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

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by seano bt50 » December 2nd, 2011, 8:00 am

I have two Mazda BT50 and I've a a couple of issues. One had just over 100k when we started having problem with it starting. Took it to a diesel spec. They replace to pump and injectors. Still had problems so we took it back. They then rang me and said It was ready but they had replaced the starter in it.After talking to a couple of mates we have worked out that the problem wasn't the pump it was the starter pulling to many amps and not having enough left for the computer start up mode.

One other problem is the thermostats. In one month I had to do the headgasket on both due to the thermostat not opening. I wish I knew the problem after the first one blown would have save me a whole lot of time and money.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by murcod » December 2nd, 2011, 8:13 am

Has anyone heard anything about auto trans problems?

I've heard of a couple being replaced under warranty (one a Ranger and one a BT50) but it's strange there isn't much info on the web. A relation's is in getting fixed at the moment at 46000km. viewforum.php?f=118

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by seedyj » December 2nd, 2011, 6:36 pm

seano bt50 wrote:I have two Mazda BT50 and I've a a couple of issues. One had just over 100k when we started having problem with it starting. Took it to a diesel spec. They replace to pump and injectors. Still had problems so we took it back. They then rang me and said It was ready but they had replaced the starter in it.After talking to a couple of mates we have worked out that the problem wasn't the pump it was the starter pulling to many amps and not having enough left for the computer start up mode.

One other problem is the thermostats. In one month I had to do the headgasket on both due to the thermostat not opening. I wish I knew the problem after the first one blown would have save me a whole lot of time and money.

THATS CRAP ABOUT THE THERMOSTATS ONLY EVER SEEN EGR COOLER ISSUE'S /HEAD GASKET REPLACEMENT IS CRAP AS ONCE THESE GET HOT IT'S A NEW HEAD AND GASKET.

1st ISSUE TAKE IT TO THE DEALER YOU WOULDN"T HAVE PAID FOR A PUMP AND INJECTORS, SOUND LIKE A DIESEL SPECIALIST TO ME.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Rubidium » December 5th, 2011, 11:04 am

Rikarbara wrote:
Apart from some minor cosmetic differences the Ranger and the BT50 are both built in Thialand by Mazda and are IDENTICAL under the skin in spite of what most Ford dealers will tell you. Rick
They are actually built by AutoAlliance, which is a Mazda/Ford joint venture.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Sebi 78 » December 11th, 2011, 8:36 pm

Hi all.
I live in Europe and it seems I have the same problem with the dual mass flywheel.
It initially started to tremble in first gear at about 60000 km and I changed both clutch and flywheel at 80000 km. They were both worn.
Now I'm afraid in putting too much load or towing.
I know there is a possibility of a single mass flywheel conversion but some people reported problems with other parts of the transmission because of this.
Another problem is that in Europe, at least where I leave, the dealers don't have manual transmission fluid type A for the manual gearbox (WL-C and WE-C engines) and put 75w-90 instead. I consider this unacceptable and I decided to put ATF fluid type A and I am very happy with it as the gears changes very smooth.
In rest it is a very reliable car, no problems at all.
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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Jaytee7 » December 11th, 2011, 9:49 pm

Hi Sebi 78, and welcome to the forum. I agree that the clutch is a concern when under heavy load.
There is a very simple mod that you can do to help this. Allowing you to use low range in 2 WD
Click on the link below for all the details. Hope this helps by giving you more confidence.

viewtopic.php?f=119&t=94279&start=120

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by shaynes » December 11th, 2011, 10:02 pm

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.
2010 pk same problum with rear diff breather blocked only found it when fitting breather kit when removed standed 1 there was a big blow of air diff was pressurised :rolleyes:

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Sebi 78 » December 12th, 2011, 7:58 am

Hi Jaytee and thank you for your kind help.
This is exactly what I was hoping for Mazda to improve in this car.
I have 2 questions:
- what is maximum speed alowed in 2WD low range (can I use all 5 gears)?
- do I have to run an earth wire to ground the switch or just only connect the twin core 3mm wire to the switch terminals (I'm very sorry for this question but electricity is not my strongest point :lol: )

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Jaytee7 » December 13th, 2011, 12:16 am

Hi Sebi 78, yes you can use all 5 gears in low range....... Just keep an eye on the RPM. Dont over rev!!!
personally I only use 1st or reverse gear low range when maneuvering the caravan around.

No you do not need to ground the wire or switch!........All you need to do is cut the red wire above the lock solenoid. Join one wire to one end of the cut wire and run this to one terminal of the switch. Join the 2nd wire to the other switch terminal and back to the other end of the cut wire to complete the circuit. This is just a loop with a on/off switch to make or brake the circuit.

If your not confident in doing this I would strongly advise that you go to Mazda or a auto electrician.

Kind Regards Jaytee.
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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Sebi 78 » December 13th, 2011, 3:09 am

Hi Jaytee7
Thank you for your kind answers.
It is pretty hard for me right now to cover the distance to the Mazda dealer (aprox. 150 km) these days and the local Toyota dealer doesn't want "enemies" inside, only Hilux... :lol: So basically I'm on Toyota's ground and that's why I have to do it myself.

I hope I spotted the right wire from the blue lock solenoid (I attached a picture). Tomorrow I'll try to get the job done.

PS A picture of my dearest truck... :)
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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by gecko270 » December 13th, 2011, 7:49 am

Yeah mate...that's the one. Use twin core cable of the same size and make sure you solder and heat shrink to finish it off.
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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Sebi 78 » December 14th, 2011, 4:06 am

Thanks, mate.

Job done.
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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by kemu » December 24th, 2011, 11:35 pm

2008 BT-50 Freestyle. starting problems. turned out to be crank angle sensor. about 4th case of this that i have heard about locally. other than that runs like a dream. as for the front diff issues, none so far but would have to agree with gecko270. if you dont fit better breathers or at least check them regularly. you askin for trouble.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Tommo4Gardens » December 25th, 2011, 7:11 am

Has anyone had problems with timing belt going before 120,000km change as recommended???

Heard that there may be a problem with them failing prior?

Thanks

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by fred99999au » December 25th, 2011, 8:58 am

I did mine a few weeks back, probably after 130,000 and the belt looked good. The idler was knackered though.

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