I have this 1999 E 150 ford cargo van. A few years ago my right rear axle bearing went out and messed the axle up also. I had a shop do the work and it cost around $700. I needed it right away so I let them do it. Now it out again. Grrr. The van has 193,000 miles and the left side is still original and ok. I'm thinking what the he11. I called the same people who did the work and now it will be over $800. Crapola. So I decided to pull the axle myself and see if it is ruined again. It is. The bearings chewed into the axle shaft. The bearing has an outer race but no inner race. The roller bearings ride directly on a machined part of the axle. How dumb is that? So when the bearings go, so does the axle. It seems Ford no longer makes these axles. Aftermarket is your choice. If you can find the Ford axle, it's around $300. The $800 shop told me the axle was $350. I called Advance Auto for the **** of it and they can get me the aftermarket axle with bearing and seal for $159 plus tax by Dorman. . The rear end fluid is synthetic and about $20 a qt. Not sure how much it takes. With about a gazillion of these vans on the roads, why would Ford stop making axles for them.. Oh, BTW when I removed the axle and bearing that was destroyed, I put a magnet into the axle tube to recover all loose metal and bearings. I put all the bearings back into the outer race to make sure I had them all so they wouldn't get into the rest of the rear end and do more damage. Guess what? There were 4 bearings too many that the last repair people never got out. That's good work for ya. I'm sure some reading this drive Ford service vans. Thought I would share.
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