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#84 of 3419 Gas Light , Fuel Overfill
Mar 03, 2002 (10:52 am)
I have a 1998 Hyundai Elantra that I bought brand new with 300 miles on it now I have 90,000 miles on it knock on wood I've had no major problems.
I just have two minor problems, first is if I pump gas in the car fast it backsplashes, when the car was under warranty the dealership said nothing could be done just pump your gas slower. The second thing is my low fuel light never comes on if it does it just comes on for a second then goes back out, that in its self isn't a big deal except its supposed to work.
Just wondered if anyone else has had these problems.
#85 of 3419 Fuel Guage problem....2002 GT
Mar 08, 2002 (6:07 pm)
First I have to say this car is a very nice surprise! I was looking for something new, inexpensive and useful. This fit the bill perfectly!
My only problem (with 1000 miles) is the fuel gauge/trip computer. On my third fill-up (ten dollars worth) I noticed the gauge only read 1/4. It should be at least 3/4. Later I noticed the miles-until-gas computer was reading 180... then started to climb to 201 miles as I drove. The gauge was reading just under 1/2 at that time. I read (msg #26) someone else had a very similar problem, but haven't come across the outcome. Any help would be great.
#86 of 3419 re: Fuel guage problem of jofficer
Mar 09, 2002 (2:53 am)
Sounds similar to my problem all right. Along with what I previously stated here's a tip or two:
1) reset your trip calculator and MPG display everytime you fill up. After the fill-up see how much gas was used by dividing the replaced amount into the trip-calculator-distance travelled. This will give you the most accurate mpg range(get familiar with this). Check the mpg readout on the computer at this time and I think you'll find both very similar.
Over time you'll know what the overall range of travel is on a full tank of gas. Try to become less dependant on the fuel gauge/trip computer.This will make the screwy readings less bothersome, and frankly,less important of a feature.
2)Don't run your take on empty,but try a few fill-ups when you're down to 1-2 gallons. Sometimes this will "float" the sensor to a more appropiate and logical reading.
3) After numerous fill-ups (I now have over 18,000 miles driven)I have found that my readings fluxuate still. For the most part upon fill-ups my FULL indicator is right on or a little off(to the right... 3/4). The "miles-until-gas" display will always be in flux. If your MPG display is high( 30mpg or +)you'll find the 'miles-until-gas' display adjusting to your average mpg! When your driving habits promote poor mpg, the 'miles-until-gas' will show a crappy range.
4) the fuel gauge/trip computer is a so-so amenity for me. If it really bugs you...TAKE IT IN UNDER THE WARRANTY and get it replaced.
Just remember: the odometer is written in stone,no variables. The trip indicator(x2) display can be reset to fit any distance travelled, pretty straightforward. The MPG display changes while you drive and can be reset as you learn your city/hwy driving style. It seems that the 'miles-until-gas' display sometimes is in parity with the fuel gauge display,sometimes not...this is the only potential bug-a-boo for me because if I don't know my FULL TANK range I risk running out of gas. At 18,000 miles every fill-up has indicated 30mpg (+ or -) and I use 400-425 as my overall potential before a mandatory gas stop.
5) Figure out how much gas you got left when your fuel gauge low fuel indicator goes on...btw, when you get REALLY REALLY low, the 'miles-until-gas' icon will also flash, and the 'miles-until-gas' numerical amount disappears from the display.
6) Though it seems like a hassle, fussing with this 'fuel gauge/trip computer' has actually been quite the learning experience. At some point I might have my warranty replace it...the hassle is minimal now.
#87 of 3419 Gas light, Fuel overfill by brio3
Mar 10, 2002 (5:36 pm)
I had a 98 Elantra with the same problem. I believe there was a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) put out by Hyundai to the dealers, but I am not sure if there was a fix. I drove mine 125K and then traded it. Had the problem til the day the car went.
#88 of 3419 Fuel Gauge problem...2002GT
Mar 13, 2002 (1:49 pm)
Although I dont have this problem on my GT I have read on the message boards that if you fill-up with the ignition on it cures this problem. Engine does not have to be running.
#89 of 3419 Engine Lag
Mar 13, 2002 (5:58 pm)
I just had a 7,500 mi. service on my GT 5-speed. Within the past week, the engine had been racing at 2,000 rpm or better when I braked to a stop; then, after a couple of seconds, would return to normal idle. The dealer's service dept. adjusted or replaced the throttle sensor assembly, which fixed my immediate problem. In addition, they performed an ECM (Electronic Control Module) update, per Service Bulletin 01-36-025. It seems to have cured the lag in second gear, around 40 mph, that many of you have noticed. This fix should hold true for the GLS as well. I hope this helps.
#90 of 3419 Leaving ignition on during fill-ups.
Mar 14, 2002 (12:13 am)
jofficer- I've tried leaving the ignition on while filling-up and it did'nt work for me. Also I was told it's not a good idea in general to have the ignition on at all during fill-ups.
#91 of 3419 paint problem
Mar 16, 2002 (4:45 pm)
We have a black 2000 elantra that has started to peel. Went to the dealer we purchased it from.(The proper vernacular per the dealer is "spotting on all top surfaces") The car has 33000 mi. on it.(paint warranty is 3yr./36000) Dealer says he cant warrant it and Hyundai rep most likely will not. dealer says Hyundai will most likely claim it is caused by acid rain etc. and will not repair. Am waiting to meet with rep (4-6 week wait). Has anyone else had a problem beside pam 49? If pam is still available I would like to hear more of your experience. Thanks
#92 of 3419 Paint problem
Mar 16, 2002 (6:55 pm)
ghenryl said --
"We have a black 2000 elantra that has started to peel. Went to the dealer we purchased it from.(The proper vernacular per the dealer is "spotting on all top surfaces") The car has 33000 mi. on it.(paint warranty is 3yr./36000) Dealer says he cant warrant it and Hyundai rep most likely will not. dealer says Hyundai will most likely claim it is caused by acid rain etc. and will not repair."
I think that you should stick to your complaint, and make sure that you have a well documented account of how this has happened. Including pictures.
Paint peeling, in my opinion, should not be caused by acid rain. Paint peeling is caused by poor paint adhesion to surfaces underneath. If this is factory paint then it is a manfacturing defect. I would also not consider going back to that dealership if they keep pedding this nonsense to the public, in the hopes that people would back off and drop the issue.
#93 of 3419 a lot of cars in the past have had paint problems...
Mar 17, 2002 (7:59 am)
I've seen a lot of Ford, GM and Chrysler products with lousy paint. Some look like the paint is coming off in sheets! I knew some people that got their cars repainted (warranty) and other that didn't.I agree with wmoses about the acid rain... that should have nothing to do with paint coming off. It would take a hell of a lot of acid to remove paint on such a new car. There would be a lot of dead lawns around your house!
I paint Aircraft for a living (as well as other A/C stuff), and the prep before painting is very important! Without a clean sturdy base the top coat won't hold for very long. Stick to your guns, and keep making noise at the dealer/representative level.... or higher if you can get the numbers.