Q: Q: Differential noise

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Hi, I have a Ford f150 and I noticed a grinding coming from the rear differential. Is it safe to keep on using the truck or there is some risk of accident due to this? For example if the vehicle stalls while running. I asked and someone said that there would not be any traction but I would not lose control. Is there risk of damaging more parts by running the vehicle without repair? Thanks

My car has 38000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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