2008 Toyota Tacoma bed sounds “loose” on bumps

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tacoma

#1

When riding over bumps, there is a noise that sounds like the truck bed is a little loose. Ideas?


#2

Worst case scenario is a rusted, weakened frame, which has plagued Toyota trucks over the decades.

More likely, something is loose. You’d have to check all the frame-to-bed bolts, nuts, and rubber mounts. It could also be something with the exhaust or the tailgate.


#3

Have some friends come over, arrange them around the bed, and have them try to move it up, sideways, etc. W/a 2008, seems unlikely the problem is the truck bed. My truck is over 40 years old, and the bed is just as attached as ever. I suspect something in the exhaust system is rattling in your Tacoma. Loose parts in the suspension system can cause that too, like worn out bushings.


#4

If everything else is tight, it could just be the shocks/struts. I had a similar noise in my Acura where it sounded like the gas tank was loose or something underneath and new struts took care of it.


#5

Toyota recalled these trucks for leaf springs that break.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.torquenews.com/1083/2005-2011-toyota-tacoma-leaf-spring-recall-what-you-need-know/amp


#6

As you likely know as a Taco owner, there are two BIG issues with the Taco of that generation. TXdealer has the first, and the Tacoma frame rot issue is the second. A trip to a dealer is a good idea. (I have covered Tacoma for 6 years at another publication).