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Drivers side clunk/scraping on steep driveways / bumps

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by milfalcon, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Mar 19, 2020 at 6:28 PM
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    milfalcon

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    Been reading & searching forums hoping to find some info to help me out with this noise I've been trying to locate & fix. I've tried some fixes but none seem to help my case
    I have a 2015 DCLB TRD Sport with 72xxx kms - All stock

    I hear a clunk/scraping noise in the front drivers side when going over bumps / dips in the road / driving into steep driveways. It seems to happen more when I'm turning left but the noise is sometimes there when turning right as well. I have to turn left into a steep driveway at work every day and always hear it.
    I have removed the sway bar, removed the stock "skid" plate, changed radiator mount bushings with energy suspension 9.4101G mounts - all trying to get rid of the noise but it is still there.
    EDIT: I have also removed the mudflaps

    Brought it to a shop for them to take a look at, they found nothing loose and couldn't really say what it is. One of the mechanics thinks it could be the top part of the spring - as the drivers side shows rust & the passenger side doesn't. (Pictures below)

    Now what I want to ask is,Do you think his assumption is accurate?Because he didn't seem to sure either.
    EDIT: Do you think I could just change the spring??
    Or would I have to go with the whole assembly? If I have to go with the whole assembly, should I go stock or aftermarket for a similar price? Kinda new to the this whole thing & I'm hoping this wont break the bank

    Truck is my daily driver, I take it on the occasional dirt road once in a while but nothing crazy.

    Hope I provided enough information

    Drivers side :

    upload_2020-3-19_18-22-23.jpg

    Passenger :

    upload_2020-3-19_18-23-42.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2020
  2. Apr 13, 2020 at 8:53 PM
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    Update: I've sprayed the coilover with a little bit of fluidfilm and it seems to help a bit but the noise is still there. Took the truck into another shop and they couldn't find anything wrong.
    Seem to be able to replicate the noise when taking turns at about 30km/h - sounds a bit like a snapping noise
    I know it is needing an alignment, not urgently but I'm thinking about getting it done hoping it might fix the noise as well - if that doesn't work I might just suck it up and go to a toyota dealership
     
  3. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:01 PM
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    Check the body mount bushings. Check torque on LCA cam bolts (100ft/lbs). No mud flaps right?
     
  4. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:01 PM
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    Based on all the other potential things that you’ve already eliminated, lower control arm bushings would be worth looking at.
     
  5. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:14 PM
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    You may want to try taking a look at your ball joints and make sure that the noise isn't coming from there.

    I have seen a few vehicles' ball joints fail from being damaged internally and while really hard to isolate, after replacing the problem joint the issue goes away 100%.

    Based on what you are describing, I'm wondering if you have a defective ball joint.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:50 PM
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    Thanks for the input everyone. Will be checking LCA cam bolts sometime this week. If they need to be tightened, will it affect the alignment of the truck in anyway?
    No mudflaps

    If torquing the cambolts doesn’t fix it, will get the shop to take a look at control arm bushings and ball joints
     
  7. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:52 PM
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    will be looking into cab mounts once Amazon deliveries are somewhat back to normal
     
  8. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:56 PM
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    mark their position with a sharpie and then tighten them while holding their position with a wrench. Also make sure that your cam tabs are still present and not flattened. You can shine a light into the bushings with your phone and see if you can spot any severe bushing tears, don't exactly need a shop to do a quick visual inspection.

    As for cab mounts, check if they are tight right now. They can sometimes work themselves loose.
     
  9. Apr 13, 2020 at 10:35 PM
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  10. Apr 22, 2020 at 7:28 PM
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    Update: Finally got some time to get underneath the truck and check some things out. Cambolts weren't loose , took a look at lca bushings and didn't see any tears. But when I got to the drivers side cab mounts, it didn't look right. Got some pictures below. I'm pretty sure this is the culprit (fingers crossed). I plan on ordering the energy suspension cab mount set to replace them all


    upload_2020-4-22_19-24-19.jpg upload_2020-4-22_19-24-50.jpg


    On another note while I was under the truck, I did notice that one of the two bars that connect to the frame? The driver side had some oil on the rubber part. I did take my truck to a different place for an oil change a couple months back & when I took a look after they were done ,I saw that they ended up making a mess in there from taking out the oil filter. The bolt was tight when I checked it. Any possibility this could be causing the noise ?

    upload_2020-4-22_19-25-58.jpg
     

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