Rear Axle on 1995 Plymouth Acclaim

About to buy a '95 Plymouth Acclaim, but owner says the rear axle needs to be replaced. Says it only makes a noise and does not interfere with handling. Wondering how much of a problem this is, should it be replaced right away or can it wait, how much should it run me in Tallahassee,FL?

by in Tallahassee, FL on August 15, 2010
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ANSWER by , August 24, 2010
Your Acclaim's Rear axle beam will make a creaking sound if the torsion bar welded inside is cracked.or bent. It is not a safety issue as much as it may be annoying, especially when going up driveways, speed bumps etc. The approx cost of the axle assembly is about $300.00 plus 3 hours labor to replace. Here is a link to your local repair facilities.
COMMENT by , August 24, 2010
Johnny, Thank you so much for your response! We ended up getting this Acclaim and feel good about the buy. The only problem it has is this noise, that's more like a clanging sound than creaking. It's a clamoring that only happens, as you say, when going over bumps in the road. Had a mechanic look underneath, but he said everything looks tight, nothing loose. I will check with a local repair shop that was on the link you sent. Let me know if you have any other thoughts on this. Thank you so much!
ANSWER by , March 20, 2011
There is a Teflon Bushing one that is missing