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Door seal creak?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ColoradoTom, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Nov 10, 2016 at 6:59 AM
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    ColoradoTom

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    I have been hunting and scouting for hunt for 6+ weeks. Subsequently, my Taco has spent many an hour bumping along jeep roads in 4lo at 1200 rpm. My truck is a tool not a family heirloom, so it's going to be subjected to that stuff. It's why I bother having a 4wd. The scratches and noises that come from frame twisting and jostling and scraping through brush will happen and will be tolerated.

    I'm wondering though if others have seen this in their trucks. Last summer some time my drivers door started making a creaky noise that sounds like it's the rubber seal above the window frame chafing against the door frame. A week or two ago the other door started doing it too. Not on smooth road, definitely related to bumps.

    I'm guessing that it's just the door hinges developing a tiny bit of play. Drivers door probably started first since it gets opened more often. Could be an Access Cab related thing, but the latch on the suicide door seems to be pretty damned solid. The truck has only 27K, but it gets a lot of jeep road time even when it's not hunting season.

    I guess I'm wondering if A) this is something we see on 2nd gens, and 2) is there a cure. I don't want something oily on the door seal rubber because it will become a mess of dirt and grime, but I have a feeling that would work. It's obviously being moved and the rubber is sticky. Something dry like graphite would be effective too probably.

    So what say ye? Any of you have this?
     
  2. Nov 10, 2016 at 7:27 AM
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    Yeah, thanks, I'll get a tube of that stuff. I've really been hammering on the fscker this year. Got a ~2,500 lb (dry) travel trailer that I hauled up two different ridiculous jeep roads, with water, generator, food, likker and other hunting equipment, etc. Not sure how much harder I could have flogged the frame/suspension.
     
  4. Nov 10, 2016 at 7:36 AM
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    I use that stuff, too.

    It keeps the rubber pliable year round.
     
  5. Nov 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM
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    I have a 14 as well with the same problem. If I put my arm against the window with pressure it goes away so I thought it was just loose somewhere. I'm going to give this stuff a try because that sound is annoying as hell.
     
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    This one is also silicone-based and costs half as much:
    https://www.amazon.com/Spunk-Lube-Hybrid-8-Ounce/dp/B00E8DKPN2
    Plus the name...
     
  7. Nov 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM
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    Baby powder on the door seals will fix it.
     
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  8. Nov 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM
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    Imma need to try that.
     
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    Too many to list, and I've probably forgotten a bunch.
    Same problem here on my '14. If you open the door and push on the seal (to make the inside of the tubular seal contact itself), you can probably recreate the noise. If you can, my fix was to put blue tape over all the air holes in the door seal, except for the one closest to the rear-most corner of the seal. Then I let loose with a can of silicone lube spray, and pushed on the seal to work it around. I let the carrier/propellant evaporate, and then removed the blue tape.

    That fixed 95% of the noise. May or may not work for you. Others have used WD-40, but it seems to degrade the rubber slightly.
     

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