It's important for us to have some additional information about your Element!
Just for example, If you have a 2 wheel drive Element, a suggestion that your rear Differential fluid needs to be changed, would be a waste of our time and yours.
However if you have a 4 wheel drive, then it's no doubt the cause of your noise. I know that it does not sound like it a possibility. It would be the first thing to do. Change the duel pump fluid!
It also would help to know what part of the country you live in. That will give us a clue to the ambient air temperature at any given time of the year. It's an important piece of information, when your trying to diagnose an issue, without being able to see and feel the symptoms for yourself.
I have been having a similar problem with my 2004 Ex 4wd manual trans.
If anyone has some insight here I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm going to take it in but just want to have some clues as to what could be going on.
This sounds like the same sound I have been hearing from the front tires on my '05 AWD/Auto Element for about a year. When making a sharp turn at slow speed (like when pulling into a parking space) it sounds as if the front tires are scrubbing across the pavement, instead of rolling smoothly. I used to hear the same kind of noise on an old Jeep I had when I kept the 4WD turned on and drove on dry pavement. No one seems to be able to figure out what is the cause. Any pointers would be appreciated.
My 2003 EX automatic element has been making the same low rumble on sharp turns (more on left turns than right). Sears tech said it was some sort of pressure on the power assisted steering system and is common but I think otherwise.
I read somewhere this is due to the necessity of a differential fluid change. Anyone know if this will fix the problem and if so can anyone do it or do I need to go to a dealer. I just moved and the reviews of the honda dealer in this town are not good, so I will have to go far to get this done.
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical as to how a rear diff. could be the cause of a front tire rumble, but I took a leap of faith and spent the $20 for the fluid.
To my suprise, the fluid replacement worked perfectly and now there is no more noise! After over a year shopping this problem around to various mechanics, I owe it all to the great info and contributors on this site to deliver the solution.