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: 104,703 (20,006–212,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
8 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
17 people reported this problem
9 people shared problem details
2001 Dodge Dakota- 4WD117,538
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.
Both seals went recently at about 97,000 miles
just started leaking,what do I do?
Not fixed yet, but leaking.
1999 Dodge Dakota- 2WD190,000
Rear differential leaking outside of housing
2002 Dodge Dakota- 2WD98,000
pinion seal rear differential leak discovered when getting trade-in value..having fixed.
2002 Dodge Dakota- 4WD87,588
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 Dakota212,000
took the truck to have the oil changed when it was noticed
1997 Dodge Dakota- 2WD20,006
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