Originally Posted by wjcollier07
how about just take a good look under there and check the boots?
if there is grease around from a torn boot....ohhh, you'll see it.
Yeah, it'* pretty obvious if you've a torn boot - molybendium grease is thick and black..looks kind of like you ran over wet tar and it splattered all over your wheel well with accompanying wicking grease stain.
Torn boot or not, even if you had shattered your CV, the hard shifts and no power until WOT sounds totally unrelated. (w/o a LSD, broken CV = 0 shifts)
You mentioned that your water pump needed to be replaced - what caused that situation? Was the bearing just worn from time? Had it seized? Was your car running hot when you noticed its condition?