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Hey All,

I am the original owner of 2007 Element SC with now 114,000 miles. Babied, city driving in Los Angeles, all services done at original dealership as per specs, FWD version.

Issue: Transmission starting slipping a few days ago. Only 1st and 2nd gear, shoots to 4k RPM and shifts rough but if I drive slowly it goes okay. Reverse, nuetral, park all work fine, higher gears work fine. I researched initially and thought solenoid but I like to give people rope to hang themselves. I took it to the closest Honda dealer near me they said new transmission and no codes show. Next day I took it to a reputable transmission shop they said no codes either, and definitely needs a newly rebuilt transmission. Went online again and sounds like I should be replacing the Dual Linear Transmission Solenoid as per previous posts and YouTube recs, online research.

My question: Can anyone who has had this issue recommend where I should be purchasing the Dual Solenoid Unit (I need part number 28260 PRP 014). I have searched online and it looks like tons of fake factory OEM on Ebay ect., aftermarket sites hard to determine legit parts, ect. which are not recommended.

My local dealers want nearly $500 which is insane but I would like to source an OEM Honda one because I am sure the product has been updated and would rather replace with new than find a junked one that might fail. Maybe out of state dealers, best place to purchase in US? don't mind shipping.

Many Thanks in Advance - I am located in Los Angeles.
 

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Hey All,

I am the original owner of 2007 Element SC with now 114,000 miles. Babied, city driving in Los Angeles, all services done at original dealership as per specs, FWD version.

Issue: Transmission starting slipping a few days ago. Only 1st and 2nd gear, shoots to 4k RPM and shifts rough but if I drive slowly it goes okay. Reverse, nuetral, park all work fine, higher gears work fine. I researched initially and thought solenoid but I like to give people rope to hang themselves. I took it to the closest Honda dealer near me they said new transmission and no codes show. Next day I took it to a reputable transmission shop they said no codes either, and definitely needs a newly rebuilt transmission. Went online again and sounds like I should be replacing the Dual Linear Transmission Solenoid as per previous posts and YouTube recs, online research.

My question: Can anyone who has had this issue recommend where I should be purchasing the Dual Solenoid Unit (I need part number 28260 PRP 014). I have searched online and it looks like tons of fake factory OEM on Ebay ect., aftermarket sites hard to determine legit parts, ect. which are not recommended.

My local dealers want nearly $500 which is insane but I would like to source an OEM Honda one because I am sure the product has been updated and would rather replace with new than find a junked one that might fail. Maybe out of state dealers, best place to purchase in US? don't mind shipping.

Many Thanks in Advance - I am located in Los Angeles.
I dunno if you've ever had the transmission fluid changed, but that's what caused the same issues on my 2005. The manual tells you to change this fluid every 120,000 miles, but I had to change mine the first time at about 90,000. Your technician needs to change the fluid, replacing it with HONDA ATF-Z1 fluid. EVERYONE tells me that you absolutely must use this fluid. A little more expensive. Anyway, it sure fixed my problem. Had to do it again at around 160K and then at about 240K.
 

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True, there's a lot of fake OEM on eBay, Amazon, etc.
Before replacing your original parts, I recommend cleaning.
Remove the solenoids, first bench test them by applying 12v and hear the click of the solenoid. If no click, check with an ohm meter for resistance, if reading shows Zero, discard--> solenoid is no good.
If you have a reading between 12 and 25 ohms, and no clicking sound when applying voltage, start cleaning, the plunger inside the solenoid could be stuck with gunk.
Give them a good cleaning with carburetor cleaner, clean or replace filter screens if too bad.
Reinstall, use dielectric grease to protect electrical contacts and change transmission fluid with Honda OEM.
Hope this helps.
 

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I'm with Elementent. I pulled my dual linear solenoids after experiencing a rough 1 to 2 shift. Even though the filters appeared clean, I washed them in acetone and replaced the gasket. Problem solved, at least for a while. The hardest part of the job was getting the battery tray out. Three bolts up high, removed from the top, and two bolts low, removed from the bottom.
 
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