I'm a new Element owner and I love the car. However, I have two annoying concerns, please help: I have a terrible vibration or squeak coming from the front drivers' side windshield. It seems to be right on the seam from the plastic pillar to dash :?: Second, my brake pedal sounds like it is going to pop off each and every time I take my foot off the brake pedal. I have the AWD EX (auto). Any thoughts would be highly appreciated. I have not yet tried the dealer, didn't want to seem dumb.
There are currently a few threads running about A-pillar and brake noise. Most were only resolved by a dealer visit. I would make an appointment. There is no reason to feel like an idiot when taking a percieved quality issue with a new product to the dealer. If they make you feel like an idiot, report them to Honda, then find another dealer.
wldcntry, I also have an AWD EX. I have heard that same noise come and go, but never the brake problem. I did experience that on my husband's new Dodge Ram, though, a little "pop" when you let off the brake slowly.
:lol: Thanks to all who replied to my inquiry about the a-pillar and brake noise. I will make a service appointment ASAP. I'll keep you posted on what happens just in case anyone else runs into my troubles
My EX 4WD was at the dealer yesterday so they could install the Honda alarm/keyless. They also took a look for that annoying rattle in the dash (driver's side). After taking apart the A pillar trim and looking beneath the dash, they weren't able to identify the problem. Then they looked under the hood at the closest corner to the driver's side windshield, and they found something loose related to the hood/hinge and tightened it up. Sounded peculiar to me when they explained this... how could something in the engine compartment/hood be causing a noise clearly perceived to be coming from the dash. Anyway, haven't had a chance to really test for the noise again on our bumpy San Francisco roads, but will keep folks posted on the issue. Hopefully, it's truly gone!
Rattles and squeeks can be a very very tough and frustrating thing to track down. However, in theory, a new car should not have any. However a rattle under the hood can indeed track up and sound like it is coming from the dashboard. Give it a good test ride and let us know your findings.
Well, as it turns out the rattle at the dash is still there, although not as loud as it was previously. So whatever they identified as the problem in the engine compartment was not the sole contributor. I swear it's really coming from just beneath the dash. I'm going to bring it back to another dealer for them to take a look at.
RE: the squeak: I have one too; more like a "creak" really, It's coming from the back of the car somewhere and is related to going over soft bumps. It is worse when the weather is hot for some reason (swelling?). I tried tightening the spare...no luck. I took everything out of the car in case it was something I did. NOT. Took it to the dealer who said to leave it so they could drive it 30 miles to check out the noise(NO WAY!). I'd ratrher live with the squeak! Last time I left it with them it came back with all the radio controls cranked-up to the max and salsa music nearly blew me out of the car! :roll:
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i just bought an element (yay!) from sfhonda and i noticed that i also have a rattle in the dash when i drive over anything bumpy (like all of hw 101). i was wondering where you had taken in your E for service of the rattle and what they had said and done. i have also noticed that there is a TSB (tech service bulletin) for the windshield and some people think that the dash rattle is the result of windshield tapping against something metal (which causes it to crack, hence the TSB). if you could post which dealers you have tried and what the results were that would be great! thanks