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#1700 of 1866 ATCC?
Oct 22, 2005 (2:53 am)
I always wonder what Mazda means by "Advance Torque Control Coupling" in their 2005 Tribute and wonder whether they have made BIG a mistake by removing the manual 4wd (high) setting in earlier model (therefore make the Tribute less offroad/sand capable).
However after doing a bit of research on their ATCC, I feel a bit more comfortable and find that the new system may be better than the older manual system:
1- The system is running in a locked 4WD (50/50 locked?) when start up until a certain minimum speed (not sure when it switches over to 2WD - from gear 2?)
2- It is running as a 2WD from a certain minimum speed (from gear 2?) until the system decide to engage 4WD (variable torque distribution depending on the situation - probably using a multi-plate clutch) BEFORE the front wheels slip (not sure how the system detects this but apparently via many inputs: throttle, wheels' speed, etc.).
3- Not sure when the system will switch back to 2WD (when the front wheels and the rear wheels travel at the same speed?)
3- The system will switch to a locked 4WD driving mode (50/50 ?) IF it found that the 2WD to 4WD switching hapens too often to prevent system overheating.
4- 4WD will be disengaged when the system overheats (should not happens if the system works properly?)
5- When the system overheat it will run in 2WD and will function again when it cool down enough.
I would feel very comfortable with this system if it works as I have just described (except for missing of 4WD low but that is a different story).
Can someone knows the Tribute/Escape or work on the Tribute/Escape comment on this?
#1701 of 1866 Hidden Storage Kits for 2005 and newer
Oct 31, 2005 (9:33 am)
Any update on the availability of that rear hidden storage kit for the 2005 and newer Tributes? I am talking of the one that uses the space where the spare tire used to be in the back. My dealer has no knowledge of any here in Canada.
#1702 of 1866 2001 Tribute: Front End Problems
Oct 31, 2005 (5:44 pm)
Help! Is extensive front end work typical on these cars at 55,000 miles?
Following up on a noise in the front end, I took the car to the dealer and was told I need: the "rack and pinion, tie rod ends, front pads and rotors replaced; an alignment, and new tires;" plus assorted other work unrelated to the front end. I have to wonder how much of this work is necessary.
#1703 of 1866 Re: Hidden Storage Kits for 2005 and newer [hcor]
Nov 01, 2005 (4:15 am)
The hidden storage "module" as I call it, became available on Escapes last December or so. It has yet to be shown as an option on Tributes for some reason. But based on what I have seen, it will drop into the Tribute easily. That was my biggest gripe with the redesign initially, not having storage back there, but it seems Ford's primary focus at first was dealing with the Hybrid, and that is where the battery pack is installed. It is such an cheap option on the Escape, packaging both the hidden storage compartment and the roll up shade for $150. My suggestion is to keep looking for an Escape with the package which has been driven by the numerous tailgating make-up application artists who had been sidetracked by dialing the cell phone......oh oh, now I'm in trouble.
My biggest gripe with the vehicle now? An interior that sounds like I have filled it with milk and Rice Krispees, or however you spell it. Otherwise, not a bad vehicle. The 2.3 at just over 5000 miles, following very careful break in, is starting to feel its oats. There's far more power now climbing a couple of the interstate 'mountains' near here.
#1704 of 1866 broken engine
Nov 01, 2005 (2:31 pm)
Last september I bought me a 2001 Tribute ES (3.0 V6 4wd 40.000 miles) The car was imported from USA to The Netherlands in 2003.
Two weeks ago we drove to Paris (France) towing a 1000 kg caravan. Driving 100 km/h the motor ran 5000 rpm, a little uphill on the motorway. I heard a strange, ticking sound. Better slow down I tought: driving 80 km/h and 400 rpm the noise didnt dissappear. After another 5 km there was a place for a safe stop, there I phoned for assistance.
A french monteur called it a "grande problem", the Trib on transport back to Holland and we got alternative transport: in a Volkswagen Touran I towed the caravan one day later to Paris and our holiday could start.
Louvre, Eiffeltower, Montmartre etc. Real nice.
Now the Trib is back, my dealer found a damaged crankshaft, the ......bearings (I dont know the word for the connection from piston to crancshaft) were found back in little pieces. The only way to get this kind of damage is to run a motor without oil, but oil was on max level.
So far my Trib experience.
Anyone with this kind of problem? Bad buy or just bad luck and after repair no problem any more?
#1705 of 1866 Re: 2001 Tribute: Front End Problems [saz61]
Nov 02, 2005 (5:29 pm)
It pays to get a second opinion...
After consulting several mechanics, it was clear problems like this were not typical. I had one look at the car: nothing wrong with the rack and pinion that a little spray lubricant on the knuckle wouldn't take care of; no problems with the tie rod ends; the front pads and rotors were in good condition; and no need for the other assortment of work they recommended. The only work the dealer recommended worth doing was the tires and an alignment, both of which I planned to do before the northeast winter was upon me.
...this dealer won't get the job, or ever sell me another car.
#1706 of 1866 Re: 2001 Tribute: Front End Problems [saz61]
Nov 05, 2005 (8:43 am)
Wow! this doesn't look good for the dealership. Did you report this to anyone above in Mazda? I own both an Escape and a Tribute. My Escape had to have rotors and pads done at about 50k. This is typical for these vehicles because of the V6 weight over the front tires. I figure this as normal wear and tear. Glad to see you got another opinion..
#1707 of 1866 Re: To #954 (jk61268)Stalling/Starting Problem [dimps]
Nov 17, 2005 (10:24 am)
I am not to sure if I am having the same problem as this one. I have a Tribute 2002 V6. When I start my car, (which does start), it then feels like it will stall on me. And the truck starts to shake. Then after driving 20 minutes, problem goes away. I have brought it to the delear but everytime I bring it there, truck is fine and when he does his tests on the computer, everything passes. It has been a waste of time. Is this the same stalling issue that you have had? What was the fix? For me, it seems that I am getting this problem whenever there is a sudden change in temperature or when there is humidity in the air.
I hope anyone out there has had the same problem and what you have done to fix this. I really would appreciate it.
#1709 of 1866 Overdrive light flashing for 2001 Mazda tribute
Nov 17, 2005 (11:12 am)
I have a 2001 Mazda tribute and the OD(overdrive) light is flashing. Does anyone know what may be wrong with it? Please advise.