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#1 TributeMan

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 10:31 AM

Hi, the O/D Off light flashes on my wife's Tribute. It started coming on when it was hot and the A/C was on. Last night and today it does it even with the A/C off. If we switch the car off and then back on the light doesn't flash. Also when the light is flashing the gear shifts feel a bit jerky?
Anyone had this problem? Anyone know what the problem is?

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 06:00 PM

Completely different car, but a Soarer's Overdrive light flashing means a Solenoid issue in the gearbox, either a sticky solenoid or a faulty one...

Not sure if it's anything worth considering since it's on an imported Toyota and not a Mazda, but a flashing light of some description is usually trying to tell you a diagnostic code, and if gear shifting is effected, it could definately be related.

Take it in and get the car put onto a diagnostic machine, or find someone with a Scangauge tool and pull the error codes, reset the ECU, and see if any new codes come up (or existing ones re-emerge).

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 06:10 PM

yep, brian has it right, a flashing light usually means a fault the computer has picked up, take it straight to Mazda :smile:
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 10:27 PM

yep, brian has it right, a flashing light usually means a fault the computer has picked up, take it straight to Mazda :smile:

Thanks guys...

Called 2 Mazda dealers and they are busy and can't book the car in until Friday. So we've booked it in for Friday..

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:22 PM

yep, brian has it right, a flashing light usually means a fault the computer has picked up, take it straight to Mazda :smile:

Thanks guys...

Called 2 Mazda dealers and they are busy and can't book the car in until Friday. So we've booked it in for Friday..

Took it to Mazda and was told I need a new transmission. These transmission must be pretty crappy when they don't last 85,000km. Maybe the dealer got it wrong? Going for a second opinion...

Anyone know where I can get a reasonably priced transmission? Mazda quoted $3,800.00.

Edited by TributeMan, 09 December 2007 - 08:23 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2007 - 04:51 PM

yep, brian has it right, a flashing light usually means a fault the computer has picked up, take it straight to Mazda :smile:

Thanks guys...

Called 2 Mazda dealers and they are busy and can't book the car in until Friday. So we've booked it in for Friday..

Took it to Mazda and was told I need a new transmission. These transmission must be pretty crappy when they don't last 85,000km. Maybe the dealer got it wrong? Going for a second opinion...

Anyone know where I can get a reasonably priced transmission? Mazda quoted $3,800.00.


What was the code??? that will tell you what was wrong, post it up here and happy to provide info for you...
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:44 AM

yep, brian has it right, a flashing light usually means a fault the computer has picked up, take it straight to Mazda :smile:

Thanks guys...

Called 2 Mazda dealers and they are busy and can't book the car in until Friday. So we've booked it in for Friday..

Took it to Mazda and was told I need a new transmission. These transmission must be pretty crappy when they don't last 85,000km. Maybe the dealer got it wrong? Going for a second opinion...

Anyone know where I can get a reasonably priced transmission? Mazda quoted $3,800.00.


What was the code??? that will tell you what was wrong, post it up here and happy to provide info for you...

The codes were P0741 and P1744..

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 05:31 PM

So those codes are for the torque converter, not the transmission per se.

I would try and get a diagnosis from a decent transmission shop, which area did you live in.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 05:45 PM

hmm the plot thickens...couple of really suspicious issues concerning these tributes, and there converter clutches.

Nothing a dealer wouldn't be aware of if the car was bought in for regular servicing, did your wife ever notice
any shudder on the vehicle at all when changing gears over the past 85,000kms??


So now to some more questions, year model, confirm for me also that the fluid level is perfect, and also that there
is no slow leak/weep from the transmission cooler lines.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:14 PM

hmm the plot thickens...couple of really suspicious issues concerning these tributes, and there converter clutches.

Nothing a dealer wouldn't be aware of if the car was bought in for regular servicing, did your wife ever notice
any shudder on the vehicle at all when changing gears over the past 85,000kms??


So now to some more questions, year model, confirm for me also that the fluid level is perfect, and also that there
is no slow leak/weep from the transmission cooler lines.

The warning light had come on once while in Sydney and was being driven by my father in law. It never came on again until 3 weeks ago. It would come on and once the ignition is switched off it wouldn't appear for a while. The last couple of times the gear change from 1st to 2nd was a bit jerky/rough... There's no apparent leak. I checked the fluid and it looked like it had too much. I've booked it in for a transmission service to see if that fixes problem. We purchased the car second hand and I'm not sure if the auto was serviced. The car had 55,000 kms on the clock. It's had 3 service including the 80,000km which was a major one. The car is a 2003 Mazda Tribute V6.

I'm located in Reservoir. Northern suburbs of Melbourne..
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Edited by TributeMan, 11 December 2007 - 08:16 PM.


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Posted 12 December 2007 - 02:55 PM

hmm the plot thickens...couple of really suspicious issues concerning these tributes, and there converter clutches.

Nothing a dealer wouldn't be aware of if the car was bought in for regular servicing, did your wife ever notice
any shudder on the vehicle at all when changing gears over the past 85,000kms??


So now to some more questions, year model, confirm for me also that the fluid level is perfect, and also that there
is no slow leak/weep from the transmission cooler lines.

The warning light had come on once while in Sydney and was being driven by my father in law. It never came on again until 3 weeks ago. It would come on and once the ignition is switched off it wouldn't appear for a while. The last couple of times the gear change from 1st to 2nd was a bit jerky/rough... There's no apparent leak. I checked the fluid and it looked like it had too much. I've booked it in for a transmission service to see if that fixes problem. We purchased the car second hand and I'm not sure if the auto was serviced. The car had 55,000 kms on the clock. It's had 3 service including the 80,000km which was a major one. The car is a 2003 Mazda Tribute V6.

I'm located in Reservoir. Northern suburbs of Melbourne..
Thanks


Too much is not good, so a service, flush (make sure that one is done correctly as there is a specific procedure mazda follow for the transmission flush.)

That transmission is just not old enough to have issues unless there was something "bad" that has happened in its short life. The CD4E transmission has been around for a long long long time, and has shown pretty reasonable service as long as the transmission fluid is kept cool. I presume it has a transmission cooler??
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:00 PM

hmm the plot thickens...couple of really suspicious issues concerning these tributes, and there converter clutches.

Nothing a dealer wouldn't be aware of if the car was bought in for regular servicing, did your wife ever notice
any shudder on the vehicle at all when changing gears over the past 85,000kms??


So now to some more questions, year model, confirm for me also that the fluid level is perfect, and also that there
is no slow leak/weep from the transmission cooler lines.

The warning light had come on once while in Sydney and was being driven by my father in law. It never came on again until 3 weeks ago. It would come on and once the ignition is switched off it wouldn't appear for a while. The last couple of times the gear change from 1st to 2nd was a bit jerky/rough... There's no apparent leak. I checked the fluid and it looked like it had too much. I've booked it in for a transmission service to see if that fixes problem. We purchased the car second hand and I'm not sure if the auto was serviced. The car had 55,000 kms on the clock. It's had 3 service including the 80,000km which was a major one. The car is a 2003 Mazda Tribute V6.

I'm located in Reservoir. Northern suburbs of Melbourne..
Thanks


Too much is not good, so a service, flush (make sure that one is done correctly as there is a specific procedure mazda follow for the transmission flush.)

That transmission is just not old enough to have issues unless there was something "bad" that has happened in its short life. The CD4E transmission has been around for a long long long time, and has shown pretty reasonable service as long as the transmission fluid is kept cool. I presume it has a transmission cooler??

Not sure if it has a transmission cooler. THe car is stock...

Had the transmission serviced by a local mechanic. What is the specific procedure?

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 10:41 AM

http://www.miata.net...014-06-1714.pdf
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 09:51 AM

Any futher news?
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:13 PM

Any futher news?

Tried giving it a transmission service. Purchased the car second hand and wasn't sure if a service was done. I guess just hoping (dreaming) it would fix the problem. Drove the car for 1 week with no problems and then lights came on again. Talked to a friend who recommended a transmission specialist. Transmission was fixed for 25% the cost of a change over unit. All solenoids were replaced...

Bloody Mazda dealers not offering the service to fix the transmission. I guess they don't have the ability and it's easier to rip people off....

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 11:13 AM

Any futher news?

Tried giving it a transmission service. Purchased the car second hand and wasn't sure if a service was done. I guess just hoping (dreaming) it would fix the problem. Drove the car for 1 week with no problems and then lights came on again. Talked to a friend who recommended a transmission specialist. Transmission was fixed for 25% the cost of a change over unit. All solenoids were replaced...

Bloody Mazda dealers not offering the service to fix the transmission. I guess they don't have the ability and it's easier to rip people off....

Back again and still no luck...

Had solenoids replaced and the torque converter removed and repaired and re-installed. Now only 1 error code is reported. P1744. This related to torque converter but the converter has been repaired. Now i'm thinking it's either a PCM issue or an electrical wiring problem.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:30 PM

Stupid question, and clutching for straws, any change the ECU or 'an' ECU has had water get into it during the life of the car????

Maybe see if you can get an exchange ECU for testing, or if they can diagnose the ECU at this point.

GT Soarers have a known issue with dodgy Capacitors on their dash boards and ECU's, I dont think it's going to be a common problem on a tribute, but it could be something to concider that there is actually a fault with the reporting module rather than the item being reported, it's happened before.

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