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Dealer says aftermarket suspension is cause of squeaking [Solved]

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by stvstoy, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Sep 8, 2016 at 10:20 AM
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    So I took my '16 taco into the dealer today because of some loud low squeaking I hear when I’m turning the wheels. It's predominantly when I'm either backing up, or sitting still. I have Icon Stage 4 with Tubular UCAs installed. The noise is smooth, but loud.

    Senior service tech said the noise is coming from my “aftermarket suspension system” and there’s nothing he can do about it.

    As far as I can tell, it doesn't make this noise when the front suspension is compressed/decompressed.

    I'm wondering if this is just a classic case of tech sees aftermarket parts, automatically blames it.

    All I replaced was the Coilovers and UCAs. Would turning the wheels cause this squeaking in the spindle ball joint?
     
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  2. Sep 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM
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    Race car parts make race car noises.
    Uniballs squeak if they are dirty or worn. If it bugs you, get some teflon based dry lube for the uniball.
     
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  3. Sep 8, 2016 at 10:24 AM
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    Yeah, I understand that, just want to make sure that's in fact where the noise is coming from before I go back and pick up my truck. Still at the dealer.

    Also, if it was the uniball, wouldn't I hear it more when the uca is moving up and down?
     
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    Some stuff. Not a lot, just some.
    Yes, it happens. Camburg (IIRC) used to offer a Teflon lube for theirs.
     
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    Is this the sound you were referring to on the trail last weekend? I do remember it sounded like your leaf springs were squeaking pretty loudly, I know @MADSTEEZE has that issue too and he said he gets it to go away by using a pressure hose on the leaf springs after a run. Not sure what could be causing the steering squeak though
     
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    No. It's a horizontal uniball.
    Honestly it's probably just dusty since it's so new. Use some simple green and hose it off. Otherwise: https://www.amazon.com/Tri-Flow-Lub...=1473355576&sr=8-1&keywords=tri+flow+dry+lube
     
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    This is coming from the front end. Yeah, I have squeaky leafs, but I'm dealing with that. If this noise is just the uniballs, not a big deal. I can get the lube and then cap them. I just wanted to be sure there's nothing else that may be failing.
     
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    So dealer just called me again, they said they looked at it with a few others techs and sure enough, determined the same thing we're talking about here. That's for the feedback! You guys are awesome.
     
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    Uniball caps are the leading cause of uniball failures. It traps moisture under the caps.
    They're really simple to maintain, just wash your balls after you get dirty.
     
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    :rofl: Thanks Jason!
     
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    Hey Steve. As others have said, it's the uniballs on your UCAs. I have the same UCAs and am aware of the same noise. I use the TriFlow drylube (actually just keep a bottle in the truck now). You'll notice it'll get worse if you ignore it so get on it right away. Be sure not to use a "wet" lubricant like WD40 or grease- uniballs don't like that. I usually apply the dry lube about once every few months as a preventative measure, but it also depends on how much you off-road and how dirty they get.
     
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    The TriFlo lube is great stuff, I keep a small can of it in my truck too. Works great to eliminate the clutch pedal squeak I get from time to time
     
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    Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!
     
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    Uni-balls are pretty well known for causing loud squeeks. Camburg, Icon, Total Chaos and others all recommend keeping them clean and lubing them with Tri-Flow Dry Lube. You may need to lube them as much as 1 per month depending on the use and conditions.
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    What I do is drip a bit on there and go for a quick drive around the block to let the suspension cycle. It lets the lube weep in a bit. The good thing about the DryLube is that it dries to a waxy consistency so it kinda seals any openings you might have to let dirt and moisture in. I also put some on a paper towel and quickly wipe down the underside of the uniball. More for my own sake than anything else since most of the squeak is cured from the top. Buy a couple bottles of the stuff. It lasts a long time, but I keep one in the truck and one in the garage.
     
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    Thanks again to all for your feedback. Tr-iFlow arrived today, along with some nice little candies and sticker. Thanks @YotaDan and Michelle Wheeler !! :thumbsup:

    Also, I just want to confirm the noise coming from the uniballs. I didn't want to wait for the lube over the weekend, so I went to home depot and picked up a can of Dry Lube with teflon. It hushed the squeaking some, but that stuff comes in a spray can and got all over the place. Luckily it was easy to wipe off. Anywho, that put my mind at ease knowing that's all the noise was. Going to clean out any residue and remaining dry lube and apply the Tri-Flow. One bottle for home and one for the truck. Thanks again!
     
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