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2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles!



  • I'm sorry to see that some took my last post as a request. It wasn't. This thread isn't a place for members to defend themselves, nor a place to point the finger at others.

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  • The Sonata was was a 2011. Very nice car. I didn't pay attention to every little thing while I had it...I just wanted my Elantra back. The Sonata of course is a lot more fancy, but I don't need all those things.
  • Well, it seems they don't want to let me know there is something wrong. Get this. I was getting my oil changes done at the dealer just in case there was a problem like the fuel pump (which many remember it was my husband's elantra that caused the major accident in NJ). So I fell and broke my arm on ice last winter. Took it to Midas in town as I couldn't get to the dealer. Midas rotated the tires free and told me the front were going bad. At the time the car at less than 2 yrs old had about 9,000 miles on it. Don't get me wrong...I love this car. What I don't like is what the dealer tells me. So, I called the dealer ...told them the problem and they said bring it in tomorrow. (tires still under warranty). So, it turns out....the whole alignment was off and I got a free alignmnet done. But now to play it safe, I am taking it to Midas again as he is honest, and I want to know if now the back tires put on the front are ok and if the ones going bad on the back are getting worse as when it comes to tires I am a dummy. And ask my husband and all he cares is the condition of his 18 wheeler tires. He tells me have them checked out by someone else. So, I just want my car to stop jerking when I put it in park. And I want it to stop rolling on a slight incline. I never had a vehicle do that before and this time I am going to drive and let the Tech sit as the passenger and I will show him what is wrong. I think they ride down the road by them that has no even little inclines. I am going to a different dealership where they can see all the times it has been taken in for the same problem.
  • I am 55 yrs old. My girlfriends? I am not a teenager and apparently you feel I don't know how to park a car. Well, typical man remark. As far as I am concerned Backy is the one with the knowledge on here. And by the way. When I was 20 yrs old, I PAID a driving instrutor to teach me the PROPER way of driving and parking. So, don't tell me what to do. I know what I am doing. And by the way...I lived in NJ for 15 yrs and everyone knows Jersey drivers are the worst. And I never had a problem as I was taught the PROPER way to drive, park and USE the parking brake. If you read my whole thing you would have seen it does it on a flat surface/end of driveway incline. This was a typical man comment telling someone they thought was a youngster who had no knowledge of driving. And YES...I did read the manual. And YES. .. I know how to park. But you have no idea what my car is doing. You are not in it when it does it. And last week it happened pulling into a Full Service gas station and the mechanic came out when he heard my car when I stopped it. And so much for you telling me to read my manual. He told me the Dealer does not want to fix a new car. And has let it go on for 2 yrs now. Well, it's going to a different dealer as I am moving next week. And lets see if they think I need to read the manual too or if they fix it. Because you will be the first to know.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Let's hope you can find a dealer service dept. that will give you good service, more like what Sarah got.

    One thing to ask them when you bring it to the new dealer (maybe you have already tried this): of course, ask the service writer to get in the car with you so he/she can see first-hand what you are describing. PLUS... ask if you can both try out an Elantra of the same year--or at least the same generation. They will likely have a new 2010 on the lot, or at least a used 2007-10 with automatic. (Try to get the new car if possible.) Then try exactly the same things on that car. If it demonstrates the same behavior as yours, it's possible the car is "acting as designed" (even if that isn't the way you want it to behave). It's also possible both cars are messed up, but less likely that a car picked at random will have the same problem yours does, if it is in fact a defect. And if this other car does NOT act like yours (i.e. acts more like you expect it to act) then the dealer has clear evidence to fix it under warranty.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    I simply can't believe the number of assumptions you made and how wrong you got them all. I am not surprised you don't have any GF's. And nowhere did i say you were a teenager. You are unbelievably defensive. I was trying to help. Boy, do I regret that. I am convinced this thread is absolutely cursed.
    As for you and the issue you think you have with your car?...I am a proponent of karma on this one..
    I am so outta here.
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 376
    "Let's hope you can find a dealer service dept. that will give you good service, more like what Sarah got. "

    Ive got two dealers in my area for selling dealer) essentially gave up on me and my 2009 Elantra Touring issues, and the other who seems to be more interested in helping me, but havent resolved much of anything( yet).
  • Well, it seems like there is another problem with my brand new Elantra. This evening I noticed that when I slow down, whether it be at a red light, or when I'm turning right or left onto another street, there is a clanging noise coming from the engine. It doesn't happen every time, but I heard it at least 3 or 4 times. Back to the dealership I go in the morning!

    What fun!! I'm SO glad I bought a new car!!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Maybe they didn't tighten down everything underneath, e.g. a heat shield, when installing the new transmission. Did you notice this noise before the transmission was replaced?
  • No, this is the first I've heard of it. If they didn't tighten something down, wouldn't I hear it before now? I picked up the car on Wednesday.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Not if something wasn't tightened down enough and just now worked loose so you could hear it.

    But that's supposition. If you were William Shatner, I'd guess it could be a gremlin under the car pulling parts off and tossing them onto the street. Have you seen a man with black hair, a dark suit, and smoking a cigarette standing off to one side recently, muttering something like "Submitted for your approval..."? (Sorry, very obscure reference.)
  • Agree with Backy on this one. A lot of stuff has to be disconnected to get to the transmission. They have to drop the subframe which is what the suspension is attached to and the exhaust system, as well as unplug god knows how many electrical connections. More than likely it's something that was not put back in it's rightful place or not tightened down enough, like a heat shield.
  • Thanks for the information....both of you. I didn't think this had anything to do with it, but about 15 minutes before I started hearing the noise last night, a crow flew into my car....LOL (And two weeks after I bought the car, I ran over a car is the devil) However, the crow hit right above the windshield on the roof of the I honestly don't think this had anything to do with the noise.

    I only heard it once last night, and then the noise was gone this morning. I did take it to Hyundai again this morning before work, and when they test drove it, they could not duplicate the noise. They did look everywhere...even took the tires off but found nothing wrong with my car. *knock on wood*.....I haven't heard the noise again.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Probably was the remaining bits of bunny thumping off the underside of the car.
  • I've been lurking in this thread. You're right. You should have never had problems with the trans on a brand new car. I hope you get it all worked out. But when I look at hyundai and kia discussions, I can see this is not uncommon for them. An automatic transmission is not a new thing.

    It is actually a pretty simple device and building a quality one in a new car is not a challange. For yours to have trouble at 2600 miles is not normal at all. If your car was an airplane it would have fallen from the sky. I don't get why a lot of the people who responded don't get that.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    "If your car was an airplane it would have fallen from the sky. I don't get why a lot of the people who responded don't get that."

    Parts used in an airplane are held to a much higher sampling standard than those used in cars. (units pulled from the factory line for random testing)

    She obviously had a major component failure. And even more obvious, very prematurely. But since we don't read about this being a troublesome tranny, proves this is one of an extremely low number of isolated incidents. Possibly the only one. There are some weird things happen at a factory level that sometimes get discovered, and sometimes (most) not.

    I'll never forget many years ago discovering a small carved wooden boat that was installed INSIDE the watercooling track of an old Evinrude outboard motor. The engine would overheat and no one could figure out why. Some lowlife factory worker who decided to play a prank, PUT that carving inside the motor. Had it lodged someplace else that didn't block the flow of cooling water, it might have never been discovered.
  • Hi, thanks for the post. Yeah, I really didn't understand all the negative and condescending feedback I received, but whatever. As I said, it wasn't a broken tail light or a switch on the radio that broke. It was the *transmission*. But so far, everything has been working fine, except I have noticed sometimes it still doesn't "catch" when I'm driving when it automatically shifts. I've read elsewhere that this is a problem for Elantra's.

    I guess it's a good car, but I'm still not 100% happy nor do I feel 100% safe.
  • If it's doing that you should note when it's doing it, ie when it's warm, just starting out or all the time. Then take it to the dealer and let them know. Don't accept subpar in your new car. Hyundai has had a reputation for subpar quality. I hope that's changing. But the only way we get them to change is to insist on it. You may also have lemon law protection in your state. They're there to be used if you need them.
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