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Old 06-22-2021, 08:43 AM   #1
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Default Mechanic Ear Needed: What is this sound on my truck?

Truck started making this noise when cold start and under 15mph. Seems to get louder as I accelerate but stops once truck warms up.

Seems to come from left-side…wheel bearing? Can’t tell if it’s coming from differential…haven’t pulled anything yet as I’m at work…attached video to hear sound…didn’t think was brake indicator but used different pads recently


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Old 06-22-2021, 08:48 AM   #2
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Squealer on your brake pads?
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:54 AM   #3
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U joints?
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Old 06-22-2021, 09:10 AM   #4
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Sounds like a u joint to me
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Old 06-22-2021, 09:19 AM   #5
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Could be a u joint. Could also be the carrier bearing, if your truck has a 2 piece driveshaft.
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Old 06-22-2021, 09:20 AM   #6
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U joint for sure. Just replace them all at once. They all have the same miles on them.
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Old 06-22-2021, 09:21 AM   #7
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front left? on a 4WD truck? U joint in the left drive axle maybe. sounds too irregular to be a front wheel bearing, but maybe.
One thing I believe is it has a short life left.
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Old 06-22-2021, 10:52 AM   #8
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What kind of truck?


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Old 06-22-2021, 11:09 AM   #9
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It’s rear left tire of a 2wd, 2006 ram 1500.

Never done u-joints before...should I just change the control arms/ball joints at the same time?

Possibly dumb question...watching some videos and see 2 u-joints on the driveshaft...how many total are there?

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Old 06-22-2021, 11:22 AM   #10
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should I just change the control arms/ball joints at the same time?
Neither of those should be on the rear of your truck so if the sound is coming from the back, you can rule those two things out.

Also, the squeak definitely increases with more throttle so it's almost definitely driveline related. Like others said previously, probably a u joint or like I said earlier, it could be a carrier bearing. I did a quick check for a 2006 Dodge 1500 and there is a carrier bearing on at least some models.

Could also be an axle bearing if you can isolate the sound to one wheel. It could even be a warped or bent axle, though that's not likely unless something was recently hit with that particular wheel.
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Old 06-22-2021, 11:29 AM   #11
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It's the carrier bearing is my guess.
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Old 06-22-2021, 11:30 AM   #12
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Neither of those should be on the rear of your truck so if the sound is coming from the back, you can rule those two things out.

Also, the squeak definitely increases with more throttle so it's almost definitely driveline related. Like others said previously, probably a u joint or like I said earlier, it could be a carrier bearing. I did a quick check for a 2006 Dodge 1500 and there is a carrier bearing on at least some models.

Could also be an axle bearing if you can isolate the sound to one wheel. It could even be a warped or bent axle, though that's not likely unless something was recently hit with that particular wheel.
Yeah, just realizing that makes no sense on the rear of a truck given the tires don't turn

It does seem to come from the left rear wheel. No recent hits but have some gnarly hills at the property with some big ruts.

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Old 06-22-2021, 11:50 AM   #13
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Classic sound of a squalling Ujoint to me.
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Old 06-22-2021, 11:53 AM   #14
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Old 06-22-2021, 12:04 PM   #15
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I don't see a carrier bearing as I only have 2 ujoints....I guess I'm starting with the ujoints.

For those who have done it...easier to just take off entire drive shaft or press them out under the truck?
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Old 06-22-2021, 12:10 PM   #16
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I always take the drive shaft to an auto supply and have them press new ones in, but they are getting hard to find.

American Drive Shaft & Gear will do it while you wait, they are down off Sylvania, around Long Ave. Old school driveline shop, they have helped me out with several tricky jobs over the years.

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Old 06-22-2021, 12:16 PM   #17
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DON'T FORGET TO BLOCK THE TIRES UP WELL BEFORE YOU TAKE THAT DRIVESHAFT OUT!!! "Park" no longer works at that point, and she will run off on you.
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Old 06-22-2021, 12:18 PM   #18
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U joint for sure. Just replace them all at once. They all have the same miles on them.
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Old 06-22-2021, 12:22 PM   #19
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Thats a siezed up u-joint. Replace them all
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Old 06-22-2021, 12:35 PM   #20
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Was curious and chocked the wheels and jacked up the rear end...put it in neutral and inspected each u-joint...back one had no play...

Front one on the other hand has all kinds of lateral play when orienting one way. Figuring that is the culprit. Was even able to coax a little squeak out of it.
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Old 06-22-2021, 01:02 PM   #21
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Probably U-joint. Just because that rear joint does not have play, don't assume it's good. Often they get bound up. The best way to check u-joints, is to pull the drive shaft and check their movement out of the vehicle. Either slack in the U-joint or a stiff/hard to rotate joint, would be bad.
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Old 06-22-2021, 01:16 PM   #22
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Old 06-22-2021, 02:07 PM   #23
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If you have never installed U joints ( especially in an aluminum driveshaft ) take Dales advise & have them installed for you. Fairly easy if you have the right tools & a vise. Be sure to grease output splines on that transmission yoke while you have the d/s out.
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Old 06-22-2021, 02:47 PM   #24
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If you have never installed U joints ( especially in an aluminum driveshaft ) take Dales advise & have them installed for you. Fairly easy if you have the right tools & a vise. Be sure to grease output splines on that transmission yoke while you have the d/s out.
This. You can use a little Vaseline on the splines on the yoke.
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Old 06-22-2021, 05:27 PM   #25
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DON'T FORGET TO BLOCK THE TIRES UP WELL BEFORE YOU TAKE THAT DRIVESHAFT OUT!!! "Park" no longer works at that point, and she will run off on you.
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Old 06-22-2021, 11:10 PM   #26
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Pulled the drive shaft, pressed out u joints (culprit was bone dry). Pressed back in one side before I ran out of light (and steam). Hopefully tomorrow
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Old 06-25-2021, 11:03 AM   #27
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Job finished on the 23rd..picture of the no longer round culprit
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Old 06-25-2021, 11:49 AM   #28
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I had a hotrod square body in highschool that used to break and eat ujoints. Know that sound you had well.
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Old 06-25-2021, 12:12 PM   #29
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that is the smoking gun
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Old 06-25-2021, 12:50 PM   #30
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that is the smoking gun
Yes, OP you are lucky.
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