2001 Mazda Tribute Q&A
2001 Mazda Tribute Question: car is cranking but not starting, wait about an hour, able to start?
Car is cranking but not starting, has to wait about an hour, then it starts. It happened twice (at that time, I was in rush, stop the engine and start back right away in couple minutes). Why and what is potential issues? Also, today I have tried 4WD button for a short time (5 min) at 25-30 miles speed, hearing sharp noise couple times on the right. If I depressed the 4WD button, the noise is gone. Why? Is anything I need to be aware of? or should I not use 4WD option at all? - maria_tu
Intermitted crank- no start issues can be tricky and frustrating. We have to catch a component in the act of not functioning if there is no DTC's in the PCM. This takes a scan tool that monitors and a manual fuel pressure gauge. A fuel pump or a crank sensor could cause your concern. 4X4 vehicles should not be operated on road surfaces that are dry. The noise you heard very well could be driveline windup. This is an operating condition where all the wheels are being powered at the same RPM, but when we turn the steering wheel, the inside tires rotate at a slower speed than the outside tires. The 4x4 components usually groan and make popping noises. This will harm your transfer case if yoou keep driving in this manner. If the road surface you are driving on does have a slippery surface, then you might have a problem. - Brian Glastetter
Would want to check ignition module. security system if equipped and fuel delivery system. Would also have to research 4WD system. - Hal...