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2008 Honda Element Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Honda Element

2008 Honda Element Problems

On 4 wheel drive models, a groaning noise from the rear differential heard while going through turns can be caused by differential fluid break down. Servicing the rear differential will generally correct this concern.

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

A rear tailgate out of adjustment can cause the rear hatch light to come on. Adjusting the tailgate will repair this issue.

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2008 Honda Element Questions

checked fluids, only one low was trans. having codes pulled tomorrow

I have a 2008 Honda City ZX Model (India). recently the check engine light started glowing. during the cold start at the time of starting the engine all lights goes off, however when the engine gets slightly heated and the Blue CF engine lights goes away the check engine yellow light comes on. Af...

MY SON WAS T-BONED ON THE LEFT SIDE. 99% OF DAMAGE IS ON THE DRIVERS DOOR. NOW THE E WILL NOT START. WHY?

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2008 Honda Element Recalls

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

Honda is recalling certain Element passenger vehicles equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness. The wire that supplies power to the trailer turn signal lights was inadvertently switched with the stop lamp wire. As a result, the turn signals only illuminate when the brake lamps are illuminated. Without trailer turn signals, the driver's intent is not communicated, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will make the necessary repairs to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is S53.

Certain driving styles can result in a broken outer race of the secondary shaft bearing inside the automatic transmission. A broken outer race may cause abnormal noise, the Check Engine Light to turn on, and contact between the transmission idle gear and an electronic sensor housing to occur. This could result in a short circuit, causing the engine to stall. Also, pieces of the outer race or ball bearing may become lodged in the parking pawl, resulting in the vehicle rolling after the driver has placed the shifter in the Park position. Dealers will update the transmission control module software to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is R89.

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2008 Honda Element Reviews

A very well-designed car that is perfect if you have messy kids or dogs, visit the beach or the great outdoors. The plastic surfaces make it easy to clean. The rear seats fold up easily and are perfect for hauling hear. There are plenty of OEM and aftermarket add-ons for the Element, which make it fun to own. I only have a few negatives. The ride is rather rough and noisy and gas mileage i...

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