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Hi everyone,

I recently bought a 3.0 Tribeca. It had the CEL on (not flashing), VDC & CC light flashing. Went and diagnose it, had misfires on 2 & 4. We assumed the spark plugs, as they weren't changed in a long time and the car also has LPG.

Cleared all the errors, 1 week drive, nothing showed up (both on gas and LPG). After 1 week, check engine was back on. Checked the codes again, this time was cylinder 1. The next day, CEL started flashing, and engine shaking at idle.

What have I done thus far:

- changed spark plugs
- checked coils
- checked injectors
- checked compression

At this point there is misfire only on cyl 1. The odd thing is that the flashing CEL, idle shaking and power loss happen from time to time. It can run 5 minutes shaking, then 20 minutes CEL stops flashing and it works like a charm, then CEL starts flashing again...and so on.

Any ideas where should go next? I'm thinking either ECU or some electrical issues somewhere.

Thank you for your answers and sorry for any mistakes, as English isn't my native language.
 

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Try moving the coil on spark plugs around to see if it follows. Same for the injectors (more them around). No codes with the Variable Valve Timing? No other codes at all?

Assuming you have narrowed it down to spark, If it isn't the coil, and it isn't the wire to the coil from the ECU, then it is in the ECU itself.



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Sounds like the issue ours had, drove fine for a while then would start missing. Shut it down and it started up fine. I checked everything along with allowing the dealer over a day of diagnostics, we came to the same conclusion it was a bad ECU.

I am assuming you have already had the battery tested as well and eliminated any issues with grounds on the engine block.
 

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Had same issue over and over again. Finally took it to non dealer repair shop. They discovered the dealer had broke the clip things on wiring harness during diagnostic. That's why it would come back on later.depending on how bumpy of driving till it came loose. I replaced wiring harness fixed it. Hasn't happened again in 2 years. Good luck
 

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We narrowed down to the top connector going into the ECU (see image). The only problem we have now is that we cannot unpin the cables from the connector. I will update with more info, hopefully it will help somebody else too.
I was hoping to find an used ECU on ebay, but the code it has is a bit wired and can find it only "new" for around 6-$700 - BV 22611AM01B, so that's a bummer.
 

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Hi everyone,

I recently bought a 3.0 Tribeca. It had the CEL on (not flashing), VDC & CC light flashing. Went and diagnose it, had misfires on 2 & 4. We assumed the spark plugs, as they weren't changed in a long time and the car also has LPG.

Cleared all the errors, 1 week drive, nothing showed up (both on gas and LPG). After 1 week, check engine was back on. Checked the codes again, this time was cylinder 1. The next day, CEL started flashing, and engine shaking at idle.

What have I done thus far:

  • changed spark plugs
  • checked coils
  • checked injectors
  • checked compression
At this point there is misfire only on cyl 1. The odd thing is that the flashing CEL, idle shaking and power loss happen from time to time. It can run 5 minutes shaking, then 20 minutes CEL stops flashing and it works like a charm, then CEL starts flashing again...and so on.

Any ideas where should go next? I'm thinking either ECU or some electrical issues somewhere.

Thank you for your answers and sorry for any mistakes, as English isn't my native language.
I am dealing with the exact same issues in the Tribeca I picked up. From alot of what I have read the tribeca has alot of issues such as ours and it ends up being extremely frustrating after tons of work and replacements that don't quite fix it. I am leaning towards ecu myself. I had a $9000 scanner hooked up to diag codes and test each sensor and all the sudden the lights on my center console read err instead of the miles per gal and time etc and the scanner itself started flickering around like crazy. Never seen that before. HELP!
 

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Sounds like you are getting electrical problems. Any other sign of things not working as they should, regularly?

Probably without more clues to point at what connector, I would start with cleaning all the engine grounds and making sure the braid is good.

Any history with water damage on the car.

I wouldn't say 'tribeca has alot of issues such as ours' but it does happen rarely that the ECU goes bad resulting in misfire.
 

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I actually have a ground that goes from the trans to the fender well that is damaged and torn apart. I hope this gets it bc I'm worn out.
Sounds like you are getting electrical problems. Any other sign of things not working as they should, regularly?

Probably without more clues to point at what connector, I would start with cleaning all the engine grounds and making sure the braid is good.

Any history with water damage on the car.

I wouldn't say 'tribeca has alot of issues such as ours' but it does happen rarely that the ECU goes bad resulting in misfire.
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