Front end clicking noise on 2003 Honda Civic Si

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#1

I have a 2003 Honda Civic Si with a clicking noise that appears to be emanating from the front passenger side. It appears to be “rotational” in nature. This noise is very similar to that one might hear when a CV joint is going out but it’s heard when going forward. My mechanic (whom I trust) has been unable to fix this problem. Over the course of approximately 4 months they’ve: 1. Repacked the wheel bearings on both front wheels. 2. Replaced the strut mount 3. Replaced the carrier bearing with a used one. 4. Verified that all brakes are tight and working properly, and 5. Replaced the axle 4 times with both new and rebuilt versions.

Some things I’ve noticed: 1. The noise might not appear until the car is warmed up a bit, that is, driven 10 to 20 miles 2. It goes away when I apply the brakes but comes back immediately. 3. It occurs even when the engine is turned off and I’m coasting down a slight slope.

My mechanic is unsure how to proceed and the noise is driving me crazy. Moreover, I have no idea whether this symptomatic of a more serious mechanical problem.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


#2

“It goes away when I apply the brakes but comes back immediately.”

Make sure all the brake pad hardware is installed correctly. Pad(s) may be loose enough click.


#3

I would suspect a failing CV joint, possibly the inner CV joint on the passenger side of the car.


#4

“Repacked the wheel bearings”

You can’t repack the wheel bearings on your vehicle as these wheel bearings are sealed.

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1117201&cc=1415708

Have them replace the wheel bearing or bearing/hub assembly.

Tester