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#591 of 1769 1998 Accent
Jul 16, 2001 (5:38 pm)
My daughter purchased a 1998 Accent L (dark green, 5-sp, a/c, 36k) this past weekend. The car is basically in good shape and she's happy with it. However, she just noticed a rattling noise from the clutch/trans when the car is in neutral with the clutch out. Press in the clutch and the noise goes away. I believe this is the throw-out bearing. Stopped by the dealer and they said the warranty should cover it, As long as there's no evidence of "massive abuse", whatever that means. I noticed an earlier post about this and wanted to know if this is a common repair and if anything else could be done to keep it from recurring. Is there an underlying cause for this or is it just the t/o bearing?
The car also has a strong shimmy at 60-65 mph. It tracks fine, doesn't pull. I've noticed a few posts about this, most seem to thinks it's in the tires. Would an alignment help? The front tires are new and if it doesn't get any worse, she'll probably just let it go until it needs two more tires. Any suggestions on replacements?
Finally the tape deck doesn't work. My oldest daughter bought a '95 Elantra the same day and her tape deck doesn't work either. Is this a problem with Hyundai decks? Can it be easily (cheaply) fixed or is it best to just start saving for CD players?
Thanks for any ideas.
Jul 16, 2001 (9:31 pm)
I was the one that mentioned a noise from my clutch. My car doesn't rattle though, it just makes a barely audible whirring sound when the car is hot and in neutral. Depressing the clutch does get rid of the noise so I think I just have a low quality throw-out release bearing. It hasn't affected the performance of the car and the noise actually got less with age, to the point I usually don't even notice it anymore. As far as I know, I have been the only one to mention this noise, so I don't think it's a common problem. Either the bearing in her car was just a faulty bearing or the person that owned the car before misused the clutch. The only real things that wear those bearings out are sitting at a light with the car in gear and the clutch depressed, or riding the clutch on hills. Avoid these things, and you shouldn't ever have a problem with the bearing again.
As for the shimmy, an alignment would be a complete waste of money if the car isn't pulling. Balancing the wheels should cure the problem, or it's possible that she has a bent rim. I would just save the money for a CD player since fixing the tape probably means replacing the whole thing. Hope that answers your questions.
#593 of 1769 lngtonge18
Jul 17, 2001 (1:39 pm)
Yes, thanks. If I read you right, you never had the bearing replaced, it just quieted down. I'll listen to the car again and talk to my mechanic before I take it to the dealer. Thanks again.
#594 of 1769 2001 accent GS vs 2001 Daewoo Lanos
Jul 26, 2001 (4:31 pm)
We are looking at the above two cars - any thoughts? We are looking for a commuter vehicle - good gas mileage and reliability. Any advice? Experience with either?
#595 of 1769 Go for the Accent
Jul 27, 2001 (12:20 am)
While the Daewoo Lanos is a fine looking car, the Accent'd probably be a safer bet ... it's been around longer and has a better reputation ... not to mention that Daewoo as a company is going thru some financial difficuly at present.
Jul 28, 2001 (12:13 am)
I just recently purchased a gs, and I am wondering if anyone else has had the door rattle and the seat belt connector squeak. If I put pressure on the door it stops is there anything that I might be able to do to stop this beside taking it to the dealer. The seat belt connector only squeaks when it is connected with the belt hook. Anyone have any ideas about this one too?
#597 of 1769 seat belt squeak
Jul 28, 2001 (10:35 am)
I had the same squeak in my 00 Accent driver side seat belt connector. Just spray the inside of the connector with some WD-40. That got rid of my squeak.
#598 of 1769 Malfunction Indicator (Check Engine Light)
Jul 29, 2001 (3:36 pm)
Today at 5400km (3350 miles), the "Check Engine" light remained lit after the car had been started and did not go out after a few seconds as per "normal". This is the first time this has happened. The car drives fine, with no noticable change in behaviour. Is this something to be concerned about?
#599 of 1769 Indicator light....
Jul 29, 2001 (7:59 pm)
Check to make sure your gas cap is on tight. This seems to be a common cause of the indicator light going on....
#600 of 1769 Hatchback Safety
Jul 31, 2001 (8:19 pm)
For the past month I have been researching subcompacts for a "freeway" second car to share with three drivers and two passengers - my three year old granddaughter and my daughter's huge chocolate labrador. We were looking for safety,
(AS,air bags, good impact test results), fuel efficiency (over 35mpg), convenience (power rear view mirrors, doors, locks, fold-down seats and adjustable height seating)and a price at least half as much as we paid for our '98 Senna. After looking at the Civic, New Beetle, Ford Focus, Golf, Accent and Lands Hatch backs, we really fell in love with both the Accent and Lands hatch backs with power packages. We checked Edmund's Town Hall and the safety records and couldn't find one single crash test - and no real discussions of safety. Quite frankly I can't fit easily in and out of the Civic, Beetle or Golf with my oh knees
(arthritis), and the Ford doesn't have such great mileage. It's absolutely crazy to not have safety information before buying a car- I don't understand why the manufacturers don't do the testing BEFORE they put the vehicles on the market - like they do medicines or cosmetics! Has anyone had a bad accident in an Hyundai Accent or Daewoo Lanos and walked away from it without crushed legs or a penetrated head as the tests claim will happen?