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1994 Ford Aerostar Question: Should I junk it or can it be saved?

 

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hargreaves, 4.0L V6, Honolulu, HI, December 17, 2013, 16:45
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To clarify my previous questions, I want to say that 1 time when I was on the frwy, I had to gun it to get on and after that , the engine made some noise. Then , something started bouncing off the ground in the back and making a metal sound on the concrete for a few sec. Esp. when I went over a bridge. It got worse and worse, then the brakes started to lock for a few sec. then release. Lock again and for a few more sec. and then again for a min. and now they won't release.
Should I just junk it or is it be repaired at a cost less than the value of the van?

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    ProfessorG December 17, 2013, 17:06
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    Sounds more like the rear end is locked up not the brakes. Pull the rear end cover off and see if it's full of mangled metal pieces.

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    hargreaves, December 17, 2013, 18:48
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    I am a lady and not capable of doing that. Is it something easy , where I could find someone easily , who could do that?

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    ProfessorG, December 17, 2013, 18:59
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    Any one that knows how to remove bolts, Put a pan down under the center of the rear end, take the bolts out of the cover, let the gear oil drain and remove the cover.

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    hargreaves, December 20, 2013, 17:57
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    thanks for your response. If it is the rear end , would it be expensive to fix?

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    ProfessorG, December 20, 2013, 18:03
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    If it's locked up, yes it will be expensive for the parts + the labor. The cheaper of the fix would get a good used rear end if you can, and they not that cheap anymore, I used to get them for around $150.00 years ago, now I'm afraid to ask. Your rebuild will probably run over $1,000.00.

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    hargreaves, December 21, 2013, 15:48
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    I really appreciate your help

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    ProfessorG, December 21, 2013, 15:49
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    U Bet

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    hargreaves, December 21, 2013, 16:00
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    I just looked at the estimator and I think that I have the name of the part wrong. "rear main seal" or "rear crankshaft seal" is estimated at around $50 for parts and $400 for labor. What do you think?
    It says that the transmission has to be removed. This I knew . But , as you (and a mechanic told me), removing the transmission is an expensive procedure. So, I have a hard time believing that it would only cost about $400 for labor. I appreciate your comment.

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    ProfessorG, December 21, 2013, 16:04
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    That is the seal for the back of the engine. If your looking for a seal for your rear end it would be a pinion or rear wheel seal. That's not all you need. Why are u thinking transmission.

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    hargreaves, December 21, 2013, 16:26
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    I was told that the transmission had to be removed to get the rear end. thanks again, Donna

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    ProfessorG, December 21, 2013, 16:29
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    If it was front wheel drive, yours should be rear wheel drive.

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    hargreaves, December 31, 2013, 18:24
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    When I looked up the estimator, it called it "rear main seal" , "rear crankshaft seal" and said that it required removal of the transmission. Labor est. $400 , and parts $50. Seems too cheap to me.

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    ProfessorG, December 31, 2013, 18:29
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    Look up ring and pinion or inner pinion bearing or differential carrier assy.

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