I need some input pretty quick. I got my truck aligned about 2 weeks ago, and when I picked it up I noticed it pulled to the left. I contacted the shop, but due to my schedule I can't take it back to them until Monday. Today I noticed it was pulling to the left pretty hard, and a very loud squeaking noise when I turned to the right to park. I thought it was the Uniball squeak I had heard about so I grabbed a can of dry lube spray and went to spray the uniball.
I found the right uniball was loose, where it bolts to the spindle. The top of the uniball was sticking up and had been damaged as it articulated. I borrowed some tools at a local bicycle shop (where I had pulled in to park), and tightened it back down. However there is still a lip where the edge has been curled up. I drove the truck home and plan to pull it apart tomorrow.
Here are the pics:
Here's the question:
Will I be OK if I file the lip off and polish it a bit, or do I need to get a rebuild kit. I am planning on a 3,500 mi road trip next week, so if I need to rebuild them I will probably have to overnight the parts.
I also can figure why this side would be so loose. They use nylon lock nuts, and I torqued them down per spec. Would the alignment tech, have loosened them for some reason and forgot to tighten the one back?