My truck has been making a clunking noise from the right side when I hit the brake and released them the last couple days. We had pretty much decided my control arm bushing were bad, until I noticed this today.
Those are alignment shims wedged between the control arm and the rod that runs through it to hold it to the truck. Rather than them being on the two bolts like they should be, they shoved them in the middle. Over time I assume the control arm bolts have loosened up and now my control arm is (presumably) rocking back and forth on the shims when I stop.
So now I have to replace the bolts because the threads are totally gone, then take it to work to SAFELY realign it.
That’s if the control arm isn’t damaged, which it might be considering how many shims were there.