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Guy Redway



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:51 pm    Post subject: squeaky springs Reply with quote

How does one rectify squeaky springs and suspension. Redeye
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try doing a search, Noisy Suspension and Squeaky Suspension. You will find plenty of posts under these topics rather than creating a new thread.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: squeaky springs Reply with quote

Guy Redway wrote:
How does one rectify squeaky springs and suspension. Redeye


You mean the world's most expensive and effective contraceptive?

All you can do is spray heaps of degreasant or any cheap lubricant from the auto shops in between the leaves.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:31 pm    Post subject: Squeaky springs Reply with quote

Mate, everyone else in the park will be wishing they were in there squeaking the springs! Never worries me.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once the van has travelled 100 - 200k it stops squeaking.

Ours is quiet.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I have had the same problem with the springs on the BT and asked Richard at Simplicity Suspension if there was any thing that could be done and his advice was to jack the van up one side at a time enough to let the wheels and spring pack hang down get some heavy duty grease or graphite grease and place it on the pivot block and steel arch let it down and do the other side, that done my squeak was gone instantly very happy about that one problem is the grease could attract dust into that area could increase wear on the rubber blocks just have to try it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:11 am    Post subject: Re: squeaky springs Reply with quote

Guy Redway wrote:
How does one rectify squeaky springs and suspension. Redeye


A more serious response:

If you are talking about the squeak while moving? Not much you can do about it.

If it's while you are parked? Buy some X-Chocks. They keep the wheels and suspension rigidly in place. No squeak.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Morning Guy Redway....

Three things: Four actually, if you want more pointed information, always give the year of your Bushtracker...

First of all please learn to use the SEARCH engine. There is no sense in opening new Topics clogging up the Forum, on things that have all been covered repeatedly before.

Two: Big time NO to the grease. Sometimes I think Richard is more of a Sales Person, and he is not thinking of the travel in the bull dust. The original Design Engineering is for them to run dry. If you grease them, it will collect bull dust and make a nice grinding paste that will increase the rate of wear...

Three, they will always creak a little, but as they wear in, the surface area of the spring on the hangers increases from very little to a large area, and the noise diminishes. You will always get some, creeping through a driveway/ gutter and such, but it goes down and you also get used to it... Sort of stop noticing it. Like they say about living a block from a train line, you only hear it for the first few weeks then hardly notice.. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, need to tell you the year. 2011 build
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had the same problem but now use X chocks. It stops the noise and secures the van if on sloping ground. We don't have stabiliser legs and find the X chocks are great.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep totally agree with the grease attracting dust, but if you are only doing highway driving for a while is this really a big deal, the Queensland dealer/fitter said to do the same thing as Richard, just had to try something because the old blocks squeaked and the new ones made no difference to the squeak.

How many klms would you expect to get out of the pivot blocks on normal running Steven.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Lets Went" : It is not the Pivot Blocks that squeak ....
The new ones are black graphite impregnated and the poly does not squeak.
The new ones go a long way, probably 100,000 kms or more, unless you are waaay overloaded or travelling too fast, even then they do not seem to wear much. I cannot think of a set of new ones we have replaced. We may have, but I have not noticed it.

The squeak is NOT THE PIVOT... There is very slight spring to spring movement crawling over something like the gutter at the end of a drive, or rocky potholes, but most of it is from the spring hangers themselves. There is a lot of movement of the spring in the hangers. They squeak the most when they are not worn it, and when the wear pattern opens up to 50-75 mm of the spring hanger they seem to quiet down.

One more time: I have known the Engineers and Designers of the Company longer than Richard, who is more of a Salesman/Manager. Grease might be ok on a bitumen road running van, but it is the wrong advice in the bulldust, and will make a nice "grinding paste" in Engineering terms, like we used lapping in valve seats on heads. No to the grease.

Enough said on the matter. OP Guy Redway, if you are worried about the "van rocking. don't bother knockin" then walk proudly Man.. You can put on down legs on the back of the van and a solid leg up front: That is if it really makes you sweat, otherwise just walk proudly... Laughing If you are talking about the crawling around slow squeak of the springs, don't worry about it at all..... It is normal.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have experienced squeaking coming from the brakes when parked up as we move around the van. I can be quite annoying. I have discovered that if I disconnect the electric brake connection prior to the final parking etc the noise doesn't occur.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trish and Adrian,

If your are talking about the "Break Away" connection, do NOT do it. You will run your batteries down to dead in no time at all. Pulling out the switch activates the magnets of your breaks to firmly apply the brakes. The magnets draw high current. If you're are connected to 240v and your charger is switched on, it will seem to work ok but, and it is a big "BUT", it is still not a good practice. Pull your handbrake on firmly but don't pull out the Break Away" switch.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, not the break away just the electric brakes from the vehicle. I think the squeak in my case is the magnets just touching the drums and rubbing as we move about the van. By disconnecting the conection prior to final parking up it must allow the magnets to move away from the drums. Using the handbrake doesn't always solve the problem as it only works 2 of the 4 brakes.
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