so, last sunday to monday, we had about 5 inches of snow and from monday to wednesday, the overnight temperatures have been below zero and the day time temperatures have been in the teens. so, driving through all the snow (the office park where i work is not plowed) and having the low temps has cause a ton of ice build up on my truck. (the attached image shows an icicle dripping from the bottom of the fender to the ground. also notice the other icicles from underneath the truck).
on tuesday, i started noticing alot of popping, grinding, banging, and creeking in the suspension. and sometimes, it was LOUD. i could feel it on the floor of the truck; almost like i hit something in the road.
when i got home, i looked under the truck and at the suspension and everything seemed intact as it should be. but i did notice that all the suspension components were caked in ice. the coils, the shocks, the control arms, and even the ball joint on the total chaos's.
so now that we are in the 40's, all the noise is gone. the suspension is as smooth and quiet as its always been.
so has anyone ever experienced this before?
i was trying to think what part of the suspension could have been causing this crazy noise and grinding.
are the shocks gas filled? could the gas have been becoming a solid?
could ice have actually got inside the ball joint on the total chaos's?
could the grease inside the UCA bushings be frozen?
could the noise come from the ice breaking off the coils?
could the lower mount point of the shock be frozen tight?
its so odd....