2002 Mazda Tribute Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Mazda Tribute

2002 Mazda Tribute Problems

Damaged PCM Wires May Cause Engine Misfires

If the engine is misfiring, it may be caused by a damaged wire(s) which connect the fuel injectors to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). The damaged wire(s) can be repaired or the emission wire harness replaced. A misfire can result in a loss of engine performance and illumination of the Check Engine Light.

Failure of EGR Differential Pressure Sensor

The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor tends to fail. The DPFE sensor monitors function of the EGR valve by measuring pressure changes in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. Symptoms of a failing DPFE sensor are hesitation or stumbling when driving along with illumination of the Check Engine Light.

2005 Tribute - MIL ON with multiple Coil Primary Circuit DTCS

Applies to 2005 Tribute 3.0L Engine ONLY. Some 2005 Tributes with a 3.0L Engine may exhibit a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) ON with two or more diagnostic trouble code (DTCs) for coil-on-plug (COP) primary circuit faults (P0351, P0352, P0353, P0354, P0355, P0356). This may be due to the spark plugs causing RF interference with the PCM resulting in damage to the PCM and COPs.

If there are two (2) or more coil circuit primary DTCs when run...

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2002 Mazda Tribute Questions

what causes jerking highway speeds (1 answer)

what causes EGR valve to have hole in it valve was was replace and hole came bac (1 answer)

My car is leaking gas. (1 answer)

You lift the back seat where the gas tank is and there is a puddle of gas just sitting under the seat where my 3 kids usually sit. What is causing it to leak like that? I can't roll the windows down without inhaling the fumes from the gas. I purchased the car like this. They told me there was...

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2002 Mazda Tribute Recalls

Lower Control Arm Can Fail And Separate

In some cold weather states, the lower control arm of the vehicle front suspension may corrode excessively and fracture. Dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace free of charge to resolve the problem.

Vehicle May Accelerate Unexpectedly

Mazda Tribute models equipped with a V6 engine are being recalled because inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not the speed control (cruise control) is used.

A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could result in a crash. Dealers will correct this concern by increasing the engine cover clearance. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August. Until then, dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. The Mazda recall number is 6812G.


Brake Fluid Leak From Master Cylinder Cap

The brake master cylinder reservoir cap can leak brake fluid. Leaking brake fluid can come in contact with the antilock brake system (ABS) module wiring harness. As a result, corrosion can develop in the module electrical connector, which can cause the connector to melt, smoke, or possibly catch fire. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and modify the ABS electrical system to correct this concern. The Mazda recall number is 6712A.

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2002 Mazda Tribute Reviews

I bought my Tribute used in 2010. It already had 140000 miles on it. I have had to replace the brake pads, struts & shocks, which is normal wear. I also need to repair the interior door panels (glue down fabric on the door) However, I love my Tribute, drives great. Couldn't ask for a better vehicle. My neice also has a 2002 Tribute,that she loves also. I would buy another Tribute.
Just bought at car aution.Overheating problem,sounds like a thumping noise in hose.If head gasket needed to replace, and someone put some of that headgasket sealer in engine,will it mess up the rest of the engine or just have the head gaskets replaced? Please send response.Thank You!
I bought my 02 Tribute ES used in 2004 with 50K miles on it. I had the certified used car warranty which covered repairs up to 100K miles. Replaced Transmission at 86K miles under warranty, Replaced rear diff seal, all axle seals at various times due to leaks again covered under warranty. Have just replaced the right front half shaft because abs ring broke. First repair I have paid for. Cu...

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