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#32 of 224 Re: Honda Element Owners: Problems & Solutions [pleiades]
Jun 23, 2006 (7:14 pm)
I bought a 2005 LX 2WD last August. Everything is fine, except for an engine surge problem. The engine will speed up without the accelerator being pushed. Disconcerting to say the least. It appears to happen mostly when the engine is cold, but it happens at operating temperature as well. The engine speed does not increase a large amount, but enough to cause problems if you are not quick on the brakes. Anyone else heard of this problem?
#33 of 224 Re: Oxygen sensor [cmiles97]
Jun 30, 2006 (7:10 am)
I have a 2003 honda element and my check engine light came on at about 50,000 miles and my mechanic said it was a service light. He did my service and turned it off. Only reason I question the O2 sensor is Ice cold air doesn't have the best reputation here in Florida for repairs. I would skip the dealer, and Ice cold air next time and find a mechanic recommended by friends.
#34 of 224 Honda Element - turning noise
Jul 03, 2006 (8:16 am)
When I make a sharp or full turn a clicking noise occurs at the rear of the vechicle. I called the dealership to get some hints on what it could be and the rep informed me that perhaps the rear differential fluid needs to changed. Any ideas?
#35 of 224 how to get wax off plastic panels
Jul 20, 2006 (10:29 pm)
Does anyone have any solutions /advice in getting wax off the Elements plastic panels? I find it hard to wax my car without leaving a few places with wax residue.
#38 of 224 air conditioning design weaknees for Honda Element
Jul 28, 2006 (8:07 am)
I bought a 2005 Element last year and have loved it. Recently the air conditioning stopped working. I called the dealer in Seattle who said it was under warranty unless something had blown into the condensor from the road. Sure enough, they claimed that something had flown in and tore up the air conditioning system. The repair bill was $835. Even more difficult is the fact that another rock from the road next week could blow out the air conditioning again. The attendant I worked with said he's seen in before in an Odyssey and a CRV, because the condensor is unprotected. He suggested taking it to a body shop to have some kind of grill fabricated that would protect the condensor but not impede the flow of air.
Anybody have such troubles or hear anything like it?
#39 of 224 Re: air conditioning design weaknees for Honda Element [zabeth]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 28, 2006 (8:37 am)
You may want to contact Honda and question the diagnosis. See this discussion:
CR-V: AC Compressor Issues
#40 of 224 Re: air conditioning design weaknees for Honda Element [zabeth]
Jul 28, 2006 (4:08 pm)
I have seen discussion of this problem on another Element Forum. Basically, people are buying Home Depot gutter guards (usually the black ones) and using black zip ties to attach it to the lower grill, either directly to the outside or from the inside if you want a little bigger challenge. It doesn't look that bad, allows air flow and saves you an $835 repair bill. The gutter screens are to keep leaves out of gutters on your house and can be had for around $5 or so. That and 10-15 minutes of your time are well worth it. More expensive options exist if you really worry about appearance.
#41 of 224 Re: air conditioning design weaknees for Honda Element [gonzo3165]
Jul 30, 2006 (6:08 pm)
Why can't Honda make an "add on" grill to solve this problem? After paying for a NEW vehicle, the customer, has to go to "Home Depot" to purchase "gutter guards" to solve a Honda design issue! Is this the image that Honda wants to portray in the "new vehicle marketplace"? ---- (Honda and Home Depot perfect together)! ---- (or)---- (Get your Honda fixed with Home Depot parts)! ---- What is wrong with this picture? ----- If "gutter guards" can solve the problem, why can't Honda make a grill to do the same thing, and look better in the process?------- Best regards. ----Dwayne