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Leaf Spring problem

Well I crawled under the truck the other night to see why my bed was tilted alittle and why I always heard screeching news coming from back in that area. I noticed my drivers side leaf spring is coming apart. The leaf closest to the axle came disconnected from the rest of them. Is this a big problem or could i leave it be for the time being? Can I change out the springs myself?
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Well I crawled under the truck the other night to see why my bed was tilted alittle and why I always heard screeching news coming from back in that area. I noticed my drivers side leaf spring is coming apart. The leaf closest to the axle came disconnected from the rest of them. Is this a big problem or could i leave it be for the time being? Can I change out the springs myself?
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Can you get a pic?
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I'll try to get one up tonight.
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the single leaf is split? or is it just kinda 'crooked'? get that pic up.
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Here ya go. The first pick is off the passenger side leaf toward the front of truck.

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This is the leaf on the driver's side closest to the bumper.

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That's your overload spring...it's supposed to be like that....

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Thanks for the reply.

Then what the hell is all these creaking coming from! Now I'm lost and back at square 1. I was really hoping it was the springs.
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maybe bad brushings
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if you get dirt in between the leafs then they can creak. I normally get a preasure
washer and spray them out real good then once dry add a little lubricant.
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hey i got squeaking noise all of a sudden too but on my springs theres like rubber pads in between the leafs at the ends and ones moving out on me and causing the noise. any ideas how to fix it? ill get a picture if no one understands what im talking about
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geez i sure wish i had a shop lift like that haha.
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I want to know the specs on the red ranger in the background! It looks sweet!
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geez i sure wish i had a shop lift like that haha.[/QUOTE]

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I want to know the specs on the red ranger in the background! It looks sweet!
The red ranger(known as "red rocket")...that's his shop. well...his dad's shop. so yea..i wish i had a shop like that too. lol.

'98, 4.0, NOW a 5spd manual(converted it from auto his the trans went), 4" superlift, 3" body, 15x10 daytonas, 35x12.50 Baja Claws, prerunner light bar thingy, all red led dash, rockin' a delta flow 40, billet grille, clear corners, horns like all us local guys have(lol). here's a few good ones...looks even better now with my old 'styled' mirrors on it.



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Back to the leaf spring topic at hand...

Your truck is older, what you are likely hearing are worn out leaf spring bushings. Is it squeeking JUST when you are pulling away from a stop? Could possibly be rear pinion u-joint...
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Shane, who do you use to host your pics?

I can never see them here at work :(



Mine squeaked a little. I just sprayed em down with some wd40 and it's all good
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photobucket. your work = suck. lol. end yet another hack. lol. sorry JT.
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photobucket. your work = suck. lol. end yet another hack. lol. sorry JT.
Once my question got answered I could care less if you started flirting with everyone. HA HA!
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True that. I can see them now though
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[/QUOTE]Back to the leaf spring topic at hand...

Your truck is older, what you are likely hearing are worn out leaf spring bushings. Is it squeeking JUST when you are pulling away from a stop? Could possibly be rear pinion u-joint...[/QUOTE]



It's squeeking practically evertime I hit a bump and the bed has a nasty lean towards the driver's side.
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check the shackle on that side i have had them break on me before
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All is good with the shackle. Going into a garage that does just springs that my stepdad knows so I'll find out what is wrong. I could get the springs re-arched with an extra leaf and new bushings for $150 installed. I don't think that's too bad.
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check the shackle on that side i have had them break on me before
Thought the shackle was ok. Checked it againin the daylight and it was ready to fall apart. Replaced both shackles and the hangers. No more noises and it rides great.
Thanks for the suggestion. next time I'll make sure it's daylight and I'm sober when I look.
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