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Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed that my rear end is making a roaring sound, not unlike the sound made when an older car with drum brakes has the drums adjusted too tight.

Almost a faint grinding or a dull roar that can be heard at highway speeds.

At first, I put it off on my stock Goodyears that are pretty well shot. I have yet to own a set of Goodyears that didn't have a bit of road noise after they rolled up about 10K on them. Now it seems that theory may be shot since I cannot really detect any noise coming from the front tires.

I assume this could only be the bearings in the rear end, but I need a bit of education here. I know there are pinion bearings, carrier bearings, and axle bearings. Both of the former I can have changed during a gear install which I plan soon, but what about axle bearings? Is it possible to get to all three types of bearings during a gear install to keep me from having to take my car to Ford, then have the gear put in?

Also, is there a way for me to tell just which type of bearing is going out?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance for your help.
 
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