Questions About CV Axle Replacement
So, I'm pretty sure at this point that I need to replace at least one CV joint on my car, if not all of them. From what I understand, it's easiest just to replace the whole axle, and, given that replacements only seem to cost about $40 each, I've decided that's what I'm gonna go with.
While I've found some decent guides on YouTube, so I know roughly what I'm doing, but I'm not really sure what parts to get from where. For obvious reasons, I don't want to suddenly find-out that the replacement axles I bought were junk. I've also noticed that some axles have support for ABS, which my car doesn't have, but I'm not sure if that affects anything. For reference, I drive a '95 MX-6 LS (2.5L).
There are also some additional issues I've been having that I think might be caused by the bad CV joints, but I don't have much experience yet, so I figured I'd bring them up also. Firstly, the car's steering isn't very smooth at low speeds, especially in the cold, and I can usually hear a light popping sound as I turn the wheel; I think this might be the joint not wanting to move, and I'm hoping it's that and not some issue with the steering. Next on the list is the power delivery—the engine revs just fine and sounds as good as it ever has, but the car has trouble accelerating sometimes; it feels like the power is there but it's not being sent to the wheels very effectively, which my dad thinks is either from the CV joint or possibly a symptom of a broken motor mount (maybe even both; something's definitely shifting around in there, but I don't know where the mounts are located in order to check on them). Last notable thing is that the car is a bit unpredictable in cornering and under power, though I'm not sure how much of that is just normal torque steer or maybe suspension—in short, the car likes to veer to one side or the other even under light acceleration, and the car's weight has a tendency to suddenly shift more than expected at certain points when tightening a turn, not enough to affect control, but enough to be surprising; that said, I'm not very experienced and it isn't causing any problems, so that might be entirely normal behavior.
In any case, I'd appreciate any help I can get on this.