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When I slowly start going down the road a squeeking noise starts (seriously sounds like a bunch of mice) in my left front. Any ideas? You can only hear it when your taking off. the truck only has 30K miles on it. Thanks!!
 

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u-joint

when mine did that I replaced the inferior Dodge front axle u-joints w/good quality greasable ones...or it could be a wheel bearing...anyway prepare to spend the $$$ replacing front end parts, from the factory IMHO it was all junk except the cummins sitting between the frame rails
 

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Is there anyway I can troubleshoot it to figure out exactly what it is before I put the money into it. I mean a u-joint or wheel bearing at 30K easy miles? That is crazy if so. I mean I'm just changing the wheel bearings in my car which has 215,000 miles on it.
 

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If you are a hard braker, might just be the front pads are gone. If not, it could also be the hub bearing. Jack the tire off the ground and see if it has any wobble in it. Spin the tire, listen and check for rolling resistance.

A lot of front hub bearings on these trucks go out with less than 100K miles on them. Part of the price for carrying around all that engine weight.
 

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Ok I will jack her up tonight and check it out. I'm thinking it might also be something stuck in the brakes that is just rubbing against the rotor. Well that is what I'm hoping.
 

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i actually have the same problem except it was on the right side.....on day i jacked it up and a bunch of mice jumped out and scared the crap out of me...........:lol3:

Jk....i still till this day have not found out what that dam noise is. 40,000miles later, a new lifted, and still have that dang noise. let me know what you find out.:beer
 

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While you're out there, take a pry bar or something and pry up on the universals see if there is any play there...does it drive any different lately (truck wanders or pulls)?
 

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The truck handles just the same. No wabble or wondering just a annoying squeaking sound when you are initially taking off.
 

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check u-joints

Just as nick02ram says...I used a long handled big flat head screw driver and pressed against the cups and yep the u-joints were gone on the drivers side and getting loose on the pass. side.
 

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Universal joint

I went through and jacked up the truck, checked the play in both front tires, realyl overlooked everything. I coulddn't find anythign wrong with the front end. So I had my dad get in the truck and slowly drive it back and forth in the driveway. Come to find out the noise came from the rear universal joint. Now does anyone know if this would be covered under warranty? Or is there a grease fitting on these? There is no harm in driving it like it is except for its frickin annoying as hell.
 

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I would go exercise the warranty.

Another way to check u-joints is to feel them after a long drive. They get hot when the bearing is failing.
 

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I went through and jacked up the truck, checked the play in both front tires, realyl overlooked everything. I coulddn't find anythign wrong with the front end. So I had my dad get in the truck and slowly drive it back and forth in the driveway. Come to find out the noise came from the rear universal joint. Now does anyone know if this would be covered under warranty? Or is there a grease fitting on these? There is no harm in driving it like it is except for its frickin annoying as hell.
Warranty should cover the u-joint. It's only a matter of time and the joint will seize. My 1st joint went at 16K, and no, they are not greasable.



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I just got done talking to some people and they said that it is most likely not a universal joint because it wouldn't make a squeaking sound. Also they said it wouldn't make the sound when just taking off and going slow in that it would make the sound at higher speeds and get louder when going over bumps, which makes sense. They said is a bearing in the rear end differential. They suggested changing the rear diff oil and see if that stops it then go from there. What do you guys think??
 

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I'm not one to disagree, but they are wrong. At slow speeds was the only time I could hear mine when it went bad (backing was the easiest way to hear it) and it squeaked. The sound was also gone at higher speeds.



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BBRam I will have to agree with you because what you just described sounds exactly like my senario. I called the dealer and it is covered under warranty but they said its a $100 deductible. Does this sounds right? I bought the extended bumper to bumper warranty, 4yr/100000mile.
 

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Definately the u-joints. Out of all the trucks I have had and old beatup 4x4's, everytime I had a u-joint go bad it was either squeking taking off and at slow speeds or it would ping real loud when u put it in gear or let out on the clutch. Personnally, I have never heard a bearing in the rearend when it is going out. It usually either caused the rearend to lockup or allow the pinion gear to mover enough that the teeth on it and the ring gear eventually turned the oil into a real pretty glittering goo, kinda like neversieze:lol3:

On the warranty, that may be true. I had a ford once(I know:T:)that I took in for warranty with fairly low miles and had to pay a deductible for the warranty work. I think that is in the fine print that I never read:thud:
 

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Setting up an appointment with the dealer. Thanks!!
 

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I called the dealer and it is covered under warranty but they said its a $100 deductible. Does this sounds right? I bought the extended bumper to bumper warranty, 4yr/100000mile
that's sound about right........good luck:thumbsup
 

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U-Joint. Had one replaced under warranty in my 06' today (27k miles).

I will be looking for a better quality joint once the warranty is up (if and when it fails again).

I'm sure the Juice w/attitude didn't help the cause either, but it was squeeking a bit before I installed the programmer.
 

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My pops 06 gasser is making a noise.When the wheel spins it sounds like rubber against steel.But it has a rythmic chirping when he drives.I jacked it up and the wheel has no play but the steering seems really stiff
 
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