That is probably what happened. The pre-1995 Elantras had a timing belt problem. If not promptly changed at around 50,000 miles, you run a great risk of it snapping on you. however, you say that you had it changed so you are not a fault here. I suspect that it was a Friday night and the Hyundai mechanic was pulling a Ford manuever by doing the job halfed assed; doing half the job, so it seems ok now but you are doomed to bring it back in Well, Im glad you were a satisfied owner of a 1992 Elantra. How many miles on it?
Maybe I am a on-trusting soul when it comes to dealers, has anyone considered that the belt wasnt even changed by the dealer? Ya never know, thats why I watch em as much as I can. I also want the old parts meaning belt etc that have been removed by not simply cutting them out. After all they are your parts.
Thank, you, Pat. And thank you for the all the responses. This is a little upsetting as I had planned to get a few more years out of the car. Here's a little more info: The belt was changed by my local garage (not the dealer) in May 1998 at 51,893 miles (recommended to be changed at the 60,000 mile servicing). The current mileage is 76,700. I have as little to do with the dealiership as possible because I find them extremely unhelpful (however, the actual service people are terrific and go out of their way to help when I call. The one time I called because the radiator went and he told me how much it would cost there and that it would be at least 2 weeks before they could schedule it and recommended a place in a nearby town. I called his recommendation and the owner said "bring it right in" and also drove me back to work and it was fixed that day). I now have a copy of the Michell Repair Info tech bulletin and it's dated Aug of 92 (which is when I bought the car). In January of 1999 my water pump went and I had that replaced at the garage where I broke down. Then I had a rough idle and took it to the dealer to check it out and they said the timing specs were out of whack and adjusted it. Plus it was inspected there later that year and they've had it a few times since then (free inspection for the life of the car is part o the purchase deal). I don't think I'm going to get any satisfaction from the dealer or Hyundai on this one. I just came from purchasing a new Chevy Cavalier which I'll pick up Wednesday. No more foreign cars for me. They definitely are cheaper and they're look nice but I think the reason they offer such wonderful warranties is because something not covered by the warranty will probably kill it so they don't have to pay out on what's covered by the warranty. I'll keep you posted on what I find out as I pursue this. Thanks.
I should've said that my local garage said that the chain was chewed up, one cylinder is gone, something about the compression, and other stuff that I don't understand. They do not want to put another engine in because it's an extremely expensive item and they feel that whatever the problem is that made Hyundai issue the bulletin to have the belt checked at 7500 mile intervals (not sure that this is common for other cars), may happen again with the next engine. I'm not comfortable driving a car that just dies while you're driving since my drive to and from work is 95% major highway where average speed is 75-80 mph and lots of trucks. I like to keep my cars for 12-15 years and get my money's worth and then some. I've never owned anything but a Chevy ('67 Malibu and '79 Monte which at about 112,000 I had a Corvette engine put in it and I believe it's still running) so I'm going back to them for security reasons.
Can you be more specific? My doors require a little more strength than normal to close when no other doors or windows are open, which suggests that the cabin is pretty airtight -- not that there's a problem with the doors.