Groaning Noise on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdown on Honda Element

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 88,389 (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
46 people reported this problem
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Groaning noise when turning
Makes noise during sharper turns. Today Honda suggested new differential fluid.
Changed fluid but still making noise.
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.
same problem, groaning noise
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?
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.
Noise in front and back but dealer claims they have tested and found nothing!
My dealer changed the rear differential fluid, that fixed it but is only a short term solution.
Groaning noise when turning at low speeds
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.