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  1. I have a few issues/questions - looking for a knowledgable Element friend in NYC/NJ area.

    Problems & Issues
    Hi everyone! I bought an '09 Element a few years ago to do a cross-country road trip and fell in love with it. It's my daily driver and I've used it for countless adventures. Whenever I've had an issue or two I've come here looking for others with similar issues and resolutions. I've often come...
  2. Replacing all steel brake lines and rubber hoses

    Problems & Issues
    Hey Gang! My '04 finally blew a steel brake line a few weeks ago. I put a patch line in to get her home, but it's finally time to get the proper fix in with real parts. I ordered all 5 OEM replacement steel lines and am ready to put them in. The big questions I have are: the DSM doesn't have...
  3. Car does not roll when I let off the brakes.

    Problems & Issues
    Recently I went on a 6 hour round trip. By the time I made it home my E was not driving well, shaking steering wheel and rolling into my complex I am pretty sure I heard a squeaking sound. I thought it might be the brakes and warped rotors so I took it in to have the brakes done. Turns out the...
  4. Soft Brakes

    Under The Hood / Performance
    From people's experience, how soft are Element brakes? I just came home with an 04 EX and assumed the brakes just needed bled; that may or may not be the case. The pedal seems pretty firm when the car is off, but when the car is on, I can push it all the way to the floor (with some resistance)...
  5. Wrong caliper from Rock Auto

    Maintenance and Service
    Hi gang, Started the Labor Day weekend early with a mission to change my E's rear brake pads, rotors, and calipers. Got my parts from Rock Auto and everything looked good. Everything was smooth sailing throughout, especially for my first time dealing with calipers, but when it came time to...
  6. Bosch Rotors

    Maintenance and Service
    Has anyone installed Bosch brake rotors on your E? If you did, do you remember the part number for the rear rotors? I may put these on a 2003, but I'm getting conflicting information. Bosch website has the part number as being #26010747. Most part dealers have it as #26010731, and don't even...
  7. Mora

    Greetings & Introductions
    Mora (2004 Fiji Blue EX AWD/MT) Greetings, I have been lurking here for a while as I was selling my GTI and searching passively for an Element to replace it. Once the VW sold, I was in hot pursuit. I promptly joined the forums and started driving Es for sale in the area. I know they are...
  8. Banjo Bolt and Washers

    Problems & Issues
    Anyone know the size for the banjo bolt and washers? I replaced my right rear caliper a few months ago. My brake warning light came on yesterday because of the fluid level. Found the soft line has a persistent but slow leak at the banjo bolt that must only leak under pressure. I don't see...
  9. Brake Bleed: 1-Person DIY

    Maintenance and Service
    This is my first DIY Post, so be kind with the comments... The whole operation took me 1.5 hours, including cleaning 2 clogged bleeder valves. Total cost: $14 Tools 10mm box wrench (6-point, NOT 12-point) Jack Wire brush Awl Material 32 oz / 1 liter DIY bleeder bottle 32 oz (946ml) DOT3...
  10. sudden catastrophic brake failure led to accident and car totaled

    Problems & Issues
    So...it's been a hell of a day. 7am this morning, my husband got into a rear end collision in our 2003 Galapagos Green Honda Element. He was driving down the road, the brakes suddenly seized up on their own (his foot on the gas), vibrating and shuddering the car. He moved to the brake, but it...
  11. Bad brakes on 2009? Switching to Element from Subaru

    Maintenance and Service
    Hi everyone! I am new to this forum and will soon be new to the Element world! After owning two Subaru's I am making the switch to a 2009 Element. However before I do so I have a few questions: I have heard in several places that many Elements have braking issues. These include brake...
  12. Brake boosters?

    Maintenance and Service
    Took the 2010 EX 5 speed manual trans in to the dealer and had the brake fluid replaced and the brakes bled (40,000 miles). Before I drove away from the dealer I pressed the brake pedal moderately hard to see how it felt. I noticed that before I started the engine the pedal felt very hard as it...
  13. Silicone Or Ceramic?

    Maintenance and Service
    What's up e- owners... I just tuned up my front brakes and replaced the pads. I read extensively about the right type of lube for the slider pins, etc. It was my belief that silicone paste was the way to go. When I went to my local parts place, the guy told me ceramic lube was the absolute...
  14. Screeching noise PLEASE help!! New member here.

    Problems & Issues
    Hey everyone, new member here in Seattle. Hope you all are well! I have a 2007 Element SC 2WD AT. I've owned this Element since new and luckily enough never had any issues. It has a little over 90K miles on it. So here is the problem I am facing. About 2 days ago I was driving and all of a...
  15. premature rear brake wear 08 E

    Problems & Issues
    I hope im not the only person seeing this.. I have an 08.. bought it with 10K on it... around 25k my rear brakes were gone. fought with honda about paying for it.. I got them to pay for the parts and I replaced them. I am a certified tech. now the car has 84K on it.. ive had to do the fronts...
  16. sounds like a flat, not a flat

    Problems & Issues
    Hey folks, My 2008 EX has developed a thump thump thump that I can feel a little in the floor, hear a little, but it's hard to tell exactly where it's coming from. Tires are fine. Handling is fine. The thump goes away when I press on the break pedal to slow down. I have no time/little money...
  17. 04 Honda Element MOANS...

    Problems & Issues
    I know this is a common thread elsewhere, but hear me out... Our 04 Element makes moaning sounds from the rear. We have identified three scenarios: 1. After we have been driving a while (30 minutes?) it begins, but it stops when I hit the brakes. It will immediately begin again when I release...
  18. Brakes failed Inspection

    Problems & Issues
    I took my 2003 Element into Pepboys last week for my yearly inspectin. I live in Texas. The brakes failed. The guy said that the front rotars were in really bad shape, I thought he even said that the metal on the rotars was eroding and getting holes. But all I remember for sure is that he...
  19. Bad vibrations...

    Maintenance and Service
    Hey all, so I have my element, coming up on two years soon. I am noticing a pretty hard vibration in the steering wheel when I brake at speeds over 20mph... I have drilled and slotted rotors with ceramic pads all around, and I have checked the brake fluid, all seems fine. Any ideas?? Any help...
  20. Brake replacements - unsure if dealer is pulling a fast one

    Problems & Issues
    Hi all, I have a 2008 E and do mostly highway driving. At 28K miles (June 2010) at the dealer's advice I had the front and rear brake pads replaced and the rotors machined. I just brought the car in yesterday (Sept 2011) at 46k miles and the dealer said the brakes pads had to be replaced...
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