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
3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on 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 on 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 on 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 on November 07, 2012
THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT BECOMES OF THIS ISSUE.
ANSWER by on November 01, 2012
something is loose or worn in your front suspension
ANSWER by on November 01, 2012
could be the joint even though the boots are good or wheel bearing itself