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Need some help here guys, hoping someone can steer me in the right direction. Have a rattling noise coming from my rear end (not that rear end!) when I drive over bumps. Not really a squeaking noisy, sounds like I've got some empty beer cans in the bed that are rattling around. Not the case though. I have nothing in the bed of my truck. Already had it to the dealer, but as is ALWAYS the case they couldn't replicate the sound. Doesn't happen all the time, so it's not consistent. Wanted to investigate myself. Anyone got any ideas on where I should start? Thanks for any input!
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those are always tough. Have you rolled underneath and given everything a good shake to try and eliminate the obvious? you could always try to tap different parts with a rubber mallet too...
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yeah that was my next move to get down there and just start shaking some stuff around. Rattles/squeaks suck to try to figure what's causing them. Tough to simulate driving over a bump in your driveway. Was hoping someone might have had some past experience with this and could send me in the right direction.
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Do you have a drop in bed liner? I know mine rattles on the bumps if my bed is empty...
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maybe a heat shied rattling around
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If you have your tow hitch and ball in place in back, that will clank around over bumps.
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If you have your tow hitch and ball in place in back, that will clank around over bumps.
That's the first thing to check

Second - Nest time you hear it rattle, lightly tap the brakes and see if it's only there with no brake applied. Although my 2010 Ram is fine, I have owned many trucks where the rear brake calipers rattled over bumps.....especially those 'lines' across the road.
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If you have a factory or after market plastic bed liner, that's what the noise is from.

My factory bedliner has done it from new, can especially hear it when the back slider window is open, sounds like a tin can rattle. I believe it's the middle of the bedliner bouncing off the metal bed at the back.

If you don't have a bedliner, I am not sure
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If you have a factory or after market plastic bed liner, that's what the noise is from.

My factory bedliner has done it from new, can especially hear it when the back slider window is open, sounds like a tin can rattle. I believe it's the middle of the bedliner bouncing off the metal bed at the back.

If you don't have a bedliner, I am not sure
Very interesting, I definitely wasn't thinking it was the bedliner. I do have an aftermarket bedliner that I am not overly impressed with by the way. Wouldn't think plastic bouncing off the bed would make that rattling sound I'm hearing, but I will defer to you because you describe the noise I'm hearing. I'm going to go throw some weight in there now and take a spin. I'll be back in a few minutes with an update...
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Man, I was hoping you were right!! Just threw a couple hundred pounds in the bed and still get the squeak!! Not the brakes either. Applied pressure to the brakes as I drove over the bumps and still heard the squeak. I don't have a ball on my hitch so that's out of the equation. How effing aggravating! Any one else got any ideas? Checked the heat shields too and didn't notice anything obvious.
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