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Greetings from So. California:

Newbie and first post ever on any forum, so pls. bear with me.

I bought my '04 Ody brand new and from day 1, suspension has been noisy and clunky. Several trips to the selling dealer who always reported "normal". Second dealer said "could not replicate customer complaints". Was able to squeeze Honda for a new left front strut before warranty ran out but that was it.

Today, 153,844 miles later, my Ody is 90% better. I am happy. But I had to go through a lot of threads to learn what forum members (2nd & 3rd generation) reported as their personal experiences with their Ody's. As a pay back to everyone who shared, I am sharing the following summary of possible causes-solutions to this nagging problem of our beloved Ody.

I had a local suspension specialist check the following:

1. Struts worn out.
2. Strut bolts loose.
3. Sway bar link defective.
4. Tie Rods worn out.
5. Ball joints, rubber bushings worn out.
6. Steering gear (spline) needs lubrication.
7. Drive shaft/axle defective.
8. Engine mounts cracked.
9. Brake caliper pins need lubrication.

They replaced front struts, rear shocks and sway bar links. Still the clunking continued until they looked at the front brake calipers. The culprit...two pieces of rubber sleeves (boot) for each top caliper pins!

All other suspension parts are still good, OEM parts. Installed KYB GR2 struts + KYB rear shocks. The ride feels better now, tight and quieter by 90%. The other ten percent maybe attainable if I had bushings, tie rods, etc., replaced. But I'll save the $$$$ for the transmission and rear window motors which are two separate issues.

I plan to keep this ODY a while longer. Body and interior leather still in excellent condition. If it runs another 75000 miles, I will be very pleased. Had 3 Accords and 2 Civics before and they all ran well. My '08 Civic has 130,000 miles and no issues. Been lucky.

If you are an '04 Ody owner with the same problem, I hope this helps you. Good luck and pls. share.
 

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Welcome and thanks for giving info instead of just taking. Your Civic should last a long time, we have a 92 with 225k on it and it still drives/sounds good.
 

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I just replaced both brake caliper pins on the front right side and solved the clunking noise of the shifting caliper too.
 

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You might have solved my problems. How much did all of it cost u?
I am trying to weight in my options. Dealer wants over $2000 to fix struts, shocks, timing belt, water pump, engin monts, front breake job, spark plugs. and more. I am at 119000miles and dropped $460 for new ingnition assembley. Is it worth doing all that work when I can sell it right now for about $6000 and turn around and buy a suburban now for CHEAP! I do have alot of ware and tare on it. My kids have abused it. But nothing a little TLC cant fix.
I am looking at doing the most of the fixing myself so I can save some $$$. But is This van worth it??? that is the answer I am looking far!
 

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We have a clunking suspension on our '02, but I haven't really looked into it.

I'm more or less tolerating the noise for the time being.

Thank you for sharing your info. I'll be referring to this if and when I do tackle the noise.
 

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they dont seam as bad as the dealer is saying. motor doesnt seam to move much. no noise when taking offf like people say! maybe i cant hear it over my knocking suspention!!!lol
 

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Struts and Shocks

Thanks to all the great info in this club, I did my Shocks & struts myself today. It was not a bad job but did take me some time. I went with the kbj-gr2 struts and shocks witch cost ne $380. I rented the Autozone vice to remove the spring but did like it and end up bringing it to a local auto shop and paid 40 per strut. i found that to be fair.
Went back home and installed the struts back, witch I found to be alittle harder to do. Wanted to do my front brakes but I need a bigger C-clamp so went on to changing my shocks. That was pretty easy. finished up before dark now I just need to put it on the road. Thank you to evryone in here Ya'll are lots of help!!
Now I have another proplem, My A/C compressor's pulley is making a very LOUD NOISE. I do notice some black looking tar comming from the pulley. Now when I turn on the compressor the noise stops. I read that it could be the barings or the compressor clutch, But not sure what it is. I also read that u can buy a clutch kit for it and change it out. Is this right? I can not find this part anywhere at NAPA, autozone. Has anyone have any answers to this one?
 

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after reading many posts, i too switched out my front struts on monday (rear shocks done back in june) including new bump stops, mounting plates and tsb for squeaks. had 'suicide spring compressor' but after compressing one, i didn't feel comfortable backing off the top nut so had the local midas shop do the actual switch outs for $44 dollars a piece (1/2 hour labor) equalling $88 plus tax. all said and done, $387 front / $82 rear for kyb products.

my recommendation to others...pre-spray the bolts...jack stands...use the right tools (including 'breaker bar') / sizes...use a local shop to compress the spring or buy the assembly complete...have help to reinstall the strut itself...tork wrench...smile knowing you accomplished something many would never attempt and saved money doing so!
 

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They replaced front struts, rear shocks and sway bar links. Still the clunking continued until they looked at the front brake calipers. The culprit...two pieces of rubber sleeves (boot) for each top caliper pins!

All other suspension parts are still good, OEM parts. Installed KYB GR2 struts + KYB rear shocks. The ride feels better now, tight and quieter by 90%. The other ten percent maybe attainable if I had bushings, tie rods, etc., replaced. But I'll save the $$$$ for the transmission and rear window motors which are two separate issues.

If you are an '04 Ody owner with the same problem, I hope this helps you. Good luck and pls. share.
Thanks For Sharing Justwatch!

I think i have a similar clunking issue but since i only hear it before and after the brakes. i concluded its the brake calipers or something related to it but i havent had the chance. with your sharing, I can probably/hopefully take a look at it this weekend and fix it on the spot.

also, to share back, we have a fix for those rear windows motor that i just finished myself couple of weekends ago at almost no cost (maybe a dollar? and also because someone shared) and a fix for the transmissions slip (if that is what you have, also because someone shared). just look for my posts.

I Love this sharing community!

Thank You!
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Greetings from So. California:

Newbie and first post ever on any forum, so pls. bear with me.

I bought my '04 Ody brand new and from day 1, suspension has been noisy and clunky. Several trips to the selling dealer who always reported "normal". Second dealer said "could not replicate customer complaints". Was able to squeeze Honda for a new left front strut before warranty ran out but that was it.

Today, 153,844 miles later, my Ody is 90% better. I am happy. But I had to go through a lot of threads to learn what forum members (2nd & 3rd generation) reported as their personal experiences with their Ody's. As a pay back to everyone who shared, I am sharing the following summary of possible causes-solutions to this nagging problem of our beloved Ody.

I had a local suspension specialist check the following:

1. Struts worn out.
2. Strut bolts loose.
3. Sway bar link defective.
4. Tie Rods worn out.
5. Ball joints, rubber bushings worn out.
6. Steering gear (spline) needs lubrication.
7. Drive shaft/axle defective.
8. Engine mounts cracked.
9. Brake caliper pins need lubrication.

They replaced front struts, rear shocks and sway bar links. Still the clunking continued until they looked at the front brake calipers. The culprit...two pieces of rubber sleeves (boot) for each top caliper pins!

All other suspension parts are still good, OEM parts. Installed KYB GR2 struts + KYB rear shocks. The ride feels better now, tight and quieter by 90%. The other ten percent maybe attainable if I had bushings, tie rods, etc., replaced. But I'll save the $$$$ for the transmission and rear window motors which are two separate issues.

I plan to keep this ODY a while longer. Body and interior leather still in excellent condition. If it runs another 75000 miles, I will be very pleased. Had 3 Accords and 2 Civics before and they all ran well. My '08 Civic has 130,000 miles and no issues. Been lucky.

If you are an '04 Ody owner with the same problem, I hope this helps you. Good luck and pls. share.
Thank you for posting this. This is exactly what was wrong with my 07' Odyssey. I always checked the rubber boots when doing routine brake maintenance and they always seemed fine until I saw your post. I went to the local auto parts store and bought 4 brand new boots for $6. Problem fixed! Thank you again for posting.
 
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