Groaning Noise on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdownon Honda Element

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.

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Average mileage : 82,900 (33,000–150,000)
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8 Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
34 people reported this problem
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2004 Honda Element- 2WD
same problem, groaning noise
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2006 Honda Element- 4WD60,100
Groaning noise when turning
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Had this same issue. They drained the differential fluid, filled and drained it again and then it was fine. VERY common.
2003 Honda Element- 4WD66,000
Noise in front and back but dealer claims they have tested and found nothing!
Loud grinding noise when turning left or right...mostly right hard turns...change differential fluid myself and it stopped for about 3 or 4 days...then it started up again. Will drain the differential Dual Pump II fluid again and add another qt.
2007 Honda Element- Manual Transmission46,000
Makes noise during sharper turns. Today Honda suggested new differential fluid.
2004 Honda Element- 4WD97,000
My dealer changed the rear differential fluid, that fixed it but is only a short term solution.
Groaning noise when turning at low speeds
2004 Honda Element- 4WD85,000
squeaking/groaning noise at low speeds and on turns. Mechanic changed out the differential fluid seems to have fixed the problem... well mostly still happens some but very infrequently and not as loud.
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