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Hyundai Elantra Touring 2009 -



  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    Might want to run it by the dealer for a fuel pump check. Pump is in the tank, and sometimes they get noisy and run for years, other times it can be the indication of imminent failure.
  • I agree that this is likely, especially if it can be described as a "whining" noise. We've got that going on with a pickup truck with a fuel pump in the gas tank, and apparently, it's not a cheap fix due to labor involved. I'd get it done under warranty if that's applicable, and I wouldn't wait - usually the next symptom is difficult or impossible starting. :(

    One tip we were given - don't let the vehicle sit around with low fuel levels (under 1/4 tank) regularly. Apparently, the fuel pumps don't take well to drying out. I can't verify that this is correct, but it was something a mechanic mentioned.

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  • Thank you jlflemmons and kristie_h ---

    The sounds is precisely whining with pitch somewhat cyclically chaning over time...

    The car is still under warranty (30k miles) so I want to bring it to the dealer.

    But the question is, what should I expect from the dealer?

    My first concern is that I'm not sure if I'd be able to replicate a whining mode when I go to the dealer. Another thing is that even if I can make it whine, will that be a sufficient symptom for a dealership mechanic to prompt diagnostics/repairs (since functionally the car is working fine).

    From your experience, would you please recommend how should I talk this issue to the dealership.

    Thank you very much.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    edited January 2011
    I would open with something along the lines of "I have this noise that just started coming from around the fuel tank, it didn't do that before, and I want to get it checked out before it becomes something major." Make sure the service report states that you are reporting noise from the fuel tank area. That way, if they don't replace it right away, you have ammo to use if the pump fails just out of warranty.

    I should add that a reputable shop will take care of something like this out of warranty if the issue was reported beforehand. I had a GM product that suffered and expensive failure just out of warranty, and I approached the dealer in a courteous manner, after which they contacted GM, and GM picked up the tab. It happened to be one of those things that should never have failed in 100K miles, much less 14months and 30K miles.
  • I appreciate your advise - very helpful. Hope this works for me at the dealer. I will post an update afterwards.
  • misterbillmisterbill Posts: 60
    edited January 2011
    I just found the rear wiper blade on ebay from a seller in Korea. It only cost me $7.98 including shipping, which is even cheaper than the 3rd party brands (and much less than the $22 the dealer quoted me). Here is the link:

    I have no relationship to the company other than a (hopefully) happy buyer. I exchanged email with them and the guy told me that it does fit the ET (they have you send the VIN so they can verify).
  • So I brought my car into the dealer for the yearly state inspection today. and told the guy who wrote my service order up not to replace the rear blade since I had ordered one. When I picked it up, I discovered that he was the service manager and he told me that he was going to order me one for free (they still did not have it in stock). I told him that I had asked the person at the service desk if they would cover it when I first noticed the problem and the person told me they would not cover it; he said that I should have asked for him in that case. So I am happy with the dealer again. The blade was cheap enough that it's not a big deal having an extra, I'll just hold onto the one from Korea for the next time it needs to be replaced.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    congrats misterbill. I just bought one for my Vibe. Some of the auto parts stores are just now stocking them two years since the model came out.
  • The Vibe (at least the 2005 model my daughter has) takes a standard Trico Exact Fit Wiper Blade Part No. 11-A. The ET takes a 12" blade and it does not fit the Trico 12-A or 12-B. As I said before, it's not a matter of the stores not stocking the part (unless one expects them to carry a Hyundai branded part, which I do not). It's a matter of there not being a 3rd party version of the Hyundai part for them to carry.
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    Of course, we all knew this already, but it just shows how smart we are!
  • BTW, my rear wiper blade arrived yesterday (less than 2 weeks after ordering). Since we are having crappy weather again, I decided to install it rather than wait for one my dealer ordered for me. It fit perfectly, which is not surprising since it was in Hyundai packaging and was the actual part.
  • I am back with update:

    The mechanic at the dealership was able to replicate whining sound, confirmed it was a fuel pump and had it replaced (warranty).

    Thank you again for your expertise and helpful advice.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    Got to love that warranty. Sounds like you have a good shop.

  • My read wiper came apart at both ends; locating a replacement confirmed that this is a dealer only part. In Ottawa, I was told the price was $48 plus taxes!!
    Not a chance. I went to Canadian Tire and checked out other read blades. If you go to any auto parts place and look at the actual blade, not the mechanism, you will see that they are pretty well all the same.
    I removed the blade from the holder mechanism on the arm (why replace the who arm when onlyl the blade is bad? either bade design, lack of thought or greed) by pulling up on the blade while pushing it through. did the same on the replacement blade ($11.50) and then replaced it on the holding mechanism. I found it easier to work from the bottom , pulling it out past the end of the holder, then doing the top portion.
  • G'Day Sir Timbit (how canadian!)

    I looked at the Mazda 3 and the Nissan Versa and a few others. What is my biggest complaint about the ET, is the poor gas mileage due to lack of a high enough gear. I first looked at Elantra in the early 90's but even at 80 km/hr i wanted to shift into a higher gear. my 2010 ET is quite quiet, but it revs at 2300 at 90 km/hr. If it drive like I did my previous car, 2000 Saturn LS1, I would get about 12l/100 km not the 7.5 I got with my saturn. My other complaint is the amount of road noise: this is mostly a problem when driving in lots of rain, or even worse, snow and slush.
    But then again, I got a good price: bought it with a set of spare rims and top quality winter tires; rear cargo area cover (should be a standard item), mud flaps, bug hood deflector and something else.. with taxes, it was $22,300 with zero financing costs for 5 years.
  • and what is your mileage at 3500 RPM? about 22 mpg?
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    Just made a road trip to Houston and back, about 170 miles each way. Fighting a stiff wind going out, 75mph, 29mpg.

    Coming back, little or no wind, 75-80mph, 30.4 per the trip computer, calculated about the same.

    The engine does rev quite high at those speeds (5spd, has lower ratio final drive) so ~3600 RPM seems to be what I recall. But that is also in the sweet spot for the 2.0L, so it runs there with little effort.

    In a remote area with no traffic I have buzzed up to 100mph. Did so with what seemed to be little effort. I had read somewhere that these little beasts are capable of just above 120, but I have never pushed it there.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    grrr. Just had to have the fuel pump replaced on my son's Chevy S-10 Blazer. Tank mounted, and the wholesale cost of the pump was $400. Alltogether about $800.


  • strei007strei007 Posts: 16
    edited April 2011
    I don't like the valve stems on the tires. They too short and made of weak aluminum instead of corosion proof brass. I added extended valve stems to fix this problem. Now I've got real trouble. This winter two have broke off. The extended valve stems can put too much stress on the aluminum threads of the valve stem. Unfortunately new valve stems cost $150 each to install at the dealer. The valve stems are attached to the tire pressure sensors. Each sensor cost $65. Be real careful when checking air pressure in your tires. You don't want to damage the weak aluminum threads of the valve stem.
  • gwillygwilly Posts: 51
    Applies to my 2010 ET 5sp man. trans SE package.

    My ET has done this several times: with cruise control on I press in clutch to put car in neutral to coast off freeway and the engine goes to 6500 redline and stays there.

    I thought it was supposed to go off when doing these things: pressing on/off button on steering wheel, putting in the clutch and pressing the brake pedal. It freaks me out, because you don't notice what the noise is until it has been doing it for a little while. Then you have to get it to go off.

    Am I missing something? Anybody have this happen to them?
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