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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Mazda Tribute
2011 2011 marked the final year of production for the Mazda Tribute, a compact SUV that shared a platform with certain Ford models. The Tribute managed to combine relative affordability with decent performance and a modicum of comfort while driving...

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Transmission slipping

Normally when I hear this complaint I check the level of the transmission fluid (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/transmission-fluid-service) while the vehicle's engine is running and the transmission is in Park. While checking the level I would inspect the oil that came off the...

My car is making a grinding noise

Hello. It sounds like you either have a speed sensor that is not reading correctly or you may have a transmission or transfer case issue. If this is an all-wheel drive model, then it is more than likely the transfer...

Car misfires

One thing comes to mind with your car. There is a bulletin to solve a problem with fuel injector primary circuit codes. P0351-P0356. This may or may not repair the misfire, but it will prevent the false codes. If this...

Whole Car shakes while driving

It sounds like you may have a failing or worn out wheel bearing. A wheel bearing (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services1/wheel-bearings-replacement) will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of...

Engine sputters when idle, does not hesitate or sputter when pressing accelerator.

The first thing to check for in any drivability problem is air leaks. Any air that gets into the engine without being measured will lean out the system and cause problems. Look at all the rubber hoses and boots under...

Powertrain Light

The power train warning light generally will come on when the computer has detected a fault within the transmission control system. When this happens, the transmission control system puts the vehicle into a "limp mode" which helps to prevent further...

My 2003 Mazda Tribute stalls in gear, no power, rough idle, not the plugs, oil fouled black, clean maf and idle air valve

Hello. I would start by scanning the vehicle for codes and checking to see if all of the sensors are reading correctly. If everything looks good then chances are it needs a new computer. I have seen the computers fail...

Car almost stalled, steering wheel locked up, all lights on dashboard came on, pushed gas pedal and nothing happened.

Hi there. When the engine is stalling and sputtering, this is an indication that the fuel system has lost pressure. Check the fuel pump relay and see if it is hot and if its clicking on when the key is...

Runs rough & Engine light

The codes being set should be investigated first unless they implicate systems or components that clearly are irrelevant as "causes" of a rough running condition in which case you would diagnose and fix the rough running condition first and then...

My car is jerking and the engine light is on.

A loose or leaking gas cap will almost never be the cause of a poorly running engine. It will set the check engine light on and set an Evaporative System fault, but will not make the engine jerk or misfire....

My steering wheel is locked.

Hi there. Sounds like the steering wheel lock solenoid is not working. To get to the solenoid or to remove the lock, you would need to remove the battery cables (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/service-battery-cables) (both) and remove the horn with the airbag from...

I turn the key and nothing happens

Be sure any engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated, thus preventing the car from starting. The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the...

What would cause a vehicle to cut off going down the road?

A few possible causes of the stalling that you are describing are a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty camshaft or crankshaft position sensors, worn spark plugs, wires or defective ignition coil(s), inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel filter, injectors,...

What could b wrong if when I het to 55 mph and then push the gas the car vibrates. But when I let up on the gas it's fine. And the

The vibration and shaking when accelerating may be a transmission shift issue or the engine is misfiring under a load. The shaking when braking may be due to warped brake rotors. You should have the computer scanned for misfire or...

Car runs hot after short drive. Replaced thermostat and radiator fan assembly.

It sounds like you may have a water pump that may not be pumping correctly or may be failing. Generally, when a water pump is going bad, you may hear a bit of a whining sound combined with the pump...

I need to have my alternator replaced but already have the part on a 2001 mazda tribute will I still have to pay for the part

Hi There, As you may know, there are a few things that can go wrong with your charging system with one of those being the alternator. In addition to the alternator not properly charging the battery, in some cases this...

Can you give me an idea what it cost for the brake pads, rotors, calipers and brake hoses on my 2008 Mazda Tribute

Hello. The cost of the repair will really depend on the amount of work that needs to be done. I would also need to know if that price he gave you was for parts and labor or just parts. If...

What tires should I get for a 2006 Mazda tribute?

Tires are a very subjective topic. It is very important to start your research for tires with asking yourself a few pertinent questions. How many miles will the tires need to last? What is an acceptable price? What kind of...

Beeping sound???

Hello, and thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely experiencing some kind of sensory error. It will need to have its computer scanned for diagnostic codes. If there are no codes present, you will want to look into...

Does the catalytic converter have to be removed in order to change the oil pan gasket? 2001 Mazda Tribute

Hi there - yes, it is necessary to remove the exhaust manifold and catalytic converter (1 integrated piece) for the front cylinder bank to remove the oil pan and it's gasket (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-replace-an-oil-pan-gasket-by-ronny-brown). This is an unfortunate result of the tight...

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