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  1. OEM vs Aftermarket Heatercore

    Maintenance and Service
    I scoured the internet but couldn't find a good comparison on the OEM vs after market heater-core parts. OEM element heater-cores are $265 and most after-market such as "spectra premium" are closer to $100. Any one have any detailed insights besides just "always oem for everything"?
  2. Flushing Radiator/Cooling system after headgasket

    Maintenance and Service
    So I had a bad head gasket, Oil leaking in the cooling system but no coolant in the oil... Went a head and swapped the motor and am still working on cleaning the oil out.. I have flushed about 4 times now, not doing the heater core, Today should be the last time and am flushing the core with...
  3. No heat, what are the possibilities

    Maintenance and Service
    So after reading through just about every previous thread on this topic, I decided I need some help. Here's the deal: 2003 Element DX, 5-speed, AWD, 152200 miles...no heat I don't think it's a clogged heater core as the hoses coming out are hot. I do wonder how hot is really hot though. When...
  4. Found coolant pooled in an area on top of the tranny

    Problems & Issues
    Picked up this E an hour away a couple of weeks ago and drove it back w/ no issues, except that I caught a whiff of burning coolant as I stepped out. I went to take a more thorough look at it today and saw a patch of wet surface underneath the car, I don't think it's the rad though as there was...
  5. 07 Element EX Manual 4WD - Oil? in Radiator

    Maintenance and Service
    My 2007 Element EX, ~52,000 needs help! I went to change my oil and checked the rest of my fluids as a matter of habit, only to find that my coolant looked like coffee with cream. The hose in the overflow tank has a slight sludge buildup on it that is the same color. Now, I *fear* head gasket...
  6. Heater Core Clogged?? Try Backflushing

    Problems & Issues
    Hi Everyone, I recently bought a used Element with 160K. The heat inside was very poor even with the fan turned up on high or low and eventually it would blow cool air after about 3 minutes. I'm putting this thread up so maybe it'll help someone. I removed the hose clamps and hoses from the...
  7. Tips and tricks for replacing my head gasket?!

    Problems & Issues
    Hello fellow E lovers... oops... I mean drivers! Well.. Same thing I guess, if you've driven it, you love it! Anyways.. I have a strong feeling that my head gasket has a small breach. I feel this way because the Coolant drops steady, I need to add 500ml of coolant every oil change...
  8. Coolant Smell

    Problems & Issues
    Hi all, Our 2005 Element developed a coolant smell about two weeks ago. It is definitely more noticeable when the heat it running. I guessed heater core or radiator. There were no obvious leaks by the radiator or the hoses going to/from the heater core through the firewall. There are no...
  9. Oil?? leaking from under passenger side floor?

    Problems & Issues
    Ok. So, I just bought a used, certified 2006 Element with just under 45k on it. Great looking vehicle. I've had it a week. Tonight, I noticed something very scary, though. The floor is a little warped, especially on the passenger side, so I got over there and pushed on it. Much to my horror, I...
  10. How to best check coolant level

    Problems & Issues
    In my civic I can push a small flashlight up against the overflow tank and see at what level the light changes to blue. In my 2008 element, hoses are in the way. The best I can do is try to guess at the level. Is there an easier way to get a clear reading?
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