Does a front wheel drive car have a Universal joint?
No, they usually have something called a CV (constant velocity) joint which is sort of same, same but different.
You have changed tires and spark plugs had a wheel alignment done and changed the fuel filter but your car still shakes any ideas?
What might cause a increasing noise coming from the driver's front side wheel with acceleration that transmits to a vibration in steering wheel?
If the car is front wheel drive, could be worn left drive shaft/universal joint, especially if you hear cracking noise when turning tight and accelerating. You can check for broken rubber boot around the joint. If the car is 4 wheel drive, noise/vibration can come from damaged front transfer case/differential which is sometimes offset on the left side - usually caused by tight turns in 4 wheel drive on dry pavement? Steve