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Is small leakage ok on a 1997 cherokee from the rear axle

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Providing that the leak is small and that it is not at an axle seal therefore not contaminating the brakes. If you are willing to check and top off the diff regularly to keep it full, you could go a long time like that. If you permit the diff to run low, you will be doing major repairs. Keep that in mind when you decide how to deal with it.

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