My truck (2001 Dakota 4x4) is leaking fluid out the rear diff, at the
point the drive shaft goes in. It's certainly concerning, as it's bad
enough it is wet underneath, and fluid is obvious flowing back along the
full length of the differential. However, it is not dripping, no fluid
on the pavement even after a full day of being parked.
There are no new weird noises or sounds - there's been a brushing noise
for a while from somewhere, that I can only hear with the passenger side
window down, and something like a curb to bounce the sound off of.
That's been pretty steady and I'm nearly certain it predates any
possible leak. The question is - If I drive it like this for a couple
more days, am I courting the whole thing seizing?
I can post pictures if that'll help. I'll at least have to drive it
about 20 miles tomorrow, still have to go to work and back, planning on
stopping at my mechanic on the way home; had to work late, they were
closed when I tried that today.
FWIW, the truck was inspected on the 30th and nobody mentioned this to
me. I've no idea how much fluid is supposed to be in that end of the
diff... the back seal is fine.
Appreciate any advice, and hope everyone's fine, been very quiet around