So, last night I went to wash out the back of my truck, and pulled it forward up a bank, but a little off-kilter so it was flexing the truck (not enough room to pull it straight up the bank). As I was nearing my stopping point, I heard a "bang" from the back of the truck. "That's odd," I said to myself, "I've never heard that from there before." Thinking nothing more of it, I rinsed out the bed, pulled the truck down, and went on my business. For those wondering, the driver's side rear was EXtended, meaning the most space in the wheel well, when it was flexing.
Fast forward to this afternoon. I went to pull back into my driveway after work. You enter my driveway with a left-turn, and it slopes up immediately, so you're flexing a little when you enter (the same flex that I was getting last night on the bank, just not as severe). Sure as shat, when I pulled into the driveway, I got a "bang". I had to leave to run into town, didn't hear a thing until I got back to the driveway, and again, a "bang". Then, I'll be damned if I didn't have to run out to the store, and was greeting upon my arrival back home, to another "bang". At least it was being consistant... So I decided to crawl under and see what I could see to see. Unfortunately, this is what I found:
Driver's side, the far back spring hanger... or what USED to be a spring hangar, hah.
I think the source of the "bang"ing, might be these two boltheads rubbing on each other.
Look how uncompressed that bottom leaf is...
It looks a lot to me like this thing broke a while ago, and maybe I just now shifted it to where it's rubbing on that other bolt... or maybe I just broke it last night, I can't say for sure. As another aside, the reason I was washing out the bed of the truck is that I removed the winter weight from back there and wanted to get rid of the leftover grit. So I also uncompressed the springs bigtime last night (less about 300lbs).