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I've had the car for about 3 years now (121000 miles on it).

Recently, the car has started "slipping" when I've pressed acceleration with subsequent jerks/drifts sideways. The jerk/drift occurs even on straight acceleration, and does not occur while coasting/breaking. It almost feels like the front two wheels are turning at different speeds, causing the drift/slip.

Any thoughts/suggestions?
 

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Consider ABS activating. Lin Cont. '02 had a tone ring on the front loose on the half shaft giving false data. In particular when braking, accelerating.
Just a thought.
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Wild guess - worn inner and/or outer tie rod ends? Jack car up so both front wheels are off the ground. Firmly grab one tire at 3 and 9 positions and try to move the tire / wheel left/right. Repeat on the other side. There should be virtually no play. If there is play, have a helper watch the tie rods while moving the tire left/right to see which end (or both ends) have play.

Outers are easy to replace with a pickle fork or tie rod popper available at any parts store or on Ebay. Inners are harder and requires a special tool.
 
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Don't forget sway bar links either. Tie rods, especially outer are perhaps the best suggestion, but bad sway bar links can cause a bunch of noise as well. If outer tie rods- which are simple to redo -please consider as a safety issue.
 
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