My 98 Z-71 has this annoying sound like washers on a bolt everytime I go
over the railroad tracks or any bump of substance. Last weekend while
changing the oil, I started looking at my suspension at the rear passenger
side since that seems to be where the sound is coming from. I noticed that
the front shackle for the leaf spring was slightly loose causing it to make
that sound. None of the other shackles seem to be loose at all. Is there
anything I can do to eliminate this sound and is this a problem that needs
immediate attention. It has been going on for quite some time now and I
wasn't ever sure of what it was until last weekend. Is this common in my
vehicle? My dad has same year and make of truck and said he has that sound
too, but always thought it was his running boards. I don't have running
boards. I checked his truck afterwards and his all seem tight and do not
appear to be loose at all. Perhaps his sound IS his running boards. Thanks
in advance for any answers anyone may provide.
Spring clips are typically riveted in place, so one option is to tighten
up the rivet, usually invovles removing and dis-assembling the spring
pack. Other option is to run a bead of silicone sealer along the clamp,
where it attached to the lower leaf. This should hold it in place to
keep from rattling, yet allow the upper leaves to slide back and forth
Since I don't weld, that one isn't an option. SO I can just squirt any old
silicone on it & that should help? Or does it need to be a special kind of
silicone? I have a tube of clear silicone I bought for a project around the
house. Would that be fine to use?
Has anyone else had this problem with their trucks?
I do...my discription of the sound is more like a loose ring on a
shaft..minor bumps makes it rattle..I've looked for if atleast three
times..I checked my leaf spring clamp "things" and it's not them..
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