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I made fun of my friends 2011 pro-4x for squeaking so loud when barely pressing on back, standing on it and going up and down it was like a loud embarrassing squeak fest. He went under there and pressure washed his entire rear end and finally wd-40'd everything, bushings,leaf springs, everything.

That said, all my making fun of him, I got Karma and my new Frontier is now a squeak fest lol. He said he wishes he wd40'd only a few things to narrow down where its coming from, so I thought I would ask the pro's here where its likely coming from. The leaf springs? bushings?

its getting bad lol
 

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I went through a hell of a time chasing down a squeak back there and it ended out being the spare tire had worked a little loose. YRMV.
 

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As long as it doesn't sound like the bedsprings in a cheap hotel on prom night I'm not generally worried about squeaks.
 

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Mine does it too, 500 miles on the truck. Not impressed. But I have a canopy so I'm guessing it contributed. I tracked it down to the leaf spring pack in the front, where they are attached together. I hit it with a healthy dose of silicone lube and it immediately quieted up for a couple of days, now one side is creaky again. I Think I missed the sweet spot.
I plan on seeing if torquing it down will fix it. Some say they're not tightened enough from the factory. Gonna take er up to 100 ft lbs if it ain't already.

If it makes you feel any better, new Tacomas do it too. Mine does it after a rain dries up the next day. Suspect dirt gets in between the leafs.
 

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As long as it doesn't sound like the bedsprings in a cheap hotel on prom night I'm not generally worried about squeaks.
lol it sound exactly like that

Mine does it too, 500 miles on the truck. Not impressed. But I have a canopy so I'm guessing it contributed. I tracked it down to the leaf spring pack in the front, where they are attached together. I hit it with a healthy dose of silicone lube and it immediately quieted up for a couple of days, now one side is creaky again. I Think I missed the sweet spot.
I plan on seeing if torquing it down will fix it. Some say they're not tightened enough from the factory. Gonna take er up to 100 ft lbs if it ain't already.

If it makes you feel any better, new Tacomas do it too. Mine does it after a rain dries up the next day. Suspect dirt gets in between the leafs.
Ok nice! I'll try putting lube at the front pack. Also lemme know about the tightening it down trick
 

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WD40 is not really a lube...it is a Water Displacing degreaser. When it works (in a situation like this) it doesn't always/usually work for very long.
 

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I was in the same situation as your friend not too long ago. I tried everything...power wash, blew the dust out with a compressor, lubed it different types of lubes(graphite, white lithium, PB blaster, wd-40). All lubes helped...for a couple days. Lol.

The only real fix is replacing the leafs since they are most likely worn out on your buddies truck anyways. Replaced mine with a low mileage oem set from a member here and I was good to go! No more hooker’s bed on a Saturday night!
 

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Another vote for the spare tire. Thing squeaks like crazy if it is a tiny bit loose.

And for heaven's sake, don't spray stuff with WD-40. Your squeak might go away for a hot minute only to return genuinely worse as there is now no lubrication on it and it is caked with dust.
 

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And for heaven's sake, don't spray stuff with WD-40. Your squeak might go away for a hot minute only to return genuinely worse as there is now no lubrication on it and it is caked with dust.
Doesnt necessarily cake up. Just wears off quick between the leaves and noise comes back. The one I found most useful was the white lithium liquid sprayed with the springs loosened and cleaned. Lasted the longest without noise for 2-3 weeks.

Like I said before, won’t go away for good without replacing the set.
 

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replacing the set? My truck is brand new and basically squeaking as bad as his was before he cleaned/lubed.

what about dry graphite lube?
 

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replacing the set? My truck is brand new and basically squeaking as bad as his was before he cleaned/lubed.

what about dry graphite lube?
For your truck, could be something else then. Inspect all the bushings and make sure the plastic pads aren’t coming out(white credit card sized pads that are in between the leafs). Also try tightening all the bolts surrounding the leaf bushings.

Don’t use the dry graphite. Made it worse on my truck.
 

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replacing the set? My truck is brand new and basically squeaking as bad as his was before he cleaned/lubed.

what about dry graphite lube?
I hear you, shouldn't need to, mines new and creaks too. I don't think any lubricant will last if there's any rain, it just gets washed away. graphite would probably be gone quickly since it's like a dry powder, but I haven't tried it, who knows, might work awesomely. I'm in the Seattle area so it rains almost all winter long. Dries up just long enough to CREAK in between rains.
That's why I'm going to crawl under with a torque wrench soon and see how many lbs the U bolts are torqued to. I've read more than one thread where tightening them to around 100 ft-lbs fixed the issue for Frontiers and Tacomas when they were mysteriously under torqued.
I'd take it in under warranty but I know they'd just say it's "normal." In fact I mentioned it to the finance guy the other day and his response was "that's wild man." If the U bolts are already tight and lubricating doesn't help enough then I'll take it in for Nissan to look at...
 

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I went through a hell of a time chasing down a squeak back there and it ended out being the spare tire had worked a little loose. YRMV.
Thanks for this! My truck was squeaking and driving me nuts I bounced the rear end while looking under the truck saw the spare swinging. I tightened her down and now she’s quiet as a church mouse!
 

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yea not taking it to the dealer. I'll check the torque this weekend.
Just for curiosity did you ever find and fix the squeak?
 

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While speaking of squeaks, these trucks are also notorious for front end squeaks and many times it’s the hood latch loop going into the latch, a little white lithium grease works wonders and possibly adjusting the bump stops. Most squeaks are metal to metal contact.
One way to verify it is pop the hood while driving on local roads when you hear it and if it suddenly stops, that’s the cause.

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