Front/Rear Differential Pinion Seal/Transfer Case Leaks are Common on Jeep Liberty

Leaks at the front and/or rear differential pinion seal and from the transfer case are common. Low fluid level in the differential or transfer case can result in bearing failure. Damaged bearings commonly cause a whine or growl type noise.

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Average mileage: 87,602 (3,300–200,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
11 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
92 people reported this problem
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2003 Jeep Liberty- Automatic Transmission12,700
i am having exactly the same problem, I already replaced the wheel bearings and the mechanic told me that my differential is out, that either get a new one or rebuild will fix the problem, he said it will cost between $850.00 to $1000.00 to fix this problem, he also said that the bearings in the differential need to be change, I found this cost extremely expensive, my speed sensor went bad, already replaced but my speedometer still not working, I noticed some like oil leaks from the differential. How expensive will be to fix this problem, what is the risk of me driving long distances? please help.
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Leak found by Jeep dealer during oil change. Seal changed that very day - this Jeep has a lifetime powertrain warranty without any deductible (!!) and also a purchased lifetime bumper to bumper warranty with a $100 deductible. Total cost here: $0.00 I'll report on any other issues as we go along.
2004 Jeep Liberty- 4WD100,000
First the rear and now the fron pinion seal leaks, 179.00 each done at jeep
2009 Jeep Liberty- 4WD122,000
I am too just going through this now. There was no pre-sign that something was happening, jut out of the blue one day it started to make the whining groaning sound when doing between 10-100 and then just gets louder. I have it into a Jeep shop now, waiting for the prognosis!!
2003 Jeep Liberty- 4WD156,000
The vehicle makes a grinding noise when the 4x4 is engaged. No evidence of leakage from the transfer case, so assuming the fluid levels are fine. I took it to JL Automotive in Cream Ridge, NJ & the tech told me that the frontrear differential is bad & needs to be replaced. Also, the front left wheel bearing is bad so that's being replaced. My husband just replaced the front right wheel bearing, CV joint & shaft a couple of weeks ago- the shaft was fused to the joint. Never saw that happen before. At any rate, the total cost for repairs at JL is $2450 not including the $470 I spent on the parts for the front right wheel bearing, shaft & joint.
2004 Jeep Liberty- 4WD80,000
Leaks at pinion seal.
2007 Jeep Liberty- 4WD46,000
Rear axle pinion seal leaking
2005 Jeep Liberty- Automatic Transmission84,000
Leaking differential fluid, when checking fluid levels, found only sludge. Having to replace a cover and seals, front ends.
2008 Jeep Liberty- 4WD42,800
had the pinon seal changed and now there is a slight noise and a small viberation in it. not a happy camp with this did not have this problem until they fixed the pinon seal..
The rear differential is starting to leak. What a hassle this Jeep has been, and we have 2 years left of payments. What a ripoff, Never use 4 Your Car Connection in Seneca, Pa 16346
2006 Jeep Liberty- 4WD48,000
seal leaked
2008 Jeep Liberty- 4WD84,000
Just got the front seal replaced and now have a humming sound.
2005 Jeep Liberty- 4WD
I have the grinding while driving as I accelerate. I was told bearing but rear differential to be replaced. Estimated charges $900.00. This was not the first I heard of this.
2004 Jeep Liberty- 4WD154,900
My transfercase is leaking out fluids yesterday me and my husband.m drove to the coast and transmission began to grind loud noise by the wheel in left side and underneath need fixed now and need a recall on this.
2004 Jeep Liberty- 4WD
Fluid has leaked don't know if drivable.
2007 Jeep Liberty- 4WD80,000
loud whining noise. Took to dealer to fix problem. Replaced two pinion bearings
Transfer case hasn't been fixed
2009 Jeep Liberty- 4WD105,000
Groan like bad wheel bearings at 20 mph on up.
2012 Jeep Liberty- 4WD44,000
Brought car in for emissions/safety inspection. Vehicle failed safety inspection because of Rack & Pinion leak. Lost power steering 1.5 years ago, and was fixed by dealer, but apparently this is an ongoing problem.
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