Would a leak in the front differential pinion seal cause smoking and rubbing on 2003 Jeep Liberty

when first running smoke comes up from the hood yet car never runs hot, coolant, oil, brake and transmission fluid levels are all fine. Now have rubbing noises coming from the wheels sometimes when first moving and slowing down

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My Jeep is doing the exact same thing... taking it in today. Will keep you posted.