Ranger / BT50 - New &/or Old - Known Problems

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by cammo79 » January 10th, 2011, 5:00 pm

mines spent half its life underwater never had a problem

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Matty R » January 10th, 2011, 7:22 pm

No problems here either, rear diff is a different story though!

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by worthy » January 10th, 2011, 7:28 pm

dont cook the engine or you'll be up for a new head, not just gasket.

auto selector bracket breaks, currently under a recall.

Bonnet catch recall on some models
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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by cammo79 » January 10th, 2011, 7:57 pm

ive changed to oil every 50000 in the diff and its never been milky and i dont have breathers i dont wait for the diff to cool down normaly hit crossing after driving around 80km/hr +

the only prob ive had is cause my front mudflaps got torn off with the 32s before the lift water gets in through the guard but i think ive fixed that now

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by gecko270 » January 11th, 2011, 8:44 am

I've blown 2 front diff seals due to water getting into the front diff through the breather. Oil dropped, seal replaced both times under warranty. I've since fitted breathers and haven't had a problem. When the rear diff breather was removed it was blocked and the diff was under a hell of a lot of pressure. Sounded like my air tank being bled when I took it out.
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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by ranger2452 » January 16th, 2011, 6:06 pm

looks like he did a runner haha 8 diffs pffft
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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by RangerPunx » February 2nd, 2011, 8:24 pm

Thanks for the heads up guys. Im doubting the missus will be able to smash the diff, but then again she is a female...

Sorry to thread mine and bring it back up but,
Anyways im looking at one this weekend, 07 with 102000k on it. It has a little more on it than I would have liked but its an XLT from a dealer that ive screwed down at a steal really. Is there anything major that should have been covered in that time? Timing belts/chains etc. and whats how about the turbo life etc.

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by fred99999au » February 2nd, 2011, 8:34 pm

Mine has 108,000 and I have just fitted a new clutch. My guess is pressure plate failure due to abuse...

I'd be checking that. They are due for a timing belt and cam follower adjust at 120,000 from memory.

Service history would be a very good indicator. I have put many KM on many vehicles from an orange and blue telecommunications company till I left there.

Flogged them mercilessley, overloaded them, ran 50-60 PSI in Pintara tyres, took one through Wombat State Forest at one point on a day off with a mate and a 200kg rated hand winch. Only got bogged once.

Always had them serviced well and thoroughly and only really wore out tyres and brakes.

YMMV.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by oncedisturbed » May 9th, 2011, 2:32 am

Inner cv's splitting from too much pressure on them, no recalls as yet

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Clive » May 9th, 2011, 6:48 am

Friend of mine has one, ( actually several as they are the work vehicles for his Co, and he's the mechanic.)
only talking to him on Saturday as he worked on one of my cars, bonnet catch is a recall item, one of the work cars has been recalled.... He's expecting the rest, note they want it for 3 hrs to do the replacement ( wonder what else they are checking), also rust under rubbers is due to not being sprayed properly, apparently common.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by mattlyon » May 9th, 2011, 4:11 pm

the dual mass flywheel gives out frequently im on my 3rd at 38 000, and the torsion bar tensioner can crack with a lift and driving over rough roads, the pressure sensor inside the fuel rail in mine gave up resulting in the whole rail being replaced

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by scrote » May 9th, 2011, 11:17 pm

140.000 k . No problem except 5th gear replaced, and bonnet striker recall.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by skettie » May 10th, 2011, 8:27 am

08 pj ranger with 57000kms
had new turbo fitted, supposably old one had seized??
new synchros in gearbox for 3rd and 4th gear.
bonnet striker recall.
doesnt get thrashed, mainly does highway driving with a kart trailer on the back (approx 600kg) hardly any 4wdriving lately, done a couple of trips to Fraser Island.
other then those problems its a great car!! :thumb:

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by fred99999au » May 10th, 2011, 9:26 am

gecko270 wrote:I've blown 2 front diff seals due to water getting into the front diff through the breather. Oil dropped, seal replaced both times under warranty. I've since fitted breathers and haven't had a problem. When the rear diff breather was removed it was blocked and the diff was under a hell of a lot of pressure. Sounded like my air tank being bled when I took it out.

G'day Gecko. I have a look at the old breathers I took out of mine when I put the Billet Racecraft ones on and the original are an exhaust only valve, they only let air out.

Could it be vaccuum in your diff making the air sound and sucking water in past the seals?

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by gecko270 » May 10th, 2011, 9:50 am

I was talking about the rear diff mate. The breather was blocked and so a hell of a lot of pressure had built up over time and it definitely blew air out. The rear diff is a lot stronger and hadn't had any issues at all. The front diff had blown seals a couple of times and Mazda had fixed it under warranty as it shouldn't do it and it is meant to be used as a 4wd. When I fitted the diff breathers the front diff had just been fixed for the second time and it appeared to have a new breather fitted as there was no dirt build up and the thing looked brand spanker. The rear diff was a different story and I’m glad I've fitted extended breathers. I've hit some water crossings and mud holes since without any issues at all.
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