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#120 of 3236 Re: '96 Hyundai Sonata AC and Ck Engine
Oct 05, 2003 (11:05 am)
The entire A/C compressor "burns out"? Or the clutch? If the clutch keeps failing, I'd wonder whether the installer(?) is tightening too much tension into the belt. That could cause A/C compressor clutch bearing failure and maybe A/C compressor bearing failure, too. However, if the A/C compressor, itself, keeps failing internally, I'd have to wonder if the installer(?) is bothering to add the required amount of -synthetic- refrigerant oil in... (1994 and later A/Cs on all U.S. and Canadian cars use arctic ozone layer-friendly R-134 refrigerant and this stuff requires a special, rather pricey, synthetic refrigerant oil. Not all the pressurized refrigerant oils-in-'o-can comply.) If the A/C compressor seizes up from lack of lubrication (or -proper- lubrication), the belt would shriek like a banshee before shearing. I have no idea whether your "Check Engine" indicator light is somehow related to your A/C compressor problem or not. But, it does sound like you need to have the stored error codes read and the mechanical malfunctions attended to by a Hyundai dealer service department. Diagnosing computerized car engine problems has pretty much gone beyond the capababilities of shadetree mechanics these days.
#121 of 3236 Burning Smell...Alternator Problems??
Oct 10, 2003 (7:01 pm)
My battery light has come on on 3 different occassions. The last time it came on, my car began to have a burning smell and the rear defroster would not work. I called the mechanic I usually use, and he said it sounded like the alternator. He told me to stop after work, and he would take a quick glance at it. I did, and he also noted the smell and checked the battery. He said I was "running on juice" and not to run anything (radio, lights, etc.). He said to take it to the dealership for the warrenty. I did, and the dealer told me "nothing is wrong with the car". Now, the rear defrost is working, the battery light is off, and it is not smelling. However, I still question whether this could be the alternator. Obviously, something is wrong with the car, or I would not have had these problems. However, since it didn't do it for the dealer, they are saying it is fine. I just picked it up tonight and am frustrated, fearing that is surely going to happen again (hopefully not on my way to work one morning!). I've read a lot about alternator problems from other people. Did you also experience the burning smell? Has anyone else experienced the burning smell, battery problem,and/or rear defrost problem? Please help me!
#122 of 3236 Re: Burning Smell...Alternator Problems??
Oct 11, 2003 (8:53 pm)
If it were my car, I'd take it to a different dealer, pronto. Doesn't sound like your selling dealer's service department want to bother running some basic electrical system diagnoses. You may have an intemittant overcharge condition that could end up damaging the battery or the car's wiring harness. Your temporary loss of the rear window defroster sounds like a circuit breaker was saving your bacon.
Oct 20, 2003 (4:56 pm)
The belt started squeaking at 300 miles and they adjusted it. At 600 miles the belt came off or broke or something and they replaced it.
The issue with the gas gauge turned out to be the sending unit. The gauge would read 7/8 when full and then drop down quickly, it would show empty when it really had over 1/2 a tank left. They assure me that my gas mileage will improve since this fix. I was getting 17 mpg. then and about 18 mpg now. They also told me it needs to be broke in before the gas mileage gets better.
Since these issues, the dealership has replaced a "dryer" for the air conditioner which was recalled.
Now I have to take it in for the door handle. The inside door handle on the drivers side has started to peel apart. I noticed it when I cut my fingers on something sharp when opening the door. Apparently the door handles are made of plastic and have a coating of metal or thin heavy plastic to make it look like metal. Whatever it is, it is very sharp and sliced my fingers when I opened the door. When I looked at the handle I could see that it is white plastic underneath this chrome coating which is peeling off.
These may be nice cars and I certainly hope so, I'm going to be driving and paying for it for a very long time.
#124 of 3236 2002 Sonata Check Engine Light
Oct 23, 2003 (8:25 am)
I have an 2002 Base Sonata with a V6.
I bought it brand new in June of 2002 and have put about 32K miles on it since then. No major complaints, but one annoyance I was wondering if anyone had any insight on.
I received a recall this past Spring that had to do with an O2 sensor and the need for it to be re wired. I had this work done, and about 3 months later (This past June), my Check Engine light came on. It was quickly fixed by the dealer and the service tech mentioned something about the original re wiring job being incorrect.
About 2 weeks ago, the check engine came on again. As a side note, this happened 1 day after having the car at the dealer for its 30,000 mile service (Had it done at about 29,500, if that info helps). Upon taking it to the dealer, I had expressed my concern about this happening multiple times. He mentioned the fact that the car has 4 O2 sensors and I'm curious if they're malfuntioning one by one, or if there's something going on with the O2s that I'm not aware of?
Anyone else had this experience? If so, was it resolved?
#125 of 3236 2002 Sonata Wheel lugs
Oct 23, 2003 (8:29 am)
One more post! I'm a new member.
Also had one other small problem. The last time I rotated my tires, the person doing said that he couldn't, because on the right front wheel, one of the nuts was on in such a manner that the lug etiher was already, or was about to snap. I took it to a tire specialist, who had to break the lug off and replace it. He mentioned that this was a common problem with Hyundias. Anyone else experienced it?
#126 of 3236 Re: Re: Re: Serpentine Belt
Oct 23, 2003 (11:03 am)
First of all, regardless what the dealer's tech told you, replacing the fuel tank sending unit (a float-activated variable electrical resistor that "drives" the fuel gauge) WON'T increase your gas mileage at all. It'll (hopefully) resolve the fuel gauge's erratic operation. Your gas mileage never really suffered since, by your own statement, when your gauge read near empty, you really had half a tank of fuel remaining. The advice that mileage would continue to improve as the engine breaks in was correct though. While most break-in occurs during the first 600 - 1,000 miles, it won't be completed until after 10,000 miles. I'm at 7,800 miles on my V-6 and am getting 24+ mpg combined town/highway and 31+ mpg on the highway. I imagine as you pile more miles, you'll do at least as well unless you routinely lead-foot the accelerator pedal.
The door handles are plastic with a three-layer metal coating - nickel is bonded directly to the plastic, then copper, and finally aluminum, for final appearance, are successively electroplated to the nickel base. Copper is used because it has a much stronger affinity for nickel than aluminum does, but has a very strong affinity for aluminum, too. Done right, this technique is very durable, but if the plastic was not properly prepped squeaky clean prior to the base nickel overlay, the overlay (and successive metal electroplatings) won't remain bonded to the plastic. Hopefully your experience was a fluke and neither the replacement handles nor any of the remaining original handles will suffer the same defect. But DO keep the service receipt for the warranty replacement so that if there's further metal plating peeling, you'll have proof that it happened previously.
#127 of 3236 Sonata's life span
Oct 26, 2003 (9:32 pm)
Hello all, I see that some of you have minor problems. But all of us mostly are the owners of Sonata 2002 and newer. I got 02 V6 since Dec 2001. So far only had fuel sensor re-placed. And one pair of Michellin almost worn out - 32000Km. I did rotation every 10000Km though. My concern is about Sonata's life span. As you probably know that engine and transmission on Hondas, Nissans, Toyotas, BMWs and some other cars can go more than 300-400K. ( I am talking about V6). There is opinion that Hyundais go just 100K. And after that they start falling apart. At this point I'd like to ask all of you if you have any statistics or experience on it. I am leasing my car and thinking about to buy it after. Thank you in advance.
#128 of 3236 680 miles check engine light
Oct 27, 2003 (1:04 am)
My 2004 Sonata has 680 miles on the odemeter. Tonight When I was driving home the check engine light came on. I was stopped at a light waiting to turn left. The Second I hit the gas pedal the light came on. The car ran fine before and continued to run fine after the light came on. I can't feel any difference. When I got home I checked the gas cap. It was as tight as it can get. I heard several clicks.
My experience with check engine lights is they are emissions related. Something must have tripped the computer when I excelerated. Since the car runs okay I will give it 50 miles to reset. If it does not reset I will take it to the dealer for repair.
#129 of 3236 Should I buy a new Sonata??
Oct 27, 2003 (8:36 am)
Went to the showroom they have 2003 Sonata on sale, I wonder if this car is as realiable as it looks, they offered $16000 after rebate, is it a good deal? And 100,000 miles/7 yr power tran warrente I wonder what kind of problems have you folks encountered????