2003 Honda Element Q&A
2003 Honda Element Question: Jumped Timing?
I accidentally let my 03 Honda Element get very low on oil (still on the stick, and no oil light on, but pretty low). The car started acting weird: once the engine warms up, if I try to accelerate hard, it won't respond, it just slows down. Even if I accelerate slowly, it will only let me get to 70mph and then it immediately starts slowing down until it's down to 60. If I only accelerate slowly and I keep it below 70, it acts fine. I've refilled the oil, but that hasn't fixed the problem. Does anyone know what might be wrong with it or how much it might cost to fix? From doing some research on my own, it sounds like it might have "jumped timing," but I don't know what that means. Will I definitely have to replace the timing belt, and have all of the valves checked, etc.? - yestoalloffers
The symptums you describe don`t match a vechicle that has been starved of oil for any amount of time,which tells me the symptums may be unrelated to the low oil you talk about. You didn`t mention how many mile your Ele has on it. Those have a tune up interval of 102000 miles if you are at that point it may be time for a tune up which will consist of spark plugs and maybe spark plug wires. Also replace your air filter and run one tank of high octane gas, and add one bottle of Valvoline fuel injection cleaner.... Do these things before you do the tune up unless you are above 102000 miles....Keep records of all the maitnaince you do.....List: problem,symptum,repair,repair location cost of repair,date,milage of vechile at time of repair..... that will make things easier to track then just by memory ...Your HONDA is a timing chain engine, no timing belt!!! timing chains normally last the life of the engine....jumped timing means the time chain has gotten out of sync with the cams...very unlikely this is the problem...CHECK YOUR OIL TWICE A MONTH And start think-in with your dip stick....... - mazdamatti
The one thing you should look at is the check engine light. Usually when the light comes on and there is a performance problem the two are related. In your case I do see issues with a VTEC oil pressure switch that can cause problems that you describe. - rdude135
From what I have seen and have this same problem with my honda accord is that it sounds like you catilyst converter has gone bad it will cause the vehicle to lose power until eventually you won't be able to go faster than 35 mph. Have your technician check that out first. One way to tell is if you smell something like a rotten egg after its warmed up. - Visitor
There are complaints of the vehicle moving faster than expected when cold and in gear with our foot off the throttle. A software update from Honda which should correct this concern.