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I have a ford expedition 2005, there is oil dripping from the rear axle. Could this be a crack in the axle or a seal? Is it dangerous for me to be driving it like this?

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Could be

So to be cautious and careful take it in to get your oil changed at a place you trust. Where in the service have them inspect your seals and fill / drain plug on your differential.

It could be as minor as re-tightening or replacing your drain / fill plug { bolt }

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