Clicking / Popping Noise Coming From Front Drivers Side Axle (Not Normal Turning Pop)
I have a 2002 RSX Type-S. Been in the Honda game for about 11 years now. About a 6 months ago my drivers side axle starting clicking while turning, so I went ahead and ordered an Axle from AutoZone. Swapped out both the axle and the lower ball joint at the same time. About 3 months later I started hearing a clicking / popping coming from the front end. It pops every time I accelerate, decelerate, or hit a bump of any kind. Turning has no effect on it, it does it both turning and going straight. I jacked the car up (put it on jack stands) and checked all the ball joints and tie rods, they were all good. Took the wheels off, fired up the car, and it still does it when I put it in gear. And while spinning it will do it again when I press the brake. I shut the car off and grabbed the axle, it doesn't have any up or down play, however it does have some back and forth play.
My question, I realize the axle has some back and forth play and could very well be the cause of my popping noise. But before I went and swapped out the axle again, I wanted to know if there could be anything else you guys know of that would cause that in the drivetrain? Like a throwout bearing or anything else, because the axels are only about 6 months old. I wasn't sure if the axle play was just because I had the car in the air with the suspension was sagged all the way down. Any info would be Great!