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You are in the Honda Element
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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
Apr 18, 2004 (10:56 am)
Edh - The Element and CR-V are both built on the global small car platform. This is the same platform used for the Civic, RSX, a small minivan called the Stream, and several other Honda models. The 2.4L engine in the CR-V, Accord, Element, and Acura TSX are all related. Based on it's power output, it appears that the Element uses exactly the same tuning as the Accord. The RT4WD system is a FWD-biased design with a prop shaft powering the rear differential. The rear diff sends power to the wheels via two halfshafts. The suspension is a compact double wishbone design. Maintenance is limited to changing the differential fluid every 40-50K miles.
For more information about the system, try reading this thread.
varmint "Honda CR-V Owners: FAQ" Dec 3, 2003 2:17pm
Apr 18, 2004 (12:55 pm)
I don't have any leg room issue at all in my Element where I feel that I do in other vehicles, typically coupes. I am 5'2" and my husband is 6'3". He says he has no problem getting around in the Element; but I worry about if the car is ever hit hard enough, any certain way- how easy it might seem to break his chins because of where the bottom dash sits against his legs.
He hasn't complained- I only get concerned. But that's me.
I'd heard that the Element is on the CRV frame frame actually. hmmm
#3156 of 4724 thanks all
Apr 18, 2004 (6:16 pm)
varmit the info was great.
I am not in snow country and the rtawd looks mechanically much more complicated than the 2 wheel drive.
Just the 4 cv joints in the back will be an expense item all the boots break after about 5 years.
local dealer has 15 elements, 7 are 2wd
Apr 19, 2004 (7:42 am)
Henry's Hippy, congrats!
Your boots should last longer than 5 years. We did have one axle boot tear on our 626, but even that car was 7 years old by that time. Honda might be using better quality rubber, also.
I wouldn't lose sleep over stuff like that.
#3159 of 4724 Re: thanks all [edh #3156]
Apr 19, 2004 (11:27 am)
Outboard boots on the front have a much more difficult life than other boots because they have to stretch and compress to a much greater extent due to the large angles generated (in the CV joint) during steering at full lock. The inboard fronts are partially sheltered from road debris due to their location in back of the engine and their flexing is limited to a small arc generated by the travel of the front suspension.
The rear boots are similar to the front inboard boots in that small amounts of flex are caused only by the suspension travel.
On my car(s) I use a silicone spray on the boots to help protect them.
#3160 of 4724 Still dripping oil at 4,500 miles
Apr 19, 2004 (11:48 am)
My Element LX is still dripping oil from somewhere from the engine. As I posted earlier, the dealer had to replace vtec Spool Valve gasket (filter) due to a leak/spray. 2/1/2 weeks later, I can still see oil dripping though not as much.
I am going to take the car in to another dealer tomorrow.
I wish I was euphoric with my Element like some of the messages on this board. Now, I am beginning to get pissed off/worried...
Apr 19, 2004 (12:02 pm)
Check the oil filter. NHTSA has 7 reports of engine fire with the CR-V's 2.4l due to something exceedingly simple - the oil filter gasket.
Seems the old one tends to stick on, and if the service tech misses it, and uses two, the seal can leak. The oil drips on to hot exhaust parts and it's a Texas BBQ.
#3162 of 4724 what is a
Apr 19, 2004 (6:06 pm)
vtec Spool Valve gasket (filter)
#3163 of 4724 Random thoughts
Apr 20, 2004 (4:41 pm)
No one posted today?? I feel obligated now. I do have a couple things to say/ask. First, to all the Element owners, do your front/passenger headrests only "lock" when they are in the highest position? Let me explain. From the lowest position, it doesn't "lock" in place until it gets to the next position? Not really a concern, I just wanted to see if it was across the board. Next, I haven't actually "Washed" mine yet, and I have some questions. I bought that Mr.Clean AutoDry kit that I've seen advertised. I haven't used it yet, but has anyone tried it ?? I know Motor Trend endorses it, and supposedly the whole concept stems from the water filter as it de-ionizes the water, which is why it doesn't "spot". Curious to know if anyone's had luck with it. Do you guys have suggestions for the following (SPECIFIC TO THE ELEMENT ONLY): Exterior car wash, car wax, tire cleaner, wheel cleaner, interior cleaners, glass cleaner, etc, etc... You get the picture. I haven't actually paid attention to washing my old Corolla, since there was really no point, so I don't know what the really good products are and I want to keep my Element in tip-top shape. So, any suggestions for cleaners SPECIFIC TO THE ELEMENT ONLY (since the interior materials are quite different than a normal vehicle). What about the composite body panels ?? Will car wax affect them if it accidently rubs onto them? Any thoughts, suggestions will benefit me and most likely the rest of the forum.