okay guys i got the axle bit fixed. Got some new cotter pins to keep the axle nut from winding off, pretty sure my wheels and breaks are even more out of alignment before though. but until i can get that fixed ill just keep my driving to a minimum. That shouldn't be hard since i just transfered to a new store right near my house so i can walk to work
okay so, now that i am at a computer, i can more explain what i think is going on with the drivelines/transfer case
So, in regards to the horrible knock/grinding noise that AKGandhi mentioned, its been a slight knock whenever i make a left turn. Im positive i need a new wheel bearing in the front passenger side wheel.
Otherwise this is what i've observed about the transfercase/driveline concern/issue:
So about, 3 weeks after i bought my subie, i noticed that when i break, the 4wheel light on my dashboard will flash on and stay on while i am breaking. This is when i noticed it, it may have been doing that for a while. I didn't really think anything of it. About a month ago, i noticed that when i break and that light comes on, the handle for the 4wheel drive shifter reacts whenever i break. It pulls down as if a chord or wire is being affected by the breaks. It seems very odd to me, my old jeep had a 4wheel switch similar to the Subie's, and i never noticed anything like that happening.
But since i w3as busy, and the car was working fine except for that wheel knock every so often on hard lefts, i kept my eye on it, but could never really do anything about it.
Fast forward to monday july 1st, I am leaving my work, the car is running just as it has for the last 3 months, but this time when i pop into reverse from the parking space, i heard a small knock that seemed out of the ordinary. I couldn't tell you where i think it came from, but it was there. I shifted back into first, and drove to the parking lot exit. When i stopped there, i thought i heard another knock from somewhere, but i couldn't be sure, when i dropped the cloutch i heard some kind of grinding before it caught in first gear, but it did catch, when i went to shift to second however, i heard alot of griding and it didn't catch. I shifted back to first and i had very little contact with the clutch, but was able to get enough momentum to get into the parking lot again.
Once i got in there, on a hunch, i tried turning on the 4 wheel drive. After that, i had full clutch contact and no issues slipping or driving. I managed to drive all the way home, and until thursday the fourth when the axel gave me trouble, i had absolutely no issues. Even the knocking and grinding from the passenger side front wheel was gone, no hard left turns, and the 4 wheel drive shifter knob doesn't appear to be pulled around when i break.
So my conclusion from all this is that a cable or connecting bolt or something is loose in the transfer case. or something is out of alignment. Or the gears for the FWD and axel are shot. So what i would like to know now, is if you guys think it is related only to the transfer case and the 4wheel drive shifter, or if there is something bigger that might be going on with my whole front axel?
On a side note, after fixing the front wheels, i tried putting the car back in FWD(2wheel drive mode) and i only get contact from the clutch in reverse, and at that the reverse seems loose and minimal. still no first, second, third, or fourth gear. But it still works like a charm in 4wheel drive mode for whatever reason. If i had to guess, it feels like all the power is coming from the rear end when the 4 wheel is on, which again leads me to believe it is something to do in the transfer case. 4wheel Hi and Lo both work fine.
How can i check up on all this? how might i access the transfer case and take a look at it, and if i absolutely need to, how would i disconnect the front wheel drive axle from the driveline, and is that even something that should be done? Can the rear driveshaft handle being used on a consistent basis or do i need to really focus on fixing this issue so that my soob can go back to FWD unless the 4x4 is on.
i know thats alot, and as always i greatly appreciate all the help and info up here on the forums!
PS: Gloyale, i'm not an illogical person, my last 4x4 able car was a wrangler, and it had RWD under normal circumstances, so only having that to go off of, i had assumed the soobie was put together in a similar way. There is no need to be rude about it. Thanks for the information anyways.