator fires on cars from backfires, and other things. Not really sure I'd fix one with $160,000 miles on it unless the rest of the car is in amazing shape. YMMV
#3941 of 4149 Ford escape jerking idle.
Mar 09, 2012 (1:41 am)
I have an 02 ford escape, 3.0L, 105k miles. Once the vehicle gets hot, and this doesnt even matter the idle is just more noticeable when its hot. The car at idle will jerk back and forth, and if i put it in neutral it's much less noticeable. Once i give the car gas though it drives quick and has plenty of power, no hessitation. The car has a new IAC, CAT delete but the housing is still there, all new coils, and a new ECM. Oh and furthermore, the car starts right up when cold, but when its hot sometimes it will take a few rotations of only holding the key over for 3 seconds to start. The best way to describe this "jerking" is similar to having someone at the back of the car pushing it back and forth.
Would i call this jerking pulsating?
#3942 of 4149 Mazda Tribute rattle - any ideas please?
Mar 14, 2012 (5:44 am)
I've got a 2002 Mazda Tribute, 128k on the clock.
December last year I had the 2 transmission mounts replaced, since then the car has developed a rattle, I'm not sure if the replaced mounts & new rattle are connected.
The rattle almost sounds as if its under the drivers seat, maybe a bit forward of that, I can be sat at lights and can here the rattle, then take the car out of gear and the rattle will vanish. Travelling at certain speeds I can also hear it too, at other speeds it's not there.
Has anyone any ideas or suggestions as to what it may be, and also a cure. I'm a total novice when it comes to car & mechanics so any help or advice really would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance
#3943 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute rattle - any ideas please? [jostu001]
Mar 18, 2012 (6:02 pm)
It's your exhaust pipe hitting something under the car. It probably got bent a tad when the mounts were broken, and now needs to be adjusted a bit. Not a big deal.
#3944 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute rattle - any ideas please? [nvbanker]
Mar 19, 2012 (3:18 am)
Many thanks for the response, I've a very limited knowledge when it comes to car however, the noise appears to be coming from underneath the drivers seats, on looking under the car I've notice the exhaust is the other side of the car so I don't think its that. It sounds like metal on metal, is a quick rattle and is more prominent when the car is first started, at slower speeds and at about 1800-2000RPM. It will do it when stationary at lights, and if I take it out of gear it will stop. Most frustrating!
#3945 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute rattle - any ideas please? [jostu001]
Mar 19, 2012 (8:44 am)
Trust me - from the description, it is 99% likely that I'm right. It may sound like it's coming from a different location - but if you're sitting in the passenger seat, it probably sounds like it's coming from under there. Have the exhaust pipe checked - bet I'm right.
#3946 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute rattle - any ideas please? [nvbanker]
Mar 19, 2012 (8:49 am)
Again thanks for the reply, I'll do just that... I really do hope you're right as I guess it quite a cheap fix?
#3947 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute rattle - any ideas please? [jostu001]
Mar 19, 2012 (9:19 am)
An honest mechanic should do it for free, or almost free. It's nothing.