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#5434 of 5565 Re: 2001 Elantra 5spd 130K - small issues popping up [hmowner]
Jul 29, 2009 (6:51 am)
My check engine light used to go on all the time, right after I purchased the car in 2002, after I got gas, and the dealer assumed that it was from the vapor getting in from the gas cap. His recommendation was to turn the cap 4 to 5 times. If I recall, it did happen once after that, and I finally had the check engine light disconnected.
My driver side window switch also broke...but have not had it repaired. I just pull it back up when it goes all the way down. Not worth the money to have it repaired right now.
My car used to vibrate when I braked also, but it ended up being the problem of the control arm. The control arm will rust with wear, so be sure you have that checked. There is now a recall on all 2001 control arms. Mine snapped in half after existing off a highway...very dangerous. Once the control arm was repaired, my car no longer vibrates when I brake.
My suspension is getting worse and noticeable when I go over bumps in the road. However, it doesn't seem as bad if I let the car warm up, and slow down the acceleration before I take off.
Unfortunately, the servicemen at my Hyundai Dealer are not good at all, and have found that my own garage mechanic does a better job . May people, including myself, have had to go back twice to them to get a minor job fixed, when my garage mechanic was able to repair it on the first try. I strugged with awful breaks for 2 years, because they could never fix them right, but my mechanic did.
#5435 of 5565 Re: 01 Elantra Control Arm [johngotts]
Jul 29, 2009 (6:54 am)
Believe it or not, I have received the reimbursement for the control arm repaired. It took almost 9 weeks, and a few reminders from me. But at least I received it.
#5436 of 5565 Re: speed senosrs [dria24]
Jul 29, 2009 (7:02 am)
Had to have my transmission sensors replaced. They transmission didn't go...the car just wouldn't switch gears. They fixed one, and then the other one went. Since I have had them both replaced, the car has run fine, and have had no transmissin problem.
#5437 of 5565 Recall and other fun stuff
Jul 30, 2009 (6:02 pm)
After being told a month ago by my servicing dealer that there "isn't a recall" for my car, I decided to call Hyundai to inquire. Sure enough, there is a recall, just as NHTSA said. This is the control arm recall for rust-belt states, and interestingly, it is the first recall that I have NOT received in the mail. Anyway, it will be looked at on Tuesday and I am not all that comfortable with an inspection, some holes drillled, and rustproofing being applied. I want replacement parts.
The other issue is the return of a rub-rub-rub sound on each rotation of the front wheels, whether I am coasting or in gear. A different dealer that will NOT be getting my business anymore has supposedly replaced wheel bearings under warranty, but I am quite suspicious. My more trusted dealer will look at it and decide. I think the first dealer should get a smack-down from Hyundai if they lied about this work.
It is interesting to me how some dealers and shops talk to people or sometimes hide their non-work as if we don't know what's going on. It doesn't happen to me often, but when it does I get irritated. How could I not know what's "normal" or not on this car, the only one I drive, on which I am the one who has put 98,000 miles? Give me a break. OK, I'm through.
Mine is a 2001 GLS 5-speed. Just had her 8th birthday, and just about to roll 98K. Great little car.
#5438 of 5565 Re: Recall and other fun stuff [jimbeaumi]
Jul 30, 2009 (6:15 pm)
The only way I found it was going to be on a recall, is when I looked it up in the Hyundai Web...at that time it had not turned into a recall as yet, but they still honored all the information I sent them. I had my own mechanic do the work on the control arm, only because that's where I had my car towed to. Of course, the whole arm had to be replaced because it snapped, so I didn't have to deal with the drilling of holes and rust proofing. By then it was too late. I did keep the parts, in case they refused to reimburse me.
Truthfully, I don't trust my hyundai service dept., and sounds like your dealer is just as bad. It sounds like the new hyundais are getting better, but that doesn't mean the dealer is any better. This is the first dealer that I've brought my car to, that the service dept has no clue on how to fix a car.
They also told me, when they inspected the control arm after it had been replaced that they thought they could hear coming from exhaust and suggested that I have a new exhause put in, because they didn't think it would pass inspection. Fortunately it did, so again, they were full of crap, and just wanted me to give them more money. I don't trust them. Actually someone should report these people.
#5439 of 5565 Re: Recall and other fun stuff [sweetchariot]
Jul 30, 2009 (8:31 pm)
I guess I got lucky with my dealer. When I had my Elantra's ('02, '05) they were great about service work and warranty work.
What tells a lot about a dealer is when they come in and say something like "While we had your car on the rack the tech took a look at everything underneath. All looks good, and he says you should look at the brakes in another 10k or so."
This sort of thing happened regularly with both my cars. They even knew I did a lot of my own repair, and the shop foreman would comment that so-and-so parts were good for this or that repair, but Hyundai parts should be used for some other repair. He was very specific about brake pads. He was right, the aftermarket stuff came with good pads, the Hyundai pads came with thicker pads and all the shims and springs.
#5440 of 5565 Control Arms and Rubbing Noise
Jul 31, 2009 (4:47 am)
Too bad you're taking it to the dealer. The best way to fix this is locally, and getting reimbursed by Hyundai. That's what I did. New parts, no cost. Hey, the way I look at it, if they don't want to send the recall out, oh well...
Re: the rubbing noise...if a little pressure applied on the brakes makes it go away, then you know where to look.
#5441 of 5565 Re: Recall and other fun stuff [jimbeaumi]
Jul 31, 2009 (6:37 am)
FYI...As I previously posted, I did get reimbursed on the repair of the Control Arm. My own mechanic did it , all new parts, and it automatically comes with the rust proofing so they say, and my car feels better than it did when I bought it. I wouldn't let Hyundai do it...it's only a patch job.
#5442 of 5565 On the cusp/Control arms/Rub Rub Rub
Aug 05, 2009 (4:33 pm)
The more trusted of two dealer choices inspected the control arms and used the "drill and coat" method. Only Hyundai dealers are to do recall work, as Hyundai will tell you. I would have preferred parts, but I will have my independent mechanic inspect it soon when the brakes are done.
The rub-rub-rub is from warped rotors, as I should have guessed. Any time tires are rotated or brakes are inspected, mechanics seem to enjoy torquing lug nuts as tightly as they can, and many of us here know this results in warped rotors. Then again, it has been THREE years since my front brake pads and rotors were replaced, so I've done OK with the pads, and I expect someone to warp my rotors at some point; I'm rarely disappointed. I was surprised I had gone so long between brake jobs. On the whole, I have put relatively little money into this car in eight years, and it is still a champ.
If I walk out and push the car another inch it'll roll 98,000 miles. I'm on the cusp of losing my great warranty protection, including the bumper to bumper I extended at purchase. There is no question that I would buy another Hyundai. When I included it in my choices eight years ago, it was with a healthy dose of skepticism. This little car has far exceeded my expectations. Edmunds needs a peach Emotorcon that happy drivers like me can use.
#5443 of 5565 Re: On the cusp/Control arms/Rub Rub Rub [jimbeaumi]
Aug 05, 2009 (4:55 pm)
Well, the control arm was repaired right before it became a recall, and when it did get a recall I didn't even get a notice on it...so, as far as I'm concerned, they can't blame anyone for taking the job to their own mechanic when the piece breaks without warning. I didn't know what it was, and didn't know it had a recall until after I had it repaired. I looked on the web just for the heck of it, and that's when I heard there were problems on this part. Most hyundai dealers are probably good at what they do, unfortunately, the one in our area cannot be trusted...too many people have had problems with this one.