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Mazda Tribute: Drew, I have a Mazda Tribute, It has suddenly

Customer Question

Hi Drew,
I have a Mazda Tribute, It has suddenly stopped moving forward (not on D, 2 nor L).
Only driving on Reverse (R).
I have parked at work and when I wanted to go Home, the vehicle couldn't move using D, 2 and L.
I went home using Reverse.
Please assist.
Saidi from DRCongo
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 2 years ago.
Hello. My name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today.How is the fluid level and does it smell burned or have signs of metal in it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Fluid from Engine looks fine.
Or, do you mean fluid from Gear box?

I am just from Home, have tried rescan the Troubles again after erasing all the codes and I had nothing as error.
So right now now error codes are observed after diagnosing.

But Car still not departing.

Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 2 years ago.
The transmission fluid. Check it with the vehicle warmed up on a level surface with the engine running.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Where do I get the transmission fluid?
I only know of the Engine Oil!

Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 2 years ago.
There is a second dipstick for the transmission fluid on the transmission. I dont have a pictureof it but a quick google search will get you a picture.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The Fluid level is very low when engine is running.

And I smell the burned metal in the fluid.

I used "TOTAL" Organic Engine Coolant.

Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 2 years ago.
Im not sure how the coolant plays into this. You may have burnt up the pump on the transmission driving it in reverse with low fluid. Try filling it to the full line and see if it works then. If not the transmission is going to need overhauled.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have filled up the Transmission fluid and still can not Depart.

Only Reverse is working.

Please advise Proper transmission fluid for this vehicle, so that I try again, emptying and filling back.

Maybe the fluid I am using is not the proper one.

Having the transmission overhauled is something big!

Please, I still need your help on this.

Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 2 years ago.
It takes Mercon V fluid.I understand its a big job but I cant change what needs done.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


Sorry for not giving feedback.

I was looking for this Mercon V fluid but couldn't get any around me.

I have just bought some on EBAY, 3 x 946ml bottles that will reach me end of June.

Hope this will be enough.

Currently, I have got CITROL AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID, TYPE A, French Formula, 4Liters Tin.

Please advise if this can also work?

If this fluid replacement does not work, then I 'll have no choice but repair the Transmission itself.


Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 2 years ago.
It should say what all fluids it meets the specs for on the label. If it is compatible with mercon v then it will work.