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05 Mazda Tribute Transmission Help
02-17-2014, 06:20 PM
Post: #11
RE: 05 Mazda Tribute Transmission Help
Drained and refilled transmission. It was over-serviced by alot. The car will now go into gear temporarily. It will only work for about 45 seconds then it disengages again. I am wondering if the transmission failed because it was overserviced or if the previous owner just added extra fluid to try and "milk" the gearbox??
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02-17-2014, 10:55 PM (This post was last modified: 02-17-2014 10:59 PM by Rupe.)
Post: #12
RE: 05 Mazda Tribute Transmission Help
I think you will find that a torque converter is not going to be intermittent. When they crap out, they crap out.

As I said before, I feel the only reason you can get it to budge at all is due to restarting the engine. Once the computer finds there's a problem it wont do anything. I have run into this before although not on a Mazda.

Try this to see if you make any headway. Start the engine, put it in the lowest gear maunally and leave it there. See if you can get to 25 mph several times without touching the gear selector. What this may prove is while manually in 1st gear the computer will not be looking to shift so may not default. What this will also prove is the problem is something other than 1st gear. IOW, 2nd or 3rd is the issue. The only way to go further with a DIY diagnosis is to pull the pan and look for debris. Anything other than a light grey coating is cause for concern. If you are not sure what's in the bottom of the pan you can bring that to a trany shop "as is" so they can give you an opinion. Just pour the oil off and leave everything else.

Edited to add: if you can drive it in first gear then before you pull the pan you may want to take it somewhere to have a scan done. Any codes showing will be VERY helpful. If you start the tear down and disconnect the battery the code info may be lost. IOW, better to know what you are looking for up front.
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