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Old 04-23-2009, 12:19 AM
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I've had a problem for a while now. Every other time I drive what sounds like my rear axle makes a squeaking noise. It only makes the noise when I am coasting, if I brake then the noise goes away ( i don't know about acceleration, my exhaust is too loud.) When I drive near a curb you can tell that the noise is rotating with the axle. That's pretty much it, any ideas? I'm tired of people making fun of my truck.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:00 AM
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I've had a problem for a while now. Every other time I drive what sounds like my rear axle makes a squeaking noise. It only makes the noise when I am coasting, if I brake then the noise goes away ( i don't know about acceleration, my exhaust is too loud.) When I drive near a curb you can tell that the noise is rotating with the axle. That's pretty much it, any ideas? I'm tired of people making fun of my truck.
replace the u-joints. quick and easy. very likely that that's your problem too. if not, check the fluid in the rear diff
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:45 AM
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Alright thanks, I'll get a few more opinions and try them out.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:58 AM
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Do you have drum brakes or disk brakes? If you have drum brakes, it could be that the pads are just barely rubbing on the drum, which would explain why you wouldn't hear it while you are braking. Jack up the back, take the rear tires off, and turn the drums by hand and see if you can feel or hear the pads rubbing. If not, check the fluid level in the rear end like said above. I can't really see it being the u-joint, but it wouldn't hurt to check it while your back there.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:03 AM
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Do you have drum brakes or disk brakes? If you have drum brakes, it could be that the pads are just barely rubbing on the drum, which would explain why you wouldn't hear it while you are braking. Jack up the back, take the rear tires off, and turn the drums by hand and see if you can feel or hear the pads rubbing. If not, check the fluid level in the rear end like said above. I can't really see it being the u-joint, but it wouldn't hurt to check it while your back there.
what leads me to believe its the u-joint is that he says its a squeeking type noise. i think its in the early stages where he can only hear it slightly or when coasting. when torque is applied, it may be forcing the u-joint to move. when he is braking, he doesnt hear it because there is no torque applied to the u-joints at all, they may move freely on decceleration, but not so much during acceleration or coasting. i could be wrong, but this is just what i gathered from my experience of running a u-joint til it snaps
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Not to bring this back from the dead or hijack it, but did anyone ever find a solution. My truck is doing the same thing, I have looked and played with the U-joint (seems fine) and I think it must be coming from the rear disc brakes, but I cant tell. I have posted on a few other forums with no luck, I have a video posted on youtube of the squeak.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFdwad3V9XU
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:36 AM
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Drum brakes. It stopped squeaking so I don't worry about it anymore.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:22 PM
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In my case it was U-joints. Under one of the caps the needles bearings were dust. Seal around cap deteriorated and grease must have washed out. Squeaking gone now. Rubbery sounding squeak got faster & slower as I drove sounded almost like tire was touching against something.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:51 AM
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I am definitely leaning towards the U-joints or the rear brakes, I thought I had it figured out, but I guess not.
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I am definitely leaning towards the U-joints or the rear brakes, I thought I had it figured out, but I guess not.
Hey Midnight did you ever figure this one out?

I just noticed the sound this morning on my truck... and your video is telling me that whatever your truck had my truck has now.

Sorry if this is a bit old...

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