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Old August 8th, 2006, 06:06 PM   #1
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Weird creaking?

Just wondering if any other of you 94-01 Ram owners have had this issue. I get this creaking from the rear of my truck. I can't pinpoint it.

At first it sounded like just the bed flexing on the frame, but after getting underneath of it and yanking on stuff, it sounds more like it's coming from either the leafs themselves, or the blocks on the axle. If I push up on the frame, it'll make the sound once even if I continue to jounce it upwards from a resting position. If I then pull down, it'll make the sound once even if I continue to yank downwards from a resting position. That really makes me lean towards suspension.

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Old August 8th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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i know on earlier rams, they had that noise from the shackles...
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Old August 8th, 2006, 07:37 PM   #3
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look at your shocks for any leaks or just sings of old age. Monroe suggests shocks be replaced every 50,000miles just for ride performance and handling.
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Definately not the shocks, the shackles are a definite possibility.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 10:07 PM   #5
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grease the bushings they get creaky and clunky.. Also you can jack the truck up by the hitch to spread the leafs and spread anti seize in there.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #6
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Prob. bushings
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Old August 8th, 2006, 10:31 PM   #7
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grease the bushings they get creaky and clunky.. Also you can jack the truck up by the hitch to spread the leafs and spread anti seize in there.
Grease the bushings on the shackles? Didn't know they were greaseable.

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Grease the bushings on the shackles? Didn't know they were greaseable.

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pull the bolt, put grease in hole, put back in. I had to do that to the blazer. They don't move much and rust in place. start to make noise when stuff gets in the way when they do have to move.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 09:17 AM   #9
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If you're going to go through the trouble of pulling the bolt anyway, consider buying a greaseable bolt to replace it with.
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I couldn't pull the bolts completely out. I don't even know how the hell you would swap out leafs when the bolts back straight up into the frame. They would go about halfway out, shot some white lithium grease in there.

It was still creaking after that. Then with a floor jack and about 5 blocks of wood (it's a bit far off the ground), I jacked the rear up underneath the hitch. I then shot some anti-seize inbetween the leafs as best as I could. That seemed to take care of the big creaks.

Then I was hearing smaller creaks from the tailgate. Dropping the tailgate and jouncing the bed they went away. So I lubed up all the tailgate rubber isolator thingies, hinges, pins, etc.

Noise seems to be gone....fawkin' Dodge.
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I couldn't pull the bolts completely out. I don't even know how the hell you would swap out leafs when the bolts back straight up into the frame. They would go about halfway out, shot some white lithium grease in there.

It was still creaking after that. Then with a floor jack and about 5 blocks of wood (it's a bit far off the ground), I jacked the rear up underneath the hitch. I then shot some anti-seize inbetween the leafs as best as I could. That seemed to take care of the big creaks.

Then I was hearing smaller creaks from the tailgate. Dropping the tailgate and jouncing the bed they went away. So I lubed up all the tailgate rubber isolator thingies, hinges, pins, etc.

Noise seems to be gone....fawkin' Dodge.
Which bolt could you not get out ??
You have to remove the lower bolt before u can have clearance to get the other one out... ( insert pp comment here ( Yea Mr. ASE)) :tonka: :tonka: :tonka:
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Old August 11th, 2006, 06:29 AM   #13
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Which bolt could you not get out ??
You have to remove the lower bolt before u can have clearance to get the other one out... ( insert pp comment here ( Yea Mr. ASE)) :tonka: :tonka: :tonka:
Your right...but I also really didn't feel like removing my trailer hitch to do this either, Mr. Midas.
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Old August 11th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #14
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Your right...but I also really didn't feel like removing my trailer hitch to do this either, Mr. Midas.
you have to pull your hitch to get the shackle bolt out ?? that sucks !
Oh and Wrong again bitch, i be chillin at the Holiday Inn
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you have to pull your hitch to get the shackle bolt out ?? that sucks !
Oh and Wrong again bitch, i be chillin at the Holiday Inn
So now you just think you're smart because you work at a Holiday Inn Express?
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So now you just think you're smart because you work at a Holiday Inn Express?
Nope, but i am a lot lazier now..
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