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1995 jeep grand cherokee right rear axle bind in sharp turn

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If you have a positraction rear differential, the clutches may be sticking. If so, change lube and use an additive for posi rears. After changing lube, go in a parking lot and make a series of tight turns in both directions to get plates to separate and resume normal function. Before changing lube check to make sure it is full and that no suspension components in the rear are broken or loose that could cause rear to move and drag one wheel when turning.

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