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Old 12-22-2005, 04:54 PM
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Hello everyone!! My wife has a well maintained 2001 Accord EX coupe 4 cyl with 100,000 miles. Lately, only during accelleration, she hears a chirping noise from the front passenger side wheel. I suspected the wheel/tire and rotated it to the rear with no change. No issues with the car until now except for a new transmission from Honda (thanks for the freebie!) at 65,000 miles. CV boots good with no rips/tears. Possibly a wheel bearing?
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Old 12-23-2005, 02:25 PM
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Is something in the suspension bound up? If it's not extending all the way, it could lift the wheel up enough to chirp it. Check all the bushings, sway bar and ball joints. They're not so great on the 6th gens.
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Old 12-25-2005, 08:18 AM
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Nothing is binding and all the bushings, the sway bar and the ball joints look good. I am still stumped?? Also this car is pretty much only used for 80 mile per day commute with little to no traffic. All easy miles
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:58 AM
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Is this a lone chirp at accelleration? Is this a sound with goes along with the RPM? Is this a sound that sounds more like it goes with the turning of the wheels? Need more info!!! Can you make the sound happen by mushing down on the side....mushing on the suspension parts? Have you found a pattern other than a chirp at accelleration?
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:30 PM
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99.9% sure the suspension is fine. It compresses without any sounds. The noise increases in frequency as speed increases but only during acceleration. The car is going into Honda on Thurs. I will let you what's up.
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Old 12-30-2005, 06:06 PM
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Dealer called today after two days with diagnosis/fix. I would have never found it, but the bushings on the airbox (car is stock) were problem. They are somewhat dried out and were squeaking at their mounting points. A little lube fixed it. Thanks for the help!!!
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Your dealer is really awesome Shane. Thanks for the update
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Old 12-31-2005, 03:12 PM
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Looks like I was a little too excited in my last post after the phone call from the service advisor. I drove the car home today and the noise is still there. The service dept. closed early today so I guess I will go back Monday or Tuesday. Princess, I know the S2000 is rear drive and is much different than the Accord, but do you have any more info on the "00-05 S2000 rear axle creak or grunt" from your "May become a pattern post"? This "creak" sound might be similar to what I am hearing. In my first post I should have said a creaking sound and not a chirping sound. Thanks again for the help and have a safe New Years.
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Creak or Grunt From Rear of Vehicle at Low Speeds:
0005 S2000
Getting complaints from owners of 0005 S2000s
of a creak or grunt from the rear of the vehicle
when cornering or driving at low speeds? The
problem could be theres movement between the
outboard joint and the wheel hub. To get rid of
this noise, you need to clean and lube the mating
surfaces of the outboard joint and the wheel hub.
Heres how:
1. Remove the wheel nuts and the rear wheel.
2. Lift up the stake on the spindle nut, and
remove the nut.
3. Remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball
joint castle nut, and remove the nut
4. Separate the ball joint from the lower arm.
5. Pull the knuckle outward, and use a plastic
hammer to remove the outboard joint from the
wheel hub.
6. Clean the mating sufaces of the outboard joint
and the wheel hub.
7. Apply a thin layer of DC111 silicone
compound to the face of the outboard joint.
This compound reduces the friction between
the joint and the wheel hub so the noise wont
happen again.
8. Pull the knuckle outward, and install the
outboard joint to the wheel hub.
9. Reconnect the ball joint to the lower arm.
Torque the castle nut to 69 Nm (51 lb-ft),
then tighten it only far enough to align the slot
with the ball joint pin hole. Install a new cotter
pin.
10. Clean the wheel hub and the spindle threads.
11. Lubricate the seating surface of a new spindle
nut with engine oil, then install the nut. Torque
the nut to 245 Nm (181 lb-ft). Use a drift to
stake the spindle nut shoulder against the
driveshaft.
12. Reinstall the rear wheel. Torque the wheel nuts
to 108 Nm (80 lb-ft).
13. Repeat steps 1 thru 12 for the other outboard
joint.


It won't let me pull up the diagram... the grease point is on the outter part of the outter boot where it touches the shaft.
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Old 12-31-2005, 03:29 PM
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Most of the noises I'm finding for your car look like they're having to do with steering components....

Check for loose steering components (tie-rod and ball joints). Tighten or replace as necessary.

Check the steering column shaft for wobbling. If the steering columns wobbles, replace the steering column assembly.

Check the rack guide adjustment.

Check the power steering pump pulley.

If the pulley is loose, tighten it.

If the pump shaft is loose, replace the pump.

Check the power steering belt tension and adjust as necessary
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Took the car back to the dealer today...Looks like my front end noise was a transmission noise. Dearler called a few hours later and informed me that the transmission needs to be replaced again . The first replacement went in at 68,000 miles and this third one is going in at 101,400 miles. It was shifting great but I suspect the diff was shot as that is where the noise was coming from. That's the bad news. Good news is it will be no charge which is a surprise since I am out of warranty. My dealer is awesome
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Sorry to hear the tranny died.... glad to hear the dealer is being nice!

How often do you change your fluid? What do you use?
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Lucky you! Free Trannie at 101k! My 96' is going out I think The gears are shifting very 'harshley'. I am trying to get in with the dealer but I've been busy getting my new house together. (Moving on the 1st! )

Princess, is there anything on 5th gen Accords with trannie issues? I was really thinking that I would be lucky on this one. But maybe it needs a fluid change??? I just don't think its shifting right, it feels different and the RPM's go higher then usuall.

Any help is appreciated
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I asked.... they didn't have any constistant issues.

My mom had a '95 that after driving it for a while swore that thing was slipping....she'd just got used to it & it shifts different when you punch it!! We still tease her about that one!! She never had any problems with it & traded it for a '95 Ody at about 70K.

It honestly felt weird to me too since it was the first one I drove with the electronic tranny. It shifts to first AFTER taking off from a stop!! Now THAT feels normal & the older ones feel weird!
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