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2003 Mazada Tribute key is stuck in ignition and won't come out

Tribute will start. I just can't remove the key.

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My MPV has/had the same problem. Simply put the shifter up into Park and then press the outer end of the gear shifter away from you towards the dash/windshield until it clicks. While still depressing the shifter end, remove the key and it's in park. The microswitch is slightly out of adjustment. Good luck. I've been doing this for 2 and a half years and it's still working ok. Remember to let the attendant know if you leave the car with valet parking!

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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The key is tied to the computer which controls the engine. Apparently the key you are using needs to be reprogrammed to the computer. The dealer can do this for you.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 mazada tribute firing order

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For the 3.0L:
Firing Order:
1-4-2-5-3-6
Cylinders:
(back of engine)
1------2------3
4------5------6
(front of engine)

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Posted on Mar 09, 2010

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SOURCE: how to change fuel filter mazada 2003 tribute

Mazda Tribute 2001-06
Fuel Filter - Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    Negative battery cable Fuel line to the fuel filter
  4. Loosen the clamp and remove the filter
To install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    New clips to the fuel lines Fuel filter and tighten the clamp Fuel lines to the fuel filter Negative battery cable
  2. Start the vehicle and check for leaks, repair if necessary.
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    NOTE To deplete the backup power supply energy, disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least one minute. Be sure to disconnect auxiliary batteries and power supplies, if equipped.
  4. Disconnect the fuel line at the fuel filter.
  5. Loosen the clamp and remove the filter.
To install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    New clips to the fuel lines Fuel filter and tighten the clamp Fuel lines to the fuel filter Negative battery cable
  2. Start the engine and check for leaks, repair if necessary.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2010

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SOURCE: Mazda Tribute 2003 ignition switch

My 2001 Mazda Tribute ignition key cylinder was broken and locking up constantly. I would have to jiggle my key for up to 20 minutes to crank the car (it had nothing to do with steering wheel or shifter lock – the cylinder was busted). If at home sometimes I would resort to getting out a sander to vibrate the key while in the ignition and get it to turn. I was ready to take a sledge hammer to the car. I didn’t do any internet research on replacing the key cylinder until today because I figured it would be a big miserable job…but it wasn’t!!! To get to the cylinder, remove the 3 screws on the bottom side of the plastic steering column cover. Remove cover – use a screw driver to pry apart. Turn key to run position (don’t start engine). There is a pin on the bottom of the cylinder which is now exposed- take a small screw driver and push the pin in and pull on key. Cylinder should slide out. Get a new Ford Escape cylinder at the auto parts store (I payed $86, comes with two programmable keys), note: the parts store will not have one for Mazda, but Escape and Tribute are essentially the same car – many Mazda parts you can only get at the dealer for an outrageous price. Now do the following procedure...(note: you must have both original ignition keys for this to work)
1. Get some long needle nose pliers (forceps work best because they lock).
2. Grab the receiver knob that the end of the key cylinder normally engages near the center of the steering column. (Look in the hole that the cylinder was in)
3. Take one of the original ignition keys and insert it into the open cylinder hole alongside the pliers (this simulates the key being in the ignition/cylinder)
4. Push in and turn the pliers (ignition knob) and the first original key at the same time to run position - don't start the engine.
5. Wait for the key light to go off on the dash and turn pliers/key back to off position…note, if key light is flashing, tilt pliers slightly and try again.
6. Repeat with second original key and then the new key. You must go in this order and you must go from one key to the next in 10 seconds or less. This is how the car programs the new key. You may have to try a few times (I had to) and tilt the pliers a bit if they interfere with programming (key light flashing).
7. Once the key light comes on solid for a second or two and goes off with all three keys in a row (not flashing) then you have it. Repeat process with original keys and other new key.
8. Use pliers to align receiver knob to run position and Insert new key cylinder (remember to insert new key in new cylinder and align so cylinder will slide in properly - key should be turned in cylinder to run position).
9. Try out new keys…car should start! Install column plastic cover. You will still need to carry an original key to open the doors unless you fully trust that your keyless entry fob will always work. I would estimate this job to take about 20-30 minutes if you have the tools and new cylinder ready when you start. I was VERY skeptical when I tried this, but it worked great for me and I thank Mike at Cheapfobs.com blog a bunch!!…Good luck with yours!

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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