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

210,055

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 1,461 nationwide Element listings starting at $1,750.

ZIP:

Search Honda Element Questions

Honda Element Experts

#1 Kakit Fan
Kakit Fan
Reputation 140
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 130
#3 Ankhorite
Ankhorite
Reputation 110
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
1,293 Great Deals out of 75,391 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Pilot
610 Great Deals out of 20,641 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota RAV4
1,155 Great Deals out of 54,655 listings starting at $1,350
Used Honda Civic
1,143 Great Deals out of 65,142 listings starting at $1,195
Used Honda Accord
1,201 Great Deals out of 78,040 listings starting at $969
Used Honda Ridgeline
189 Great Deals out of 7,719 listings starting at $4,900
Used Toyota 4Runner
376 Great Deals out of 20,310 listings starting at $2,499
Used Honda Fit
258 Great Deals out of 17,371 listings starting at $2,300
Used Scion xB
100 Great Deals out of 2,383 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Forester
367 Great Deals out of 20,323 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Tacoma
778 Great Deals out of 33,335 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota FJ Cruiser
119 Great Deals out of 2,429 listings starting at $8,900
Used Subaru Outback
413 Great Deals out of 30,702 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Odyssey
481 Great Deals out of 27,732 listings starting at $1,900

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Honda Element SC For Sale
6 listings starting at $11,880
2009 Honda Element SC For Sale
7 listings starting at $11,988
2008 Honda Element SC For Sale
32 listings starting at $6,367
2007 Honda Element SC For Sale
43 listings starting at $6,790