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#130 of 225 Re: Honda Element Owners: Problems & Solutions [pleiades]
May 01, 2008 (1:46 pm)
We have a 2003 Element 5 spped manual fwd. Great car with a few really annoying issues. We had the drivers side passenger seat belt tensioner start malfunctioning almost from day one. At 41k miles, it finally locked up completely and would not release. I even removed the anchor bolt from the floor to maximize slack, and all it did was take up until the entire length of the bellt was locked in. Definately should be a recall issue, as I know 6 people with this same problem in Elements from 2003 thru 2006. Another issue in the 2003 that may have been addressed in later modles is the kee room when in a proper driving position. When I set up the seat for my frame (6'0") my left knee is about 3/4 of an inch from the dash. If I',m in a head on, I suspect I'll break both khees before the airbags pop of and knock me out cold. Last issue is the dif fluid loss causing anything beyond a graceful , easy turn sound like you are running over rumble strips at high speed.
Anyone else have these happen too?
#131 of 225 Re: Honda Element Owners: Problems & Solutions [nemodogdad]
May 01, 2008 (2:12 pm)
Look at www.elementownersclub.com This and many like issues are discussed and remedied... The diff fluid is wearing out needing be replaced with a NEW formula delivered to the dealer. I had it changed in my '05 CR-V at 18K miles. No scraping yet with the '07 Element. I love that car!!!
#132 of 225 Re: 03 EX Reverse lockout [kevinb4]
Jul 19, 2008 (4:58 pm)
I have a 2003 Honda Element. I had the reverse lockout also. Did you find out what the problem. Did you go to a dealer. How much did the repair cost you.
#133 of 225 Re: 2003 front windshield washer pump [streetlight]
Jul 20, 2008 (11:45 am)
Thanks for the replies. I am sorry it has been so long for me to get back to you to thank you for the info. Based upon what I could see and rooting around the pump, I figured the bumper removal was not required. I can't imagine getting the inner fender out being too difficult, although it may be tedious. Again, I really appreciate the response.
#134 of 225 Re: 03 EX Reverse lockout [bonnie24]
Jul 20, 2008 (12:25 pm)
I did take to the Honda dealership. They did an idle learn procedure, whatever that is.That was $30.00. That fixed the problem. They told me if the problem persists, the throttle body woul have to be replaced. After about 6 weeks it started doing it again, but it is intermittent. If I turn on the A/C it will come out of park. For the last 10 days or so, it has been working fine, A/C on or not.I bought it used, and fortunately purchased a 100k / 5yr warranty. I have not yet taken it back to the dealership, so I don't know how much the throttle body replacement cost. The guy at the Honda dealership said something about a recall for this problem. If that is the case, it might not cost you anything. If you don't know, there is a lockout bypass switch.There is a little plastic tab on the shift console. Take a small screwdriver and pop out the tab. Stick the screwdriver in the hole and push down on it, and it will come out of park, strange huh? Hope this was helpful. Good luck, and let me know how it turns out. I love my short bus!
#135 of 225 Re: Honda Element won't start [n4ser]
Jul 21, 2008 (6:46 pm)
I have had the same problem with my 03 Honda Element. I have taken my Honda to the Dealer 7 times for problems with the engine stalling and dying at unpredictable times. It used to happen every few weeks first thing in the morning; I thought the engine was cold. However, living in Southern California, the cold weather here is mild. Every time I took my car in for this issue, the car never duplicated the problem. So they never fixed it. Finally, out of exasperation, I went to another general mechanic. They advised that I replace the starter for $600. I called Honda, where I had my car serviced faithfully for 5 years to get their quote. They offered to do it for $800. I talked to the head mechanic at Honda and explained that they should cut me a better deal since I was a long time customer and my car is out of warranty. So they counter offered to replace the starter for $300. which I accepted. Since reading your post, that your engine starting problem was due to a bad solenoid, I'm wondering if I this was a mistaken diagnosis. My car seems to be starting more smoothly; howvever it makes this bzzzt noise which it used to do when this problem started. Has replacing the solenoid remedied your cars starting problems and was this an expensive repair. T
#136 of 225 SRS Indicator Light
Aug 01, 2008 (7:09 pm)
I just got back my Element from the body shop. And notice that my airbag indicator light doesn't turn off. I had my passenger side doors repaired due to deep scratches.And also notice that my radio was not working either. all I had to do is put in my code.I called Honda service and said theres a possiblitlty of low voltage and if they have the means (Body Shop) they should repair it. The body shop told me to wait a little bit to see if it regains more power and the light should go off by itself... Is it something I can do to fix it could it be a fuse that just burned off. THe body shop said they never tampered with the air bags at all and said that the car was open during repair.... Any Advice
#137 of 225 Re: SRS Indicator Light [enzwte]
Aug 03, 2008 (4:44 pm)
Being a former body repair technician my advice is dont touch ANYTHING associated with the airbag system yourself, be it a fuse or a wire dont touch anything. Im all about fixing things myself but that is one part you dont want to mess with if you dont have the proper training. My best guess is the low voltage line is complete bulls...um bull do-do. They didnt touch the airbags at all but in order to refinish the doors they had to take the door apart to pull the door handle out and the weather strip around the window. And there are airbag sensors in the doors. (see where im going with this) They forgot to connect a wiring harness somewhere is my best guess.
#138 of 225 Re: SRS Indicator Light [bigfur]
Aug 03, 2008 (5:25 pm)
Thanks for your information and will take it back to the Body Shop and have them deal with it. I waited 3wks for the car.. The dealership said they would charge me 110.00 to get it repaired. thanks again
#139 of 225 Re: SRS Indicator Light [enzwte]
Aug 05, 2008 (3:58 pm)
CHARGE YOU???? wait a minute here...THEY did the work. It worked before you brought it to them. Nicely explain that you arent paying for something you didnt break. They didnt do the repair properly, its not your responsibility to pay for it. Its what they call in the business a "come-back".