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#124 of 3418 Automatic Transmission Issues
Apr 12, 2002 (9:25 am)
ross2764 said --
"This is the fourth service related issue with my vehicle. Car delivered with an unbalanced wheel. Next visit for a broken windshield wiper motor. Another visit for a broken power mirror motor and now I have to make appointment for a transmission that feels like it is failing. This combined with all the rattles and buzzes described in previous posts is making me feel like I made a poor decision purchasing this vehicle."
I am sorry to hear of the troubles you are having with this car. Maybe if this were to persist you should consider trying to get the car replaced under the "Lemon Law".
Not all Hyundais have the problems you are having. For instance, I have had 4 since 1989 and have not had any of the problems that you have had. My problems had to do with crappy busings in the 1989 Sonata and 1993 Elantra GL that "going" and leading to clunking in the suspension. This was essentially cured in my 1996 Elantra.
My 2002 GT has no problems thus far and I have over 5000 miles on mine as well.
#125 of 3418 It's ba-aaaaack
Apr 12, 2002 (7:38 pm)
Well, the rattle/buzz at around 2500 rpm when lifting off the clutch has returned, after being banished for half-a-day. It does seem to be lessened from before, but it's defintely there and shows up in the same circumstances. I called the Hyundai service manager today to give her the bad news. She said she'd tell the Hyundai senior tech, and I'll bring it back for another try in a few days, when a part I ordered comes in. It felt so good when this noise was gone, I want to kill it for good.
#126 of 3418 Low beams buring out too quickly
Apr 14, 2002 (12:41 pm)
I purchased a 2001 Elantra in May of 2001. In January 2002 with 12,401 miles on the car I had to replace both low beam bulbs. Today, is April 14, 2002 and I noticed that the low beam on the driver side is out again. Has anyone seen this issue before? I drive with my headlights on at all times but I have never seen bulbs burn out this quickly.
Apr 14, 2002 (1:29 pm)
Forgive me for asking, but why do you drive with lights on at all times? I understand the reasoning behind DRL (safety), but my guess would be that a car is indeed running when I see it moving.
#129 of 3418 Burnt out lowbeams
Apr 15, 2002 (9:26 am)
Ohiohobo - you may just be suffering from bad luck in getting defective bulbs, but there are a couple of things that could make the bulbs burn out early. First, check that both of the headlight assemblies are bolted to the car securely. If they are rattling, the vibration could cause premature light failure. Second, check the voltage regulator. If your voltage is too high, it could shorten the life of the bulbs. (The headlight sure do burn brighter in the meantime, though!).
As for driving with your lights on during the day, I'm right there with you. I've been in two severe accidents where drivers turned in front of me because they didn't see me coming, and I figure that the extra visibility afforded by having the lights on is worth it.
#130 of 3418 gt_fan, do these have adjustable regulators?
Apr 15, 2002 (1:15 pm)
The last car I had with one was a '64 VW Bug.
Drive with my lights on......Hell yhea.... too many old people around here that seem to look through you. The lights seem to catch there attention! I'm so glad these cars turn the lights off for you, though. I've needed a jump more than once in other's that don't!
#131 of 3418 Voltage regulator
Apr 15, 2002 (2:05 pm)
Joffficer - I'd be amazed if the GT's regulator was adjustable. My best guess is that it's incorporated into the alternator like most other cars nowadays. I'll take a look at my factory manual at home tonight and see what the check procedure is for it.
Not to pick on old folks, (but I'm gonna do it anyway), the second of my two not-seen accidents was an 83 year old lady hanging a left in front of my motorcycle. I flew over her hood and landed on my head, helmeted of course. A cop later told me "She was so high on her medication that she literally didn't know she'd been in an accident. She'da kept right on going if your bike wasn't jammed under her bumper!"
Yup. Headlights all the time now.
#132 of 3418 ok...one more..
Apr 16, 2002 (7:00 am)
This past Easter I was doing some planting in my garden. I have a car I keep parked on the road (older toyota), and have become accustomed to dings. I heard the smack of another car hitting my bumper, and ran to see what happened. A lady (had to be 80) was trying to leave......hit and run! Luckily I had my phone and called the police. She later told me her foot slipped off the brake. It looked more like she didn't know where she was on the road! Luckily there was no major damage.
If this had been my new Hyundai I would have been VERY angry.
There should be a MANDATORY retest for driving after age 55. I know this would be a pain for many, but it sure would help. I gave up my motorcycle after three very close calls in one week (all having to do with old people)!
This would be a great Edmunds Townhall discussion, but it would probably be squashed.
#133 of 3418 Voltage regulator info
Apr 16, 2002 (10:32 am)
Sure enough, the voltage regulator is integrated into the alternator. With the engine running, the voltage across the battery should be between 14 and 14.7 volts. More than that and you probably need to get the regulator changed out.