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

 

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METROVAN3, 3.5L V6, Ridgewood, NY, November 01, 2012, 13:08
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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.

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    ziptie12 November 01, 2012, 13:42
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    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.

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    METROVAN3, November 04, 2012, 08:45
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    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.

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    ziptie12, November 06, 2012, 19:00
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    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'.

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    METROVAN3, November 07, 2012, 19:19
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    THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT BECOMES OF THIS ISSUE.

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    your.mechanic November 01, 2012, 13:52
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    something is loose or worn in your front suspension

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12960 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper November 01, 2012, 16:15
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    could be the joint even though the boots are good or wheel bearing itself

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