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#5477 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra Loud Squeaking Noise [sue60]
Dec 28, 2009 (8:18 pm)
I will give you some more good news. Brake jobs on an Elantra are very, very easy. It sounds like you have a good shop to deal with, so they will probably be straight with you.
I don't recall if you stated if this was a GT model. With regard to the brakes, a GT uses disc brakes in the rear, where the GLS uses drums. Both are very effective, but the GT pads are very small and non-metallic, thus only last about 20K miles, depending on your driving style. All Elantras use disc brakes in the front, and the pads are semi-metallic. From experience I can tell you that while the Hyundai brand brake pads are more expensive, they last a lot longer. I have compared the Hyundai pad to the Wagner brand, and the Hyundai has quite a bit more material. Both will stop the car equally well, but common sense tells you that with comparable material, more will last longer.
I have owned both an '02 GLS and an '05 GT. Both were excellent vehicles.
#5478 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra Loud Squeaking Noise [jlflemmons]
Dec 28, 2009 (8:47 pm)
Actually any 2001-6 Elantra with ABS has 4 wheel disc brakes, and as you pointed out they are standard on the GT even w/o ABS. But it wasn't stated if the car had ABS either.
#5479 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra brakes
Dec 29, 2009 (11:28 am)
I don't know about 20,000 on pads; I had an '04 GT, and replaced the rear brakes at 60,000, and the fronts were OEM when I traded at 100,000.
#5480 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra brakes [dovid2]
Dec 29, 2009 (1:59 pm)
Yeah, well, like I said, depends on how it is driven!
My GT also had the oversized Tiburon GT rear stabilizer installed with metal control rods. Handled like a go-kart. Had lots of fun surprising so called "premium handling" road cars in the twistees.
I miss that GT. That rear sway bar was the absolute best bang for the buck suspension mod that could be done. All parts totalled <$150, and made a huge difference in the handling. Actually had a touch of oversteer ala rwd.
#5481 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra Loud Squeaking Noise [sue60]
Dec 29, 2009 (4:56 pm)
Well this isn't going as well as I originally thought. Yesterday, the guy at the shop wasn't able to replicate the engine stalling when turning the wheels. It only happens intermittently but today he was able to replicate the problem. He thinks what's happening is there's a rod in the power steering pump and he thinks this is freezing up and causing the engine to nearly stall. Also the reason for the wear on the belt (which wasn't the best quality to begin with).
I don't know how the power steering could affect the engine running unless it's pinching a wire or something when the wheels are turned.
I'm wondering about the alternator belt that was mentioned as well but he didn't say anything about it.
A friend who works on his own cars and his company's cars will help us replace the brake pads and the air conditioning belt. Maybe we should look into replacing all the belts? Is this a fairly easy thing to do? We don't have a lot of money to spend on repairs at the moment but I don't want my son driving a car with the engine stalling on turns.
Some time soon we will have to replace the timing belt. Guy at the shop says it looks like it's still the original but it isn't in bad shape. It looks okay for now.
#5482 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra Loud Squeaking Noise [sue60]
Dec 29, 2009 (7:11 pm)
If the power steering pump is locking, it can stall the engine. There are other things that can do this, also, such as bad bearings in an alternator, or, and I didn't believe this until I witnessed it twice, a short in the battery. Usually, once a hard short in the battery occurs, it stays shorted, but when it happens, it can put enough load on the alternator that it can actually stop the engine. And if you try to jump start a car with a hard shorted battery, you can melt the jumper cables.
If that is the original timing belt at 89K miles, you better plan on getting it changed. The Elantra (and most cars these days) has an "interference" engine, which means that if the belt breaks, the piston in the engine can make contact with the valves and bend them, an expensive repair. Don't get mad at Hyundai for this, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, along with most domestics, have this same characteristic.
#5483 of 5565 Re: 2003 Elantra Loud Squeaking Noise [sue60]
Dec 30, 2009 (4:09 pm)
Thanks for all the tips. Picked up the Elantra this morning and it runs perfectly. No more loud squeaking noise. Pretty weird the power steering pump could cause the engine to stall like that but the problem appears to be fixed.
Even with the repair and a few maintenance items my son still got a great deal!
Feb 10, 2010 (5:18 pm)
as with a lot of posts i have seen my 'check engine' light came on and wouldnt shift, when i turned off the car and restarted it it ran fine until it happened again, i took it in and was told the speed sensor was going out but i later found out there are two (input and output) i dont know which to replace. do i need to definately replace both? 2001 elantra 135k...priced $107 each
Feb 10, 2010 (5:26 pm)
2002 elantra 135k check engine light on wont shift have to restart to reset car found out speed sensor going out wasnt told there are two...do both have to be replaced and is it dealer item only...first problem with the care ever...
#5486 of 5565 BMW rips off Elantra styling!
Feb 13, 2010 (12:51 pm)
Yes, incredible as it may seem, BMW clearly copied the styling of the 2001-6 Elantra hatchback for its new 550i GT!
Sorry, could not resist.