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Old 07-21-2009
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My trucks making a funny noise

Ok, my truck makes a squeek squeek squeek noise at low speeds. It sounds like it is coming from the transmission area. The noise is only at low speeds and the faster you go the quicker the sound is. When you push the clutch in, the noise stops. Does anyone have an idea what this could be? Bad throw out bearing maybe? I just want to make sure I dont destroy something.
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Sounds like a u-joint. Could also be the throw out bearing but I don't think so. I would check your u-joints. Remove the driveshaft from the truck when you do this. They can be deceiving when on the truck and feel good when they really are dry and stiff.
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yea but he said the noise goes away when the clutch is in.. that pretty much narrows it down to clucth itself or TOB...
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I'll go ahead and look at the u-joints. But I know I keep up on greasing them and checked them out when I installed my rear end a month or two ago.

How do I find out if it is something to do with the clutch or TOB?
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it's a squeek that is speed related...yet it goes away when clutch is pushed in. hmm....I'm definately leaning towards that rear shaft rearmost ujoint.

Is it a high pitched hollow sounding squeek? If so, definately u-joint. You can only hear it at low speeds because engine noise and road noise is way down, plus it's spinning really slow so you can actually hear it.
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K, I will check it out here in a little while. Can I just turn the shaft and see if there is any play in it? Would some grease in the u-joint help?

I got a press so its no problem to change the joint if thats the problem just dont really want to if I dont.
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U-joints generally make noise when under a load. So when he pushes in the clutch the load is removed and the noise goes away.
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Ok, I looked under there today and didnt really see anything jump out at me. The was no real play in the drive shaft. The only thing that caught my eye was that the rear u-joint looked kinda wet around that. Whats up with that?
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Robert...my truck made the same exact noise and sound for 3 months....before I did anything about it..changed both ujoints...found that the rear u-joint right before the rear axle was Dry..and all the needle bearings were ruined on once side
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Awesome, I might pull mine apart some weekend and see if they are bad.
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Think I am going to go ahead and change the U-joints just to be safe. It wont hurt to change them.

I also have another noise. Is this a heat sheild noise? Sorry for the cow poop on the rocker.

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Any ideas on my vid?
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dunno bets are we'll figure it out next weekend...need to be givin me directions to your place...and a good number to get ahold of you at for the meet
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