Faulty Tubs

Submitted: Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 19:55
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I have a 2012 BT50. Had a second battery installed by a popular 4x4 accessory company. Mazda sent our car to this company (another branch) to have 2 accessories fitted prior to delivery After 8 months the tub under the battery has broken away. After a little digging I have found another has suffered the same fate. Because Mazda didn't fit it they will not except responsibility for the tub cracking and welds coming apart. The battery was installed the same way as if Mazda had sent it to be done. I would be interested to see if anyone had a similar problem.
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 22:04

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 22:04
If its an aftermarket product, surely it would be covered under warranty by this popular 4x4 accessory company.
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 23:58

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 23:58
If the dealer arranged for the 2nd battery as part of the whole cost of the vehicle then the dealer holds the warranty. So the dealer owns the issue.

If the dealer was only arranged it for the buyer and the buyer paid the accessory installer direct, the warranty is between col57 and the accessory installer,

Just like having a house built, you call the builder for issues not the plumber or chippy. Unless you arrange for a Tradie directly, then it's your issue.
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Follow Up By: Col57 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:16

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:16
Thanks Tony H. Yes the 4x4 company is going to repair it but my point is that there seems to be a fault with the weld and the thickness of the tub. The battery was fitted exactly the same as per Mazda. There are 2 cars with the same fault that I know of now.
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Reply By: Ross M - Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 22:08

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 22:08
I have only seen pictures of new BT50 tubs where at the front they have cracked in many places with ladder racks being fitted to the front face of the tub. Pieces torn off after it cracked.

Poster of the vehicle pics also mentioned the very thin sheet metal and less than desirable welding of some of the front panel sections and at the floor level too.

Possibly if they have fitted a battery and it localizes the the stresses of it's weight it will cause failure.

Presuming the vehicle is designed to carry weight in the tub, this trouble shouldn't happen.

No good for spotlighting if a 30kg battery wrecks the tub, a 100kg man will break right through.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 07:20

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 07:20
Bit if it is not mounted correctly it would..... and a man is not going to stand in one spot and jump up and down 500+ times on one foot like an incorrectly mounted battery will.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 08:15

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 08:15
I am assuming that the OP is referring to a Auxillary Battery TRAY being fitted under the bonnet not the ute back. If this is the case the the Battery Tray would have been mounted to a wheel well or similar under the bonnet and would probably require some sort of reinforcing to carry the additional weight of the battery.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 13:51

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 13:51
My understanding of it is the battery is in the front of the tub, behind the cab where other BT50's have had cracks appear and the tub floor has broken and split. The tub is apparently quite thin sheetmetal, an (I) can be substituted there in place of the ee.
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Follow Up By: Col57 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:22

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:22
Lyn W3 there is absolutely zero room for a second battery under the bonnet, cant even fit an air compressor there. It is fitted in the back left side (passenger) as per Mazda's recommendation.
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Reply By: LIFE MEMBER-snailbait - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 17:20

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 17:20
HI
It could be that it is not a sealed battery if it is a bat which has a unsealed bat that it must have a air vent because it is a acid bat and not a sealed gel bat you can tell the dif if you look at the bat connection if it has a normal bat connection and not bolts into the bat then it is giving of fumes and will destroy

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Follow Up By: Col57 - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 18:01

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 18:01
Terry. It is the weight of the battery not fumes. The battery was in a battery box and has been in there for 6 months. There is no evidence of any corrosion at all. The tub has broken at the spot welds and there are splits in the metal. Today I have found out that there are more with the problem and it also affects the Ford Ranger. We are talking about 2011 + models.
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