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I have had a whining noise coming from either the drive shaft or the rear end and when i accelerate the sound gets louder. I've had the problem for many years and it's not gotten worse or better. No clunks just a whine. 1998 Explorer. Do i eventually have to replace or fix the rear end?

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Yes you will you have answered your own question ,eventually the wheel bearing will need changine when the noise becomes unbearable

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This is probably a bad bearing, eventually something will fail. While the rearend was apart I replaced the four bearing set and the seals. The seals crack from age so if one is bad the other one isn't far behind. I just took mine to a transmission shop and had them do the work. They can reshim the ring and pinion and check for wear. You can pull the rearend cover and check to see if there are any shaving or pieces of metal. To replace the entire ring and pinion and the bearings and seals is about $1500. If it is just the bearings and seals about $700. If you plan on keeping and vehicle I would get the work done before more damage is done.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010

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