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#19 of 27 Easy way to tell IAC vs. Manif. gaskets vs. Sensors vs. Ign.Coil/Sp.Plug?
Apr 01, 2009 (8:12 pm)
I have been experiencing a rough idle for several months on my on my 2002 LX Tribute. The last time this happened (last year) I cleaned, then finally replaced the IAC valve, which worked great. Now it seems to also be more of a driveability issue- the vehicle stalls/misfires in park, neutral, and in gear with foot on brake and during low gear acceleration.
After taking it to the Mazda Dealer,they said that I need to replace the #1 and #6 ignition coils . The idle and misfiring problem I have feels very similar to when I replaced the IAC valve, which was easy and painless. The check engine light never came on either time, which surprised me. When these symptoms occur, is there a good way to rule out the IAC vs the Manifold gaskets vs Electronic Sensors vs ignition coils/spark plugs/wires? It seems like these tend to be the likely culprits.
The Mazda dealer suggested that I let them replace those 2 ignition coils (I assume there is one IC for each cylinder?) plus all 6 of the spark plugs and wires. I have 85k+ miles and bought it used at a little over 60k, so it's quite possible the plugs/wires are original.
I was quoted $575, which they reduced to $520 for parts and labor with this job. That seems pretty high to me... or am I being unrealistic? Does anyone think I should attempt it myself? I am a novice but fairly technical. I am not sure about the disassembly required for 3 of the the plugs, and I have limited tools... so I am leaning against that option.
If I decide not to try this myself, is it something any decent non-dealership mechanic worth their weight in salt could do to prevent me from sinking a half grand into it (and maybe still have the problem)? I live in the Detroit area, so I figure there are plenty of gear heads to be found in a tough economy that would be happy for the work at a better price.
#20 of 27 Re: Easy way to tell IAC vs. Manif. gaskets vs. Sensors vs. Ign.Coil/Sp.Plug? [brijamgel]
May 13, 2009 (8:09 pm)
Ok so I have had the same problems with my 01 tribute I actually changed the plugs and coils myself which was easy once you got to them not too bad of an ordeal compared to the price of labor at Mazda. But the problem in my vehicle was not the coils I did have to replace the plugs though due to them being misfired on. The problem lied in the connectors which clip into the coil. They were only $30 each compared to the $180 for the coil
#21 of 27 Re: Easy way to tell IAC vs. Manif. gaskets vs. Sensors vs. Ign.Coil/Sp.Plug? [whiskeygurl]
May 25, 2009 (10:06 am)
Whiskeygurl - thanks for the info. Having similar problems with my 01 Tribute. Have replaced the spark plugs with no improvement and am wondering if I should try those connectors that you mentioned that clip into the coil before going to the expense of replacing the coils. Can you give me some more details, please? Are the clip connectors between the coil and plug? Where did you by the parts? Do you by any chance have a part number? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
#22 of 27 ignition coils need replacing - AGAIN
Apr 22, 2012 (8:30 pm)
I'm the sole owner of a 2005 Mazda Tribute. Exactly two years ago, my vehicle shut down completely while I was driving and I learned that the ignition coils had burned out. They paid for most of the repairs- and now the service dept is telling me I'm getting ready to have the same problem. I had a tune up two months ago and I went back yesterday for an oil change and I wanted to get my car idled down and that's when they told me about the problem again with the ignition coils. My car only has 103,000 miles. Are there any other Tribute owners with this same problem?
#23 of 27 Re: location of number 2 ignition coil [brijamgel]
Oct 07, 2012 (3:53 pm)
8 mil socket can get that mostly all the way apart. It's a pain in the butt, but not too long to do. Took me a couple hours.
#24 of 27 Intermittent Starting Issues
Mar 11, 2013 (6:24 am)
I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute V6 4.0 liter. It has roughly a 150K miles. For the last 6 weeks, everytime I start it, then put it in gear (reverse or drive) it drops below 1k RPM and then dies. Then when I try and start it again, it will turn over good but never starts. I thought it was a fuel pump issue, so I replaced it, along with fuel filter. Also has a new battery. My dad is a mechanic and has run the computer on it and it says everything is fine. He also replaced the EVAC canister and removed the cadilic converter. Any other suggestions on what could be the problem?
#25 of 27 Re: Intermittent Starting Issues [blondesooner]
Mar 11, 2013 (6:35 am)
I just sold my 2005 Mazda tribute to Carmax and bought a Toyota Camry. But before, I sold it, the svc dept at the Mazda dealership said that I either needed a new catalytic converter or I had an exhaust leak. I had been having problems accelerating, etc
#26 of 27 Re: Intermittent Starting Issues [blondesooner]
Jun 14, 2013 (4:31 am)
Take advantage of free inspections Mazda Dealers provides. I had that done and it was the Idle Air Control Valve, costs $100-$150 to fix or get part very easy to replace yourself.
Take to auto parts store and get free scan done, to make sure you have no misfires.
Going through same stuff for over a month now.
#27 of 27 Re: ignition coils need replacing - AGAIN [mizbridget]
Oct 14, 2013 (7:22 pm)
I have the exact same issue and had to replace various coils in the past few years. What did you do to correct this problem?
I have been using aftermarket coils because the price is too high ($114 each) for factory. The factory part number for the 2005 Mazda Tribute Coil for V6 3.0L is 1L8E-12A366-AB.
Does anyone know the resistance settings as I have an extra one I want to test? I need the OHM range so I can test with my Multimeter.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.