So I've been having a dreadful squeak from my driver's side wheel well for months now. I finally had time to take apart my entire suspension yesterday and thank Jebus, I was able to finally figure out what is causing my truck to squeak like a 20 year old truck. Take a look at the pictures:
Notice that the bushing on top of the top plate is not compressed on the driver's side as it is on the passenger's side. This allows the entire shaft assembly to move around and thus causing the awful squeaks. The retaining nut is tightened down the same amount on both sides though, so what could it be?
FYI- We put grease on the bushing only to temporarily get rid of the squeak until I am able to figure out why the bushing is not getting compressed and tightened like the passenger side is. You can see the grease is smothered all around the bushing.
What could be the issue here?
Why is the retaining nut not compressing the bushing onto the top plate like it's supposed to and like it is on the passenger's side?