1994 Ford Aerostar Q&A

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

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? -
Answer 1
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. -
Comment 1
I am a lady and not capable of doing that. Is it something easy , where I could find someone easily , who could do that? -
Comment 2
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. -
Comment 3
thanks for your response. If it is the rear end , would it be expensive to fix? -
Comment 4
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. -
Comment 5
I really appreciate your help -
Comment 6
U Bet -
Comment 7
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. -
Comment 8
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. -
Comment 9
I was told that the transmission had to be removed to get the rear end. thanks again, Donna -
Comment 10
If it was front wheel drive, yours should be rear wheel drive. -
Comment 11
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. -
Comment 12
Look up ring and pinion or inner pinion bearing or differential carrier assy. -