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My 4X4 shop told me that the creaking and grinding sound I am hearing is from the new rails I put on, he said sometimes they do that with the new body style. I have a 2011 Silverado 1500 crew cab 4X4 Lt Z71.

First off has anyone ever heard of that before, I have known this guy since high school and have no reason to doubt him but it seems weird to me.

If it is true and the raisl are the problem and where the noise is coming from, are those rails easy for an average guy to remove himself, they look like they just bolt to the frame of the truck and can be easily unbolted. If I do decide the noise drives me crazy I will want to remove them do I need any special tools to do that.

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Michael
 

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I'm assuming that by rails you mean steps? If so, it's not uncommon for the steps to creak if they are mounted to the body.
 

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Yeah I meant steps... Does that creaking ever go away or something you just have to live with.

Are those steps hard to remove, the just un bolt right?

Thanks for the reply.

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Try retorqueing the mounting bolts.
 

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Yeah it was in the shop today they loosened the bolts and the creaking stoped, retightened them and the creaking is back. I am inclined to take the steps off the truck, it has less than 300 miles on it and it is driving me crazy. There are two sets of bolts, one holds a bracket to the truck and one that hold s the step to the bracket, my question is when I take off the bolts off the truck do I need to re-install them once the step is removed or is both sets of bolt part of the step kit?


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What brand are the steps??
 

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Mine did the same thing after I installed them. Annoyed the hell out of me. I ended up unbolting them and covering the mounting brackets in foam tape and reinstalling them. Going on a year and a half now, and the noises never came back.
 

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try rebolting them on but maybe putting some locktite on all the bolts to help them from moving around? maybe the bolts rubbin up against eachother is causing it
 
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