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Hyundai Elantra Audio Questions



  • masondcmasondc Posts: 4
    I have a new 2007 Hyundai Elantra with XM radio. I am a loyal XM radio fan but so far have had a frustrating time with the installed XM radios because I cannot figure out how to scroll through program information in the way normal XM radios work.

    So far as I can tell, you can only scroll through channels in the installed XM radio. But most XM radios have three levels of detail -- Channel, Program (i.e., what's on this hour), and Detail. For example, if you are watching an MLB baseball game you will see:

    Channel: 179 -- MLB Baseball
    Program: Braves vs. Nationals
    Detail: 2-0, Top 3rd, 1 out

    With a normal XM radio you can set the radio to show the "Program" level and scroll through all the baseball games. But on the Elantra you have to scroll through Channel -- which gives you no detail -- and stop at every channel, then hit the info button to see more about the program. A real pain in the butt.

    Does anyone know a way to set the XM to scroll through other levels of detail? It is possible I am missing something, but I have tried everything I could think of.
  • Hello masondc from California.
    We just bought the Elantra GLS, preferred package with the XM option. Wondering what the cost is for subscribing to XM radio nowadays?
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
  • fjej1970fjej1970 Posts: 2
    Hi I have a 2006 Elantra and i recently upgrade the factory stock Stereo witha JVC HD Radio and i would like to upgrade the speakers but i dont know how to remove the old ones Any help?
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    To get to the door speakers, take the door panels off. There are some screws on the rear edge (with plastic covers over them), at the armrest (with plastic covers over them) and near the handle. Once that screw is out, remove the plastic "bowl" it was holding in. Then there are pop fasteners around the bottom and sides; just pop them off by pulling away from the door so the bottom of the door is free and clipped in only at the top, then lift the whole thing up so it disengages at the top by the window. You have to disconnect electrical connectors for the courtesy light at the bottom corner and the power window switches.

    To reinstall it, it helps to remove the little piece of triangular trim by the rear view mirror; otherwise it's just the opposite of taking it off.

    With the trim off, you should have easy access to the speakers.

    To replace rear speakers, click here if you have a sedan or if you have a hatch, fold the seat back down and remove the rear speaker trim by loosening the two bolts visible from the cargo area:


    And the bolt and screw in the rear seat area:


    Then pull the piece up and toward the middle of the car. There will be a slot to slide the seat belt out.

    Speaker size, I think, is 6-3/4" in the doors, 6-3/4" in the rears on the hatch version (6-1/2" can work for 6-3/4"), and 6" x 9" for the rears on the sedan.
  • fjej1970fjej1970 Posts: 2
    I forgot to mention that mine is a 2006 Sedan not Hatchback, thx.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Then just click the link before the first picture.
  • gblackwegblackwe Posts: 8
    Is Hyundai supposed to provide a cable to connect your MP3/iPOD to the radio?
  • harlqnharlqn Posts: 18
    I never saw anything pre-sale that indicated it was part of the deal. But about 3 weeks after buying the car, a cable with a HONKING big isolator block showed up in the mail directly from Hyundai (not the dealer).
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Maybe they have problems with the signal getting corrupted by noise.
  • harlqnharlqn Posts: 18
    Not sure. I already had a mini to mini audio cable, so I've been using that with not hitches. I can't hear a difference between the cables, neither.
  • Just purchased a 2007 Elantra SE that doesn't have XM pre-installed. I will be taking it back to the dealer to have it installed (on them! I clearly stated that I wanted it and the car on the lot in the color I wanted did not have XM already, though I was told it did.) Anyway, I'm kind of afraid to have it installed aftermarket because I don't understand what happens to the mast antenna. If it has to be removed (and I would imagine it does) what happens to that spot on the body of the car? I better not be left with a gaping hole!
  • Recently I started getting an error code - Er8 - when I try to switch to use my tape player. This wouldn't normally be an issue but I use a tape adapter to listen to my iPod. A few days ago a girl at my office backup into my car. Could that bump knock the tape deck into a security mode? Any help would be much appreciated.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    This is what I wrote over in Edmunds Answers in case you missed it:

    This is a real long shot, but it's free. Many people have had success in getting "stuck" CD players to work by disconnecting the negative battery cable for a few minutes. The theory is that you can reboot or reset the unit this way. May be worth a try for your tape deck as well.

    You'll lose your radio security code doing this (if you have one), so make sure you know what the code is. You'll also lose any adaptive settings so your Elantra may feel like it's driving a bit differently for a few miles or so until it relearns how you drive.

    Steve, visiting host
  • is it possible to install a subwoofer into the stock stereo on my 2008 hyundai elantra? i also have the special equipment package so i have a better stereo in my car.... also, if i were to install a subwoofer would it void my warranty?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Thanks Steve!
  • beaconbeacon Posts: 2
    We bought our Elantra GLS last June of 2007 and we like the car. But not yet a year old and the radio/cd/xm are dead. Possibly the fuse has blown. Couple of our friends told us before we looked into the Hyundai's that they have a consistent problem with fuses.
    I tried to change the fuse but found it difficult to remove the fuse w/my fat little fingers. Any suggestion on how I can do this myself???
  • fargondfargond Posts: 23
    I just purchased an 08 Elantra SE with factory XM.

    I have programmed stations into the first 2 banks of presets (6 in XM1, 6 in XM2).

    I normally leave it on bank 1 and then use the steering wheel preset Up/Down control to switch between the individual stations.

    Most of the time, when I use it, it properly moves between the presets.

    However, sometimes, when I hit up or down (say I'm on preset 4 and press up), it goes back to preset 1 instead of the right preset (in this example, 5).

    I have narrowed it down for sure to doing this IF I have hit the button when the info screen is showing "Category" instead of the station number/song title/artist.

    Is this by design? If so it doesn't make sense. Does it do this on anyone elses?

    Also, there have been 2 times where I have gotten in the car and it's been back on the first channel, the demo one, that is not in any of my presets on that bank. I haven't figured out why this is occuring either. Is it a loss of signal from XM due to my garage causing it?
  • bwaller78bwaller78 Posts: 23
    Yes it is possible, however you will need to get a converter that allows rca connections to the stock stereo as they do not come with pre amp rca connections. I have 2 subwoofers and two amps in my 07 elantra, but have after market radio. You can get the converter at any store that sells car audio equipment. It will not void the warranty with the subwoofer, unless they can prove that the subwoofer or any other aftermaket audio installed caused the problem. For example, the electrical system malfunctioning because of improper installation or use.
  • elykatupacelykatupac Posts: 3
    thanks bwaller, but do you have any instructions like that to show how it can be done? i sadly don't have a backround in car stereo's =/
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Here is a description of what one guy did to install a subwoofer. (You may have to register with that forum before it will let you see the thread.)
  • I'm trying to install an iPod on my car but I can't seem to find any aux input on the radio (I'm pretty sure the radio is original from the factory).

    Anyone has had this problem and got a solution for it? Right now, the only thing that comes to my mind is change the radio to something else aftermarket. Then again, that would be a hassle to install and I'd throwing away the current radio (I'm not gonna use it and I highly doubt if anyone would buy it?)

    So, anyone has a good solution on how to install an iPod on Elantra?

    Also, I've read that there's Aux Inputs on the later models of Elantra. Mine is the 2004 GLS model.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    One easy way is to get one of those little wireless transmitters that sends your iPod or MP3 signal over FM radio. They start around $20. It doesn't work real well in real big cities with crowded FM bands, but my oldest son uses one on an old 626 and I use it to pipe a portable DVD player's sound through the stereo system on our minivan on long trips and it works pretty well.

    Or get a new one. The Elantra has a standard slot for the radio, so installing a new unit would not be difficult. I've seen units with aux inputs starting under $100 at BestBuy et. al.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    I bought a new Kenwood car stereo as a gift for my son (also for me) for my 2004 GT, which my son and I share now, but he'll be taking to college next fall. It has the OEM Kenwood unit in it now. I'm replacing it because of various problems, including balkiness turning on when very cold, very poor AM reception, and frustrating controls. Also the new one has an aux input jack on the front, and CDs can be inserted w/o lowering the faceplate (a really poor design on the OEM unit I thought). I got a great deal on the new unit ($80), including free "basic" installation (parts extra).

    Which brings me to my question. I figure this should be a very simple install, since I'm replacing a Kenwood single DIN unit with another Kenwood single DIN unit. The audio shop thought it should be a simple swap, but wasn't sure. I'm taking it in for the install on Monday. Anybody know if this will be as easy as I expect it will be, i.e. no parts needed?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Since the new stereo was installed today, I have my answer: it WAS a simple swap. Took less than 30 minutes for the audio shop to do it, and no parts needed (i.e. a "basic install", so it was free). And the new Kenwood unit looks better than the OEM unit, sounds great (including AM), and looks like it could be a factory piece, with blue and red lighting that matches the GT's dash lighting. And the controls are a breeze to use, contrary to those on the old deck. Best $79.95 + tax I've ever spent (well, in a long time anyway).

    So anyone who has the '04 GT with the Kenwood stereo system and is less than pleased with it, you can swap it easily and inexpensively for something much better. FWIW, my new unit is the Kenwood KDC-MP142... at or near the bottom of the line, so if you want more features such as an iPod jack in addition to the aux input, and Bluetooth and satellite radio ready, there's units in the same line with similar controls and styling that will pop right into the '04 GT as my el cheapo unit did.

  • im looking to find a good spot on the firewall to put the 0 guage wire through for my amps its really tight under the hood. were should i put it????
  • eayalaeayala Posts: 5
    Hello. My car radio come with an Aux input, not on the radio but down by next to the [non-permissible content removed] gear. I try pluggin in an IPOD but did not work. Thougt I found it strange that the radio, did not have the option for Aux in.
    My question is the following.
    What is the Aux for that came on the Car?
    If I replace radio,(looking for something more sophisticated, but not expensive) what is the recomendation?

    thanks :confuse:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    I think you need an iPod adapter cable to work with that aux input. They cost around $30, available from your Hyundai dealer and maybe elsewhere.

    As for where that aux input is located... ooops. :blush:
  • I have a 2008 Elantra that I bought used 2 months ago. For the last 2 weeks, I have been getting a "loading" message on the radio display. I can't see the radio station or switch to the CD player or use my iPod. I called the dealership I bought it from and they say it needs to be replaced but the warranty won't cover it. Any easy fix?
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