The Honda Element was produced for model years 2003-2011. This crossover was compact and based on the Honda CR-V platform. It was the first of it’s kind in that the floor is made of easily cleanable textured urethane; the fabric is stain-resistant; the individual rear seats recline, fold up and are removable. The rear clamshell tailgate arrangement is large and the vehicle is tall, allowing large loads.
Honda power window regulators are a neat design and provide years of reliable service, they all look the similar, but due to various dimension differences, they are not interchangeable. The tracks are different lengths and the mounting and fixture points are inconsistent. The power window motor connections have changed radically over the years, so although the regulator track may match a vehicle, the motor connection would render it useless. Honda unfailingly uses single-track power window regulators where a cable action regulator is used.
In the Honda Element, there are typically five places where we see the power window regulator fail. We usually hear from our customers shortly after the warranty period has expired. No kidding.
The issues we see day in and day out with the Honda Element power window regulators include the disintegration of the main anchor attached to the glass carrier, the upper pulley housing disconnecting from the track (this causes the lockout of the upper pulley wheel), the lower fairlead breakaway due to excessive force on the down swing, the spool housing anchor breaking away from the power window motor housing and the spool housing cover popping off which releases the cable tensioning on the spool wheel.
All of the above issues can cause the door glass to drop into the door, but when the upper pulley wheel locks up, the glass could get stuck in one position or simply restrict the regulator causing the power window motor to burn out prematurely.
Power window motors in the Honda Element are more likely to burn out in newer models. The older Honda Element power window motors seem to be holding strong.
The difficulties we find associated with repairing the Honda Element power window systems really surround whether or not a DIY enthusiast or an unskilled mechanic have been in the door before Power Window Repair. We’ll talk about that further below. Extreme care is always taken when our technicians remove a door panel on this vehicle. Having the proper tools for this repair is a must!
What We Do
At Power Window Repair, we only repair OEM Honda Element power window regulators. We believe so strongly in our proprietary method of repair that we have an additional fee for all non-rebuildable cores. Power Window Repair defines a “non-rebuildable” window regulator core as an aftermarket, non-OEM window regulator or an OEM window regulator that someone has attempted to repair unsuccessfully. When this happens, we simply add that fee for our rebuilt OEM core and we install quality and reliability back in your door!
How We Do it
There are good reasons behind what we do and how we do it! Power Window Repair’s entire existence surrounds providing our customers with a repair they can count on. If we are going to stake our good reputation on a repair, you can bet we’ll need to do it our way! The reasons are simple. Our repair is stronger and superior to even the original OEM Honda design, aftermarket parts are made with the cheapest of materials and are inferior, and most importantly any repair done in a junkyard or slapped together is never going to be worth the money!
What We Do
Our repair on the Honda Element OEM power window regulator includes five areas that are strengthened with our proprietary process that is intended to last the lifetime of the vehicle. We first apply an avionic stainless steel repair to the plastic anchor that’s attached to the metal glass carrier. That connects the cables to the glass carrier, replacing what the original plastic was designed to do, but clearly isn’t doing any longer. We then replace the upper pulley wheel with a heavy-duty wheel and fortify the pulley wheel housing by applying an avionic stainless steel repair. Next we strengthen and fortify the lower fairlead, allowing the cable to run smoothly across as the window is operated up and down. Both the spool housing anchor and spool cover are also strengthened and fortified with stainless steel, ensuring that the spool wheel housing remains attached to the power window motor and that the spool wheel remains secure If the power window regulator in your Honda Element is tensioned properly and is in solid working order, the rest of the power window system will operate for years, just as it was designed to. A regulator problem can quickly cause problems with motors and switches if not repaired in timely manner. It’s important not to use the power window system if you suspect it isn’t working properly.
What’s the worst thing we see in Honda power window systems? We’ve said it above and we’ll say it again below: Unskilled or untrained mechanics attempting to install or repair ANYTHING inside those doors. As these vehicles get older, the plastic panel clips become brittle, the panels become warped and plastic trim becomes crispy. Now if you’re into rattling doors and pieces falling off as your driving down the road, go right ahead, but we’re giving it to you straight when we say that you’re asking for trouble. We’ve gone above and beyond to help our customers fix someone else’s mistakes and messes. The worst is to have to tell a customer that they’ve done the damage. We can’t stress enough how frustrating this is for the Power Window Repair technicians. You’re not doing us any favors by taking off the panel and doing half the work. That doesn’t happen in our world. It takes us minutes to get in and out of a Honda Element door in a professional manner, whereas most mechanics will finally be in that door in about an hour. While we appreciate the effort, we’d appreciate it more if you called Power Window Repair first. We are going to immediately save you time, money and a whole lot of frustration.
We’ve heard it all. From saying they just replaced it months ago themselves, to they’ve paid someone to do it 9 months ago and now they’re being asked for more labor to install the part under warranty. This just reinforces what we already know. While the price looks right, those aftermarket parts are inferior to the OEM Honda Element power window regulator. Side by side, there’s no comparison. These power window regulators often break under warranty, causing you to pay more in labor at your mechanics or in your time and labor shipping parts back and forth, uninstalling and reinstalling. That process can quickly turn into a shade-tree mechanics nightmare.
Again, we understand that money is often a factor in the decision making process, PLEASE DON’T TAKE YOUR NICE CAR TO A MEAN OLD JUNKYARD OR LET SOMEONE WHO IS INEXPERIENCED WORK ON IT! It’s immediately evident to us when someone inexperienced has been in the door of a vehicle before us. You can’t fool our technicians. These repairs are often crude and in turn have damaged some of the internal workings of the door, for example the power window switch connectors, interior door handle linkage, the door lock system, speakers and wire harness. The repair may have looked enticing and may have even appeared to work for a short time, but it’s going to cause one whopper of a headache later.