To properly diagnose front-end problems, jack it up and place jack stands underneath the control arms. Place your hands at 3 and 9 o'clock, and try to shake the tire in a manner like the steering wheel. If there's play, have a helper grab the outter ball joint end while you shake it, to see if the end's moving. If not, have them grab the inner end, inside the rubber accordian-style sleeve.
Then, try your hands at 10:30 and 4:30, shaking it in the same manner. Any play here would also be shown in your previous position, and is indicative of wheel bearing play. Try it at 1:30 and 7:30 also, if you'd like.
Finally, try 12 and 6. Any play that is here and only here is ball joint play or perhaps upper strut mount play. Have a helper grab the ball joint to feel for play, or grab the spring and try to wiggle it...
Now then, regardless, the problem's probably in your center differential, which is located in between the clutch and firewall. When you've got the car lifted, try crawling underneath (lift it securely!!!) and listening while the wheels are turned in either direction. Place your hand on that portion of the tranny, to see if you can feel little jolts to go along with the clicks. You probably can... If you want, you can drain the tranny fluid (80W-90) to see if it's silver.
Anways, I'd say that you're probably going to need a new differential.
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Originally Posted by cheerios165
i didn't read it but it sure looks informative, with the graphics and everything.