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Old 05-20-2014
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4x4 question

I just recently picked up a 95 Mazda b2300 4x4, well kinda. The front driveshaft is missing. Do I need one from the same year and motor, or would one from a 3.0 or 4.0 fit? Also this is my first 4x4, is there anything I should be looking for problem wise? Thank you
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'95 is 3rd generation '93 to '97, so best bet is from those years
Yes from same motor and trans setup, B2300 or Ranger 2.3l

Wrecking yard may have a cross reference for other years.

'95 will have the "shift on the fly" 4WD setup, it uses an electric motor to shift the transfer case, it is best to put the truck in 4WD once a month to move the motor 's rotor, this keeps the brushes inside clean for when you do need 4WD.(you can do this now, without the front axle connected, it won't hurt anything)
The 4WD lights on the dash come from contacts on the transfer case, so if the lights are not changing then shift motor is not moving, a few taps from a hammer on the shift motor can get it working again but at that point it would need to be removed and cleaned or replaced.

The "auto hubs" on the front wheels can be an issue, on my '94 they still work fine but others have replaced them with manual hubs.
With transfer case in 2WD the front axle doesn't turn
When you shift to 4WD the front axle will turn and that engages the "auto hubs", so this is a strictly mechanical device not electric.
To disengage "auto hubs" you need to shift transfer case back to 2WD then back up the truck for a few feet.
A clicking noise from a front wheel means "auto hub" has not engage fully or disengaged fully.
These can physically break, in which case you would replace with manual hubs, but what usually happens is that someone applied too much grease inside the hub and it prevents movement of the "auto hubs".
The wheel bearings need the grease the "auto hubs" just need a light coat of oil.

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Thanks for the help! The 4wd cluster light still comes on. So im hoping the front drive shaft is my only issue. Its going to be hard to track down any 4x4 parts here in south Florida.
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I would check with auto recyclers(wrecking yards), they have networks that find and deliver parts, so you pay your local guy and then come and pick it up there when it arrives.

Or order from an online source, only drawback in that is that if there is a problem the shipping back and forth can add up.

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