Last post on Oct 22, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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#1 of 5 2004 Element Transmission Problems, Loud Growling Noise, won't go into gear
Mar 01, 2012 (4:59 pm)
Loud Growling Noise, El Jumped And Coasted To A Stop, Transmission?
2004 Element AWD A/T 138000mi. Regular maintenance, plus recommended services.
Was driving fine at 55 mph, came into town slowed to 30mph, went up a slight hill in town, the front of the car began to make a growling noise, then all of a sudden the car jumped upwards and lost power. I coasted to a stop, El would not move. Turned off, then restarted, put it into drive(d) and it would not move. Tried reverse, and it would not move.
Had to have it towed 200ft to the nearest garage, they can't look at it until tomorrow. I tried to put it into gear again. Car started, stalled in reverse. Restarted, shifted to neutral fine, shifted to drive, stalled in drive.
There are no lights showing on the dash. Engine has oil, transmission fluid is at normal level when running. When started engine makes a rattle that wasn't noticed before. There was no noticeable noise when shifted into gear and the engine stalled. The car did try to move just before stalling, but I did not want to rev the engine to make it any worse than it already is. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
#2 of 5 Re: 2004 Element Transmission Problems, Loud Growling Noise, won't go into gear [mud1070]
Mar 11, 2012 (2:00 pm)
So please tell us what the issue was? Could help alot of us down the road. Thanks!
#4 of 5 2004 Element Transmission Problems, Loud Growling Noise, won't go into gear
May 02, 2012 (8:03 am)
Alright, so it has been a couple months now, but here is what has happened:
We took the El to the closest "reputable" transmission shop they offered to diagnose for $600, replaced the transmission for $2600-3000, then in the same conversation offered to buy the Elemnt for $4000. So we had it towed home, about 30 miles, to a known transmission shop. The guy started it and drove it, said he couldn't find anything wrong with it. He kept it over night, let it run for about 5 hours and tested it again. There were no lights and no codes for the transmission. He replaced the tran fluid and sent it home for no charge. So we took it for a second opinion at another known transmission shop. The guy said the same thing, no codes and wouldn't work on it until it was broken.
It acted up a few times in march, where it would not go into gear. After restarting it and letting it run, finally it would go into gear. Since then there has been no issues. The only coincidence I have found was everytime that it had issues was right after filling up the fuel tank. I am not sure why there would be any connection between the fuel and the drivetrain.
We were going to trade in the Element for something newer, but have had no issues since March. Not sure what to do with it at this point.
#5 of 5 Re: 2004 Element Transmission Problems, Loud Growling Noise, won't go into gear [mud1070]
Oct 22, 2012 (5:57 pm)
Not transmission. Problem is a clog in the drain tube of the gas tank. Spiders like to get in there and clog it up. Flush it out and you won't have any more problems.