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

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

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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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2001 Dodge Dakota - 4WD 117,538 mi,
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.
2001 Dodge Dakota - 2WD 118,900 mi,
just started leaking,what do I do?
1999 Dodge Dakota - 2WD 190,000 mi,
Rear differential leaking outside of housing
2002 Dodge Dakota - 2WD 98,000 mi,
pinion seal rear differential leak discovered when getting trade-in value..having fixed.
Both seals went recently at about 97,000 miles
2002 Dodge Dakota - 4WD 27,000 mi,
Not fixed yet, but leaking.
1997 Dodge Dakota - 2WD 20,006 mi,
2006 Dodge Dakota - 2WD 55,000 mi,
Rear differential pinion seal leaking. I replaced it at 55000 miles.
2002 Dodge Dakota - 4WD 87,588 mi,
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.
2000 Dodge Dakota 212,000 mi,
took the truck to have the oil changed when it was noticed