Rear End Squeaking?

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by brentwal, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. brentwal

    brentwal New Member

    Hey guys! New here, so I'll start out by telling you I have a 2010 Silverado, 5.3 4x4. Reg cab....... My baby.

    Today, noticed a squeaking noise in the rear end. It sounds like rubber moving around, but I have no idea. It happens while moving slowly in reverse, and when accelerating at higher speeds. There is no vibration or anything else..... Just a god awful sound coming from the back.

    Someone mentioned a CV arm to me - Just wondered what you guys thought!
  2. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    If its the rear it isn't a CV arm.... There aren't any... It may be a brushing that has dry rotted or became misaligned. If I were you I would look over all the rear suspension brushings. and poke at them seeing how soft they are and make make sure they are not cracking or crumbling.
  3. brentwal

    brentwal New Member

    I knew the CV arm thing sounded off....

    I don't think it's a suspension thing though.... It sounds like a rotating thing, and linked to how fast I'm going, and if accelerating or not.

    If it helps - I JUST had an oil change done. It's just funny I have it in the shop, and it comes out with this new problem. The truck is only 2.5 years old!

    Would it be a U-joint???
  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    It may be a U-joint. May be a bearing or seal. The only way to tell will still be feeling around the rear end of that truck. Check everything for extra play, dry rot, cracking, improper lubrication and just plain looking out of place.
  5. geo1

    geo1 New Member

    test drive with a passenger,listening from both sides that way,otherwise jack up and spin wheels one at a time,brake issue possibly?
  6. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    Check the u-joints and the fluid level in the rearend. It could be the rear brakes or the parking brake shoes inside the rear disc/drum.
  7. brentwal

    brentwal New Member

    I got under there - I reefed on the driveshaft both in and out of N - the U-joints are good and solid. Greased all the fittings I could find, and all the bushings and shackles are fine. It has to be something inside the wheel I guess.

    Bugging the hell out of me. I just had it into the shop for an oil change, fluids and inspection. That was Thursday.
  8. geo1

    geo1 New Member

    automatic trans?leave out parking brake,dont use it,correct?otherwise do wheels off the ground spin by hand test,another idea is to hose out inside rims,brake area to remove foreign debris,both easy checks,hope it helps
  9. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    [MENTION=59606]geo1[/MENTION] he should still check the parking brake. Even if he doesn't use it it may cause a problem. Also its a smart idea to use your parking brake it removes strain from the tranny and makes sure that if your vehicle is improperly towed or attempted to be stolen from you the transmission wont be ruined if they try to drag it from the front.
  10. geo1

    geo1 New Member

    yes,you are correct,is there a quarter jar on here somewhere?i owe it one
  11. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator Staff Member

    Here's a G.M. Service Bulletin, its regarding.....
    Squeak Noise from Rear of or not this bulletin, is talking about the Same Squeak Noise your Silverado Has, I don't know, but I felt it was worth posting-up, as you mentioned, you have a Squeak Noise, hopefully this Bulletin may be able to help??

    | Document ID: 2732835
    #06-03-09-004D: Squeak Noise from Rear of Vehicle (Lubricate Rear Leaf Springs) - (Nov 1, 2011)


    Subject: Squeak Noise from Rear of Vehicle (Lubricate Rear Leaf Springs)

    Models: 1999-2007 Chevrolet Silverado (Classic)

    2007-2012 Chevrolet Colorado, Silverado

    1999-2007 GMC Sierra (Classic)

    2007-2012 GMC Canyon, Sierra

    2007-2010 HUMMER H3, H3T

    This Bulletin is being revised to add the 2012 model year. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 06-03-09-004C (Section 03 – Suspension)

    Some customers may comment about a Squeak Noise coming from the Rear of the Vehicle. During normal operation, certain vehicles may exhibit a squeaking noise that may be traced to the rear leaf springs. While this noise is an operating characteristic of leaf springs, the frequency and severity of this noise will be affected by the roads that the vehicle is driven on.


    This condition may be due to debris getting between the leaf springs.


    To correct this condition, lubricate the rear leaf springs using the following procedure.

    It has been found that the application of grease to the rear leaf springs does a better job of preventing the noise from reoccurring than replacement of the spring.

    1. Raise the vehicle on a frame lift-type hoist.

    2. Inspect the springs for damage. If none is found, proceed to the next step.

    3. Pressure wash the rear leaf springs to remove as much dirt and grit as possible.

    4. Dry the springs with compressed air.

    5. Apply a liberal amount of grease, P/N♦12345996 (in Canada, use P/N♦10953501), both underneath and on top of the front and rear tip inserts for the #2 and #3 leaves. A screwdriver can be used to gently pry up the tip insert; however, a rag around the screwdriver must be used to prevent damage to the spring. Use a flat-bladed tool, such as a gasket scraper to properly distribute the grease.

    6. Lower the vehicle to the ground and test drive to verify the repair.

    *****Please inform the customer that this will offer relief, but is not a lifetime repair. Periodic cleanings and grease re-application may be necessary throughout the life of the vehicle.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013
  12. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    Good call @99'HEARTBEAT ! My 02 silverado had a squeak in the rear when hitting bumps. I noticed it after traveling down a dirt road. I pressure washed the leaf springs and sprayed the crap out of them with lubricant. The squeak went away for a while, whenever it would return I just resprayed them.

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