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Answered 2011-09-13 22:58:39

If it is a sounds that is variable with the speed of the vehicle it is probably the rear pinion gear. I have an Aerostar with 198,000 miles and just had to replace the rear axle because of this problem. It is potentially dangerous because the bearing failure causes the pinion gear to heatup drastically which turns it a blue color and destroys its strength which could lead to an axle shaft failure under load. It costs approximately $1200 to repair or you can usually find a salvage unit with life left in it for around $400.

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