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Squeaking noise coming from rearend of truck!

I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this but I thought it might be suspension related? Anyway, I hear the noise when I push the back bumper up and down. Do you guys have any suggestions where the noise might be coming from? I can't really tell which side it is, if it is on a side. It makes the noise no matter what part of the bumper I push up and down. Driver side, passenger side, or in the middle, it makes a squeaking noise. If you guys could give some advice on where to look I'd appreciate it! Thanks.
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have u checked the bolts to ur bumper? they could just me loose?
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leaf spring bushings?
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mine does this 2 but i cant figure it out either....i suspect either shackle bushings or leaf springs
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maybe even sway bar bushings if you have one ofcourse
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Wow, very fast responses thanks! I have a very dumb question now that may get me kicked off of here! lol Is there a diagram somewhere that I could look at so I can find exactly where those things are? I was under my truck earlier spraying some things with WD40 just hoping that would at least give me an idea if one squirt stopped the noise. Didn't work unfortunately. Being an old truck, I've done a lot of work on it myself recently but have done nothing myself on the rear of the truck so my knowledge isn't too good as far as where the leaf springs, shackle bushings, etc. are back there. Thanks again for the quick responses!
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follow the leaf spring back toward your bumper and what it connects to the frame is called the shackle the bushing is the peice that the bottom bolt on the shackle goes through try spraying with some liquid wrench worked for me
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follow the leaf spring back toward your bumper and what it connects to the frame is called the shackle the bushing is the peice that the bottom bolt on the shackle goes through try spraying with some liquid wrench worked for me
I just tried spraying both leaf springs and the shackles and bushings. Still have the noise! Not sure what else it could be! I think I coated just about everything under there with WD40 and liquid wrench! I had a noisy bushing that I finally took care of on the lower control arm in the front driver's side. As soon as I get rid of that noise, this one pops up! I swear, I spend more time working on that truck than I do driving it anymore! I guess that's what you get with an old truck! Thanks for your help.
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9 year old shocks?
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9 year old shocks?
Yeah, pretty much. I just looked under there again and the shock on the passenger side looks pretty bad. Maybe that is the culprit. Thanks.
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Here's what I suggest.... You get under the truck. Have a friend do whatever it is that makes whatever it is squeek...you confirm the location of the squeek, problemo solved.

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i vote the shocks...mine did it too until i got some bilstiens for the back...squeeking stoppf
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i vote the shocks...mine did it too until i got some bilstiens for the back...squeeking stoppf
put them at all 4 corners
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i had a bit of a squeek in the rear with my 08.. still not too sure what exactly it was.. but i laced the leaf springs with some lube, a few times actually. and eventually it went away.
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i had a bit of a squeek in the rear with my 08.. still not too sure what exactly it was.. but i laced the leaf springs with some lube, a few times actually. and eventually it went away.
Is their a certain part of the springs that you lubed or did you just lube the entire springs all the way back to the shackles? Another person suggested to me to disconnect the shocks and move the bumper up and down. If it still makes the noise then it's the springs. If not, then it's the shocks. Does that sound like a good idea? Seems to makes sense to me. Thanks.
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^^That idea still doesn't rule out leaf bushings or shackle bushings.
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I suppose the leafs in the springs could be rubbing against each other and squeaking if the isolators came out. That might be something to check too.
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Well, I just went outside and climbed under to take a look again. I was able to move the truck up and down while under there just enough to hear the noise. I'm almost positive now that it's on the driver's side. I'm also thinking more and more that's it's the shock on that side. I'm still not 100& sure on that but I think what I'll do when I have the time is disconnect that shock and then move the truck up and down to see if the noise goes away. If it does then I have my answer. If it doesn't then at least I eliminated the shock as a possibility. Either way, those shocks don't look too good so I'm going to replace them anyway whether or not one of them is causing the noise. Do you guys have any advice as far as disconnecting the shock? Is it just a matter of loosening the bolt at the bottom and letting it hang while I try this? I just don't want to do anything to ruin something under there so that's why I ask. Thanks for all your help guys!
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it could be the parking brake cable rubbing against the spring
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it could be the parking brake cable rubbing against the spring
Something else that I'll definitely check, thanks.

*UPDATE*

Just for the heck of it and since I'm not that tired, I decided to go outside and check the parking brake cable to see if it was rubbing against the spring. Well, it wasn't rubbing against the spring. It was rubbing against the other brake line cable!!! That was the noise! lol I can't believe after all of the things I checked under there that it turned out to be that! You are a genius! Thanks for that bit of advice! No more noise now once I separated them. Now I guess the question is, how can I make sure they stay separated so they don't start rubbing against each other again? They are still actually touching each other, just not in the spot that was causing that noise. Anyway, thanks again. I'm still replacing those shocks though! If anything, this experience got me under there to check everything out and see how bad the shocks have become. Thanks!

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its a common problem on rangers
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Check for a bird nest with babies.......LMAO

I have a chirp and squeak if I hit bumps at certain speeds. I only hear it when the window is down and the radio is off. Just one of those squeaks I guess. Funny part is, no matter how hard you rock, shake, jump up and down in the bed, it's hard to replicate to make it squeak.
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put them at all 4 corners

i went with the fabtechs up front cuz of the spacers, but wish i woulda went bilstein
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