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rear axle squeaks

My 2003 2wd Tacoma has a squeaking noise coming from the rear of the truck. Sounds like a rotational squeak from the rear end. I can hear it at slow speed and the frequency changes with speed. It doesn't matter if the brakes are applied or not, it does it either way. Once I'm up to normal speed it either goes away or I just can't hear it over the road noise.

What should I check?

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Re: rear axle squeaks

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My 2003 2wd Tacoma has a squeaking noise coming from the rear of the truck. Sounds like a rotational squeak from the rear end. I can hear it at slow speed and the frequency changes with speed. It doesn't matter if the brakes are applied or not, it does it either way. Once I'm up to normal speed it either goes away or I just can't hear it over the road noise.

What should I check?

JR
most likely its your leaf springs, you can take them apart and grease between the leaves and the squeaking will stop


one way to check to see if it is the leaf springs(this worked for my truck) is park the truck and jump in the bed and make the truck bounce a lil bit to flex the springs, most likely you will here some squeaking, its pretty common on vehicles that have leaf springs

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Re: rear axle squeaks

Driveshaft carrier bearing seal needs some lube.

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Re: rear axle squeaks

Where exactly is that bearing, and how would I lube it? Is there a grease fitting or something?

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Re: rear axle squeaks

I only have a one piece drive shaft, so I don't think mine uses a support bearing. It comes out of the transmission and goes straight back to the differential.

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Re: rear axle squeaks

Rear most U-Joint is shot. Need a new one. You could grease it and the noise might do away, But if its squeaking now, the U-Joint is shot. Better get it replaced before it blows apart on you.
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Re: rear axle squeaks

It could be multiple things.


My rear suspension make's noises over bumps, so I believe it's the leaf springs need to be re-greased again.


it also makes a noise while im riding smooth over no bumps, so it could be as mentioned the u-joint.

or a seal as I have 2 piece drive shaft.


but I would LOOK at multiple things..and not just one...because half the time the problem is something your not even looking at.

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Re: rear axle squeaks

Careful what you read, lots of armchair experts here...

some possibilities

Rear brakes, may be squeeking, if it happens rotationally thats probably it.

If its bump related its probably the leaf springs.

Rear U-Joint, if its bad you usually get a vibration, but it depends on how bad it is.

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Re: rear axle squeaks

Thanks to everyone for their inputs here.

I did some looking around under the truck and I discovered a few things. First of all the U-joints appear to be fine. No play. No grease coming out.

I jacked up the rear end and set it on stands. I chocked up the front wheels and put the truck in drive to rotate the wheels. I got a better idea of where the noise is coming from.

It sounds like it's in the right rear wheel area. I pulled the wheels and brake drums. Here's what I discovered:

1. The brake backing plate is bent slightly, and I don't mean the thin metal outer part, but the thick backing plate itself. (Hard to see in the picture)

2. Also, I noticed that the axle hub where the lug nuts are mounted, moves in and out about 1/8" to 1/4". I can grab it and move it outward and push it back in. The hub on the other side has no play at all.

What could this be a sign of? Could this be the source of these awful noises?

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Re: rear axle squeaks

You really need to put a Dial Indicator on the axle to see if it is anything axle or bearing related.
Here is from the shop manual about axle bearing backlash and axle deviation!
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