• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

94' b4000, front end worth working on??

Jmazda94

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
I recently bought a 94' b4000 with 107,000mi. My 4 wheel drive was making some loud rubbing noises, as if when the axle was spinning every turn there would be a noise. I checked the wheels..not from there, eventually I checked the front differential and there was NO oil in it. The lady I bought it from had no idea about trucks or anything for that matter, the farther I get into it i see that clearly. So I am wondering if it is even worth doing anymore work to the truck? I put oil in it and the noise was still bad for awhile but recently it seems to have slowed down. I live on a island in AK so it isn't that easy to get parts. But if the front end isn't screwed ill keep it. Any suggestions?
 


infantry grunt

New Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
May 2, 2009
Messages
215
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Location
alabama
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
mazda
Engine Size
3.0l
Transmission
Manual
i would fix it,maybe new bearings and seals since it was run without oil,but thats just my opinion.It could be more than just that,but if you like the truck and want to build on it thats what iwould do.Maybe you can get a second opinion from someone there who can look at it for you.good luck
 

Andy D

Active Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2011
Messages
1,940
Reaction score
10
Points
38
Location
Marshfield MA
Vehicle Year
94
Make / Model
The Rat
Engine Size
4.0 OHV
Transmission
Manual
My credo
to prevent Found On the Road Dead, Fix Or Repair Daily
Keep the diff full. And turn up the radio.
 

Jmazda94

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
ha...ok? Is it a big deal to fix? I guessing its a bearing issue...?
 

ap3x

New Member
Joined
Nov 25, 2010
Messages
136
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Location
Northern IL
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
I'd fix it. I drive the same truck and I've got no problem my front end. It takes a beating, drives strait down the road. Clicks in and out of 4x4 without a problem.
 

Andy D

Active Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2011
Messages
1,940
Reaction score
10
Points
38
Location
Marshfield MA
Vehicle Year
94
Make / Model
The Rat
Engine Size
4.0 OHV
Transmission
Manual
My credo
to prevent Found On the Road Dead, Fix Or Repair Daily
Rebuilding diffs is an art. If the bearings have been run dry ,so has the ring and pinion and the spider gears. Fill it up with the right lube, maybe go heavier Prolly easier to get gear oil on the island, than gears. :D
 

Jmazda94

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
haha, yep, definitely is. Come spring time im going to drain it and check it out. What should I be looking for?
 

Fordisthebest30

New Member
Firefighter
EMT / Paramedic
Joined
Sep 22, 2010
Messages
177
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Alaska
Vehicle Year
1997
1989
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0 and 2.2
Transmission
Manual
what island in AK? im here in juneau
 

Jmazda94

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
Fordisthebest30, I live in Sitka.
 

n.a.mccanna

New Member
Joined
Aug 28, 2011
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Automatic
I drive the same exact truck and just rolled 270,000 miles! Keep it. Had the same kind of problems....previous owner was an old lady that drove it very little and didn't take very good care of the 4WD. After replacing and fixing the parts that dried out and rotted, the truck is my daily driver. Put over 8,000 miles on it in the 6 months that I have owned it.
 

Jmazda94

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
n.a.mccanna, that is encouraging. What kind of problems did you have? Just wondering if you could shed some light on whats going on with mine.
 

Fordisthebest30

New Member
Firefighter
EMT / Paramedic
Joined
Sep 22, 2010
Messages
177
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Alaska
Vehicle Year
1997
1989
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0 and 2.2
Transmission
Manual
well if i were you id check the gears out in the differential for damage, and if there's no damage, id just would fill it full of oil, and run it to get the oil circulating through the system. If that doesn't work, hey your only out $10 for oil.
 

Jmazda94

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
That is true, I am going to drain what I have in there and check it all out. If they are in good shape and the noise is still there what could it be? Are there other barrings in the axel?
 

Vexy

Member
Firefighter
Joined
Oct 31, 2010
Messages
391
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Location
Wolcott, CT
Vehicle Year
1996
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
Check for any metal shavings, and excessive wear on the ring+pinion. You really should take a look at the carrier and pinion bearings, but if you do not feel comfortable disassembling everything just leave it be. Its not like you are driving in 4x4 all the time. You only engage it when 2wd just isn't cutting it.
 

Fordisthebest30

New Member
Firefighter
EMT / Paramedic
Joined
Sep 22, 2010
Messages
177
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Alaska
Vehicle Year
1997
1989
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Size
4.0 and 2.2
Transmission
Manual
Vexy makes a good point. I wouldn't fix it, just put sand in the back. I run around in 2wd most of the time here in juneau during the winter with 6 sand bags with wide tires and i get around just fine. I would just leave it be if it didn't work
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top