Maybe I'm missing something here or everyone else has over looked this... You said he removed the drive line. Did you mean disconnected it? You can't just pull the driveline and drive around willy nilly unless you have somehow plugged the rear output on the trans. If you don't plug it, you will loose a minimum of 3/4 of your gear lube out the back. Since I have first hand experience on what happens when you run one of these trannies low... *cough cough, stupid guy not monitoring fluid levels, cough cough* Lack of lube will cause the tranny to run hotter than normal. This increase in heat causes expansion of components reducing clearances in bearings and gears. The lack of lubrication and reduced clearances causes friction and more heat.... Cascading effect depending on the tranny. My point being is that the front diff carrier/case bearings are usually the first to suffer from this and will drag and whine. The noise will radiate through the axles and sound like it is a wheel bearing issue. Just another thought. So, did he plug the rear ouput? If not, I would question the skill of your 'mechanically inclined' friend. lol
The rear driveline is out. It and its 8 retaining bolts are sitting in my wagon's cargo area. I haven't seen any fluid leak out from the area and my wagon isn't driven often. Maybe a few times a week. The bearings (or brakes...still contemplating that one) were already making noise before the rear drive line was taken out.
The implication, and thus assumption, is that only the rear segment of the driveshaft was removed, leaving the front section to plug the rear of the tailshaft and the center carrier bearing to support the front section of the driveshaft.
This, however, may be an incorrect assumption.
I am still puzzled how a front bearing could cause so much drag, and not have MAJOR observable issues (eg - wheels the wobble easily by hand when off of the ground), and how both (assumption) could be so bad at the same time.
That assumption would seem correct, based upon what my buddy did. As for the front bearings, the wheels will NOT turn by hand. Just in case I missed something that my buddy did, I'm going to jack the car's front end up myself and have a look w/ the e-brake off and transmission in neutral.
Agreed, and that's where I was confused on both accounts. The whole thing is puzzling. Check the fluid in the tranny nonetheless for being low, burnt or shiny metal fun. lol
Just to give a clearer picture...
Bought this 1992 Loyale Wagon in early July. When I first bought it, it had an old fuel filter, spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap/rotor, and whatever else. The specific components I just mentioned were replaced. The car was stuck in 4WD (felt like it and it was displayed on the dash) so i had my buddy remove the rear driveline. Afterwards it drove like a FWD. The 4WD is still displayed on the dash. The car was backfiring through the intake. My buddy adjusted the distributor and now it doesn't. I'm going to have the bearings/seals on all tires replaced as well as the front brakes in about a week. I'll provide some photos tomorrow.