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Squeaking noise

So I have had a squeak coming from my suspension I'm pretty sure and it's annoying the crap out of me. What can it be? Do I need new shocks? My truck does have 89k on it. But someone said it could be the bushings and that's cheaper to replace. But it's everytime I go over a bump, even if it's a little one, it makes a squeak. So does anyone have any ideas of what if could be and how to fix it

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could be LOTS of things given the mileage. I'd start with a can of WD-40 or something similar and hit the A-arm bushings and give it a quick drive. if it's gone its the bushings, if not hit something else and work your way down the line. takes some time and patience but eventually you'll narrow it down
here's a partial list of normal wear items that could squeak;
a-arm bushings
spring pack separators or bushings
shackle bushings
old dried out ball joints
tie rod ends
shock shafts or bushings
tail pipe hangers
loose spare tire mounts
loose body mounts
or any number of loose bolts

good luck, let us now when you find it or if you need some help narrowing it down
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TIP: Take off the suspected wheel side and lay the truck on a stand at a frame point. If its the front put a jack under the control arm and cycle the suspension up and down. Have a friend do this part. Your part is to grab a long screw driver and place it all around the suspension area with the business end, and have the handle portion up to your ear while your buddies cycling it. Ive done it and it works. For instance if you have it near the lower a arm bushings and hear a sqweek, move it to the outter part of the arm. It may be a ball joint. In this case the noise will get louder or mor definate as you get away from the bushings. Of course the exact oppisite can happen to. Do you understand what I mean???? Good luck and post up results.
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I did spray it earlier today and the noise still exists. I sprayed it awhile ago and it went away so I'm kinda mad it's still here now. Thanks guy for your input ill tell you how it goes.

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Yours is an '08, so TSB NTB05-117 probably doesn't apply. It's titled "SQUEAK NOISE FROM LEAF SPRING" and it involves applying lubricant to the rear leaf spring wind-up clips.

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The sound seems to be coming from leaf springs and the front as well but the sound is stronger in the rear leaf springs

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Mine ended up being the lower ball joint. If thats the case dont get hosed by the dealer or shops that say you have to buy the whole lower arm to replace a single ball joint. You can buy the joint sepertley. Just an FYI
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I'm gonna check it out this weekend, thanks for the help guys!

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ive got the same problem ..maybe you tightened up the up control arm bolts to tight were it pinches the metal to your bushings..try loosen it up a bit notnto much and see from there.hope this helps

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The sound seems to be coming from leaf springs and the front as well but the sound is stronger in the rear leaf springs
Pull the shackles off and lube the inside of the bushings where the shackles go through and the shackle pins (the part that goes through the bushing). Not the outside of the bushings where they go into the frame and leaf pack eye. This only applies to the rear bushings on stock leaf packs. But make sure you wait until the truck is sitting on it's own weight before you tighten the front bolts in the forward leaf pack eye. That bushing is like the LCAs up front, if you tighten it with the wheels off the ground it will pre-load that bushing.

DO NOT loosen the LCA bolts. That will create a clunk noise at best. It's tough to get those bolts too tight with hand tools. The mounting tabs are supposed to clamp down on the metal bushing pin very tightly. As mentioned above, just make sure the full weight of the truck is sitting on the ground before they are tightened down or it will pre-load those bushings. It will affect ride quality and bushing life.


And yes, you can get the LCA ball joints separately but no matter how you work it, it's still cheaper and much easier to replace the entire LCA, even if you have a press to replace the ball joints yourself. You can get the LCAs (and the ball joints if you still prefer to do it that way) on rockauto.com for $70 and it doesn't take any special tools to replace them.


EDIT: Sorry, didn't mean to quote the 4 year old post. This was meant for you rytious671.

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