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  1. How Much is Too Much (the rust edition)

    Shoppin' and Test Drivin'
    Hey All, looking at an east coast 2011 Honda Element EX. Took it for a test drive today and as expected is felt great. I am a bit concerned about the rust on the engine though. So I am wondering what you all think. Is this too much rust? Thanks, hopeful owner
  2. Swapping out engine! What else should I change?

    Problems & Issues
    05 Honda Element with 180k miles I am replacing out my engine (car overheated, have water in cylinders). I am getting a JDM engine from and engine shop that they claim has less than 50k miles on it with 60 day warranty. Engine cost is $600 dollars. I found a local mechanic that can change out...
  3. Engine Shudder

    Problems & Issues
    Hi everyone, I just bought an '04, AWD, auto, y-package Element with 299km on it. While bringing it home, there was what sounded like a shudder in the engine while driving, almost like it wanted to stall. Please help! What could this be? And how do I fix it myself before it's really bad...
  4. Font Motor Mount Replacement, also replace Flange Bolts?

    Maintenance and Service
    Hi hope everyone is doing well in these times. I have a 2006 LX that I've decided to try to replace the front motor mount myself (as suggested by PPI). Looks easy enough, just jack the engine up, take out 3 flange bolts, and replace mount. My question is: should I/would you recommend also...
  5. Replacing/swapping my engine.

    Under The Hood / Performance
    Today after a compression test I found that my 04 Element has a bent valve on cylinder 2, and the head is damaged as well. This means it’s time to get a new engine. the Element uses a K24A4 engine, however is it possible to swap to the K24A2 or something else with a little more power without a...
  6. sound in the engine

    Problems & Issues
    Hello. I ask for help, on my Element exactly the same sound when resetting the accelerator pedal. The timing chain is marked and not stretched, the tensioners are in order. I’ve been driving this way for two years now. Element 2003 automatic transmission. on the video Honda Accord, but the...
  7. Honda Element 2007 Engine Bucking 2500ish RPM

    Problems & Issues
    Hello, everyone, I have a question that I'm not really sure how to start troubleshooting. everything I've googled hasn't really helped My Element is a 2007 automatic transmission all-wheel drive I in Richmond Va, and earlier this year I had a transmission fluid leak that I was unaware of and on...
  8. Fabricate an engine stand from cradle?

    Under The Hood / Performance
    So i'm doing a V6 swap on my Element, and as i'm refreshing the engine that is going in i'd love to be able to mount it up before installing it in the car. I've been thinking about creating an engine stand from a used engine cradle so I can test fit the engine and transmission but i'm wondering...
  9. Engine noise, please, help!!!

    Problems & Issues
    Hi guys!. First, I love Elements, but here in Mexico are very very uncommon, so finding one is very hard, besides that, I have its little brother, an 02 CRV. And I have a problem I want to get fixed, or at least, getting to know the cause, and being aware that Elements and CRVs share a lot of...
  10. Engine whine on cold start fades in and out

    Problems & Issues
    04 manual element. On cold starts, below 40 degrees F outside. the engine has a whine that fades in and out for about 30 seconds. I have a new belt, replaced the alternator and tensioner a few years ago, and just replaced the O ring in the power steering hose. I cant find a posted noise that...
  11. Knock Knock

    Problems & Issues
    Hey guys, I'm having an issue with my 2008 Honda Element SC. There is a knock coming from the back of the engine. It occurs mostly on a hard acceleration, going up hill and using the D2. There are no lights on in the dash. Please help.
  12. Grinding Sound During Acceleration AND Vibration

    Problems & Issues
    These are two separate but possibly related issues. 2011 EX 4WD Auto 77K Issue 1 3 months Under normal acceleration, before shifting into what I believe to be third gear, the car will make two brief (half second), successive grinding sounds. It does not do this consistently and I cannot...
  13. Exhaust System Squeak

    Problems & Issues
    Hi Everyone, I have an '04 Element automatic 2WD with 211,000+ miles on the odo. Today, I replaced all of the mounts (3 engine, 1 transmission). That was necessary, as the rubber in the front mount and transmission mount were both cracked and I was getting a nasty vibration. While I was...
  14. Engine Sounds and 170k Maintenance

    Maintenance and Service
    Hey all, I bought my 2003 auto E in March of this year with 164k, and have put roughly 6k miles on it. Ever since I bought it, if I floor it or go even close to flooring it, I can hear what I describe as a "psshh" sound mixed with a turbo whistle whenever my gears change, and was wondering if...
  15. Whistling noise around 60mph

    Problems & Issues
    Whenever I drive on the highway on my E, I hear this whistling noise coming from somewhere (I think it is the windshield) but not too sure. Any ideas on this?
  16. Is my engine done? Rebuild or Replace.. (Details inside)

    Problems & Issues
    Hey everyone, Long time lurker on the site and now I need some advice from those who are mechanically inclined. My 2005 Element EX AWD (5 speed) has been an excellent beast for me over the years. Starting last year I noticed gas milage was getting worse so I started having some work done...
  17. Valve Cover

    Under The Hood / Performance
    So I stripped a couple bolts recently in the top of the valve cover and I was wondering if I can use any valve cover from the K-series or does it have to be specific to my year and model? I'm looking to just replace the cover as a whole.
  18. Rough Idle, Blinking Check Engine Light

    Maintenance and Service
    Long story short, I adjusted the exhaust valves on my '03 E two days ago and noticed that after I opened up the valves to 0.30 mm lash, the tappets can be heard more loudly during idle. I decided that was probably not unusual because otherwise the engine purred along nicely, and after driving...
  19. 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...
  20. i think my engine is shot

    Problems & Issues
    PLEASE, I am in serious need of some help E owners. I have a '03 EX, manual w/ about 90k miles on it. Earlier this month my system pressurized for some reason and blew the lower radiator hose off, overheating the engine. It was turned off as soon as I could but it was night so we didn't see...
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