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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006



  • perenetperenet Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 elantra. Lately when I accelerate, the car pulls left. Once I ease off the gas, the car wanders to the right. It's significant enough that in cruise control, it's almost impossible to maintain a straight line as the engine engages and eases off. I expect some pull when the front wheels accelerate but this is excessive. Any ideas on possible cause?
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Front end alignment, or a bad front tire. Either one will cause the problem you describe. Quick test would be to swap the tires front to back and see if the problem changes. You didn't mention the mileage on the car, but if it is above 60K it would be worth checking the steering and suspension components for wear.
  • omthkomthk Posts: 5
    I have 2001 Elantra. Lately alarm goes off on ot's own. Is there any way can I dis alarm it.
  • erg135erg135 Posts: 3
    i'm not sure but if you take out the alarm fuse it might stop, not sure though.or just take it in the dealer and they'll reconfigure your system
  • perenetperenet Posts: 2
    the front tires have a year on them (not many miles). I had it aligned when the tires were installed a year ago. The rear tires are older and are more worn (but still well within acceptable tread). Car has 90K+ miles.

    I'll take your advice to have steering and suspension checked.

  • Hi there,

    I am particularly interested in your comment about the Wire Harness. Can you tell me if you have any pictures of the corrosion, and or copies or the repair work? I am a 2007 owner of the Elantra and while my year was not represented in the recall, it appears that I experienced some of the same issues that the prior models experienced. I am looking to speak with any owner who had wire harness issues on the Elantra models from "01-06" Please contact me at, if you are willing to talk to me about this.

    Thanks in Advance for your time,

  • Hi there,

    I am looking to speak to any Hyundai Elantra owners who had a "01-06" model that had to have their wire harness replaced. Please contact me at Thank you in advance


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  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    I finally took my car in to have the window guide replaced on both rear doors. Now I know this is more than just a trim piece. Covered under warranty (time is running out!) and the car looks great.

    The next focus will be on paintless dent removal, thanks to some careless jackass neighbors who have no idea how to open their doors, or better still, to park far enough from my car to prevent these dings. This and having my wheels painted, as the black finish is faded and noticeable through the wheel cover openings. Little things, but it's really all the car needs right now. I think I may have bought the last set of beige genuine Hyundai Elantra floormats available. Hard to find.

    Next milestone coming up: 97,000 miles! :D
  • johngottsjohngotts Posts: 8
    Went to replace the rear brakes for the 1st time on my 01 automatic w/ 150K on it. Surprisingly, they hardly looked worn at all...too unworn. When compared to the new shoes, I couldn't even tell the difference. The drums were slightly scoured with minor wear. This is at least the 2nd set of front brakes though. Was wondering if this is normal for the Elantra or whether there is an underlying problem. The brakes seem to function just "ok".
  • johngottsjohngotts Posts: 8
    Went to the local tire shop for a set of new front tires the other day. The tech called me over to show me something (ugh..), and as it turned out, I'm glad he did. The entire left control arm had rotted completely through, and I mean completely.
    I couldn't believe it. The right one had been replaced before due to an earlier accident.
    Found out after the repair the Hyundai just released a recall for this in April 09. But beware, this is a very, very dangerous situation and should be checked asap, especially here in the N.E. where there is plenty of salt on the roads in the winter.
  • I have purchased a 2005 Elantra for my son. The dealership gave us 2 programmed remotes. I secured a third remote that will work with the vehicle but needs programmed. Hyundai service said their software will only allow 2 active programmed remotes at a time. I need to figure out how to get this third remote programmed so my wife, son, and I can all have access to his car. Any help or ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and may God bless.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    There is another discussion here for Hyundai Elantra, on Security Systems, that has some good info in it, for example:

    Unfortunately, that post confirms what you already heard about the fact that only 2 remotes can be set up to work with an 2005 Elantra at one time. The way I take care of this issue in my family of 3 drivers (4 when my oldest son is home from college) is hang all the key fobs on hooks by the door leading to the garage, so there's almost always one handy when someone needs to take a particular car. It doesn't always work, as fobs end up in purses or pockets, but it helps.
  • flasher1flasher1 Posts: 3
    I have a 2001 hyundai elantra which is now idling at a faster
    than normal rpm. This produces the OBD2 code PO507 which
    means "idle control system RPM higher than expected". Does
    anyone know what could be causing this?
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    Does it idle consistently, or is it uneven?
  • johngottsjohngotts Posts: 8
    The website replied to my inquiry regarding this that the key can possibly be "cloned" from an existing key by a locksmith that does key transponders.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    As I said in an earlier post, my wheels are either faded or starting to slightly rust on the surface, noticeable through the wheel cover openings. When I have my state inspection and tire rotation on the 22nd, I will ask my mechanic to spray a coat of black on the wheels. Does anyone have suggestions on what is the best type or brand of wheel paint for this job? Since the rims are mostly covered, I don't need to be terribly picky, but I will always notice the fading. As we all know, it isn't a matter of just popping off wheel covers, since they are bolted on.

    Also, has anyone noticed the speed of their wipers slowing down significantly in colder temps? I suggested it as a warranty replacement, but it isn't happening constantly so they won't cover it. Paying for it out of pocket would not be a big deal, as I put very little money into my car as it is. I might just as well replace the wiper arms at the same time, as they are starting to rust. Idea? Suggestions? Ballpark price for parts and labor?

    Thanks all!
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    Any chance the wiper problem is really a battery or alternator problem? I remember that was the first sign I noticed of impending alternator failure in an old Honda I used to own. If the blower motor slows down or the headlights don't seem as bright as usual, those are also symptoms.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    Battery is still strong, and the alternator is original, but the only time the wiper problem shows up is in the cold of winter or some of our recent cold and rainy spring mornings. Other times the wipers run as normal, and all other electrical seems normal.

    I'm inclined to nip this in the bud before winter or before the wiper motor fails altogether.
  • In May of this year, my control arm just snapped , from rot, while taking a turn off a main drag. Luckily I was only going 5-10 mph. When it snapped, there was an awful grinding noise, like I was dragging something underneath my car. Wasn't until the tow truck came, did I know what it was. Had my own mechanic replace it, since I have never had good luck with the Hyundai mechanics. Then found out it that this was a recall. They are supposed to be reimbursing me, and told me it would take 4-6 weeks to get the check. Haven't seen it yet. How long does it take to get a check mailed out.
  • johngottsjohngotts Posts: 8
    Probably about as long as it takes them to get the recall notification out. I haven't seen that yet either and it was released in May. Bet you're glad it didn't happen on a turnpike doing about 65-70! I considered myself lucky cause I'm on the highway all the time...and I don't drive 65 either.
  • I have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT. Just had a brake service and the service tech said he recommended next time that I have an injector cleaning service, throttle body, etc. I am aware of "recommended" add on's the dealer's try to put in that are necessary, but it seems that some time back I read a post on this blog site that the Hyundai Tech manual specifically said NOT to clean the throttle body. Anyone recall this?
  • I meant to say in my previous post that I was aware of dealer add ons that are "not" necessary.. I also found a response in 2004 that "Carbon in throttle body" does not effect the system and that it should not be cleaned.
  • 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT again. Dealer Tech says the driver side window motor is not working properly. It seems to me the motor sticks briefly when first try to open on occasion or maybe it is a short in the switch on the door. Has not been a serious problem to me, in fact I seldom notice as it seems to be only a brief hesitation the first time I try to open the window. The Dealer advises that it will be $317 to replace motor. Is this something that any reasonably competent mechanic can replace and is the part available much cheaper over the internet?
  • jshepp13jshepp13 Posts: 1
    hi, i have bought a 2004 elantra gt
    with the dual overhead cam set up
    will any damage happen if a timming belt
    problem (break) happens?
  • If you are due to have a timing belt change, I suggest you change it. Because if the timing belt snaps in the midst of traffic... your car will just stop. This happened to a friend of mine.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Not only will the car stop, but the engine will likely be trashed. Don't put off a timing belt change on an Elantra.
  • johngottsjohngotts Posts: 8
    Any timing belt that breaks can spell disaster.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    More of a disaster on interference engines, like the Elantra has.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Sometimes a broken timing belt simply results in the car stalling out unexpectedly and can be restarted. This happens on "non-interference" engines. I have a 1995 Escort that this happened with. It was a $250 repair; about the same as if I took it in for a timing belt change.

    The Elantra, on the other hand, as an "interference" engine, so if the timing belt breaks, the pistons and valves will collide and the engine will be trashed. Don't put off a timing belt change on an Elantra.
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