Grandson Quinton is driving my pickup truck to school for his final semester of high school. He came home yesterday and said that it was making a funny noise. My truck is an '01 F150 with something over 210K miles on it. I've taken care of it, and cranks and starts and goes and stops ever time I turn the key. The AC is still cold and the radio works.
I went outside, we drove it, and sure enough, it's making a funny noise. I thought it was the rear end, but we took it over to my son's house, where he has a lift in his shop. Put it on the lift. Swing bearing. A whole lot less expensive than a rear end. Some parts houses call it a center shaft bearing.
In another hour we'll be installing a new swing bearing. He let me drive an old beater jeep today that he keeps around the place. It has a little 4-banger and a 5 speed manual. I haven't driven a manual transmission in, probably, fifteen years, but I certainly haven't forgotten. I taught all my kids how to drive a manual transmission, but I thin that is a dying skill set today.