Front/Rear Differential Pinion Seal Leaks are Common on Dodge Dakota

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Front and rear differential pinion seal leaks are common. The leaky pinion seal and differential fluid will need to be replaced.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 100,184 (20,006–212,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
9 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
18 people reported this problem
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just noticed rear diff pinion seal leaking, it was making a loud grinding noise for about 15 miles, so I'm kind of worried that it did permanent damage.
just started leaking,what do I do?
Rear differential leaking outside of housing
pinion seal rear differential leak discovered when getting trade-in value..having fixed.
Both seals went recently at about 97,000 miles
Not fixed yet, but leaking.
took the truck to have the oil changed when it was noticed
Rear differential pinion seal leaking.
I replaced it at 55000 miles.
The rack and pinion was replaced due to pinion seal leaking. Now at 128,500 miles the same thing has happened again, this should be a major recall.