car shakes and noise in rear on 2003 Honda Element

i have a couple of different problems that have been going on for over a year now and mechanics can't figure out whats wrong with it. when i go 35-40 mph the car will violently shake until i let off the gas pedal or give it gas. also just driving along it sounds like the rear end is going to fall off. terrible noises under the car. had it checked out and they thought it was the struts in the front. had those replaced and $400 later did nothing to stop the noise.

by in Hanson, MA on March 25, 2010
8 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on March 25, 2010
DID YOU HAVE THE TIRES BALNCED
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COMMENT by on October 09, 2010
try moter mounts
ANSWER by on June 02, 2010
I HAVE SAME PROBLEM REPLACED REAR GEAR OIL TOOK CARE OF SHAKE...STILL HAVE PROBLEM WITH NOISE WHEN I GO OVER A BUMP...I ALREADY REPLACED FRONT STRUTS...GOING BACK TO GARAGE NOW WILL LET YOU KEEP ME POSTED
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COMMENT by on June 19, 2010
Replace the rear sway-bar bushings to rid yourself of the rear suspension rattle over bumpy roads. Go to ElementOwnersClub.com for more information in their forum.
COMMENT by on September 09, 2010
Had some problem with the rear end clunk, was the rear sway bar center bushings were beat out. Replaced them at $3.20 each and fixed the problem.
ANSWER by on September 09, 2010
The noise in the rear diff can be cured using a new fluid. You will need the Honda factory 'dual pump II' fluid, it has cured rear diff noise in both of my Elements. The shaking, I have the same exact problem. Local Honda dealership, who I have no confidence at all in, has come up with three different potential problems. None of the three were correct. A local repair shop that works on Honda and Acura has driven the Element over the last week and has the problem occur a couple of times. His initial thought is that the rear axle inner tripod joints are wearing out, should know more shortly.
ANSWER by on October 03, 2010
sounds like u have a bad pinion bearing have them check the yoke that is connected to the drive shaft see if it has play in it if it does change the pinion bearing
ANSWER by on October 15, 2010
i drive to death valley 5 days a week and have been for 2 and a half years. one hundred and forty miles a day. it took two years to figure out that it was atmospheric pressure that was makeing my car shake.
ANSWER by on November 09, 2010
driveshaft
ANSWER by on November 23, 2010
sounds like you have rear differential problem. it needs to be burnished with honda's duel fluid. i have fixed those problems with your same complaints as a honda tech, myself
ANSWER by on June 12, 2012
We have an 03 Element and we have noticed a considerable vibration and groaning all over the vehicle especially on the turns. I took it to my mechanic today. He simply stood outside the vehicle and listened for the noise on the turn. Come to find out it was actually the exhaust pipe rattling that was the culprit. Since the exhaust runs the length of the vehicle it was shaking and making the sound come from all over. I hope this helps. He then grabbed the exhaust pipe and showed me how loose it was and that going 60 mph or doing a sharp turn with some torque would cause some vibration and movement.