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#2870 of 3236 Re: 2003 Sonata sedan V6 (hole in block) [lindalee65]
May 28, 2009 (7:33 am)
On some cars the water pump is driven by the timing belt (this is the case on our 95 Stratus 2.5 liter V-6) so it sounds to me like the water pump is now seeping in spite of what your mechanic said about the fitness of the pump. Further, most cars require a partial removal/relocation of various hang on items on the side of the engine the timing belt/water pump is on. These include alternator...power steering pump....AC compressor so a casual inspection of the water pump can be quite labor intensive. As to the drilled hole in the block, well it might have been partially drilled into the block (for some unknown reason) and only with age, continous expansion and contraction, and vibration has developed a crack at its deepest point and this hole coincides with a cooling water jacket area so now coolant is seeping out of this drilled hole whereas it never did before. As to repair...I would ask a Hyundai mechanic if this hole is a random misque by the automated machine that bores various tapped holes for all the stuff that eventually bolts to the block. Other than that ????
#2871 of 3236 Re: 2003 Sonata sedan V6 (hole in block) [targettuning]
May 28, 2009 (7:00 pm)
Thank you for the information.
The dealership called this morning after looking at my car and had to replace the water pump, plus, in their description of things they did: pump assy-coolent, gasket-water pump, antifreeze (which was covered under the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty), timing belt tensioner, (under warranty), tensioner timing (under warranty), timing belt and serpentine belt tensioner, belt valve timing tensioner assy. They said in their description of why they had to change the timing & serpentine belts was because they were leaking. (Dealership charged $ 386.28 for parts & labor). I asked about the hole drilled into the block and they said it's a water pump weep hole.
#2872 of 3236 Re: 2003 Sonata sedan V6 (hole in block) [lindalee65]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2009 (7:27 am)
Sounds like the right diagnosis and a fair price.
#2873 of 3236 Re: Spark Plug & Wires ABUSE! [pfine]
Jun 01, 2009 (6:33 am)
sorry for such a late reply - i had timing belt replaced at 59,000 miles. i was coming up on 2nd timing belt change when it snapped. mileage was 114,500...thought i had about 5,000 kiles to go. but, now i just have a cobalt. and, not an xfe. New car is a POS and I don't mean point of sale! Hey, i didn't want to spend a lot of money; i thought i needed to have a car immediately...and it seemed ok at the time. i am not totally disappointed, however. i wanted a 4 cylinder and i needed transportation...i just rushed the decision making process and closed the deal.
#2874 of 3236 Re: Sonata 2003 Starting Problems [msgdfx1]
Jun 02, 2009 (10:44 am)
I am having the exact same problem with my 2003 Sonata. It turns over but doesn't start right away and it seems to be getting worse. Has anyone come up with a solution to this problem?
#2875 of 3236 Re: Sonata 2003 Starting Problems [msgdfx1]
Jun 02, 2009 (10:44 am)
This exact problem just started the last month on our 2003 Sonata. Today my wife reports it doesn't start at all.
Did you find out what the actual problem was?
#2876 of 3236 Re: Sonata 2003 Starting Problems [sasla]
Jun 02, 2009 (11:39 am)
I have a 2002 with a similar starting problem... I narrowed my problem down to the alarm / ignition kill system would not let the car start. The starter worked, the engine turned over but would not start. I never found the actual alarm setting to change (dealer only option) so I had a remote start system installed and that cured my problem (plus the wife now enjoys being able to start the car from inside the house on cold days).
#2877 of 3236 Re: Sonata 2003 Starting Problems [sasla]
Jun 02, 2009 (12:15 pm)
I think I may have the solution to our starting problems. I do believe it is the fuel pressure regulator. Dealer says it will cost about $160.00 to have fixed. Warranty on this part is 5 years or 60,000 miles.
#2878 of 3236 Re: Sonata 2003 Starting Problems [sunkleep]
Jun 02, 2009 (12:26 pm)
That's what I was kind of suggesting last week, that it sounded somewhat similar to the (more abrupt) way my 2003 had behaved... and the anti-theft system was the culprit.
#2879 of 3236 Re: Gas spill when refueling [lcdos]
Jun 04, 2009 (3:58 pm)
Try a faster fill setting on the nozzle. I once set the nozzle at the lowest (1 of 3) setting to get all I could and it didn't shut off. Spilled gas all over the side of the car. Won't do that again.