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#51 of 87 Re: Front end shake [tworkman]
Jul 21, 2009 (7:03 am)
My car shook too and I got the new tires, rotated and balanced at required times, however, nobody told me to get an alignment and I just had that done and the car has never driven so good...NO MORE SHAKING (my GPS is relieved cause it was always bouncin around in its holder!!)
#52 of 87 2004 Hyundai Elantra Shift Solenoid Problem
Jul 21, 2009 (9:54 am)
I need help. My 2004 Hyundai Elantra got stuck in 3rd gear. We had it put on the computer for analysis and it says that three parts were bad: the idle speed control, the oxygen sensor, and the shift solenoid A. The mechanic said that the shift solenoid is probably the real problem so we have ordered the part and must change it ourselves since the warranty is out and we can't afford $85/hr. We have researched online and found a lot of information on the Hyundai Service Website at hmaservice.com but we are having a little difficulty with finding the exact diagrams and instructions on changing the shift solenoid A. Does anyone have any suggestions?
#53 of 87 Re: Front end shake [elletucker]
Jul 21, 2009 (11:59 am)
Thanks, I forgot to mention I have been alligned, still shaking
#54 of 87 Re: Front end shake [tworkman]
Jul 21, 2009 (12:50 pm)
Try another balance, this time be sure they are using a Hunter 9000 or equivalent. Elantras of this generation are very sensitive to out-of-balance wheels. I just had the wheels on my 2004 GT rotated and balanced (free from the tire dealer every 6k miles). I now notice a slight shake at 60-70 mph that wasn't there before. So when I have time I'll take it back for rebalancing. This has happened before on my 2001 and 2004 Elantra. Sometimes the first balance didn't do the trick. The 2nd time was the charm in each case.
#55 of 87 Re: Front end shake [backy]
Jul 25, 2009 (4:19 am)
It's the tires. It's always the tires. I am the original owner of a 2001 with 150,000 miles. Just replaced the tires again at 146,000 and it is completely vibration free again. You can't use cheap tires (I'm using BF Goodrich from Costco). You must have a good alignment and balance. You must make sure the steering components are all tight (I just replaced the inner tie rod ends). But good tires are the most important thing.
Jul 26, 2009 (11:31 am)
Just another comment regarding clutch replacements - mine just set me back over $1,400 on a 2006 Elantra Hatchback. I took it to an independant garage where I was given a two year warranty. The dealership offered a one-year warranty for the replacement Hyundai clutch - good to find out how long they figured the second one would last.
#57 of 87 Re: Front end shake [emcee99]
Aug 01, 2009 (12:15 pm)
Yes, I agree. Although the OEM tires on the 2001-6 Elantra were rather pricey Michelins, and many folks had shimmy problems with those. I never did. But it's popped up a couple of times on my 2004 probably because I went the cheap route when I had to replace the tires at 18k due to my DW's run-in with a curb in a blizzard (curb won). The tires work and wear fine, but one seems to be badly out of balance so the tire shop has to balance them carefully or I get the shimmy.
#58 of 87 2004 Elantra 29,500 miles - bad struts!
Sep 04, 2009 (11:54 am)
I just took my Elantra in to the dealer for the 30,000 mile service check. They replaced 2 of the original front tires even though the wear was only 5/32 & 6/32. They were free, so it was ok. However, my car rode poorly so I checked the tires. They put 87H on the front and the originals on the back are 88H. They don't want to switch them out. They said the load weight doesn't matter. I know for a fact it does but they're giving me the run around. They said it's not the tires, it's my struts and all 4 need to be replaced. I asked how could that be with so few miles and I don't go 4-wheeling with the thing. They said it was due to being put on the lift every time I had normal maintenance done. I think I'm getting scammed here. But when you push down on my car it barly moves, so the struts probably are bad. It sounds like they're defective though. They also replaced the timing belt even though it didn't need it. They said if I didn't replace it and it broke, whatever got damanged would not be covered by the 10-year warranty. What do you folks think? Thanks!
#59 of 87 Re: 2004 Elantra 29,500 miles - bad struts! [ftmyers]
Sep 04, 2009 (12:37 pm)
I think you're being scammed.
For one thing, if the struts were worn out, the car would keep bouncing and bouncing. The fact that it "bar[e]ly moves" is proof that the strut cartridges (which function like shock absorbers) are in good shape. The only way that bad struts would cause a stiff ride would be if the springs were binding.
#60 of 87 Re: 2004 Elantra 29,500 miles - bad struts! [ftmyers]
Sep 04, 2009 (1:30 pm)
First, complain to the dealership's management. They were extremely dishonest with you. The tip-off is the timing belt replacement--they at the very least should have gotten your approval before replacing it. Also unless you run on bad roads all the time, it's unlikely all 4 struts went out at 30k miles. I still have the original struts on my '04 Elantra with 45k miles and they're fine. My sister's '01 Elantra, which she bought from me a few years ago, has about 65k miles and the original struts.
Second, find out if the dealership is a member of BBB, and if so file a complaint with them.
Third, call Hyundai Customer Service and tell them what happened.
Finally, never go back to that dealership, unless it's to buy a part or pick up a refund check.