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1994 Honda Civic Rhythmic Noise

272,000 miles, personally replaced passenger CV ~5000 miles ago, and had rotors turned despite them needing to be replaced. The noise is rhythmic, frequency-velocity dependent, and louder on left (and maybe right) turns and I think I can feel it in the both the clutch and gas pedals and maybe the steering wheel.

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  • Tashi Herzmark Apr 30, 2013

    I've checked the CV passenger and driver; boots seem to be fine and it's not a clicking on turning like a bad CV is: it's a rhythmic "thumping" or "beat" sound that increases with speed.

  • Tashi Herzmark Apr 30, 2013

    I'm going to check (front) rotors next although I don't know if I'll be able to tell if either is warped.

  • montehammons Jul 27, 2013

    Did you find anything? Don't believe it would be the rotors, mostly noticeable when brakes applied. The inner CV joints may be bad. They don't click on turns when bad. When you changed pass. side CV, did replace axle shaft or just change outer CV? Check the inner CV joints. Grab and shake and twist. Raise the front on blocks, run engine (and wheels) at low speed. Check for that noise. Turn steering some. You may spot the problem. ...Or did you already find it? Sorry someone didn't give an answer sooner.

  • Tashi Herzmark Jul 28, 2013

    Ok, I replaced rotors, break pads, tie-rods since they all desperately needed it, and a tire that was very unevenly worn. I did the front end basically since someone (can't recall who) said since the tie-rod bushings etc. were so heavily worn any noise/vibration would be much more noticable. I had a 4-wheel alignment done after everything else and the noise is gone. As for the CV question, I repalced the entire thing and I did not check them this time. I think what is was was badly worn breaks on badly worn rotors transmitting vibrations through a poorly insulated tie-rod; I've since driven ~2000 miles (Asheville, NC to Laramie, WY) and it seems fine. I'm not sure about how much vibration should be happening in the front end but I spaced on the thread lock compound for the bolts retaining the caliber armature and the top one fully rotated out about 1700 miles into my trip (that was fun, let me tell you.)

  • Tashi Herzmark Jul 28, 2013

    Sorry, meant caliper, not caliber.



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it can be any of the above, rotate the tires and see if the noise location seems to change, but the last thing i would suspect is the CV, they just click when turning, the wheel bearing is my choice here, they roar, tires make a diff noise.

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