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Leaf springs squeaking

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by TheBeast, May 20, 2017.

  1. May 20, 2017 at 9:05 PM
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    TheBeast

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    Noticed it about 2 months ago. rear end will squeak when going slowly over a speed bump.
    I didn't do anything suspension wise. Truck has been parked more than usual at my work while we are renovating garage. Grease the leafs ?
     
  2. May 20, 2017 at 9:09 PM
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    When I replaced my Tacoma rear leafs with Alcan leaf packs, the instructions stated to use a needle grease fitting and lube between the springs every so often.

    Try it out.
     
  3. May 20, 2017 at 9:09 PM
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    I spray chain wax on my shackle bolts, seems to help.
     
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  4. May 20, 2017 at 9:12 PM
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    I wonder if chain or graphite spray lube would work better than grease? Seams to me that grease would attract a lot of dirt.

    Good idea.
     
  5. May 20, 2017 at 9:23 PM
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    Now that I have thought about it, I would use @trayday suggestion.

    When I was using grease, it was back in 1999. Way better options now over messy grease. I wonder if Alcan still uses this method?
     
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  6. May 21, 2017 at 6:03 AM
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    When installing the Icon pack I used chain wax. There's been no squeaking or dust retention. It's probably something I should do yearly.
     
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  7. May 21, 2017 at 7:53 AM
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    I started having this extremely annoying squeak also! Drives me nuts. It started after a resent trip out in the sand dunes so I'm guessing that was the issue.
    I tried jacking up the truck to open up the leafs and used a power washer to try to clean any dirt or sand out. Seemed to help but did not go completely away!
    I used to use WD40 on my Tacoma because those springs got so bad but feel like that was worse n attracted more dirt. So now I'm scared to try anything on my new tundra. For now the noise is almost gone but I have not done any off-roading lately. I can't imagine other tundra owners living in worse climates like snow n mud all the time and not having any noises. Might try some of my motocross chain lube.
     
  8. May 21, 2017 at 8:19 AM
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    Seems to work the best out of WD, dry lube, Tri-flow, and the pressure washer.
     
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  9. May 21, 2017 at 8:28 AM
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    Good to know. Thanks for your input. I will have to try something like this if I ever have issues.
     
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  10. Jul 18, 2017 at 7:01 PM
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    I sprayed my leafs with this Maxima chain lube I use for my dirt bikes. All squeaks went away and it's been over a month with still no noise! Super happy it worked. Thanks for the
    tips! Hoping this can help anyone having this issue in the future!
    IMG_4977.png
     
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    Found this thread and it saved me! Crawled under and sprayed my leaf packs with Maxima Chain Wax, and bounced up and down on my bed for a minute or so.. once the spray dried into its “waxy” form, all creaking went away.

    thank you!!
     
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