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Brake Master Cylinder Problems of Mazda Tribute

Mazda Tribute owners have reported 21 problems related to brake master cylinder (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2008 Mazda Tribute 1
Failure Date: 11/25/2015

At various times between August 2015 and November 2015, my brakes did not respond properly. At about 3-week intervals, my brake pedal would go farther down toward the floorboard than it usually takes for me to stop. This usually happened at low speeds (5mph to 40mph), usually when I am approaching a stoplight or stop sign. After all of these instances, whenever I parked my car and started a new trip, the brakes would go back to normal. However, on 11/10/15, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor when I tried to stop at 15-20mph. This was on a busy city street, and I had to drive up on the median to avoid hitting the car in front of me. I took it to sears and was told there was no problem with the brakes; however, they bled the brake line, changed the brake fluid. Then, I took it to the Mazda dealer and was told there was no problem with the brakes, but that the fluid needed to be changed. When I took it to carmax, they told me it was the master cylinder, and they replaced it along with the front abs tone rings. On 11/25/15, two days after getting my car back from the carmax mechanics, the brake pedal was again feeling like it was going farther down than necessary, and then it went to the floor again. That time, I was approaching a stop sign in a residential neighborhood, so it was at a low speed. The car is now back at carmax, and they have called to say that they cannot find any problem. The scariest things about this (besides the obvious fear that my car will cause an accident) are: 1) the random nature of these brake problems; 2) the fact that the brake pedal goes back to normal after one of these events; 3) mechanics were not spotting a problem with my brakes; and 4) when a problem was specified and supposedly fixed, the brakes still went out.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 2
Failure Date: 08/10/2012

First let me please advise that there was no incident regarding my vehicle. I am writing to try to get information about a potential recurring problem that was first reported and recalled with the 2002 and the 2003 / recall 63202. I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute and was just advised by the service department of irwin Mazda in freehold new jersey that my car will need to have the brake booster and the master cylinder replaced. I know my car is a 2005 and the recall pertained to the 2002 and 2003 models, but I feel that this is an issue that is recurring and is not being addressed. I contacted Mazda corporate and spoke to the supervisor mr. Johhny garcia and I voiced my concerns, and I was dismissed by him stating that there was nothing he can or will do to escalate my concerns to a higher level of management at Mazda corporate. The number I called was 949-727-1990. I am not sure how this works but I am truly concerned with this issue. There might be more consumers like me out there that had this issue with their car and was dismissed also. Not only is this a safety concern, but the cost to replace this could be in the thousands. Can you please reach out to Mazda regarding my concerns, since [xxx] refused to help me escalate my call. Thank you so much for your help. [xxx] please advise on how you think I should proceed, or if you can look into this potential recurring problem with the brake booster and master cylinder. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2002 Mazda Tribute 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

2002 Mazda Tribute. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall 6712a concerning abs system repairs and seeks reimbursement the dealer informed the consumer, there was nothing they could do until she received a notification letter saying the part was in stock. The consumer took the vehicle to an independent shop because the brake light illuminated on the dashboard. The brake master cylinder was replaced.

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Failure Date: 01/12/2012

Leaking reservoir cap on the master cylinder. I'm aware that Ford is recalling 01 and 02 escapes for this issue. I have a Mazda Tribute that is identical to the Ford escape and was assembled in the same factory as the escape. Will the recall for the leaking reservoir cap extend to the Tribute as well? I found my reservoir cap leaking a few years back after the warranty had expired and applied a fix at the time with cardboard but don't feel that it's a safe fix. I would hope this recall will also extend to the 01 and 02 Tributes as they are the identical in every way to the Ford except for a slightly different body style. I have owned the vehicle since new. In a separate issue I have experienced seal leaks in the rear differential on multiple occasions in both rear axles and the pinion seal. My Tribute is a 4x4. I feel this is unsafe as the leaks were severe enough that if the level of fluid were low enough could have caused the rear differential to cease up while driving. I have recently (1\2012) had to have both rear axle seals, pinion seal and pinion flange replaced because of this issue. I also had a rear axle seal replaced by the dealer I had originally purchased the vehicle from shortly after the warranty had expired about 3. 5 years into ownership. This last time when the leaks occurred it was spraying differential fluid underneath the vehicle while driving and leaking onto the ground while parked. If the fluid had sprayed on a hot exhaust while driving it can also pose a fire hazard.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2001 Mazda Tribute 5
Failure Date: 10/21/2010

I own a 2001 Mazda Tribute, which I purchased used in 2007. The vehicle went through six master cylinders within the first few months we owned it. It has been an ok car, but frequently and I mean frequently visits the mechanic to get fixed, whereas my other (foreign-made) vehicle rarely has problems - I will never buy american again! Wednesday evening I picked up my 2001 Tribute up at the mechanic from getting four new engine coils which had just been replaced two years previously, which my mechanic says should not have gone bad. Thursday morning I had my two children in the car when I reversed out of my parking spot at a local church when the brake pedal went straight to the floor! the car kept going back and I had to use the emergency break to stop!!!! luckily I did not hit anything and no one was hurt. I had the truck towed back to the mechanic, which I had just picked it up from (this was the car's 4th visit in two weeks for broken parts). The mechanic said that the front left brake line had ruptured and the right one was cracked, so both were replaced. I am so thankful the brakes hadn't failed minutes later when my family would have been on the interstate!!! no recall has been made by Mazda for this problem, but I have seen many similar stories from this vehicle. It is a disgrace and threat to not only the driver and passengers of these vehicles, but to everyone on the road!!! I'm scared to drive my car, not knowing if it will get me home safely or even go. I would never have purchased the car if I could go back and only wish I could purchase something different now.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2006 Mazda Tribute 6
Failure Date: 09/15/2010

Brake failure, brake pedal goes down to the floor. Happened out of no were. Brake pads and drums are in good shape do not need to be replaced. Replaced master cylinder and left wheel cylinder due to bleeder broker. Neither of these have resolved problem. Vehicle still not repaired issue unknown.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2002 Mazda Tribute 7
Failure Date: 06/15/2010

I have had to replace the brake master cylinder 4 times in the last 2 years on my Mazda Tribute. It constantly leaks and eventually needs to be replaced. I called Mazda today and they told me that my vehicle is not currently on the list of the recall but I requested a confirmation # of my call just in case I have an accident due to brake failure. I told them that currently my brakes are not working properly and the gentlemen on the other side stated that there was nothing he could do now but that I should park my car on the outside. What kind of answer is this?.

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Failure Date: 05/12/2010

During drive home from work indicator for brake problem came on. Found brake fluid level low again. Brake fluid seems to be lost through reservoir breather/ fill cap. Alot of brake fluid has accumulated on and around the master cylinder and is dripping on the exhaust(smells bad too). Found that a recall has been issued for this but Mazda says my VIN is not in the recall range. What should I do?.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2004 Mazda Tribute 9
Failure Date: 07/23/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly decreased speed and felt as though it was losing power. The speed would not increase above 5 mph and the brakes would not engage properly. The mechanic stated that the problem was due to the catalytic converter and it would take 1-3 months to receive the part. After 4 weeks, the vehicle was repaired; however, when the shifting gears from park, reverse, and drive she heard a grinding noise. There was also little or no resistance in the steering wheel while making right and left turns. The NHTSA campaign id number: 07e023000 is related to the service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder and NHTSA campaign id number: 04v583000 is related to the vehicle speed control:cables. The contact is aware of the safety risk in the transmission. The current and failure mileages were 53,000.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the master cylinder was leaking brake fluid. As a result, the vehicle fails to stop when the brakes are applied. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07e023000. The contact feels that the failure could cause a crash. The current mileage was 74,000 and failure mileage was 35,000.

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Failure Date: 03/21/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the brake pedal must be completely depressed to the floorboard in order for the vehicle to stop. The failure has previously occurred at least 5 times , and no warning lights illuminated to indicate a malfunction. A mechanic diagnosed the failure as a leak in the master cylinder seal. The contact stated that neither weather nor speed were factors. On March 20, 2007, a mechanic flushed the brake system and replaced the master cylinder. No brake failures were reported since. The current and failure mileage were 70000. Update 5/5/08 the consumer stated even though it stops very slowly/gradually to the point of being dangerous it feels as if the brakes are failing. Updated. 05/05/08.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2006

I have just replaced the master cylinder and brake booster on this vehicle for the third time. This time, brake fluid actually leaked into a puddle under the car. There was a recall on the cardone aftermarket master cylinder, but the original failed, then two others, not cardone. My vehicle does not have abs brakes and is not covered under the current recall, but nonetheless, there must be a structural defect with the vehicle that causes the leak.

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Failure Date: 03/30/2006

2001 Tribute rack and pinion and shaft broke into pieces making it difficult for consumer to steer. The master cylinder had to be replaced due to an irreparable leak.

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Failure Date: 02/06/2006

My mechanic found these problems for me when I took the vehicle in for oil change, so fortunately, there was no accident. Here is a description of the problems as described to me: 1) failure of master brake cylinder. It was spewing brake fluid. This would have led to full failure of the brake system. Both the master cylinder and right front half-shaft were replaced. 2) right front knuckle holding wheel to axle was unsafe. There was a fracture of the metal holding the pinch bolt that is used to fasten the wheel to the lower ball joint. A rupture of this fracture would have caused the wheel to break away from the ball joint. My mechanic felt like this was most likely caused by the factory tightening the pinch bolt too much when assembled. The knuckle was replaced. It was also mentioned to me that a similar master brake cylinder problem was reported on a Ford escape which is essentially the same vehicle as my Mazda Tribute.

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Failure Date: 07/30/2004

At 40000 mileage my rotors were replaced when the pads had to be replaced. The dealer said this was caused by hard pads. @ 65,000 my brake booster was replaced which I camplained for 1 year abouta high pitched noise. Three weeks ago the dealer had to replace that booster with another, becasue that booster failed. Now this past week the dealership had to replace the master cylinder because it failed. My rotors at 79,000 are worn out again but Mazda will not replace them this time. I feell that because the components were failing for a long time and there are other complains about this problem, Mazda should have totally rebuilt the braking system instead of bandaiding it. Also the district service manager will not approve replacing the rotors because of the mileage, yet I have had these continuing problems.

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Failure Date: 06/26/2003

Since I purchased the auto in April 2002, there has been a burning smell coming from the engine. Every time I took the auto in for an oil change (every 3000 miles) I asked them to take a look at the engine because of the smell and every time they said they couldn't find anything except excess oil on the engine. If it is a brand new auto why is there oil on the engine?? no answer from the service dept. Finally after a year of complaining they actually looked at the engine and found a cracked block. The service dept said it must of happened when the engine was factory installed. I was told it was still ok to drive. They would get back to me when the "part" was in. Also they didn't believe me that something was wrong with the brakes. Once again everytime I took it in for an oil change I told them the brakes didn't feel right. I would have to pump the brakes to stop sometimes and other times sitting a light they would depress to the floor. Surprising nothing was found until the service dept actually drive the auto around (for the above problem) did they discover that I needed a new master cylinder!!! this is unbelievable, I have had both problems since the auto was purchased. Luckily it never stalled on me. What the heck it up with this model year???.

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Failure Date: 07/06/2002

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Failure Date: 07/01/2002

The light on the instrument panel indicating a door is open comes on by itself anytime it's hot outside. I am unable to keep the overhead interior lights on in the vehicle. There have been three attempts to fix this. The master cylinder clutch has also gone bad at 8k miles. . .

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Failure Date: 02/24/2002

I was constantly having problems stopping on ice/snow. It seemed that no matter how I braked my abs system would activate and the vehicle would roll through stop lights and stop signs. At first I thought it was the brand of tires that came with the Tribute, so purchase a new set of goodyear snow and mud tires after only 12,000 at a cost of $300. But the problem persisted the next winter. That's when I decided to finally take it to my mechanic and was told that the master cylinder cap was cracked and that my rear brakes were not being used hardly at all. Nearly all of the braking force on my vehicle was being done by the front brakes. This would explain why I was having such difficulties stopping on ice and snow. To no surprise, my front brakes had to be replaced at only 26,000 miles and it cost me $130. I did get the master cylinder cap replaced under warranty, but you might want to watch this in the future. I hope you can see how this could cause a serious accident, especially if this is a problem with the manufacturing of the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 01/10/2002

The brakes failed on 11/22/02 at 16,714 miles. The dealership changed the master cylinder as defected. On 1/03/03 at 19,632 miles the brakes failed again. Again the dealer changed the master cylinder as defective. I questioned whether this was the cause since it happened twice and didn't feel this was the root cause. On 1/10/03 at 20,634 miles the brakes failed again. In all three cases the brake pedal goes to the floor and will not stop the vehicle. The daelership now says its an abs problem. The emergency brake does not stop the vehicle either.

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Failure Date: 07/18/2001

New master cylinder was installed 7/24/2001, and still having brake failure/abs light on.