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#74 of 149 Transmission of 2008 Mazda Tribute
Jun 01, 2010 (9:23 am)
I have an 08 Tribute...had some transmission problems i.e. was reversing great but had problems moving forward...had to rev engine inorder to get it move...got a new transmission and it started moving forward just fine..but started reverting to the same problem as in reversing fine but cant go forward....what can be causing this problem...is it electrical? i was told it maybe the solenoids....is that so..What could it be and how do u think i can fix it ....thanks
#75 of 149 Re: 2008 Mazda [koutalis]
Jun 07, 2010 (12:56 pm)
I also have a 08 Tribute and 6 monts have had nothing but trouble with it.....very similar to what you are saying, mine clunks between 1st & 2nd and over the past 2 years they have found nothing so they replaced the transmission (same issue) then the Transfer Case blew, then something with the Drive Shaft and I have it in again today and got the call to say: Missing Bolt on Transmission, Engine Mount needs replaced, PTO leaking (not sure if I got this one right) Delivery hose on Water Mount has a crack.....seriously could any thing else be wrong with this vehicle?? If you get that Lawyer I am there with you....
#76 of 149 2001 Tribute DX 2WD manual transmission -- clutch question
Jul 12, 2010 (11:39 am)
I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute DX, manual transmission. At 125K miles, I replaced the clutch assembly/flywheel/pressure plate due to clutch not releasing -- it wouldn't fully disengage and resulted in sound of grinding gears.
Ever since the clutch replacement (now 138K miles), I am experiencing problems with the clutch not catching properly or soon enough when going from idle (neutral) into 1st. The problem occurs when I'm at a dead stop (starting from neutral), so I am entering 1st gear from zero speed. I'll be at a stop with car in neutral & foot on the brake, then let up on brake, depress clutch pedal and apply gas for car to engage into 1st -- when I let out the clutch there is shuddering/shaking as though 1st gear isn't catching soon enough. This doesn't happen when shifting into any other higher gears, only from neutral into 1st. The problem typically occurs once the car is warm. (And I should mention, never happened while I was driving on the original clutch assembly -- problem only began happening once I began driving on replacement clutch).
#77 of 149 2002 Mazda Tribute Transmission gone...
Jul 13, 2010 (1:54 pm)
Transmission fluid levels have always been OK. After noticing some rough shifting I had my transmission fluid changed, March 2010, 144.500 miles. Two months later, May 2010, noticed a lot of fluid under my car, green and pink around edges. My cooling system for transmission had failed. Repair was for transmission fluid in radiator, new radiator, upper and lower hoses, flushes, and refill of fluids, plus labor $743.00..the concern was that the coolant had done damage in transmission as the trans. fluid was milky. Well..transmission failed at 148,000 miles,1000 miles later. The hydraulic system was messed up. Trans. being replaced at Mazda Dealer with factory rebuilt trans, minimum of $3500.00. Waiting to get my like new car back? Scary...
#78 of 149 Re: 2001 Tribute DX 2WD manual transmission -- clutch question [dalmatina]
Jul 13, 2010 (7:32 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2001 Tribute it was my Clutch Master Cyclinder it costed $934.00 to get repaired and it failed again in 5 months. Have u been noticing your brake fluid levels are getting low. Cause that is how mine happened the Brake fluid was leaking in the CMC. It was like what u discribed for about 3 weeks till finally when I stepped on the clutch I couldnt get to release back out. It did not happen every day it just progressively got worse till it was everytime I had to shift in 1st gear but I could slide my foot under the clutch pedal and pull it up till it released.
#79 of 149 update on the 02 Tribute transmission ,,,
Aug 17, 2010 (3:13 am)
My fix it friend has had some delays with medical and legal stuff from a T/A he was a victim of but thus far, the Trib
has been sitting for 3.5 months and the trans is on his work bench. I had a surprise of expensive hard to get part of $320 - forward drive hub but the rest of the parts and trans kit was pretty cheap. I'm in for $1050 now and that more than covers parts by a little. Wish I"d have thought of canceling the insurance to have saved a few hundred though. Hopefully will have it put in and working good soon and will update this. I have a 2600 mile road trip set for mid October so i hope to get some miles on it around town before the big trip. Mechanic says these are always better built after the factory parts fail and the kit parts go in. He wants me to refill it with 9 qts factory fluid and 1 qt synthetic. That special part is nearly impossible to get through dealer. They want it as in house work and limit dealers to 1 hub a week. I got around some of that through a friend or
we'd be scabbing used or rebuilt off ebay for $170 to $220. I hope to post again within 2-3 weeks.
#80 of 149 Mazda Tribute 2009 AWD 4 cylinder
Aug 23, 2010 (10:54 am)
Hello, I bought my 2009 Tribute new in April 2009. I've been at the dealer over 20 times. Mostly for the same issues.
-Hoot noise which was kinda fixed but still hear it.
-Leaking back window
-Seatbelt fell apart
-Windows which make strange noises when closing
-Air conditionner blowing out white crap all over me and dash...(they cleaned it a few times)
- *******And most importantly the strange noise coming from under me or the engine when I go foward. Its almost like a rumbling noise...sometimes I hear metal in metal and it also happens when I'm going normal slow speed (50km) and with low rpm's. (going over a small hill) Its sounds like a RRRRrrrrrrrrrahhhh and its annoying! I noticed it did it more often when I had the air on. They changed the catalitic comverter and did some adjustments to the catalitic and front pipe and donut but it seems to be doing it even more. The service agent told me if they could hear it and not normal, they could fix it. I had 3 mecanics hear the noise. They all told me it wasnt normal. Now they told me all Tribute's make that bizar noise and there's nothing to be done.
I'm bringing it one last time to maybe check the manifold and replace everything to stock parts and hopefully the noise will stop or be less noticable. I already spoke to a lawyer and someone at the automotive arbitration plan. I will proceed if not resolved.
Anybody have this problem? ggrrrrrrrrRRRRarRRR noise!
I also noticed when I start moving that there's like a loss of power and not constant? Is that a transmission issue? I think it does it more when i have the air on aswell. Like a small jolt....i give gaz and it starts, i lose power, then it goes but annoying since my whole body swings cause there's not a constant flow....does that make sense?
#81 of 149 It's my turn!
Sep 22, 2010 (9:18 am)
Just got my '09 Tribby with the 6 speed auto tranny back from the dealer. My tranny burned up! Began smelling, shifting rough, and had burnt fluid. The wrench light came on.
Historically, I have towed the 'truck' behind an rv, following their instructions. Now I'm afraid to do that again. Flat towing was one of the reasons I got that 'truck' rather than another Saturn.
Obviously they are trying to put lightweight fancy trannies in vehicles most folks want to use as trucks.
#82 of 149 update to my august post
Sep 26, 2010 (12:07 am)
Nearing the end soon on the trans rebuild and test drive! It has been off line since April 30th but I have another vehicle as back up so I could wait it out for a friend to do the cheaper fix.
It now awaits a bunch of electrical hookups, some coolant and airbox stuff and the wheels/ tires/new brakes /rotors. I'm told that the first phases will be some special electrical steps then the trans re training and special shifting sequences, speeds, rpm's etc... It has an SK brand ? shift kit added to it and the good DR is wanting Valvoline Mercon ATF with 1 quart -only- of Synthetic. I should be able to add a post with first impressions within the next week or so. I want to get some drive time on it before we go out to Michigan in three weeks for our 3000 mile test drive !! .
#83 of 149 Trans rebuild done - details here that may help you:
Oct 02, 2010 (10:18 pm)
On the 30th, 5 months to the day it went squirrely the Tribute rolls again. Here are few notes I learned within the context of the CD4E Ford/Madza transmission. (Those 5 months were my waiting for a friend to get to it and do the work.)
- The rebuild and shift kit both comment heavily on the weaknesses and traits known to be problematic and I"m now convinced I had both problems or one problem leading to the other. The ground strap is known to be a faulty connection often times and can trigger problems with the forward drive hub getting energized directly. In my case, a few years ago (and just prior to another Michigan road trip) it was shifting weird and holding back at times with rpms beyond then norm for shift points. That turned out to be a ground problem , a quick and minor fix I attribute to my friend coaching me on the ground strap possibility and my pleading with the dealer to check it first before going to the book on other stuff. These kits also point out that potential and even paint or loc-tite on the strap as being a gremlin. Get the paint off the strap and make sure all connections are good!!
In my recent case, I lost all forward drive eventually over a few miles. First is was Drive then low and 2nd quit. All I had was reverse.
The other items worth noting IMO are the forward drive hub was damaged and it was a booger to get through a dealer as over the counter... $310 new with a discount. At that point I had between $300 - $400 in parts cost so this nearly doubled it. I ended up with about $800 or a bit more in it as parts not including labor for the work. I'll guess at a total of $1450.
My mech prefers I use Valvoline Mercon ATF with the exception of 1 qt Mercon V (synthetic). Note that I find 10qts as capacity on some sources and 13.4 in the O/M. The thing to know here is the stick has the high mark for cold and this trans has a trap door where more fluid will go to reduce foaming. This happens when it gets hot so I may still be reading a false high on the stick. I'll keep a close watch on it and get it on the highway later today. From my reading, the level will drop about 3/8 of an inch and be in the middle of the cross-hatch after it warms up.
I have 70 to 80 miles on it as now. It is working perfectly and this shift kit isn't as aggressive as I expected ... it shifts smoother than the factory trans did previously. I'm pretty thrilled to have saved big money and feel I have a better trans than a factory new in the box gizmo. I really credit these aftermarket engineers knowing the fixes and weaknesses AND correcting them with quality parts whereas the mfg just keeps pumping out the same stuff off the assembly line or out-sourcing to the lowest bidder.
Good luck to all of you that are in for some down time if you have to get a fix done!