Front and rear differential pinion seal leaks are common. The leaky pinion seal and differential fluid will need to be replaced.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Dakota Front/Rear Differential Pinion Seal Leaks are Common
Dodge Dakota Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD
Average Mileage: 106,604 mi (20,006 mi - 212,000 mi)
Visitor, 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.
just started leaking,what do I do?
Not fixed yet, but leaking.
Visitor, 2002 Dodge Dakota, 2WD, 98,000 mi
pinion seal rear differential leak discovered when getting trade-in value..having fixed.
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota
Both seals went recently at about 97,000 miles
Visitor, 1999 Dodge Dakota, 2WD, 190,000 mi
Rear differential leaking outside of housing
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 212,000 mi
took the truck to have the oil changed when it was noticed
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 2WD, 20,006 mi