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2000 ranger flex - rear suspension life expectency

I have an '00 ranger and just in the last day or so the rear suspension, I'm assumming, started to squeek. The truck has about 65,000 miles on it. How long do the stock shocks last? Are there grease fittings for the leaf bushings? What else might I check? Could the u-joint be going out? The squeeking is more noticeable during in town driving and not as noticeable on the interstate. What items are more prone or common to go out? Thanks
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Does it squeak differently when you are on or off the gas?

What about when braking? Ebrake released?

Also shocks should still be good, cant say they they would squeak.

Have you been mudding or anything like that to get mud between the leaf springs?
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that doesnt sound like something that would be comming from the rear
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Does it squeak differently when you are on or off the gas?

What about when braking? Ebrake released?

Also shocks should still be good, cant say they they would squeak.

Have you been mudding or anything like that to get mud between the leaf springs?
Does not squeak differently when on or off the gas, or braking. Have not used the e-brake. Also have not been mudding.
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that doesnt sound like something that would be comming from the rear
What are you suggesting?
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I think I know what you are talking about. My suspension squeeks when I jump on the bed or go over speed bumps. I think I just need new shocks.
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both my front and rear squeak all the freakin time. lol i dont trip on it tho... even if there is something that needs to be replaced i dont have the money to replace it.
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does the squeek speed up with in relation to speed of vehicle? If so, check that rear ujoint.
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well they used to say back in the day when all the cars came only from detriot that the stock shock were bad by the time ther got here from the train ride.... but since its not like that nemore id say your shocks are long gone (not sayin thats the problem) just answering your question. thats the bad things with shocks is that they wear out soo slow you dont notice that there bad till you put new ones on and your like holy cow poo....
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The squeak does not speed up in relation to speed. But more noticeable as you go over bumps and cracks in the road. 04 xlt that is my thinking too, but just want to check out all possiblities. It is a spongy squeaky sound. I just didn't want there to be something going on with the 4 wheel drive or related parts.
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have you determined it to be from the rear? I'd guess shocks believe it or not. OR front arm bushings.
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my truck squeaks...but its the belt...god damn 3.slow....look and sway bar bushings make sure everything is tight...
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maybe the bushings.. when i swapped out springs the bushings were.. gone haha
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shackle bushings and leaf bushings. check 'em! forgot abou tthose!
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shackle bushings and leaf bushings. check 'em! forgot abou tthose!
I noticed
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if its spongy squeaky noise its shocks.
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if its spongy squeaky noise its shocks.
I need to do mine then too. The spongy squeaky noise is ALL THE TIME and it drives a guy crazy.

Thanks Zach
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Spray the bushings on the leaf springs with WD-40 or PB Blaster, stopped the squeaking on my old truck. May have to spray several times, but it will eventually go away.
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I replaced the shocks and that did not eliminat e the noise. I sprayed all the rear bushings with PB Blaster noise noe gone yet. But I know it takes a while for the lube to work it's way in.
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how are those rear bushings looking?
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I should have said in my last post that I only had changed to rear shocks. I have been spraying the rear leaf and shackle bushings with PB Blaster. I did find out that when I stood on the side nerf bars not so much squeak on the drivers side. But the passenger front side I think is the culprit. Squeeeeeeaaaaaaaakkkkkkkk! I'll change the fronts out in a few days. The rear bushings what you can see of them are a little cracky.
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Spray the bushings on the leaf springs with WD-40 or PB Blaster, stopped the squeaking on my old truck. May have to spray several times, but it will eventually go away.
CORRECT! it's the leaf springs. This has happened to me multiple times on both my Rangers and on both sets of leaf springs. The problem is the bushings between the individual leafs. Just spray those down with some lube an it will go away. If you really want get crazy jack up the rear of your truck to stretch out the suspension and spray them really good.
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CORRECT! it's the leaf springs. This has happened to me multiple times on both my Rangers and on both sets of leaf springs. The problem is the bushings between the individual leafs. Just spray those down with some lube an it will go away. If you really want get crazy jack up the rear of your truck to stretch out the suspension and spray them really good.
X2, I've seen it on a lot of trucks. I know on aftermarket springs (not sure they do it from the factory) you'll find spring packs with teflon in between the springs to stop this from happening.
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