Lift the passengers side up with a jack, or your oem jack in your trunk. Shake the wheel left to right holding onto 9 and 2, checking for wheel play. also up and down with your hands 12 to 6.
you'll have a much better idea from there.
So yesterday I used the factory jack to swap my stock wheels on while I get a tire replaced, when I was taking off my front passenger side (where the noise come from) I figured I'd try this out. My results;
Absolutely zero play side to side, up & down. Then I took the wheel off. I noticed some corrosion going on where the wheels don't touch the hubs. Obviously normal but I cleaned them off since the stock wheels were going back on.
Next was to inspect the ball joints. They look almost brand new. Rubber in great condition and no movement whatsoever.
Next was to start tugging on all the moving components to feel for some play. First item I grabbed was the steering rod. I gave it a tug, a push, a kick, and a violent shake. No noise, no play, not the steering rack. Next I grabbed the upper control arm, the coilover, lower control arm, no play. Everything was tight which explains why I feel no loss in handling,steering, & ride quality (except the loud clunking noise that seems to be getting much much worse. I was about to give up when I decided to grab the axle. Immediately when lifted up on a clunk noise was present. HOORAY!
Now I have one more question. I was browsing looking for replacements and came across a HealToe axle boot replacement upgrade that supposedly helps with axle damage caused by harsh angles on lowered TSX's. The issue though is that it is listed for the 04-08 models. Will this part work? Are the axles identical?
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