Oh no, not another 'what's this suspension noise?' thread!
....well, not quite.
I've been chasing down a squeak from the front passenger side suspension for the last couple of weeks, since the weather warmed up.
When pulling away or coming to a stop, or when moving slowly and making small steering movements, I've had an annoying squeak that sounds as though it comes from under my feet, but mostly on the passenger side. I though, aha!, ARB bushes, particularly as there was a note on the last service for side-to-side movement. Did a search on here, and came across the thread describing the lengthening of the ARB with age and the resulting slop as the collars are no longer tight to the bushes. So I had a go a making some shims/spacers/packers to take up the slack. It worked (sort of) for a few days but they wouldn't stay put, so not a long-term fix. Anyway, even with a bar to lever it the ARB doesn't move much - I realise its hard to put the same force on its as loaded suspension. The car's done 142k and is 15 years old, so I expect some problems but would prefer not to just chuck money at it, given the current value.
In the course of fiddling around with this I noticed that the passenger side ARB droplink can be turned on its joint, and wondered whether this was usual? By that I mean that with both ends of the link still bolted up it can be twisted easily by hand, particularly at the ARB (lower) end. Also, if I push down on the wing that side to bounce the suspension the noise is definitely behind the wheel, rather than further in.
So, should the link move like this, and what are the chances that replacing it will cure the annoying squeak?
Any thoughts gratefully received