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1998 Grand Cherokee Orvis - Rear diff lock permanently on?

It sounds like my rear diff lock is permanently on so when turning at low speed the inside wheel turns at the same speed as the outside wheel causing it to spin and make grinding noise. How can I cure this?

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Drain the rear end and refill with the proper gear oil and differential additive

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