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Squeaky leaf springs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Austin Taco, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Jun 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    Austin Taco

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    So how the hell do I fix a squeaky leaf spring? I have an 08 TRD Sport and I don't hear the noise while going down the road but when I get in or out of the truck it's rather annoying. I've cleaned them and they still make that damn noise.

    Help please!!
     
  2. Jun 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    steve o 77

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    First try power washing them really good. If that doesn't work, you need to disassemble them and clean each leaf individually then grease them.
     
  3. Jun 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM
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  4. Jun 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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    When the truck was new did it have grease on them ? No ? Why would you put grease on them ? It attracts dirt. I think I'd be using some kind of dry lube like this after there cleaned:

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/drygraphite5200.php

    Or do it old school and make you own. Get some really tough paint and mix in some graphite and paint it on or go buy yourself a can of this:

    http://www.slipplate.com/

    Already mixed.

    Stick your hand in grease and then stick it in some sand and see what the problem with grease is. I think putting grease on it is a big mistake. I see some had success with grease but I will not be greasing mine if that ever happens to my truck. You guys are thinking dirt and rust can't fit in there.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    That's certainly a good idea. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    Definitely a good idea. Never thought of that.
     
  7. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:11 PM
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    I hate my squeeky leaf springs..... apparently there is a tsb that exists.

    I had the dealer perform it the other day, but the squeek just came back! I seriously hate the squeek and am hesitant about taking them off and cleaning them because I have no idea how.
     
  8. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    i have the same problem i took it to the dealership and they replaced some bolt silencer but it came back to be honest i think they need to come up with a solution for this problem i have a 09 and it sounds like a rusty bucket for the 70s very annoying
     
  9. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    If you read my walk thru/ how to or what have you you'll see that you don't have to remove the leaf spring from the truck.
     
  10. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:20 PM
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    They probably changed the pads so if you don't want to take them apart then find a spray can of graphite spray and try to get it to work into the cracks. You can jam a big assed screw driver in them to pry them apart a bit. That link above shows how to get them somewhat appart with a screwdriver. Try to clean up any rust you see if you can get them to spread then coat them up. The old school way of fixing this was use graphite paint. Really it works. You can use epoxy paint if you can find a supply of graphite to mix in. You have to put in lots about at least one quarter by volume. I'm not sure of the ratio cause now i can't find the link. Slipplate is premixed but I don't know how tough the paint is.
     
  11. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    my suspension just started squeeking like a bitch, I think it's the leaves. I need to clean them and hit them with some dry lube i'm thinking.
     
  12. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:11 PM
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    Reply to your question: Just posted an issue to your problem. Look under my post. My screen name: garys05tacoma4x4
    Let me know how it works out for you. Good luck!






     
  13. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:13 PM
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    wut
     
  14. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM
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    the very best way to solve squeaky leaf springs that i have found so far is to take used diff oil in one of the quart "squirt bottles" and dump about 1/2 qt thoughout each pack. squeak free for about 18 months now
     
  15. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM
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    I spray them out with the power washer and spray motorcycle chain lube in there .
     
  16. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM
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    ive used white lithium grease, dry lube, chain lube, chain wax, and nothing has worked as good as used synthetic diff oil
     
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    I have Dakars and haven't had an issue besides at the front wrap which I solved with a couple pieces of EPDM pond liner , the flat leaves are usually fine , if they squeak it's cause they have silt in between them , I just power wash them and they are usually fine .

    I'll try the diff oil if I get a reocurring problem .

    Like the hooker said to the leper " Thanks for the tip "
     
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    Please read my detailed notes on how to PROPERLY FIX SQUEAKY LEAF SPRINGS IN 2ND GENERATION TACOMA'S under my screen name: garys05tacoma4x4 before polluting the environment like the individual here suggests. It is a very inexepensive fix to do it properly and I even list the Toyota part number.

     
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    you must be new to teh interwebz


    1. im only polluting my garage floor
    2. rubber pads between the leafs (even upgraded dealer ones) dont last when you wheel your truck
    3. you have started 0 threads and posted 4 posts in a row in the other thread and trying to give someone direction to view a post you had written doesnt work well you be better off posting a link instead
    4. I have aftermarket AAL so toyota's pad wont work on my leaf pack
     
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    Why don't you post a link shortcut to your original post ?

    That would make life a lot easier for everyone trying to find it .

    I have Dakars , your factory rubber nubs won't work
     
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