Single Click sound from Axle area

Old 10-05-2008, 07:34 PM
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Single Click sound from Axle area

I have a NA1. 2002

There is a single click sound coming from the rear axle area.

1st gear or reverse when pulling out. It isn't all the time, but can be reproduced.

I am suspecting a CV joint, but the car only has 36,000 kms. (22,000 miles)

Differential fluid changed 3 years ago.

Anyone else experiencing this?
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:46 PM
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I have the same thing i have heard you need to re-torque your rear axle bolt or somtin if you take off your wheels you will see it in the center someone will comment more im sure not a big thing though easy fix i think....
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RL1924 View Post
I have the same thing i have heard you need to re-torque your rear axle bolt or somtin if you take off your wheels you will see it in the center someone will comment more im sure not a big thing though easy fix i think....
Spindle Nut? Just looked it up... 242 LB-Ft.
Wheel Bearing may need to be inspected while I am there...

thanks.

anyone else..?
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:56 PM
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06' here with 18k, I have the same sound, but it doesn't happen all the time - At first I suspected the handbrake sticking, but I can't make the sound happen all the time when I've used the handbrake either.

No other clues...
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:11 PM
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Is it a snap sound? It could be the brakes sticking to the rotors. It happens after washing the car or raining.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:22 PM
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They call it the axle nut... dont know if thats the same as spindle nut...?
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:25 PM
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http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php...0&#entry923726

check this out sure seems to be very similar and check out the other guys link in the thread
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Axle Pops or Creaks:


0002 S2000

On 00-02 S2000s, if your customer complains of
hearing a single pop or creak from the rear of the
vehicle when changing direction from forward to
backward and vice versa, the problem may be
axle (driveshaft) movement in the rear hub. To
eliminate the noise, replace the spindle nut on the
affected axle. Apply grease to the surface of the
new spindle nut where it contacts the hub. Torque
the new nut to 298 N
-m (220 lb-ft), and stake the nut.
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:06 AM
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I had the same problem. Someone suggested I look at excessive play in my driveshaft since the noise only occurs on initial change in direction i.e. forward then reverse or reverse then forward. When I checked, I noticed more play on my passenger drive axle than the driver side but nothing big (similar to my other cars). I tried retightening the passenger side hub nut, thinking it might be the problem. After propping the staked part of the nut, I found it was properly torqued. One of my wheel studs on this same wheel is worn so I had a shop change all the studs with new ones - cannot do it myself because it required removing ball joints and pulling the hub out. I have never heard the noise again after this work on my car. I did buy new hub nuts (only used one though) for this work because staking and unstaking the nut renders it bad in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by Boost Convert View Post
Axle Pops or Creaks:



0002 S2000

On 00-02 S2000s, if your customer complains of
hearing a single pop or creak from the rear of the
vehicle when changing direction from forward to
backward and vice versa, the problem may be
axle (driveshaft) movement in the rear hub. To
eliminate the noise, replace the spindle nut on the
affected axle. Apply grease to the surface of the
new spindle nut where it contacts the hub. Torque
the new nut to 298 N
-m (220 lb-ft), and stake the nut.
Do you have the orginal document?

If so, can you scan it and upload it to this site? The orginial has clout when going to the dealership.

As well does anyone have the part number for the Spindle Nuts?

I can't believe my car's nuts have a problem
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:48 PM
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I phoned a couple of dealerships. No-one will touch this with expired warranty or expired extended warranty.

I was surprised at the short-cut proposed by one dealership.
"remove both nuts from each side and swap if required so the nut does not need to be replaced. ($17.00 each) Strike mark should be different because the torque changed from 182 to 220 LB-FT"

I will do this myself. (with new spindle nuts) I happen to have a 300FT-LB torque wrench.

Let you know how it works out.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by warshan View Post
Do you have the orginal document?

If so, can you scan it and upload it to this site? The orginial has clout when going to the dealership.

As well does anyone have the part number for the Spindle Nuts?

I can't believe my car's nuts have a problem
I do have to original document but i am not allowed to give out the ACTUAL document, I was just helping with information
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:29 PM
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I just noticed the same exact sound 2 days ago. I just figured it was from the horrible abuse my car takes. Hmm
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Do it yourself; I did:
Here is how
Difficulty level 1/10
Tools required: 36mm socket;
250 LB-FT torque wrench;
Hammer;
Center punch;
Wheel wrench

15minutes per side.

You can tell if you have this issue by pushing and pulling on the axle with the park brake released and the car in gear. (see picture) I had the issue on the Drivers side only. Passenger side was fine. As you pull on the axle you will hear the infamous click. Push it back in towards the diff and pull again, you will hear the click once more. This excessive play in the drive shaft is a clear indication you are working on the right issue.

Remove the wheel
Using a ceter punch and hammer, un-stake the spindle nut.

Be careful not to turn the engine when using a wrench to loosen and tighten the spindle nut. Turning your engine in reverse could cause serious damage. Ensure the park brake is on when turning the spindle nut. With this in mind, ensure that when you re-tighten the spindle nut that you have pulled the drive shaft from the diff before applying the park brake to tighten the nut.

Apply a thin film of grease on the spindle nut before putting it on the spindle. This is only to reduce friction while torquing the nut.
Once you have tightened the nut to 240 lb-ft, re-stake the spindle nut.
You should see about a 10 degree difference from where the nut was previously staked. (if reusing the original nut)

Put the wheel back on the car and test by driving forward and back with someone beside the car listening for the click.

My click is history.


PS:
Ensure you check the boots on the axle joints while you are there.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:57 PM
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Thanks Warshan

Thanks heaps man

you are a life saver, just got this fix today and click gone.. but just wondering what cause that problem should i worry later about the same click if yes how many times can i screw the bold back again.
s2000 has a stock engine 20" wheels and king super lows ..

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Old 10-14-2009, 03:15 AM
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You are done.
what causes this? Honda not specifing the correct torque from the factory build.
20" wheels? They better be ultra light. The suspention is built for a fairly light tire-wheel combination.

Just wondering: what year is your S2000? I believe Honda fixed the torque setting of the spindle nut later on.
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I have actually just developed this problem, will have to see if I have the tools
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:23 AM
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If you need a tool, you'll find one on this thread: https://www.s2000.com/forums/off-top...th-a-bang.html

See post #31
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As stated in the Honda document it's 220 ftlbs not 240.

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You can actually can just clean it and youll be fine... I did it to mine and the sound is gone
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Thanks to everyone for this post. I had the creaking axels in my 2004 S2K. I took a print out of this post to my local honda/acura repair shop (not the dealer) and they fixed it for about $40.00. No more creaking and popping. Woo hoo!
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Good thread, I noticed some clicking coming from my rear axle yesterday. Plan on re-torquing the axle nuts tonight. I don't have a torque wrench that goes up to 250 ft/lbs but I called the Autozone near my house and they can loan me a 1/2" drive torque wrench and 36 mm socket to get the job done.
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Hey guys, I have just noticed this problem on my 3 week old 2002 S2000. It only has 37k miles on it, and I'm really not in a position to be either paying out my *** for a major repair or attempting to take my car apart. I've read this thread among others, and have a few questions.

1. If I ask a Honda dealership to do this for me, what should I expect? I'm not really familiar with a TSB, is that like a recall or something? Shouldn't they fix their factory issues?

2. If I do this myself, what is a spindle nut? Is it fragile or breakable in doing this myself?

3. How much would a repair shop charge me for this do you think?

Thanks for any replies, I know this is an old thread.
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It's the back axle nut under the center cap in the rear wheels. It's a tough bugger, you won't break it. Thing is you need a heavy duty torque wrench, a big socket (not sure the size) and a cheater bar. Pretty easy fix if you're a little mechanically inclined.

If you've got a buddy with tools, it's about a 1 beer job (each, that is)
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