FR wheel shakes bad during coasting, then goes away during acceleration. Bjoint? on 1993 Mercury Villager

I took the wheel off and nothing seemed lose. It comes and goes while i drive. Its fine when I drive at slower speeds. Then it shakes bad at 50mph. Shakes the steering wheel. I was going to change out the ball joints and tie-rods because its easy and all bolt on parts. How will i tell if its an axel or ? Ps. last winter i went in the ditch with this van so there could be some wear from that. I have put 6000 highway miles on it in the last 4 months, driving back and forth from Denver to Spokane, WA. I want to drive back up to WA again for Thankgiving but I need to fix this first.

by in Colorado Springs, CO on November 19, 2012
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5 answers
ANSWER by , November 20, 2012
possibly suspension is loose
ANSWER by , November 20, 2012
get an insp by your mech it could be several frt suspension parts or worse
ANSWER by , November 20, 2012
Check for bent rim, damaged/out of balance wheel and worn strut. At the speed it vibrates worst at, keep foot into throttle to maintain speed , and lightly press on brake pedal- if that calms the vibration then the strut is likely worn out. Could also be inboard axle joint. BOTH issues can be VERIFIED before replacing parts.
ANSWER by , April 20, 2016
Check Universal Joint. Feels like the car is coming apart on the front end and steering wheel shakes.
ANSWER by , November 19, 2012
Have a repair shop take a look. Hard to tell from here.