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#13 of 22 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator?
Aug 01, 2011 (11:18 am)
My 2002 Mazda Tribute has served me well over the five years I have owned. Due to unforeseen circumstances with other cars, I have had to put roughly 120,000 miles on it the past 16 months. It is currently dead in my driveway at just over 200,000 miles. Last summer I had the transmission replaced and just recently had some computer work done on it. The latest problem is that it doesn't start. The engine briefly sounds like it wants to turn over but never does, then refuses to make any noise. All lights, radio and other accessories work perfectly. The battery was tested and charged fully and still no turn over.
Is it the alternator?
If it is, how the heck do you replace it? It seems like it is in the hardest position on the car known to mankind,
Thanks for any help you all can get me.
#14 of 22 Re: 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator? [scuzneck]
Aug 02, 2011 (8:53 am)
If your battery is charged then a faulty alternator is not going to give you starting problems. Have you considered the starter, or connections between the starter and battery? Whe you say 'refuses to make any noise' I am assuming the starter is not cranking.
#15 of 22 Re: 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator? [tomv3]
Aug 02, 2011 (9:19 am)
As mechanically uniclined as I am, I have not consider much aside from what some people have told me it might be. Where is the starter located on the Mazda? Is it an easier fix then the alternator?
#16 of 22 Fuel Tank on my Mazda Tribute won't open
Aug 03, 2011 (2:47 pm)
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute with a Fuel tank filler door that won't open. Not sure what happened, it was working fine last time I used it. Today, I went to fill up and the lever at the base of the drivers seat would no longer open the door. Any advice?
#17 of 22 Mazda Tribute Minor mechanical and cosmetic issues
Aug 04, 2011 (11:47 am)
Have had a 2001 Mazda Tribute V6 ES 4WD since 2002 (bought it coming off of a one-year lease.) Handles well. Powerful engine for a small SUV, but growls loudly. Internal wind-noise is excessive. Mileage started out around 24 hwy, then gradually dropped down to 19-20 hwy. Drivers door-latch mechanism (inside door) broke. Rear hatch door would not open (internal release froze up.) Rear hatch window wiper motor froze up. AC compressor stopped working. Black oxide began peeling off of luggage rack bars. Engine will sometimes accellerate unannounced (Mazda says this is a non-fixable problem.) And as of today, at 178,000 miles, the transmission gave out.....will not engage in any gear. Should I just drive it off of a cliff and find something else, or will it be worth the $2k to $3k to fix the tranny?
#18 of 22 Re: Mazda Tribute Minor mechanical and cosmetic issues [longmiler49]
Aug 05, 2011 (5:59 am)
How much longer before you have an engine problem that costs you about 2-3 thousand? With the high mileage and 10 years of time on the rubber and electrical parts, I would save my money for a newer vehicle. Years ago (1994) I spent $2500 on a rebuilt engine for a 10 yr old station wagon with a lot fewer miles that your Tribute has. I got rid of it 3 years later. In retrospect the money should have gone into a newer car.
#19 of 22 2004 Mazda Electrical problem
Dec 27, 2011 (10:28 am)
okay...I think my car is having possession issues.or as I'd rather believe, I'm having angel visitors! About 10:15pm last nite I went to close my bedroom curtains and could see my car....the headlights were on! Now, this is the 2nd time this has happened and in a minte they go off...I still used my remote and re-locked it just in case. Besides that, my radio has started blaring out of no where when I turn the car on..............doo...doo..doo................
#20 of 22 Re: 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator? [scuzneck]
Apr 10, 2012 (3:00 pm)
I had the same problem at about 70k miles and had to replace the alternator and YES it took over 5 hours for them to replace it and had to take everything off of the right side of the car to get to it. He had expected a 2 hr job. I now am having to replace the steering rack and also the gaskets for the engine. I have less than 90k on the car right now. It is a 2004 and I drive less than 10k per year. I have owned 6 Hondas and NEVER had to do anything to them I am DISGUSTED that Ford cannot do any better in building a car that cannot last even a 100k. I hope you got yours fixed. I also have LOTS of electrical issues in the dash. ( cruise, dash lights, etc etc)
#21 of 22 engine ligt came on
Nov 06, 2012 (4:30 pm)
Hi my wife was driving our 2005 tribute yesterday when the engine light came on and then the cruise control stopped working and finally the interior electrics went out like the radio and speedometer and the gauges. It wound up dying on the interstate and the battery sparked badly when jumper cables were attached to the battery. Any ideas as what would cause this to occur?
#22 of 22 Alternator on 2005 tribute
Nov 07, 2012 (3:45 pm)
How difficult is it to replace the alternator on a 2005 tribute and what has to be taken off or removed to get to it?