Realized after some fresh snow that my all-wheel drive is not functioning. The car is up on blocks and when I put it into drive only the two front wheels are spinning with the driver side slowing occasionally and making an awkward noise then seemingly catching up.
The driveshaft does not turn at all unless I rotate the driver side rear wheel.
I set out to remove the drive shaft in order to further diagnose the issues with angle gear or viscous coupler. I have all the bolts loosened on the front flange, the two bolts holding the carrier bearing and the four bolts that hold the entire exhaust/carrier bearing plate to body.
How do I brake loose the six bolts on the rear driveshaft flange. The drive shaft seems to spin freely when I go to loosen any of these six bolts. I tried to keep it from spinning at the wheel but it freely spins regardless of how I secure the wheel. I tried to hold on to the drive shaft itself with one of those adjustable oil filter wrenches to no avail. Any ideas that might help?