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Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute: Problems & Solutions
Last post on Mar 24, 2013 at 5:59 AM
You are in the Mazda Tribute
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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#3218 of 4133 Re: Body Flex? [kency95]
Oct 24, 2005 (12:35 pm)
Some things come to mind based on my own experience(s) or others I've heard about:
- Bad CV-joint (clicking or craking sound when wheel is turned w/power on).
- Bad Control Arm which contains the ball-joints and bushings.
- Bad struts or connection points (make sure all of the nuts/bolts are tight).
- Bad front-stabilizer bushings.
- Bad strut-links (these caused thumping and cracking noises until they were
#3219 of 4133 Wind noise in the Tribute 2006
Oct 24, 2005 (6:24 pm)
We recently purchased a 2006 Mazda Tribute and really like it except for the wind sounds. The wind sounds are heard primarily after 55mph and at the upper right rear of the vehicle. It was taken back to the dealer and their thoughts on the problem involved the luggage rack. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
#3220 of 4133 Re: Wind noise in the Tribute 2006 [tribfra2006]
Oct 25, 2005 (1:37 pm)
I read a post either on this site or one of the other Escape/Tribute sites, that mentioned this problem. If I recall correctly, check the cross-over bars on the luggage rack and make sure they are not installed backwards (front facing back). It is supposedly pretty hard to tell, so you need to take a close look.
Hope this helps.
#3221 of 4133 Re: Wind noise in the Tribute 2006 [stig]
Oct 25, 2005 (5:29 pm)
They are pretty easy to tell which way they are supposed to face if you can remember what way you are facing. If you want realize how much noise they make...remove them entirely and take a drive on the freeway.
#3222 of 4133 Wind Noise in Tribute
Oct 26, 2005 (10:25 am)
I have a 2005 Tribute LX V6 which I bought last Oct. Right from day one there was excessive road noise on the highway...over 100 KMH (55 MPH). I spent days analysing the source.
The Continental Tires that came with the truck were in my opinion garbage. I spent $700CDN to buy 4 Yokohama Geolandar's. These are Japanese made....so you know that they are quality product. Right away the noise decreased by about 60%.
The rest of the wind noise was being created by the Roof rack. I took off the 2 middle panels and left the 2 side ones on. Since I do not carry anything on the roof, they were just there for show. When I went back on the highway, there was hardly any noise left. Now even at 130 - 140 KMH, there is not much wind noise.
Granted, it's not as quiet as my 2004 BMW 325i, but then again I paid 40% more for the car then this SUV.
Try it, see if these things work for you. My wife on the other hand could not have cared less. She is just happy to drive anything. I on the other hand am a perfectionist....every little sound/creak makes me upset.
Good luck with your problem
#3223 of 4133 Re: Tribute engine starts and dies [tennis]
Oct 26, 2005 (8:28 pm)
I had a similar problem with my 2002 Tribute (automatic V6, 56K miles). Engine would not start if hot -- sometimes had to wait a full half-hour before engine cooled enough -- then it starts right up. Also had intermittent low speed stalling (even after the recall re-programming) and periodic hesitation when driving at freeway speeds. Dealer had vehicle for four days (with much discussion with Mazda) and finally settled on replacing the Crank Position Sensor. Have had it back for a week and no problems.
#3224 of 4133 Re: Fog lights [drurex99]
Oct 27, 2005 (10:21 pm)
We have the same question. Did you ever receive a response?
#3225 of 4133 Re: Wind noise in the Tribute 2006 [stig]
Oct 28, 2005 (6:20 pm)
Thanks for the suggestion....it worked! That was the solution to our problem.
#3226 of 4133 Bumpy and Harsh Tribute Ride
Nov 01, 2005 (8:15 pm)
I noticed right after buying my 2004 Tribute that there was an aftershock after going over bumps. This caused the ride to be bouncy and harsh. This was a really annoying problem which I did not want to have with my new Mazda. What I finally realized was that the rather heavy exhaust system was hung at just a few points by single rubber hangers. When I bounced the tail pipe, I noticed that due to these single rubber hangers the whole exhaust system would continue to bounce and shake several times. This is what was causing the aftershock and bad ride. I solved the problem by wrapping the back two rubber hangers (around the metal brackets) with #12 electric cable. This keeps the exhaust from bouncing and led to a huge improvement in the ride. This problem is the same on Escapes, and any car with a poorly supported exhaust system. If you think your Tribute/Escape has a poor ride, give this a try.
#3227 of 4133 Re: Fog lights [bmbsd]
Nov 02, 2005 (8:21 pm)
I replaced the fog light on a 2001 Tribute about 2 years ago. You do not have to remove the bumper. Taking the front tire off helps access. Traded it in recently so I cannot look at one to tell you how. Was not difficult. Sorry I could not be more help.