Honda Element Gearbox

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We are one of the largest suppliers of both reconditioned Honda Element Gearbox in the UK, we are specialising in gearboxes for cars, vans and light commercials. Many people look for totally reconditioned Honda Element Gearboxes but can supply new, second hand and even low mileage parts with a 100% warranty and free postage.

The Honda Element Gearbox

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard and a five-speed automatic gearbox is optional, prior Elements featured a four-speed automatic.

Automatic verses Manual gearbox

manual gearbox also known as a manual gearbox or standard gearbox (informally, a “manual,” “stick shift,” “straight shift,” or “straight drive”) is a type of gearbox used in motor vehicle applications. It generally uses a driver-operated clutch, typically operated by a pedal or lever, for regulating torque transfer from the internal combustion engine to the gearbox, and a gear-shift, either operated by hand (as in a car) or by foot (as on a motorcycle). Other types of gearbox in mainstream automotive use are the automatic gearbox, semi-automatic gearbox, and the continuously variable gearbox (CVT).

Manual gearboxes often feature a driver-operated clutch and a movable gear selector. Most automobile manual gearboxes allow the driver to select any forward gear ratio (“gear”) at any time, but some, such as those commonly mounted on motorcycles and some types of racing cars, only allow the driver to select the next-higher or next-lower gear. This type of gearbox is sometimes called a sequential manual gearbox. Sequential gearboxes are commonly used in auto racing for their ability to make quick shifts.

Manual gearboxes are characterized by gear ratios that are selectable by locking selected gear pairs to the output shaft inside the gearbox. Conversely, most automatic gearboxes feature epicyclic (planetary) gearing controlled by brake bands and/or clutch packs to select gear ratio. Automatic gearboxes that allow the driver to manually select the current gear are called Manumatics. A manual style gearbox operated by computer is often called an automated gearbox rather than an automatic.

Contemporary automobile manual gearboxes typically use four to six forward gears and one reverse gear, although automobile manual gearboxes have been built with as few as two and as many as eight gears. Gearbox for heavy trucks and other heavy equipment usually have at least 9 gears so the gearbox can offer both a wide range of gears and close gear ratios to keep the engine running in the power band. Some heavy vehicle gearboxes have dozens of gears, but many are duplicates, introduced as an accident of combining gear sets, or introduced to simplify shifting. Some manuals are referred to by the number of forward gears they offer (e.g., 5-speed) as a way of distinguishing between automatic or other available manual gearboxes. Similarly, a 5-speed automatic gearbox is referred to as a “5-speed automatic.


Because clutches use changes in friction to modulate the transfer of torque between engine and gearbox, they are subject to wear in everyday use. A very good clutch, when used by an expert driver, can last hundreds of thousands of kilometres (or miles). Weak clutches, abrupt downshifting, inexperienced drivers, and aggressive driving can lead to more frequent repair or replacement.

Manual gearboxes are lubricated with gear oil or engine oil in some cars, which must be changed periodically in some cars, although not as frequently as the automatic gearbox fluid in a vehicle so equipped. (Some manufacturers specify that changing the gear oil is never necessary except after gearbox work or to rectify a leak.)

Gear oil has a characteristic aroma due to the addition of sulphur-bearing anti-wear compounds. These compounds are used to reduce the high sliding friction by the helical gear cut of the teeth (this cut eliminates the characteristic whine of straight cut spur gears).

How to Change the Gearbox Fluid in a Honda Element

Gearbox fluid in your Honda Element breaks down chemically over several thousand miles of use and loses its ability to lubricate. The gearbox fluid also becomes contaminated from the clutch pack’s wearing, which, if unchanged, can cause damage to the gearbox. If your gearbox is shifting harshly in your Honda Element, then you should probably replace your gearbox fluid. Do this every 30,000 miles to keep your gearbox working properly.

Things You’ll Need:

Eye protection
Jack stands
Drain pan
Gearbox fluid funnel
Gearbox fluid

Jack up the Honda Element and place it on jack stands.

Place a drain pan below the gearbox oil pan.

Loosen the gearbox oil drain plug from the gearbox oil pan with a ratchet and let the fluid drain into the drain pan.

Tighten the drain plug back into the gearbox oil pan with a ratchet once the fluid has drained out completely.

Lower the Honda Element to the ground.

Remove the gearbox oil dipstick and place a funnel into the fill tube. The fill tube is the same tube that houses the dipstick.

Fill the gearbox with four quarts of gearbox fluid.

Reinstall the dipstick into the fill tube.

Tips & Warnings with maintenance

To completely flush out the gearbox, you must replace the gearbox fluid three times. This is because not all the gearbox fluid drains out of the gearbox when you remove the drain plug. Replace the fluid and drive the vehicle for a week. Then replace the fluid again and drive for two weeks. Then replace the fluid one more time.

Wear safety glasses while working on your Honda Element.

If your car Honda Element Gearbox is worn out or won’t go smoothly then you may need to replace it, you can find your Gearbox here or call telephone support line on 0905 232 0099 for your gearbox part.

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Carl Wilson

You won't believe it, I'm native Scotsman. Enthusiast. Car lovers. Almost finished rebuilding my Reliant Saber 🔥


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