mazda bt50 clutch problems

Submitted: Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:27
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hi crew ,on a long awaited trip to cape york, towing a 4.4 tinnie on a large heavy trailer, the ute is loaded up . the ute is 2008 bt50 daul cab, it now has a bad clutch problem ,after getting bogged in sand a couple of times. i have been to the out back mechanic shop (only place) he has ordered me a single mesh clutch assy kit. the motor in my ute is a 16 valve dohc 3lt diesel & has a daul mesh clutch assy as standard that has failed. mechanic tells me the single mesh clutch will be the better clutch for towing ? has anyone got any info on my problem. cheers
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:36

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:36
G'day Ray,
Many problems with Dual Mass Flywheels. Not just the Mazda brand utes.

A heavy duty clutch & flywheel are the way to go as the mechanic said. Just Google "Dual mass flywheel problems" & you will find you're not alone!

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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:54

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:54

My dual mass in the 2010 Patrol packed in at 29,000km - single/solid mass IS the way to go.
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 21:12

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 21:12
There is a good YouTube animation that shows how the Dual Mass Flywheel works. Not that there is anything good about the flimsy design though.

The engineers that allowed it to be put in a medium to heavy duty 4WD should be taken out the back & dealt with! What were they thinking.
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:54

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:54
Bad luck about the clutch but you are having it replaced by the best option.

I had mine changed, before failure, about 5 weeks ago and having been towing around 2 tonne since. It is so much better without shudder and slip.

I have also added a switch to disconnect the front wheels when engaging low range to reverse. That helps a lot, too. Check the Internet for info on fitting it on either the Mazda or Ranger site where you can also locate how to disconnect the annoying beeping sound from leaving the key in the ignition with the door open.

Good luck

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Reply By: Member - Andrew W14 - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 21:09

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 21:09
Similar problem here with a dual mass clutch on a Navara D40 after towing caravan. The Dual mass clutches are designed to make the vehicle more 'car like' to drive to suit the market driven demand.
Only solution is to replace withheavy duty single/convential type (cost about $2000 - worth every cent!). Whatever you do don't replace with the same as you have now.
You will love driving it after the change i promise you. Sure it will vibrate a bit more on engagement but it will feel far better overall and last you for years.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 17:37

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 17:37
Here is some light reading: DMF link - DMF link - those bits show why manual vehicles are not the best for towing and also why you should not chip them without modifying the flywheel.

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