Sometimes, there are no noises or signs. Front wheel drive will mask a lot of problems that were obvious with rear wheel drive. Then when the loose tie rod end gets really bad, you can get the tire squeal. With rear wheel drive, the engine would strain to move the car and the transmission would downshift a lot more and the steering would try to pull the car to one side.
In snow or ice a front wheel drive car can have a hard time because there isn't much traction when the front wheels are trying to point at each other when you step on the gas.
Both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive cars can damage the transmission if the tie rods are worn out.