Groaning Noise on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdown on 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: 87,218 (32,000–159,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
8 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
41 people reported this problem
12 people shared problem details
2007 Honda Element- Manual Transmission46,000
Makes noise during sharper turns. Today Honda suggested new differential fluid.
2004 Honda Element- 2WD
same problem, groaning noise
2006 Honda Element- 4WD60,100
Groaning noise when turning
2003 Honda Element- 4WD159,000
i have a clunky noise coming from the rear as iam driving, i move u hear it i stop it stops, checked the wheels and theyre tight, last week had to change 1 of the rear brakes and rotor and noticed that the caliper is not working properly, could it come from that or something else?
2004 Honda Element- 4WD70,000
Changed fluid but still making noise.
2004 Honda Element- Automatic Transmission
Scrubbing noise when turning right or left
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.
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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