Click while turning right

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Zephyr, May 22, 2008.

  1. Zephyr

    Zephyr Guest

    Hey Folks, I have an issue with my 03 accord
    its has 120,000 miles and has run great since we bought it 2 years ago

    here's the issue, when turning to the right, the front left wheel
    makes a clicking noise that is spaced proportionally to how fast the
    wheel is turning.

    My first thought it that its a CV joint issue. agree? disagee?

    here's the fun part, its been doing this for 2 years apparently.
    My wife drives the car the bulk of the time, and the noise only occurs
    when turning right, not left, and only if it is cold outside, IE less
    that 40 F. So here in Michigan for 6 months of the year the noise
    never happens.

    I drove it this morning its 50's out, and no noise at all

    If the boots themselves are torn its a mighty small tear, I don't
    have a lift so I can't see the inner boot, but I can feel both the
    inner and outer boots and neither has any grease on the outside, and
    both feel fully intact.

    So, I am reluctant to fix something that is not broken 1/2 the year.

    any recommendations on actions I should take?

    Zephyr, May 22, 2008
  2. Zephyr

    Elle Guest

    This is the first place to look, yes. Specifically, evaluate
    the outer CV joint.

    Failing outer joints click; failing inner joints clunk.
    The grease coulda squeezed out the clamps and left the
    bearings somewhat deprived, resulting in wear yada and so
    the clicking. Just one theory, anyway. Michigan winters will
    "wash off" the underside of cars to such an extent that I am
    not sure I would trust the absence of grease.
    I have noticed that some folks here have reported ignoring
    the clicking for quite some time. Google the archives for
    immediate help. Others likely will post more at some point.

    If it is the CV joint, it is said to be customary to replace
    the entire half shaft. This is because the labor for
    removing the old half shaft, and then the old CV joint, and
    installing and grease-packing a new joint, exceeds the cost
    of just replacing the entire half shaft. Remanned half
    shafts have become widely available. OEM is recommended.
    It's too easy to go amiss with shaft diameter, length, etc.
    otherwise. Or so it's said.
    Elle, May 22, 2008
  3. Zephyr

    Zephyr Guest

    I am considering trying to slide the outer boot back away from the
    joint, repacking the joint, then re attaching the same undamaged
    boot, anyone done this? I am worried about getting the boot back
    into place once it is slid back.

    Zephyr, May 23, 2008
  4. Zephyr

    Tegger Guest


    A CV joint clicks because the balls are breaking up. It has nothing to do
    with the grease.

    You need to replace the joint, or the entire shaft. New grease will have
    absolutely NO effect.

    See here:
    THAT's why CV joints click.
    Tegger, May 24, 2008
  5. Zephyr

    nick Guest

    I guess the only thing I would comment on is for this part, is it
    necessary to get OEM?

    A new shaft for this car would run $411.52 and a remanufactured would
    run $211.44, while a brand new Cardone new shaft is roughly $100 for
    each side (with a lifetime warranty). When I had to replace them on my
    95 Accord and 95 Integra I went with Cardone. They have been on the
    car for 3 years now without any problems (knock on wood). The only
    thing that I noticed is on the metal part of the shaft there is a
    little rust vs. the painted surface on the OEM ones.

    Our 99 Accord is coming up next for the replacement. Hopefully the
    DeWalt that you have used will work like a charm at removing the
    spindle nut.

    nick, May 25, 2008
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