1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Found: Source of annoying front end rattle!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by titus5, May 27, 2009.

  1. May 27, 2009 at 1:57 PM
    #1
    titus5

    titus5 [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Member:
    #11377
    Messages:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Folsom, CA
    Vehicle:
    05 Double Cab 4x4 SR5
    Hi all....I am the proud owner of an 05 Double Cab V6 4x4 auto since December of 2008. I have owned many Toyota trucks and like this one the best by far. But there are a few noises it has made since I bought it that drive me nuts. One is the rear leaf springs (the bushings actually...easy fix, but annoying as hell.)

    The second noise has been very hard to detect. Let me describe the noise and when it happens, and then maybe you can see if it's the source of your rattles. It happens when going over mild bumps on paved roads or unpaved roads in four wheel drive or two. The truck must be moving at least 5 mph or so and is very noticeable at around 30 mph. I'm not talking speed bumps....rather smaller bumps one right after another, such as braking bumps or pot holes. It produces a hollow, metallic rattle from the front on either side. It sounds like some part of the suspension is loose. I've spent countless hours underneath the truck with pry bars and mallets with no luck.

    Recently I was looking at the front brakes with my dad and we noticed how loosely the pads fit into the calipers. He suggested that I add that silicone like substance to the backs (the stuff that keeps the squeal from happening) to see if that helped. I didn't think it would help as the noise sounds different. But to my surprise the noise was gone immediately after applying a thick coat of the disc brake quiet. It was the pads rattling in the caliper if you can believe it. How odd.

    I am posting this in hope that it helps at least one other person fix their dreaded rattle. I use this site a lot and wanted to give back.
     
  2. May 27, 2009 at 3:01 PM
    #2
    Simon2150

    Simon2150 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Member:
    #11809
    Messages:
    1,044
    Gender:
    Male
    Austin, TX
    Vehicle:
    06 Tacoma DoubleCab V6 SR5
    what did you use on it? have a pic of the can?
     
  3. May 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM
    #3
    titus5

    titus5 [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Member:
    #11377
    Messages:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Folsom, CA
    Vehicle:
    05 Double Cab 4x4 SR5
    It comes in a little squeeze bottle and looks like this:

    [​IMG]

    I used a different brand but the bottle looked the same and the stuff was orange just like in this photo. Make sure you let the stuff dry for the recommended 10 minutes...don't rush it. You can find this stuff at almost any auto parts store. Sometimes there are similar products available in an aerosol can. Stick to this stuff so you can put it on fairly thick.
     
  4. May 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM
    #4
    Caddmannq

    Caddmannq MotoNerd

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2008
    Member:
    #8917
    Messages:
    487
    Gender:
    Male
    California
    Vehicle:
    2012 PreRunner TRD Sport DC LB
    Undercover toneau
    Usually, brake pads have anti rattle springs, which usually don't look much like springs, but serve to keep the pads secure on small bumps. They can also be easy to lose when replacing brake pads, or they can also just wear out, fall off, rust out, wear through, etc.

    To get them you usually must buy some over-priced "small parts kit", but I prefer a couple coats of that Permatex brand spray can disk brake quiet on the back of the pads. Much easier & cheaper to deal with.
     
  5. May 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM
    #5
    titus5

    titus5 [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Member:
    #11377
    Messages:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Folsom, CA
    Vehicle:
    05 Double Cab 4x4 SR5
    The "springs" which you mention were there. And I even tried rigging up my own spring going across the backs of the pads...but it did not help.

    I agree that the spray can stuff is easier to use. Maybe it would work in this situation. Not sure. I see no need to try any other product now that I know this works, but someone else out there may wish to try it. As for being cheaper?? Both products are about the same price.
     
  6. May 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    #6
    Caddmannq

    Caddmannq MotoNerd

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2008
    Member:
    #8917
    Messages:
    487
    Gender:
    Male
    California
    Vehicle:
    2012 PreRunner TRD Sport DC LB
    Undercover toneau
    Oh, I meant it was cheaper than replacing those little springs.

    IMO, they wear out fast and need to be replaced too frequently.

    Anyhow, I've used several types of that goop over the years, and I like the spray can stuff the best.
     
  7. Jun 6, 2009 at 1:44 PM
    #7
    MyToyTaco

    MyToyTaco ╒╪╕

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Member:
    #9417
    Messages:
    4,320
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nick
    Port Hueneme
    Vehicle:
    08 Taco

    how did you fix? new ones? or did you take apart & clean
     
  8. Jun 6, 2009 at 3:51 PM
    #8
    Kyouto42

    Kyouto42 Iron Beard

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Member:
    #8614
    Messages:
    9,243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Vehicle:
    BSP '10 4x4 TRD Off-Road DC
    See build thread in signature
    Humm, I noticed my truck started making that metallic rattle the other day doing some wheeling... was curious what it was but this just might save me a bunch of time :D
     
  9. Jun 11, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    #9
    MTL Tacoma

    MTL Tacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2008
    Member:
    #5655
    Messages:
    257
    Gender:
    Male
    Montreal, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2016 DC LB TRD Sport
    I just noticed the same noise happening under the same conditions as noted in the original post.

    Im stll under warranty, so im going to bring it in and see what the dealership comes up with!!
     
    Derk33 likes this.
  10. Jun 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM
    #10
    stevedidj

    stevedidj Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Member:
    #4991
    Messages:
    47
    I have a 2008 Prerunner Access Cab - same rattle over bumps. Based on titus5's posting here, I went out on a test drive - the rattle goes away when the brakes are applied enough to engage the shoes. I'm taking it in under warranty to get the dealer to add a spring kit or pad goop or whatever they want to do to stop the rattle. Thanks, Titus5 for the clue!
     
  11. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:50 AM
    #11
    obxfishn

    obxfishn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Member:
    #2206
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    Eastern Virginia
    2.5" ToyTec Lift, Smitty Built Nerf Bars, Scangauge unit,
  12. Jul 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM
    #12
    TexasIslandBoy

    TexasIslandBoy THE RED DRAGON!!

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Member:
    #18262
    Messages:
    3,282
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andrew
    South Texas. SPI
    Vehicle:
    07' trd offroad 4X4 (For Sale)
    pro comp 6inch lift 35'' tires moto 950's radfo coilovers magnaflow exhaust 5/16" front skidplate usa spec ipod interface tree pin strip mod dry drop in filter full size BFG KM2 spare
    just took my truck in for this and they have been lookinf for hours on what it was and i just called them and told them to check the shim on the pads hope that it i need my truck back
     
  13. Jul 7, 2009 at 6:34 PM
    #13
    obxfishn

    obxfishn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Member:
    #2206
    Messages:
    77
    Gender:
    Male
    Eastern Virginia
    2.5" ToyTec Lift, Smitty Built Nerf Bars, Scangauge unit,
    Did that fix the problem?
     
  14. Aug 1, 2009 at 10:59 PM
    #14
    WV_Tacoma

    WV_Tacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2009
    Member:
    #19738
    Messages:
    259
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntington, WV
    Vehicle:
    05 Pre, DBL Cab
    Not enough
    sounds just like my noise, tested brakes, front end, everything......

    It is the Front bumper bolting brakets......haven't fixed it yet.....
     
  15. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:33 AM
    #15
    stevedidj

    stevedidj Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Member:
    #4991
    Messages:
    47
    WV Tacoma,
    which bumper bolts/brackets are you referring to? I was told by my dealership it's the brake pads rattling, but I'd sure like to at least reduce the noise if there's some other rattle source as well...
     
  16. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:56 AM
    #16
    mr2crazed

    mr2crazed Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Member:
    #17512
    Messages:
    192
    Gender:
    Male
    Morro Bay, CA.
    Vehicle:
    06 DC PreRunner SR5
    I have the exact same noise and pretty knew it was the pads on the driver's side. I can hear the noise as traveling down a bumpy road. But it's not there when I traveling down the same road with the brakes applied.

    I just haven't torn into it yet.
     
  17. Aug 10, 2009 at 8:32 AM
    #17
    WV_Tacoma

    WV_Tacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2009
    Member:
    #19738
    Messages:
    259
    Gender:
    Male
    Huntington, WV
    Vehicle:
    05 Pre, DBL Cab
    Not enough
  18. Sep 22, 2009 at 4:28 AM
    #18
    ElevenTenths

    ElevenTenths Voice of Reason

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Member:
    #12358
    Messages:
    31
    Gender:
    Male
    Same annoying rattle... brakes are fine.

    ours is from the inner CV cups having some play. dealer states this is normal??

    you can put your hand on the front inner CV cups and move them up and down 1/2 inch.
     
  19. Sep 22, 2009 at 5:41 AM
    #19
    BSP4x4

    BSP4x4 Guest

    This CV Cup issue might be the problem with My 09 Taco... mine only makes the noise while out of gear! or clutched in. where are the cv cups located/what do they look like?
     
  20. Aug 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM
    #20
    Vansurfing

    Vansurfing Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2015
    Member:
    #159134
    Messages:
    47
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    J
    Rockport, Texas
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma TRD sport/2000 TRD prerunner
    I know this is old but any new occurances? My truck was doing the exact same thing. I jacked up the drivers side front tire and saw that my brake pads moved around inside. Doesn't seem like a big deal until you drive around and it sounds like your ball joints and wheel bearing are going out, that's how annoying it is. Just bought the truck 1 month ago 2012 Trd sport

    Update: screw it, I bought a caliper and problem went away completely.
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2015
To Top