I have weird noise from the engine.

65

Asked by Jul 15, 2013 at 04:17 PM about the 2007 Honda Element SC

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Randomly but more often when the weather is cool.  The Toaster just turned 100K.  No problems & runs like a gem.  My dealer has no explanation. I cannot reproduce at will.
Sounds similar to a power steering whine, but oscillates /  warbles off & on with the RPMs.   Most noticeable at idle.
length of the drive, or warming up the has no effect.

When I've tried to isolate it, but I won't make the sound when you're looking for it.
Belt is fine, tensioner, & water pump seem OK.

This is a long shot, but I found an Amsoil distributor close.  About 300-500 miles after my 1st Amsoil changes is when it started.
Amsoil quieted down the engine,  ran much smoother, little more torque and about 2.5 mpgs.
Then this started.  I'm kinda stumped...
I don't want to end up towed to dealer.

4 Answers

227,965

Yes, turn up the stereo! But it would agree to look at the tensioner and belt. But inspect the pulley's as well. The bearings in them tend to go south around 100K.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
65

So a month goes past, and nothing. Or if it has been doing it the premium sound system of the SC drowned it out. Finally pulled into my driveway & it was making the sound. Investigated with my stethascope! Water pump for sure. Replaced! and it was still there. OK, it hAs to be the tensioner. Replaced! and it was still there....... Dear Honda, I'm not playing this game with you!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

okay, this one has a timing chain...the oil pump is driven off of the chain...look at the chain too see if it is stretched to the point of wearing out the wear shoe, and the oil pump (which is driven off this chain) is operating normally...with high mileage should be changed anyways...when you do will discover the source of the trouble~....loose timing chain is my diagnosis~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
65

And the answer is...... Broken clutch housing! Somehow (don't ask, because I have no idea) a piece of the pressure plate housing cracked off. Tumbling around randomly was causing the sporatic noises. It claimed a spring from the disk too & a finger. AND (insert cursing here) scored the flywheel when it got caught. I hope I don't see the dealership again for a long time. My wallet still has brusies.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Element

Looking for a Used Element in your area?

CarGurus has 1,247 nationwide Element listings starting at $1,995.

ZIP:

Search Honda Element Questions

Honda Element Experts

#1 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 160
#2 Kakit Fan
Kakit Fan
Reputation 140
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 130
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
701 Great Deals out of 56,804 listings starting at $1,600
Used Honda Pilot
380 Great Deals out of 20,508 listings starting at $2,199
Used Toyota RAV4
587 Great Deals out of 65,836 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Civic
522 Great Deals out of 81,020 listings starting at $558
Used Honda Accord
715 Great Deals out of 82,340 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Ridgeline
87 Great Deals out of 7,868 listings starting at $4,500
Used Honda Fit
83 Great Deals out of 20,498 listings starting at $2,900
Used Toyota 4Runner
300 Great Deals out of 20,528 listings starting at $1,850
Used Honda Odyssey
278 Great Deals out of 28,158 listings starting at $1,295
Used Scion xB
45 Great Deals out of 2,130 listings starting at $1,999
Used Subaru Forester
281 Great Deals out of 24,620 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
549 Great Deals out of 37,715 listings starting at $2,900
Used Toyota FJ Cruiser
73 Great Deals out of 2,186 listings starting at $7,998
Used Jeep Wrangler
293 Great Deals out of 19,158 listings starting at $3,295

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Honda Element SC For Sale
8 listings starting at $12,635
2009 Honda Element SC For Sale
7 listings starting at $11,900
2008 Honda Element SC For Sale
20 listings starting at $5,850
2007 Honda Element SC For Sale
40 listings starting at $5,955