like the title says, i'm looking for a 1st gen truck and have no idea what to check out on a 4x4.
what are the telltale signs that the t-case or front diff/axles are dead or dying? any help is much appreciated.
well, probably your best bet would be to simply take a truck you are interested in to a liscened mechanic and have him do an inspection. it should cost you around $45 canadian. before you take it to a mechanic, make sure you are really interested in the truck so your not just wasting your money. other than that, there is no real way to tell if the t-case/front diff. are functional other than using 4 wheel drive, the front hubs may not engage, this can be a problem on not only S10's but on all vaccum operated auto. locking hubs, you can buy a kit to make the hubs cable operated from inside the cab. check out jcwhitney.com if you want more info.