2003 Honda Accord clunking noise on hard acceleration

Tiny
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  • 2003 HONDA ACCORD
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 81,000 MILES
Clunking / crackling noise coming from driver side when turning right and also under hard acceleration going straight. Only lasts a couple of seconds. Already changed c.V joints, spindle, hub assembly, lower control arm, brake calipers on both sides. Running out of things to change, but noise is still there. Have had the transmission checked, it is okay. Tried to press brake and gas at the same time to see if it is motor / transmission mounts but that is fine as well. Any idea as to what would cause this sound?
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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 3:37 AM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

Thank you for the donation,

This may be body noise, I would suggest that you get the Car on a hoist, back of all the front sub frame mounts and re tighten again, this may be sub frame movement under load, try this.

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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 4:56 AM
Tiny
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Would sub frame movements cause clunking noises on turns as well. The noise is more pronounced at turns and less so on straight line acceleration. Can tie rod end or ball joint be a possibility?
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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 11:04 AM
Tiny
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Hi there,

This is not common but re tensioning sub frame mounts is a standard job on all FWD cars during servicing, if yours has not been done, do it so we can eliminate that as a cause, tie rod ends wont do this, you can also try having the drive shaft nuts re tensioned as well, as I have had this type of nose in Toyota's, we just have to eliminate basics to start with.

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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
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Took the car for diagnoses to a local mechanic and he suspects its the Transmission mount. The noise only comes in Drive (D, D3 etc) on acceleration but there is no noise when car is accelerating in reverse. He says it is because in Drive the transmission is moving a lot but when in Reverse the 3 motor mounts don't let it move too far back. Does it make sense to you?
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Sunday, January 31st, 2010 AT 10:28 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

if mounts at fault I would expect the noise to be there in rev as well, but if the mounts are faulty they should be replaced anyway.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010 AT 3:29 AM
Tiny
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Passenger Side RH motor mount is bad. Also passenger side control arm is not put in properly and hitting against the edge.

I am confused though, why is the noise coming from the driver side. Is it normal to hear the sound from the other side?
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

with this problem as shown with the pics I would also expect that the noise would be more propionate from the affected side, noises can travel through the frame work and body and sound different from what you think, that is why we must look at all possibilities and not just presume that the problem is related to where we think the noise is coming from, when you fix these problems there still may be some noise from the drivers side as well, so it is important to have all suspension and mounts carefully inspected just to be sure,

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 3:25 PM
Tiny
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Had the lower control arm problem fixed will replace the the bad motor mount and re-tighten subframe mounts next. Thanks
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 5:15 PM
Tiny
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OK good idea, let me know how you get on.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 5:27 PM

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