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MAZDA TRIBUTE ENGINE PROBLEM

2006 Mazda Tribute • 92,089 miles

While driving, suv will stall. Starts right back and will be ok. Doesnt do it every day, but when it does once it will usually do again then not again a couple of weeks
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Brianprimeaux
November 19, 2012.



Is the Malfunctioning Indicator Light showing?
What is the idling speed at operating temperature?

KHLow2008
Nov 20, 2012.
No lights on dash till it stalls then normal lights come on, go off after restart. Engine temp is normal, also no codes come up

Tiny
Brianprimeaux
Nov 20, 2012.
Rpm at idle when warmed up around 800

Tiny
Brianprimeaux
Nov 20, 2012.
If turning the A/C on or off affects the idling speed, the problem is most likely to be erratic idling which are mostly caused by dirty air passage of the idle control system.

Have the throttle body and IAC cleaned and retest.

KHLow2008
Nov 21, 2012.
This problem is not always at idle, it has happened driving down interstate at 60 mph. Sometimes at 30 mph very intermitten

Tiny
Brianprimeaux
Nov 21, 2012.
Are you sure if the dash indicator lights come on before or after engine stalled? If after, that can mean a failing ignition switch that is intermittently losing contact and problem will get worse and more often.

KHLow2008
Nov 21, 2012.
How does the ignition switch kill the engine then let you start it right back up?

Tiny
Brianprimeaux
Nov 21, 2012.
Also lights do come on after stall

Tiny
Brianprimeaux
Nov 21, 2012.
A failing ignition switch can allow the engine to start but will cut off due to excessive resistance. This is the start and would get worse when you would not be able to start.

If the lights comes on immediately after engine stalled, that should not be the problem but it it takes a while after engine stalled, that might be the ignition switch.

Such intermittent problems are not easy to detect and most probably is electrical in nature. Check the EFI and fuel pump relays.

Cutting off has different symptoms. Does it cut off immediately as if the ignition switch is turned off or it seems to sputter slightly or have fuel starvation like symptoms before stalling?

KHLow2008
Nov 22, 2012.
Just dies out

Tiny
Brianprimeaux
Nov 22, 2012.
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