High pitched squeak/chirping sound on rough road and bumps- 2014 TRD Off Road

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by mauckwr, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. mauckwr

    mauckwr New Member

    Hi everyone-

    I'm new to the forum and hoping someone may be able to shed some light on my issue. I bought a 2014 TRD Off Road with 47k miles about a month ago and I really love it. Drives great, looks great, feels great... but there is one issue I can't get past. Every time I am on a rough road (i.e. cobblestone city street, gravel road, etc) or even just driving over a manhole cover in the road, my truck will make this high pitched chirping sound (actually sounds very similar to a small bird's chirp) as the truck vibrates/absorbs the bump. It sounds like it is coming from inside the cab, but it's hard to tell. Seems to be a bit more isolated in the back right (passenger) side of the cab, or maybe where the bed meets the cab.

    I have read online that a common cause of squeaks are bad bushing and/or leaf springs. While I haven't ruled these out, I don't think this is the issue. I have tried everything from jumping up and down on the tailgate, standing on my running board and shaking the cab, even sitting in the back seat and having someone else do these motions, and I cannot replicate the squeak/chirp. Nothing I do as far as physically pushing or pulling on the truck will cause it to make any sort of noise, but the second I hit any kind of dip or bump in the road, it sounds like a flock of sparrows singing in my back seat.

    This is my first truck and when I first noticed the sound, I just chalked it up to being a "truck thing." But then I drove my buddy's 2014 TRD Sport and his was completely silent on all surfaces.

    Could my bed be loose? Or maybe it could be as simple as a bad bushing? Please let me know if you have had a similar issue and can provide some answers.

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  3. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Try pressure washing between the leaf springs see if that helps. You can check the bed bolts torque easy enough. That’s two cheap starting points.
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  4. OP

    mauckwr New Member

    I will give it a try. Thanks
  5. KF6NFD

    KF6NFD New Member

    I have the brake clicking issue but mine doesn’t do only the first time I go reverse to forward. It does it as I’m driving and come to a stop or on a speed bump or pot hole. I have noticed on washboard dirt roads it seems to rattle and if I lightly press on the brakes it stops. So I believe it is the floating brake pads rattling around.
    Anyone come up with a fix for the brakes that worked for them?

    2014 Off Road
  6. Scuzzy

    Scuzzy Well-Known Member

    Check bed mounts. Common problem is the passenger side front bed mount starts rattling.
  7. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Contact your dealership.

    Theres a revised set of springs, shims and iirc the most important is a crazy tacky new grease.

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