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Hyundai Elantra Maintenance and Repair



  • brumfeltbrumfelt Posts: 7
    You're right, I should chg. the filter first and it probably does need it. I would like to check for bad fuses or relays before I get into changing the fuel pump but I do not see any fuse or relay in either the panel under the dash or the panel under the hood. Do you know anything about where the fuel pump relay or fuse might be located and how it might be labeled???? Thanks stephen987 for any new info you may provide. Oh!! do you know how to access the fuel pump located in the gas tank??? Do I need to drop the tank to do this???

  • brumfeltbrumfelt Posts: 7
    Does anyone know why the large fuse under the hood labeled ECU keeps blowing in my Elantra. It will only happen when I drive my car. It can set and idle forever and nothing happens but when I start to drive it it heats up the fuse and it blows. When the fuse goes I lose the fuel pump and the car shuts down. Help anyone!!!!!
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    That could be any number of things, from a wiring harness that shorts out when the car is moving, to a bad ECU that draws too much current when more functions are operating, to a bad contact in the fuse holder.

    It will take a skilled electrics/electronics person to track this one down, I am afraid.

    Has the vehicle been involved in any accidents?
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Does anyone have experience with replacing the side view mirror glass? Mine is broken but the housing is not damaged. I've order the glass from a parts house but would like to hear from someone that has actually done this repair. Thanks. --Jack
  • danib1977danib1977 Posts: 2
    Did I just get a bad car or do other people have as many issues?

    I have a 1997 Hyundai Elantra wagon that I got used. I had it inspected and needed new brakes and rotors (front & back.) Ten days after I purchased the car the transmission went. I had it rebuilt (basically new since all the parts are brand new) I've replaced the batter and alternator. When I had it inspected this year my check engine light was on and needed a manifold because mine was cracked, also had the front drivers caliper replaced because it was leaking. (My check engine still comes on when it is cold out.) Now my passenger side front caliper is spewing fluid everywhere.

    I bought the car because everyone I know who has a Hyundai loves them and the reviews I read were all very good. So did I just end up with a bad car? :mad:
  • gomst1gomst1 Posts: 58
    I have taken off and reinstalled both side mirrors of my 2008 Elantra in order to install LED turn signal lights. Instructions on how to remove the mirror is on YOUTUBE at this link: Ecom%2Facecart%2Fbin%2Fshop%2Ecgi%3Faction%3Dview%26itemID%3Dledmirrordiy%26cate- %3D070000000&feature=player_embedded
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,929
    First, you bought a 12-year-old econobox. You didn't say how many miles were on it, what condition it was in, and whether you had the car inspected before you bought it. On a 12-year-old car, anything can go at any time. No surprise a 12-year-old car would need new brakes and rotors. Battery and alternator too. Transmissions can and do go--was it checked by a mechanic before you bought it? An inspection might have detected a problem--or maybe not. Hyundai put a 10-year, unlimited mileage warranty on Elantra manifolds about 10 years ago, because of some cracking issues--your car may be too old to qualify for that.

    Also, if you did some research you might have seen that Hyundai started its quality initiative around 1998. Before then, it designed and built cars to one purpose only: low price. The Gen 2 Elantra, which you have, was a decent car for a low-priced econobox but not nearly the same quality as more recent Hyundais.
  • danib1977danib1977 Posts: 2
    I did have it checked by a mechanic before I bought it and he said it was is great condition, then had it at a different shop for the state inspection/ emissions neither one detected any problems with the car. It had @98k miles on it which was one of the reasons I got the car. I wasn't too surprised with the brakes and rotors needing to be replaced, and was expecting that from my initial inspection of it before I purchased it.

    Thanks Backy, I will keep that in mind when looking for a new car. When it is running, it is running great, but all of the problems and issues are getting tiresome. I never had so many issues with a car that was over 20 years old! LOL They sure don't make them like they used to.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,929
    Yes, that is certainly true with a 1997 Elantra. Now you know why the previous owner got rid of it when they did. :sick:
  • brumfeltbrumfelt Posts: 7
    Jack, these things are glued in at the manufacturer. Go the your local auto parts store (Advance, Auto Zone, Napa, Pep Boys etc.) ask some one to recommend a good adhesive. Probably the weather strip adhesive would work but ask one of the auto parts store veteran clerks that you feel probably know what they are talking about and follow their advise. Good luck......
  • brumfeltbrumfelt Posts: 7
    I believe that Hyundai reviews are typically favorable coming from most people. Did you actually need all the brakes?? I work part time in an auto parts store and believe me, Many of the brake jobs we sell parts for to our commercial customers are soak the customer jobs. They sell you a lot of parts you do not need.. Did you get a second opinion on the transmission problem. There are a lot of shift sensors and shift solenoids on these small automatic transmissions. Are you sure yours was bad??? Check engine lights will come on with newer cars than you 97. Run the OBD II check and get the code read-out. You can get this done at Advance or Auto Zone. I may be and probably is something simple. Regarding your caliper spewing fluid, it sounds like someone did a half-A brake job for you as well as probably sold you a lot of parts you may not have needed. I believe the Hyundai is basically a good car but like all vehicles once they get a little age on them you will start to have primarily small issues.,
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Thanks for this info. I will do that and post results of my repair attempt. Since these mirrors have a heating element behind the glass, it will be interesting to see if I can replace the mirror without disturbing that.
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Thanks for this video link. It will be helpful when dealing with the heating element as it is of the a peal and stick variety. I'll post me result and hopefully it will be as easy as it looks.
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    One question regarding this procedure: Did you remove the mirror from the housing and have it in hand as the video clip shows? If so, how did you remove it? Thanks. --Jack
  • gomst1gomst1 Posts: 58
    Yes, I removed the mirror from the housing. On the 2008 Elantra, the mirror assembly is attached to the housing by a plastic ball and socket attachment.
    To remove the mirror, you will have to firmly pull the mirror from the top or bottom in order to disengage the plastic ball. Just be careful when pulling because it is possible to break the mirror. To put it back, you will need to pop it in by squarely putting the mirror on top of the plastic sockets then quickly pop it in with a quick controlled jab to the center of the mirror. Again, it is possible to break the mirror. Just don't apply excessive force otherwise you will end up with a broken mirror.

    Good luck.
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Thanks for this helpful info. I'll give it a try.
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Finished this repair and it worked perfectly. Mirror was smashed, so I covered it with masking tape to prevent splintering when removing heating element. Was able to reinstall without breaking as the operative term there was "controlled jab"!

    Thanks again for all the advice. This forum saves users a lot of time and money with help like this. Did this repair for about 30 bucks.
  • leefteach2leefteach2 Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 Elantra and I have been noticing that recently, every morning after I back out of my driveway and start to go forward there is a high pitched squealing noise. It stops shortly thereafter then I hear a faint chirping noise that also goes away after a few minutes. It only happens in the mornings on the first start. Also, if I turn the wheels slowly when going forward I do not hear the squeal. I just had the belts replaced and that did not help the problem. I also had the tires replaced in Feb. Any information would be helpful.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    I will assume here that you have had the brakes checked to make sure the pads do not need replacing?

    Do you live in a high humidity area? What you are describing could easily be light surface rust forming on the disc rotors overnight. Won't hurt anything, and is fairly common. What you can do to determine this would be to look at the rotor through the wheel before moving the car. See if the rotors are bright and shiny.

    When you first drive away, get the car up to 20mph or so, and stop. Don't need to nail the brakes, just a good quick stop, and see if the noise is gone. The light layer of surface rust is removed after just one or two applications of the brakes.

    Both of my Elantras did the same thing in rainy weather, but never did it during the long dry summers we get here in Texas.
  • bjc2bjc2 Posts: 28
    can anyone tell me how to remove the backseat on a 01 elantra?
  • Im working on an 06 Hyundai Elantra. it was squeeking very loud and i noticed the brake pads were pretty small so I changed the pads. drove it around and now it still squeeks, but now it doesnt squeek when i brake. it just makes noise all the time while driving. very loud and annoying.

    was thinking the rotors might be warped. wanted an opinion b/c money is tight. also, should i try and get them turned or just replace them.

    also, owner hit a pole a few years back, was "repaired". noise from front wheels is recent. noise is not there when making sharp turns. wondering if maybe the wheel bearings could be shot?

    any help would be great. this is the first foreign car ive ever taken a wrench to, so some detailed help would be awesome. bit of a change from my 76 chevy.
  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,459
    I'm not sure about the '06 but when I had the brake pads changed on my wife's '01 last year we discovered the rotors needed to be turned. Problem was, it was a Saturday and the local shop didn't have anyone in to do it. New rotors were like $25 each (turning would have been something like $12 or 14 each) so for the minimal extra cost and to get the job done I went with new rotors.

    Call your local parts joint. It doesn't hurt to ask.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • rstone1rstone1 Posts: 2
    i can't get the door open that gives me access to my gas tank opening - an obvious problem especially since i am low on gas - can anybody tell me how to open the access door ?
  • There is a lever on the left side of the driver's seat, either on the floor or the dash, pull it.
  • rstone1rstone1 Posts: 2
    thanks - i know about that lever - unfortunately when i pull the lever the door doesn't pop open like it used too and i don't know how to get the door open when the release lever isn't working
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,929
    Well that is a problem! My 2004 GT doesn't have an emergency fuel filler door release in the trunk, so I expect yours doesn't either. It's possible the cable is broken. Hopefully not, as I can envision that being a tricky repair. If not, you might try squirting some silicone spray e.g. WD-40 (using the long thin applicator) into the area around the release pin, it might be stuck. I found the following on another forum:

    Another solution is to pull up normally on the lever and hold it up for about a second. The door will pop open.

    Once you get the door open, you might try this (also from another forum):

    Carefully bend the striker plate on the door very slightly away from the tongue that keeps the door closed. Also one person reported that the dealer changed the spring on the door and it fixed their problem.
  • rhy1rhy1 Posts: 5
    I just bought a 2009 elantra and can't get the ipod connection to read my daughters ipod. We are using the USB cable she uses to connect to the comupter. When first pluged in the radio reads "reading USB", then says something like USB empy. I know there is music on the ipod, so am not sure what we are doing wrong. I don't care so much, but my 16 year old is "devasted". Anyone know what I am doing wrong?
  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    You have to buy the iPod accessory cable.
  • rhy1rhy1 Posts: 5
    Thanks, I thought that may be it, but since it was mentioned when I bought the car, I thought I might have cone something wrong.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Check your owners manual. There should be a small cable tucked behind the trim in the trunk/hatch area near the fuel door. Looks like a thin cable with a loop.
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