HELP! Strange click clunk type noise when starting to drive. ***VIDEO CLIP***

Tiny
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  • 1998 TOYOTA SIENNA
  • 3.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
HELP! What needs to be adjusted or replaced?

1998 Sienna LE

Just replaced CV half shafts, front control arms and sway bar end links. No noise before replacing the parts. Now there is a click clunk type noise when starting to drive. Every time the Sienna goes from stopped to driving condition the noise is there. The noise can be heard from inside the cabin, but it is louder outside near the wheels.

You can hear the noise (headphones help) in the video at 9s, 18s, 30s and 41s.

Your feedback is appreciated!

***VIDEO CLIP***

http://s162.photobucket.com/user/butherous/media/1998%20Toyota%20Sienna/01Outside_zps28eb2cba.mp4.html
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 AT 11:57 PM

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Tiny
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Whomever worked on it needs to go back and recheck their work. Obviously something is moving around that shouldn't be.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 AT 5:35 AM
Tiny
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My buddy and I did all of the original repairs. All nuts torqued properly. I did some research and found that people recommended compressing the suspension (jack under both control arms) before tightening the sway bar endlinks. I also found recommendations for replacing the brake hardware. We got under the Sienna yesterday and did both of the things recommended, but the noise is still there. Just to clarify, the noise is happening on both sides, in the front.

While down there, I noticed a lot of play in the outer tie rod ends. Our next step will be to replace the outer tie rod ends due to the amount of play. I've had to replace outer tie rod ends before and never had them be a source of noise.

Could outer tie rod ends really be the source of the noise in the video?
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Sunday, April 20th, 2014 AT 8:36 AM
Tiny
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Not likely. They would have to be very dry to actually make noise. If you didn't have the noise before, something is moving around now that wasn't before. You need to check your work again.
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Sunday, April 20th, 2014 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
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I listened to the video and this noise is occurring at the moment you release the brake so you want to look at the brake caliper bolts also. That is not a tie rod doing that.
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Sunday, April 20th, 2014 AT 9:04 AM
Tiny
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Checked out the Sienna again this past weekend. Jacked up the front leaving the tires on and rotated the tires back and forth. Slight noise was coming from the transmission, but it was NOT very loud and it sounded normal. No noises came from inside the CV joints. Brake caliper sliding bolts seem fine. We recreated the noise several times by driving up the driveway and then braking. The noise does not occur during the braking period, its just slightly after when the weight of the car falls back on itself. Almost feels like a shock/strut issue but only on initial take off does the noise occur. We are still stumped. I will follow up if I find out anything new.
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 AT 3:11 PM
Tiny
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Took the Sienna to a friend who is an actual mechanic. He could recreate the noise by just pushing down/back from the hood. He was convinced that it was the axles. He replaced them with Genuine Toyota axles. Noise was stil there. He put the Sienna up on a lift and slightly over tightened every bolt he could see in the area of the control arms, axles, etc (non of which were really loose). Noise is gone! Lesson learned.
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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 AT 9:46 AM

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