Keep a heads up on your Heater Core if you own a 2006 Element. Mine was bad. I mean....>WAY BAY! When they took it out it was rotted. Honda knows it is an issue but is keeping quiet about it. They, eventually, did fix my problem under warrenty. Also, when the heater core explodes, it will crack the windsheild the same way the windsheilds were cracking in the previous years of the Element. It will be covered under the warrenty as well. But, you will have to really push them to honor it.
Re: HEATER CORE on 2006 EX-P and Cracked Winsheild
Sounds like they are giving u the run around the way the did me. I solved it by calling Honda of America Corporate and had an investigation started on the dealership. They paid attention then! Next thing I went straight to the owner of the dealership and told him what was going on in my own words. i was not confrontational with him and because of that...he hooked me up. fixed it ...and fast...and replaced my widow with a polarized and MUCH more superior windsheild whch he personally paid for from his own checking account. The mechanics are just doing what they are told and have no power to make large decisions like that. The owner wants to keep you happy so u keep coming back so he can keep his number 1 status. So, call the Honda corp. (Be nice to everyone so they know u are sincere because the manager of service is going to badmouth you. And do the same when u speak to the owner. they will bend over backwards for you and you will be like me and continue to patronize that dealership. Hope the advice helps. While I wanted to scream while it was happening....expecially since every photo I found of Elements who had cracked windsheild proved mine to be textbook, they make no money on warrenty work. So, get proof to show your case is not the fluck and you will be triumphant. turned out the companies they had make both the heater chores and the windsheild made inferior products.
Re: HEATER CORE on 2006 EX-P and Cracked Winsheild
VERY, VERY INTERESTING! IM HAVING SOME SERIOUS ISSUES WITH MY 08 RIDGELINE, THAT THE DEALERS ARE TELLING ME ARE NORMAL! MY 4 WHEEL DRIVE LOCK SWITCH DOES NOT WORK NOR DOES THE INDICATOR LIGHT, AND I HAVE NO FLOOR HEAT AND MY FEET FREEZE! BUT ITS NORMAL! I WONDER WHO WE CAN CONTACT DIRECTLY FROM HONDA! NOT THAT THIS WOULD DO ANY GOOD, LIKE YOU SAID THEY PROABBALY ARE AWARE OF THESE PROBLEMS! PRETTY DAM DISGUSTING AINT IT! MINE ONLY HAS 7000 MILES ON IT BOUGHT BRAND NEW IN MAY! I AM SERIOUSLY PISSED!
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If the heater core is bad you will usually end up with wet carpet in the passenger side floor. Leak could be outside in the engine compartment also. Fill it back up, run it a while sitting in the driveway with the heater on. Check the floor and check for leaks under the vehicle. The other options are bad - cracked cylinder head leaking coolant into the engine, cracked engine block or bad freeze plug on engine.
A flashing red temperature indicator means your fluid level is low. The 99 beetle takes VW-specific antifreeze; do NOT buy standard green antifreeze for it! Fluid should be added to the round overflow bottle located on the passenger side corner of the engine compartment. Fill the container to the MAX line indicated on the bottle. I use Pentosin Pentofrost SF in mine, available at O'Reilly Auto Parts. As with most antifreeze products, mix it 1:1 with water before adding.
Cars do not normally "use" antifreeze, so if you keep having to add antifreeze, you should check for leaks. Heater hoses or radiator hoses are the most common places for leaks to occur, but the plastic thermostat housing is susceptible to cracking, so check that as well. Otherwise, you could be looking at a leaking radiator or heater core. Worst case scenario would be a leaking head gasket allowing fluid to escape into the cylinders, but that should be suspected only after everything else has been checked. The only other place you would ever see a fluid leak would be a bad freeze plug on the block, but those are very uncommon.
You can try flushing the heater core by disconnecting both water hoses goin in from the engine bay. Stick a water hose on any of them to see how it comes out on the other side. Ive had this problem before and 99% of times is a clogged heater core. Also check heater control valve, sometimes the get stucked and not let water go into the core. I hope this helps!
You should probably pressure test the cooling system and the radiator cap to make sure it's releasing properly at the correct pressure, and to identify where any leak may exist. I would suggest that you bypass the heater core for the test first, then test once it's repaired & reconnected.
I've heard of this before due to a leaking headgasket, or small crack in the head/block as well as a bad radiator cap that won't release at the correct PSI.
Even if there were no hydrocarbons detected I am almost positive you have a bad head gasket.Usually the back head on the number one cylinder.Almost all the ones I have done with this exact problem has been the rear head and the number 1 cylinder.Hair line crack between the cylinder and water jacket.I always replace both head gaskets.Hope this helps.Good luck.
The heater core can partially plug (internally) causing heat from only one side of the dash vents. You can try to flush just the heater core itself, but most of the time the heater core asy requires replacement.