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I hace a 1996 jeep cherokee country with approx.

I have a 1996 jeep cherokee country with approx. 105,oo miles. runs fine, but when coming to a stop (30mph down to 10mph) it makes a grinding noise coming from the rear end. also how do you check the oil or lube in the differential. thanks

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There is a screw-in plug about half-way up the rear center section on either the cover plate, or on either side. When the plug is taken out, stick a finger into the hole and crook the end down (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch), then remove it from the hole and look at the end of the finger. It should have some oil covering it (not just a smear). If nothing, go to a lube shop and have them top it up. You can do this yourself, but it requires a pump and a bottle of differential oil. Some bottles come with a long spigot which eliminates the pump requirement. If topping the oil up doesn't stop the noise, then the rear end probably needs some bearings or gears. It may be cheaper to find another rear end from a wrecking yard than to repair this one.

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I'll put my money on something like brakes. They can be loud enough to hear at those speeds. Also just remove the rear axle cover and change the fluid if its never been done. Don't forget that locking diff additive if you have one. Level plug on cover of most or housing fill plug on some

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