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Anyone out there who had to replace a transmission on an Element?
My Element is a 2WD 2007 with 70K on it. Very low mileage to have to replace a transmission.
 

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Hi JJ -
Welcome to the forum.

  • are you the first owner?
  • Have you Always used Honda original fluid?
  • Has the E been serviced regularly?
What symptoms are you experiencing?

Overall, the Element seems to have a relatively bulletproof drivetrain as it's the same as the CRV, but like anything else with moving parts it does break, and faster if not properly cared for.

Also, a search using the word "Transmission" yielded some great results. Sit back, grab a cold one, and enjoy.
 

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Thanks AndyF80.
Gear 1 to 2 pretty rocky, for the rest it's pretty smooth.
We are the 1st owner and the car has been service on a regular basis.
No dashboard light indicator to let us know about a possible problem.
Dealer rode the car and went right to the transmission is to be replace. Seems very low mileage for this problem to occur. Asked for 4 different opinions, 2 dealerships and 2 Honda repair specialists in my area, they all said never heard of a Honda transmission breaking down at the low mileage of 70K.
Is the dealership jumping the gun?
 

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Hey JJ-
I've heard of Honda going through 2 transmissions by that milage but then...they were Odysseys! @#$%&!! Different story time.

I've heard it put best by another forum member. Honda put all of the troublemakers on the outside of the transmission.

I'd start with inspecting my motor mounts and trans mount.
Also, try unplugging the ecu fuse for 30 seconds and then reinstalling the fuse. This worked in my case for rough shifts.

If none of this - I'd suspect a shift solenoid before a transmission. Possibly getting the codes run at a dealer I could trust - if that's even humanly possible.

Oh and did I stress ONLY Honda fluid?

Keep us posted please and good luck!
 

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Yes, while it is true that Honda sure did make some real stinkers as far as auto trannys go - the E seems to have been spared that fate - my good friend who is a long time advisor at honda says he never even heard of an E with a bad tranny.

I am not saying it does not happen but seem rare.

I really wanted a manual E - but the only one would have cost me 7K more and was the wrong color - I can swap mine to manual for about $500 for a used tranny and $1500 in new dealer parts to go with it.
 

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Transmission Trouble

Well, I've just started having what I believe is a transmission problem with my 2005 auto transmission EX. I have an extended warranty (72 months or 100,000 miles) that expires in just a few weeks. I've got just over 95,000 miles.

My problem?

1. Two months ago, I was going 65 mph on the highway, the car jolted forward, dropped instantly to about 40 mph and then resumed speed. Nearly put me through the windshield. The dealership where I get it repaired said nothing was wrong. My imagination, I suppose.

2. Last week, I was coasting downhill, using my brake to keep from flying down the hill, when the car jolted forward, dropped speed dramatically and then resumed speed again. About a half an hour later, it did the same thing on flat terrain in stop and go traffic. Between that and the incessant "tick tick tick" noise I get from my front end since the dealership replaced my brakes recently, I made an appointment for an oil change (so that they would actually look at these two problems, otherwise, I'd be told to "drop by and drive around with one of our guys"). Bottom line: They said there was "no problem."

3. Yesterday, I was in the neighborhood, going about 20 mph on a one-way street, when the old Jolt Forward happened again. My son was in the car with me and thought we'd been hit from behind.

4. As I was headed home from that bit of excitement, I had to negotiate the only road out of there: a very steep hill, and the screaming noise from my EX was like something out of a horror flick.

Until this morning, my concerns have been pooh-poohed by my local dealer. I brought it back to the dealer I bought it from in 2005, and they're now looking at the car. We shall see.

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Honda service found nada

Following up on my post of moments ago, Honda repair advises that my car has no problem. They're keeping it overnight and will take a look tomorrow, only because I threw a fit.

FYI, I also mentioned a transmission-related recall that's been issued for the Element, but my local Honda dealership knows nothing about it.

With my warranty expiring in less than a month, and my periodically hitting a wall while going 65 mph, I'm more than a little concerned here.

Any advice from the good folk here, on how to deal with the "no problem" mantra from Honda repair, would be appreciated.

Lisa
 

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Following up on my post of moments ago, Honda repair advises that my car has no problem. They're keeping it overnight and will take a look tomorrow, only because I threw a fit.

FYI, I also mentioned a transmission-related recall that's been issued for the Element, but my local Honda dealership knows nothing about it.

With my warranty expiring in less than a month, and my periodically hitting a wall while going 65 mph, I'm more than a little concerned here.

Any advice from the good folk here, on how to deal with the "no problem" mantra from Honda repair, would be appreciated.

Lisa
If your transmission is making a screaming noise it may indicate a cavitating pump in the tranny - usually a sign of a plugged filter, you may want to suggest they start there.
 

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> transmission-related recall
Not familiar with this. Can you site a reference?

> warranty expiring in less than a month
Don't give up! I repeatedly reported a problem that my dealer refused to admit existed, until the warranty ran out. Then they said, "Oh yes, that is a problem."
 

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Thanks AndyF80.
Gear 1 to 2 pretty rocky, for the rest it's pretty smooth.
We are the 1st owner and the car has been service on a regular basis.
No dashboard light indicator to let us know about a possible problem.
Dealer rode the car and went right to the transmission is to be replace. Seems very low mileage for this problem to occur. Asked for 4 different opinions, 2 dealerships and 2 Honda repair specialists in my area, they all said never heard of a Honda transmission breaking down at the low mileage of 70K.
Is the dealership jumping the gun?
have you found the solution to the rocky starts on 1 and 2 ... I just started to have this issue.. and I want to know if anyone found out why this problem has started and how to fix it? I'm am on a short budget.. I'm trying to find the easiest way to fix my sweet ride.
 

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LEChakan, what ended up being the problem? My 2003 element did this to me the other night and scared the crap out of me!! Curious as to what the diagnosis was. I can only describe this as seemingly like the car hit a brick wall. This is very dangerous. I don't want my family in the car if this is going to continue to happen. Very anxious for some advise. Anyone?
 

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I hate to keep poking at the dead post, But my 2004 EX AWD is bumping hard from 1-2nd gear, It feels normal in all the other gears though other then a time or two but I was getting pretty worked up by then in fear for my wallet. I bought the car at 126,000k I have no record of the fluid being done, The first time I changed it was pretty dark not the Normal Cherry red, In the Last 8,000 Miles i've replaced the fluid twice as a side note. I've got a P1157 CEL (Upstream 02 Sensor) no other codes pull up on my basic scanner, I've never been 100% happy with how it shifted but never has done this, I wouldn't say its Slipping it more like a slam, I'll attempt some footage soon if I can't figure this. :( I'm at 134,960 so hopefully my 135,000 reward isn't a new trans. I've pulled the ECU Fuse for 5 mins and went for a drive and i'm not sure a difference was made didn't drive but around the block :(

Thanks and sorry for poking at a Dead thread, Although I guess it's better then a whole new post :D
 

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Have you changed the transmission in-line filter? A clogged filter can cause problems as well.
No I haven't but in your suggestion I ordered a New filter tonight, and I also ordered the replacement 02 Sensor as well. I've started checking other things while I wait on the Parts. Could anyone chime in on if my motor is moving around normally in the Engine bay or if my Trans mount could be bad.. I haven't had the time with the rain to pull my battery and air box to do a full look on it :(

Here's a video I took this afternoon, skip past the first 0:15 to skip my intro :D
I switched between park and all the gears including neutral.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd8fCfdSJlY
 

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Issue is still happing after the filter has been replaced, Just changed it out tonight.


Thanks, Tyler!
 

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anybody have anything? possible Shift solenoid? Getting kind of worried :(
 

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I hate to keep poking at the dead post, But my 2004 EX AWD is bumping hard from 1-2nd gear, It feels normal in all the other gears though other then a time or two but I was getting pretty worked up by then in fear for my wallet. I bought the car at 126,000k I have no record of the fluid being done, The first time I changed it was pretty dark not the Normal Cherry red, In the Last 8,000 Miles i've replaced the fluid twice as a side note. I've got a P1157 CEL (Upstream 02 Sensor) no other codes pull up on my basic scanner, I've never been 100% happy with how it shifted but never has done this, I wouldn't say its Slipping it more like a slam, I'll attempt some footage soon if I can't figure this. :( I'm at 134,960 so hopefully my 135,000 reward isn't a new trans. I've pulled the ECU Fuse for 5 mins and went for a drive and i'm not sure a difference was made didn't drive but around the block :(

Thanks and sorry for poking at a Dead thread, Although I guess it's better then a whole new post :D
I can not tell you what is wrong with your transmission but I can tell you a couple of things. The trans fluid gets dark because it gets oxidized and it gets tiny particles of clutch material in it as the friction clutches wear. The more the clutches wear the longer it takes for a shift to occur because it takes longer to fill the area behind the clutch apply piston with fluid to engage the clutch set. At some point the trans control unit will increase the fluid pressure to the clutch to speed up the engagement. If it can not speed up the clutch engagement it will continue to increase the apply pressure to the point it will slam into engagement.

Whether that is what is happening with your car I can not say but that harsh shift is a common result of a worn clutch set. There are other causes as well. There may or may not be a fault code set in the trans control unit.
 

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I can not tell you what is wrong with your transmission but I can tell you a couple of things. The trans fluid gets dark because it gets oxidized and it gets tiny particles of clutch material in it as the friction clutches wear. The more the clutches wear the longer it takes for a shift to occur because it takes longer to fill the area behind the clutch apply piston with fluid to engage the clutch set. At some point the trans control unit will increase the fluid pressure to the clutch to speed up the engagement. If it can not speed up the clutch engagement it will continue to increase the apply pressure to the point it will slam into engagement.

Whether that is what is happening with your car I can not say but that harsh shift is a common result of a worn clutch set. There are other causes as well. There may or may not be a fault code set in the trans control unit.
That makes sense, Thank you for your insight taking it to a Trans Shop next week and see what I come back with :( I did have a Chance to test one of the a solenoid and it's within Spec maybe I'll test the other two before going to the shop.

Thanks!
 

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Hi, I'm having the same problem. Did you ever determine the cause and repair??? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Well, I've just started having what I believe is a transmission problem with my 2005 auto transmission EX. I have an extended warranty (72 months or 100,000 miles) that expires in just a few weeks. I've got just over 95,000 miles.

My problem?

1. Two months ago, I was going 65 mph on the highway, the car jolted forward, dropped instantly to about 40 mph and then resumed speed. Nearly put me through the windshield. The dealership where I get it repaired said nothing was wrong. My imagination, I suppose.

2. Last week, I was coasting downhill, using my brake to keep from flying down the hill, when the car jolted forward, dropped speed dramatically and then resumed speed again. About a half an hour later, it did the same thing on flat terrain in stop and go traffic. Between that and the incessant "tick tick tick" noise I get from my front end since the dealership replaced my brakes recently, I made an appointment for an oil change (so that they would actually look at these two problems, otherwise, I'd be told to "drop by and drive around with one of our guys"). Bottom line: They said there was "no problem."

3. Yesterday, I was in the neighborhood, going about 20 mph on a one-way street, when the old Jolt Forward happened again. My son was in the car with me and thought we'd been hit from behind.

4. As I was headed home from that bit of excitement, I had to negotiate the only road out of there: a very steep hill, and the screaming noise from my EX was like something out of a horror flick.

Until this morning, my concerns have been pooh-poohed by my local dealer. I brought it back to the dealer I bought it from in 2005, and they're now looking at the car. We shall see.

L
Try changing your route that you travel with your car. A lot of kids can hack control of cars now by RF.
 
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