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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted December 13, 2013 - 01:37 PM

Back in the spring I discovered that one of my leaf springs on the truck was broken.  After looking at some options I elected to fix it right and get a new set of leaf springs.  Not the cheapest option but I'm glad I did it.  I have a half ton truck.  Brand is unimportant and won't be mentioned here because I don't have time to sift through the Ford/Chevy/Dodge comments.  I use this half ton like a 3/4 ton (yes I know, I shouldn't do that either) so I went one step up with the springs figuring they might last longer.  Now with the heavy duty springs, I can put a ton of pellets for my dad on it without it squatting down.  Much more stable too.  My problem here is these things squeak and creek and makes the truck sound like a real heap when going down the road.  What would be the best thing to use to get rid of all the noise?



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 01:57 PM

You can get teflon spacers to fit between the leaves so it won't rub metal to metal.  This would be a long term fix.

For a short term fix some lithium grease sprayed in there might do the trick.


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:06 PM

You can get teflon spacers to fit between the leaves so it won't rub metal to metal.  This would be a long term fix.

For a short term fix some lithium grease sprayed in there might do the trick.

I'm not sure its the springs themselves.  Sounds like the rubber grommets where the hardware is.  I thought about some oil but that would ruin the rubber.  Maybe some graphite or something like that?  I have a can of spray dry lube I thought about trying.



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:30 PM

If it is the rubber bushings, you might try some teflon or Silicon spray?  I put Silicon spray on the rubber gaskets around my car doors so they won't freeze in winter.


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:50 PM

I'm big fan of Graphite myself.  I use Lock-Eze brand that is liquid when going on and dries to leave the graphite behind. Not so sure you can get a spray tho, usually drip out bottles, might not flow sideways. Maybe you put back the old bolts in hangers and rubber w/out cleaning/blasting them  and now sticking on new rubber??  Might try pulling those one at time and lubing that way.



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:52 PM

When you tightened up the through bolts on the springs, did you have the weight of the truck on them or were the rear wheels off the ground? They should have been tightened with the weight of the truck on them. Same with the U bolts. In fact, I like to have a load in the bed when I tighten U bolts. The other thing that could cause it is if the metal sleeve in the center isn't being held tightly clamped in between the shackles. That can cause the metal to squeak between there.


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 03:00 PM

When you tightened up the through bolts on the springs, did you have the weight of the truck on them or were the rear wheels off the ground? They should have been tightened with the weight of the truck on them. Same with the U bolts. In fact, I like to have a load in the bed when I tighten U bolts. The other thing that could cause it is if the metal sleeve in the center isn't being held tightly clamped in between the shackles. That can cause the metal to squeak between there.

I didn't do the job so I have no idea what was done.  Leaf springs are all this place does so I assumed they knew what they were doing.  Many people around here has used these guys and swear by them.  I'll tell ya this, this truck is a hauling beast now.



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 05:18 PM

I would start off by taking it back politely & see if they can spray em down. 



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 05:48 PM

We just replaced our mattress, that took care of all the squeaking !! :rolling:

 

:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:

 

I couldn't help it and was surprised no one else had came up with that sooner!!

 

Hope you get the truck fixed. :thumbs:


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 06:12 PM

We just replaced our mattress, that took care of all the squeaking !! :rolling:

 

:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:

 

I couldn't help it and was surprised no one else had came up with that sooner!!

 

Hope you get the truck fixed. :thumbs:

 

 

:bigrofl:  :bigrofl: First thing that came to mind when I read the title, but I

knew you'd be here first. :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 07:11 PM

Mmmm! No squeak or "Action" in my bed anymore!    Never Mind!


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 07:49 PM

A louder radio will fix it.


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 08:00 PM

try some wd 40 its part rubber 



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 08:04 PM

A louder radio will fix it.

 

That's not going to stop the neighbors horny Chimpanzee from chasing him down the road. :D


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Posted December 14, 2013 - 08:41 AM

I use dialectirc grease on rubber, if they have polyureathane bushings, then you need some lube on them also. When I rebult my camaro suspension, I got a product from Summit Racing called "gorilla snot" for those poly bushings.






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