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Annoying squeaking up front

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MarcD, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Aug 21, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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    MarcD

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    Hey guys,

    I was on a "trail" earlier today and went through quite a bit of mud and some water too (deepest water was about level with headlights). After we were done I headed straight for the local DIY carwash and did about 10 minutes worth of high pressure spraying underneath including suspension, joints, etc to get rid of all the crap that gets caught up in there.

    I hadn't driven my truck for a few hours but I just went out to dinner and in the parking lot when I was turning, I noticed an annoying squeaking sound coming from the front. It's only when I really turn the wheel one or two times over going really slowly, not little turns when I'm driving.

    I had my brother turning the wheel while I was trying to locate exactly where it was coming from, but it's too dark to really see anything.

    Where's the most likely place this squeaking is coming from, or is this too vague of a question? And when I locate the source just hit it with more pressure washer and WD-40?

    Thanks,

    Marc
     
  2. Aug 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Blast your suspension good with a pressure washer. The squeak is most likly dirt in the springs.
     
  3. Aug 21, 2009 at 8:51 PM
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  4. Aug 21, 2009 at 8:54 PM
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    Might also want to check and make sure everything that's supposed to be greased is greased.
     
  5. Aug 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM
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    I attacked the entire front end/front suspension with 10 more minutes of pressure washer... problem solved :cool:

    Marc
     
  6. Aug 22, 2009 at 7:48 PM
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    Dirt in the springs. :) This is the cause of most squeaks you get from going thru mud and such.
     
  7. Aug 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM
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    jandrews - what type of grease should I use for the front suspension area, i.e. the parts that should be greased. The squeaking has come back so I'm thinking it just needs a bit more lubrication, and water was a temporary fix...

    Thanks,

    Marc
     
  8. Aug 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM
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    If your front end can except grease, there should be some grease zerks on the U joints of the Drive shaft. Otherwise, the front is mostly un serviceable. I still think you have sirt and crap in the springs. It may take a little time to work out.
     
  9. Aug 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    What Chris said. If your squeaking is solely from the front end, it's probably not something in the driveshaft that needs to be greased.
     
  10. Aug 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM
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    Alright thanks. I'll hit it with some more pressure washer later on then.

    Marc
     
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