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2003 Honda Element Question: car shakes and noise in rear

 

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Visitor, Hanson, MA, March 25, 2010, 18:07

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.

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    THE ONE March 25, 2010, 21:51
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    DID YOU HAVE THE TIRES BALNCED

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    Visitor, October 09, 2010, 04:58

    try moter mounts

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    uncle frankie June 02, 2010, 10:08
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    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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    Visitor, June 19, 2010, 19:55

    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.

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    Visitor, September 09, 2010, 06:11

    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.

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    Visitor, September 09, 2010, 06:09

    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.

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    Visitor, October 03, 2010, 09:05

    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

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    Visitor, October 15, 2010, 20:49

    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.

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    Visitor, November 09, 2010, 05:15

    driveshaft

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    Visitor, November 23, 2010, 22:51

    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

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    colonelmustard June 12, 2012, 17:45
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    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.

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