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Hyundai Elantra Maintenance and Repair



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,933
    There is no mention of such a cable in the owner's manual (2004 GT 5-door), also no sign of any such cable in the trunk area. Do you have a sedan or hatch? Do you have to remove the inside trim of the trunk to get to the cable?
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    I've had both the sedan and the hatch. In my sedan ('02) there was the cable with a small tab on it that just peeked out from behind the trim panel near the drivers side trunk hinge. On the hatch ('05) it seems like the owners manual showed to pull down the trim just a bit and the cable was there. I will do a bit of research and see if I can get a diagram.


    From the online service manual, they don't talk about the emergency release, but on the sedan it is under the trim by the drivers side trunk hinge. I believe it is in the same location on the hatch. When you pull the trim back, you can see the cable housing coming from the release handle by the seat. That is where the emergency release was connected on mine. Even if it isn't there, it gives you access to the lock/latch and you can release it with your finger.
  • nanotubenanotube Posts: 30
    I have the same issue on my 07. The engine bay squeaks at start up and also when coming to a stop at idle. There are chirping noise every now and then, especially noticeable at low speed. I've had it for a month then took it to the dealership where they found a loose bearing on the water pump and are replacing it under warranty right now. It's a four-hour job so I was told. While there they also told me of a new brake light switch recall they are going to fix for me. So (1) I would talk to your dealer; (2) I'm glad it came with good warranty; (3) My car is just two years old with less than 10k miles. At this rate I am starting to worry what else would break down the road...
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    I wouldn't worry on the waterpump as I have not heard of this being a general issue. It is covered for 10 years/100,000 miles, so relax. :)
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    It's a good thing this problem was caught when it was. A leaking or failing waterpump can ruin the timing belt, creating much larger headaches.
  • My 07 Elantra squeaks when I turn on the A/C. It's not loud (you can't hear it inside the car) but it stops immediately when you turn it off. Is this likely to be a belt issue or a compressor issue? I'm taking the car in for service on Friday and would like to give them some idea what to check for while it's there. I also got the recall notice about the stop lamp switch mentioned by nanotube, so they will replace that then as well.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Most likely belt. A bit of belt dressing (or liquid soap) applied to the belt will tell the tale. I never had problems with my compressors, at least not in the 60K miles I put on the car. Not to say it isn't possible, but a dry (or dirty) belt is more likely.
  • rudy17rudy17 Posts: 1
    where is the oil filter located on a 2008 hyundai elantra
  • I have an '09 Elantra. My owner's manual states oil and oil filter change to be done every 6,000km or 6 months, whichever comes first. Yet, I see posts everywhere stating that the same manual in the U.S. directs OCI to be 7,500 miles. That's over 12,000km, double the mileage in Canada. Is this normal? :surprise:

    My manual makes no reference to "normal" or "extreme" driving, neither offers different OCI for different driving conditions.

  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    Perhaps the manufacturer (or the marketing department, or the legal department) considers all driving in Canada to be "severe conditions." More likely, they're recommending more stringent service intervals in order to minimize their warranty costs. Does Canada get the same warranty coverage as the US (60k miles bumper to bumper, 100k miles powertrain)?
  • Stephen, it's 60K km and 100K km, not miles, up here. So, same numbers, but discounted to kms. Nice deal, eh? lol

    What baffles the mind is not only that, but how in Niagara Falls Ontario we can have 60K/100K km warranty and 6K oil change intervals, yet in Niagara Falls States side, just a quick walk across the bridge, you have double the oil change interval at 7.5K - DOUBLE - and your warranty now becomes 60K/100K miles - 60% better than ours in kms! It truly baffles the mind how they can get away with this.
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    Hyundai didn't give the US market the big warranty until they realized how bad their reputation was here. Maybe they didn't need that warranty to sell cars in Canada--IIRC the company had a better reputation and a longer history Up There than it did Down Here.

    But yeah, y'all get the short end of the stick on a lot of things. OTOH, you get the Mazda3 2.0 hatchback, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, the Fit LX.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    What has worked best for me over the several decades and many different engines, including two Elanras, is that during extreme summer with lots of traffic, 3K mile intervals. Normal driving, good mix of highway and town, 5K mile intervals. Always use top grade oil (Castrol GTX, Valvoline) and Hyundai filters. 7K mile intervals, in my opinion, should be reserved for highway cruising in moderate temps. In my case, never. I have opened valve covers to change gaskets on engines with 70K miles on them where this has been done, and found no varnish or buildup of any kind. I have never had an oil related failure in an engine, whether 4cyl, v6, or v8. I hope Murphy didn't hear that! :surprise:
  • Thanks for the replies, stephen and jlflemmons. Yes, just doing a bit of research long before I have to do the first oil change. I don't do a lot of driving. Just very short commutes to and from work, but all highway - ten minute hwy trips each way. I was planning to do more frequent oil changes than recommended, regardless, but then came across the disparity in warranties and service interval directions and found that odd and interesting.

    Yes, we're kind of lackadaisical up here in Canada on a lot of issues. We don't complain enough and pay for that complacency in areas like this warranty. Oh well, what can you do? (<--- case in point. LOL)

    Next, I'll be debating with self on synthetic versus conventional. I don't want to drop that debate bomb in this thread, so will do a bit of looking around and latch onto an existing thread somewhere (if one does exist).

    Off to get rust proofing done today. Factory rust proofing simply doesn't stand up to our salted winter roads in most makes and models, in my experience.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Well, don't feel too bad. I don't know if it is still the same way, but on both my '02 and '05 Elantra the timing belt change interval was 60K miles in 49 states, and 100K miles in California. Same engine, same car. Had something to do with the product liability/warranty laws in California, since the engine was warranted for 100K miles, and the timing belt was not considered a "maintenance" item.
  • jdt3stkjdt3stk Posts: 1
    my elantra has a horrible alignment problems i have aligned it every six months since i have gotten it in 2006 and my tires are getting woren to the steel lining. are there any permanent fixes for this problem. other then going to get a alignment every six months :( :confuse:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,933
    No car should need alignment every six months. Have you had the car checked by a dealer or other mechanic to see why it needs the constant alignments? Also, did you buy the car new or used, and if used is there any chance the car was in an accident before you bought it?

    What symptoms are causing you to have the car aligned every six months?
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    I would 1) find out who has been slamming curbs with your car, 2) a better alignment shop, 3) what is wrong in the front suspension, or 4) make sure your tires are properly inflated. Alignment is not a particular issue with this generation of Elantra's, and definitely not to the extreme you are encountering. At 60K miles the alignment on my '05 was dead on. Same for my '02.

    I know the first part of this post looks a bit smart-[non-permissible content removed], but seriously, be very suspicious of alignment shops that keep telling you the alignment is off every six months. If a car (most any car) is properly aligned, has no worn/damaged components, has properly inflated tires, and is driven normally, it will stay in alignment. Doesn't matter if it is an Elantra, a pick-up truck, or a Corvette, the alignment doesn't just "move" without external forces (or failure to properly tighten the adjustments after the alignment.

    Can I ask where you are having your alignments performed?
  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    Are you hitting any potholes or rough road in your driving? Or possibly hitting speed bumps at an angle?

    And are your tires balanced properly?
  • Hi,
    I just bought a 2009 Elantra GLS but found that when I used the power key to lock the car, the head light didn't blink although all doors can be locked. The manual says it should blink once, so is any problem with the key or the anti-theft system? Thanks!
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Double check the manual. Some systems lock the doors on the first click, and arm the security on the second click, and flash the lights. That's the way my GM works.
  • I *think* the manual says the hazard lights blink - not the headlights, and that's what does happen with mine.
  • rguedelrguedel Posts: 11
    I have a 2004 Elantra with 67,000 miles on it. The check engine light came on and I got the following codes: P2626 and P0420. Any ideas?

  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    I would like to get some forum user feedback on the Elantra timing belt replacement. I have three of these cars, one of which is approaching 60,000 miles and due for the belt per Hyundai.

    My questions are:

    1)Does anyone have experience with this belt breaking before replacement? If so, what was the mileage and age of the belt?

    2) Has anyone replaced the belt and examined it for condition? If so, what was the mileage and age when replaced.

    I trying to determine a reasonable replacement interval. If it can go from 60 to 75 thousand miles with minimal risk it would add 90,000 miles of usage to the total of the three vehicles in 150,000 of driving for each.

    At this point I am leaning toward replacing it at 75,000 miles, at which point I'll examine it and report to the forum.

    Thanks. --Jack
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    One point of reference is that the same belt, in the same engine, has a service interval of 100K miles for vehicles sold in California. Not saying I would take it that long, but that is interesting.
  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    I think that has something to do with CA state law and what they consider to be part of the powertrain.

    I wonder how many of them have failed and been fixed under warranty in CA...

    Oh and it's not the same engine, as any fine-print lawyer type will tell you. It's the PZEV variant of the 2.0L which of course means it's different (even though the difference probably amounts to very little realistically).
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Yeah, it is pretty much legal-speak with regard to emissions. The CA version is microscopically cleaner, probably handled through the software tuning more than the mechanics themselves.

    The local shop foreman for Hyundai showed me the emissions for an Elantra, and pointed out that the car could be run in a closed garage without ever reaching hazardous carbon monoxide levels. Not that he would recommend testing it, though!

    Want to try a neat trick? If you have an Elantra with a trip computer, get on smooth level pavement, take the speed up to 50mph, and look at the instant fuel economy. With the tires inflated to 32psi, the '05 model GT would hold at 50MPG! This is what is referred to as the "sweet spot" where aerodynamics, power band, and rolling resistance all come into balance. Push just to 55mph and it will come down several mpg, but watching that little 2.0L do it's thing is amazing. :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,933
    And that is the '05 Elantra, before the car got improvements for FE in the engine and transmission. I've hit that sweet spot on my '04 GT before, although I get closer to mid-40s on a real drive in real traffic on the freeway. The 2007+ Elantras should do even better. But at 70-75 mph, mid-30s is all I can get.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Yeah, at 75mph 32 was all the mileage I could get. Ran good at that speed, though. ;)
  • jacktbjacktb Posts: 41
    Yes. The California 100K interval makes me think this belt will last a decent while past 60k. This is one of the main reasons I am trying to get more real-world data. --Jack
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