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Driver Strut Mount Squeak - How to Lube

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by icer22x, Mar 22, 2024.

  1. Mar 22, 2024 at 4:25 PM
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    icer22x

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    Only 22K on my truck and the left top strut mount is squeaking bad. I can rock the truck and replicate it every time. I can place my hand on the hat and feel it.

    What is the best method to lube this? I’ve seen some guys use AT-205 in a spray bottle.

    Thanks in advance y’all.
     
  2. Mar 22, 2024 at 5:14 PM
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    phiscocks

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    My 2020 did that and the dealer replaced the strut.
     
  3. Mar 22, 2024 at 5:15 PM
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    Gfenza89

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    Super common problem and absolutely pathetic nothing has been done to address this.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2024 at 5:43 PM
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    I hate going in to the dealer. So much. It’s a massive waste of time and usually takes more than one trip - one for diagnosis then one for repairs.

    I might have to go in. I usually fix everything myself. But I should take advantage of my warranty while I have it.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2024 at 5:50 AM
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    You paid for it, use it.
     
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    Of course the squeak is gone now after driving all day in the rain.
     
  7. Mar 24, 2024 at 5:54 AM
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    I've got the same problem with an intermittent squeak, and only about 3,000 miles of warranty left.
     
  8. Mar 24, 2024 at 6:14 AM
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    Go to the dealer. They will probably replace the strut , not a big deal . It happens . Use the warranty while you have it.
     
  9. Mar 24, 2024 at 8:19 AM
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    You really don’t want to lube it.
    Any lube will attract dirt and road grit, accelerating the wear of the top hat bearing and the bushings. Will work for a short term fix.

    The long term fix is replacement.
     
  10. Apr 12, 2024 at 1:55 PM
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    Following up on this thread. Had to have the dealer replace my driver’s side strut. As I was driving it home from work the NEXT DAY, the passenger strut started squeaking at the hat. So there’s another appointment and a missed day of work. Both struts at 23K. No bueno Toyota.
     
  11. Apr 30, 2024 at 2:14 PM
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    So here I am after picking up my truck today after having the passenger strut replaced because the hat was making a creaking noise (just like the driver side) when going over bumps at slow speeds.

    Now - my brand new driver side strut is making the same noise again at the hat. I can put my hand on it and feel it. What is going on? It’s only been a few weeks since I had it replaced!
     

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