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Old 09-08-2005
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Bad case of the SqEaKs!

So whenever my rear suspension moves, a duck quacks. I've tried WD-40, and it works great until the next day, when it starts again. I tried some Silicon Lube also, but that did absolutely nothing. I'm sure someone else out the squeaks, or has hopefully, how did you fix this? Its just annoys the hell out of, thats all.

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I have heard of people removing the leafs and cleaning them with a pressure washer to remove the dirt from in between.
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That and maybe get under the rear while a friend rocks the truck back and forth. See if you can't find where the noise comes from. It might be that the bushings are all worn, or something completely different. Get back there and see if anything is binding or rubbing.
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I got a set of those cheapie ramps and put one in one corner and the other in the opposite corner of the truck. When I drive up it, it flexes out the leafs so they're easier to clean.. then I use white lithium grease or bearing grease if it's really bad. There was a guy on GE who took apart the leafs and put felt in between each one.. others reccomend teflon wear pads..
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I'm going to attack them with those ramps, good idea. If that doesnt work, how hard/involved is it to remove them enough to clean them?
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it will take time a good amount at that but the process isnt that hard.
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Well, I've just done the ramps, and its no making anymore noise, but I'll see tommorow if it still holds.

As far as the springs, is it pretty much self-explanitory?
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Ha! I was just noticing how much my leafs squeak the other day. Driving through a quiet parking garage and all I could hear was squeak squeak squeak... Doesn't bother me that much though. It's just a pickup..
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Doesn't bother me that much though. It's just a pickup..
Amen! I'v been saying that for years! It's a dang truck, not a Lincoln!

Anyway, you think your squeek is bad? Try driving a truck with urathane bushings and coilsprings/coilovers... Every bump my truck squeeks LOUD.. its got all kinds of squeeks from the bushings and coils, and I have loud clacks from the coilovers... yea... just turn the radio up.. lol..

Seriously, good luck finding it, little squeeks drive me nuts too.
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ive heard cooking oil spray will do it. idk ive never tried it
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ive heard cooking oil spray will do it. idk ive never tried it
Zack tells it best.

Pam cooking spray that is.

My leaf's were driving me CRAZY. I bought some cooking oil and sprayed it all over the leaf. The noise will not go away right after you spray it, so dont keep adding more. Wait about 2 days and you should be good.

Every other month or so add a little more spray.

Works like a CHAMP!!!
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Well I just got back from dinner, and its squeking like hell. I'll have to try cooking spray, I guess. Thanks guys!
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if it doesnt go away within 3 days, add more spray.
make sure to get the inside of the leaf to.
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it will take time a good amount at that but the process isnt that hard.
When you take the leafs apart is it a good idea to replace the U-bolts and other hardware too. I have a newer set to put on my truck. My 2000 only has 3 springs in the pack and D sent me home with some slightly used ones from a newer truck with 4 in the pack. I imagine it can't hurt to put em on. Doubt it will lift it any but hopefully it will make for a better ride and not sag as much with weight in it.
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oops double post
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