I'M GETTING A INTERMITTEN CLACKING NOISE FROM THE FRONT LEFT WHEEL AXLE. on 2004 Honda Odyssey

AXLE/CV JOINT BOOT IS IN GOOD CONDITION, NO VISIBLE LEAKS. NOISE COMES AND GOES. IF I JACK UP THE TIRE OFF THE GROUND, AND LOWER IT, THE SOUND GOES AWAY FOR AWHILE.

by in Ridgewood, NY on November 01, 2012
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3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by , November 01, 2012
Could you give a more detailed description of conditions when noise occurs? Speed , accellerating, turning , in drive but not moving? Up hill , down hill , doing the hokey pokey?.............IF it's a single crack only at initial take-off , try re-torqueing the axle nut.
COMMENT by , November 04, 2012
CURRENTLY THE NOISE HAS SUBSIDED. WHEN THE NOISE OCCURS, ITS AT 10-30 MPH AND STOP AND GO.I REMOVED THE TIRE AND CHECKED AROUND THE HUB AND BRAKE ASSEMBLY, THE ONLY THING I NOTICED WAS THE TWO SCREWS THAT HOLD THE DISC ONTO THE HUB WERE LOOSE. I DROVE THE CAR RECENLTY WITH NO ISSUE. PUZZLED? NOTE:; I HAVE A SET OF NEW CV AXLES ON DECK. I MAY SWAP OUT THE OLD ONES, BUT I WANT THE PROBLEM TO BECOME EASIER TO PIN POINT BEFORE I DO THE CHANGE.
COMMENT by , November 06, 2012
Continue with your observations while driving!! As you notice more or different conditions which aggravate the noise , try and narrow down anything that can help isolate the cause , speed , load , turns , braking ,wheel speed , trans gear at time. Is the clacking speed consistant with wheel speed and is it worse under load on turn? Not very common , but seen enough that it would be worth looking , Visual inspection at connection of intermediate shaft and right side inboard joint. If you see ANY signs of separation (any clean shiny metal visible more than 1/32 in.)then use that as a 'baseline' reading and if symptoms worsen without finding anything conclusive on the left side then keep your eyes on that. I've replaced many pass. side intermediate shaft/axle shaft combos , and not one single symptom (before complete failure) matched. I'm thinking all the different driving styles contribute to the difference in the way they fail , even though the physical cause is the same, incorrectly machined splines on the inboard axle shaft. Hope all this B.S. is a little help. Please let us know what ends up being the 'fix'.
COMMENT by , November 07, 2012
THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT BECOMES OF THIS ISSUE.
ANSWER by , November 01, 2012
something is loose or worn in your front suspension
ANSWER by , November 01, 2012
could be the joint even though the boots are good or wheel bearing itself