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#2579 of 3236 Re: 1999- 2001 Sonata owners [tntbaker]
Jun 19, 2008 (9:49 pm)
Hyundai Subframe success story:
The following post is looooooooong overdue
I was successful in having my 2000 Hyundai GLS v6 Sonata sub-frame replaced by Hyundai at no charged to me. I had over 100K mile and no extended warrantee. I called Hyundai Motors of America (Cust.Serv 800-633-5151) and requested a case number be opened for future reference (#3219606) and explained my subframe rust complaint. I also asked for a fax number so I could send of my written complaint. I then requested my local Hyundai service manager to contact the Hyundai District Parts and Service Manager (D.P.S.M) and request an appointment for him to inspect my sub-frame and communicate my complaint that this is a defect and should be replaced at no charge to me. Again, I provided written documentation for the service manager to give to the district manager as they rarely interact with the customers, just the dealers service dept. In any event, two days later my service manager called and said he convinced the district manager to cover the expense. Overall, they needed my car for 4 days. One day to remove the old sub-frame and perform an inventory of parts to order (when you take apart rusted parts, connected parts reveal the need for replacement as well). Two days for the parts to arrive and the third day to make the repair.
Below are some Internet websites and search keywords I found and used:
Under www.edmonds.com forums I used keywords: ‘Sonata subframe’
The Following is the Hyundai Motors USA ‘How to contact them’ webpage
For the hyundaiforum.com I used keywords: ’sonata engine cradle rust’
Google search keywords used: ‘2000 Hyundai sonata complaints defects’
For the following, use Keywords: 'Hyundai cradle rust', 'sonata subframe rust', 'XG350 rust'
http://www.allworldauto.com/comments/hyundai_sonata_gls_comments_and_complaints_- - - 25-34069-1.html
http://www.allworldauto.com/comments/hyundai_sonata_comments_and_complaints_25-1- - - 55-1.html
I’d like to thank Tom B. for sharing his experiences with the same problem:
(Email address removed per Forum Rules)
I hope this information helps those of you with the same problem.
#2580 of 3236 MICE in the cabin filter
Jun 20, 2008 (10:43 am)
I have an ongoing problem with mice getting into the cabin air filter (behind the glove compartment) of my 2006 Sonata. If I could find the outside air intake and put a metal screen on it, I'm quite sure the problem would end.
Can anyone tell me where it is and perhaps what it looks like. My dealer mechanics are no help.
Hey, if you want a hairy experience, try driving down the road at 60 or 70 and having a mouse come up by the end of the wiper and stare at you through the windshield!!!
#2581 of 3236 Re: MICE in the cabin filter [tomw6]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 20, 2008 (10:54 am)
how are those critters getting in there? The air intake is the metal grille under your windshield washers. If you can get the cowl off, you could install some wire mesh. Seems a mighty tight fit for a mouse but I hear they can compress their skulls (wish I could do that).
otherwise, they might be getting in from some other opening in the firewall. You'd have to open the engine lid and think like a mouse for that one. But the intake grill for sure is a suspect.
#2582 of 3236 Re: 2003 Speedometer & Odometer [monkey_penny]
Jun 20, 2008 (12:46 pm)
Hey, i think that is speedo driven gear problem.
That is a part of transmission. but not the fatal error. Dont worry.
Just go to dealership and say, "Hey, my cars odo and speed meter wont work, it seems like speedo driven gear problem??"
#2583 of 3236 cabin air filter
Jun 20, 2008 (6:13 pm)
Can anyone tell me the process for replaceing the cabin air filter? Do you remove the glove box and if so how do you do it? Is it a tough job for a DIY?
#2584 of 3236 Re: cabin air filter [lmaxick]
Jun 21, 2008 (4:23 am)
It's actually very easy, instructions along with a picture or two are in your owners manual. It took me about five minutes. Open the passenger door and along the front post you will see a 'cap' of some sort that pops out to expose the hinge which must be removed to allow the glove box to drop down exposing the filter housing behind it. The platic housing slides out, remove the old filter and put a new one in. Because it's a tight spot, the only pain was getting the spring hinge off of the side of the glove box.
#2585 of 3236 Re: cabin air filter [jayess]
Jun 21, 2008 (7:27 am)
I've had to do my cabin air filter several times because of mice building nests and dying in it. (See my request for info re where the heck the main air intake is). Couple of extra points to the above reply:
1. Once you've pried off the restraining arm of the glove box (on the right), you need to squeeze the plastic sides of the glove box quite firmly to release the catch on each side. The glove box will then hang down, out of the way. (Be sure you've completely emptied the box first : ) ).
2. When you look in behind the now down box, you'll see a black "wall". You'll notice two sets of "tabs"; two tabs in each set, one below the other. These are spring clips and you need to squeeze each set firmly to release the filter box. I usually squeeze one set and then, while squeezing, wiggle that side of the filter box out about 1/4 of an inch. Repeat for the other side and then the whole thing slides out. If you've got strong fingers, do them both at once. It's a piece of cake once you get the hang of it.
Change filter, reverse process (don't forget to squeeze when and where you squeezed before) and you're done. Once you've done it once, it takes about 3 minutes.
Perhaps all this is a bit of overkill; perhaps it will save you inventing new swear words.
#2586 of 3236 Re: cabin air filter [lmaxick]
Jun 21, 2008 (11:10 am)
Please read my post #297 under Sonata CARE and MAINTENANCE before you spend big money on a factory cabin air filter.
#2587 of 3236 Re: cabin air filter [kimweigel]
Jun 21, 2008 (11:25 am)
Sounds like you are creative with your hands. Wonderful!
Which size(eg 20X20, 20X25, etc) air filter and brand/type did you buy at HDP?
Did you buy one of the more expensive brands such as Filtrete from 3M for $16?
I believe that the "el cheapo" filters for under $1 would work also but with lower air cleaning performance. The "el cheapo" would work out to 25cents each!!!
#2588 of 3236 How specific is information stored in a car's computer?
Jun 22, 2008 (9:03 am)
Hypothetically, let's say a sedan of Japanese or South Korean origin about 4 to 5 years old starts acting "funny" but continues to be driven, and then a warning light such as an oil pressure or high coolant temperature illuminates. And the car is driven "a little farther" before being stopped. Can the car's computer be accessed afterward by the dealer and determine that the car was driven 10 miles after a warning light came in instead of a fraction of a mile? And if so, how would one clear out that type of information from the car so the information cannot be used to prove a manufacturer's allegation that the car was driven several miles with an important warning light illuminated continuously for many minutes in order to avoid paying on a bumper to bumper warranty repair for major work on this car?