HI. My Mazda Tribute 1997 model was taken to a Mazda mechanics in Thailand for an annual checkup and the following day it developed a strange noise under the bonnet/hood. The noise is a complex multi dimensional sound like either grating melt disk or belt or perhaps escaping gas through a hose or fan. Its is both low and high pitched. The sound is coming from the mid to rear part of the engine on the driver's side. I am hestiate to take the car back to the Mazda shop because last year I paid Baht 18,000 to have the turbo (alternator) replaced only for my car to break down in the middle of no where a week later - be towed to a different Mazda shop and told that I had an old turbo that needed replacing for Baht 16,000. It turns out that the first shop had never replaced the turbo - simply recharged the battery but charged me for the new part!!!
As a girl living in Thailand and with the language barriers it has been a problem to get things fixed. So if anyone has any ideas that I could equip myself with before I head back to the Mazda mechanics - I would really appreciate it.
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Re: Strange noise under the bonnet/hood
It sounds like they have forgotten to hook up a vacuum hose or something along that lines.... just a suggestion for you in the future... when you go to a shop to have a part replace... put a big scratch in the surface of it .... or even better take a felt pen and sign your name on it.... you'll know right away if the part was replaced or not. lift up the bonnet and listen to the noise... from the sounds of the mechanics in thailand it could be more then one thing.
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OK, if the cable is the part that broke AND it broke at the handle, then you can use a pliers or vise grip to grab the end and pull on it to pop the hood, if it broke somewhere inside the cable, then you will need some needle nosed pliers to reach under the hood and grab it there. if it broke off at the hood latch itself, then you will need to get/ make a hook or pushing rod to engage the mechanism directly to release the latch and then replace the cable
Possible causes are the starter, starter solenoid, battery, battery cables, neutral safety switch, and ignition switch. The starter is mounted on the engine where the engine and transmission connect. A mechanic would check the small wire on the solenoid for voltage when you turn the key to start.
sounds like a wheel bearing maybe faulty from your text it sounds like it could be the osf you could try jacking vehicle up with engine off handbrake applied and in neutral spin the wheel and see if it makes noise or wiggle it to see if it has any play possibly take off greade cap and see if any grease in bearing /
Depending upon how familiar you might be with the location of the under-hood release, you may be able to access it through the small opening between the hood and grill that follows opening the bonnet by pulling the lever under the steering wheel. A long narrow standard head screwdriver and a good light may be all that is required. That is exactly how the mechanic at the VW garage will release the hood latch.
If your not at all familiar with the hood latch, it might be useful to view the mechanism in another Passat so that you know how it functions. Less than a 5 minute job, but the dealer will likely charge about $65 to perform the task, substantially more to replace the broken mechanism.