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#117 of 209 Problems after shifting into drive
Oct 18, 2008 (11:01 am)
After 3 months of owning a 2008 Elantra with automatic transmission, I began to notice a strange metallic clicking sound only when initially accelerating after car was put into drive. Subsequent accelerations from a stop were normal. this would sometimes happen when car was put into reverse under same circumstances. I went to dealer and technician road tested car and told me the axle on driver's side had too much "play" in it and would have to be replaced. New axle was ordered and installed under warantee. After 3 days of normal operation, car is doing the same thing. Recalled dealer and was told this is not a safety issue but that Hyundai does have service bulletin on this issue. Has anyone else had same problem with 2007 or 2008 elantra? Should I just ignore it or make a bigger issue out of it? Thanks for any advice
#118 of 209 Re: car pulls to the left [gomst1]
Oct 18, 2008 (7:57 pm)
I was seeing uneven wear on the tires.
#119 of 209 Re: car pulls to the left [gwells9]
Oct 19, 2008 (6:41 pm)
Which tires is wearing out and which side of the tire is wearing out (i.e inner, center or outer part of the tires)?
#120 of 209 Re: car pulls to the left [gomst1]
Oct 21, 2008 (6:15 pm)
The front out part was wearing.
#121 of 209 Re: car pulls to the left [gwells9]
Oct 22, 2008 (8:55 am)
This kind of problem may be normal from too fast turns/cornering otherwise, there is too much toe-in on your front tires (front part of tires pointed inwards above specs). This (toe) will not cause a pull if out of specs but the tires can cause the pull from uneven wear.
#122 of 209 2007 Hyundai Elantra AUto Shift Problem
Oct 25, 2008 (6:00 pm)
Okay, here's the situation, As we drove to the store and found parking, I wne to shift the car from Drive to Park, and found that the shift control would not go to Park. I steped on the brake as I always do, and it still would go to Park, It took A lot of force to force the car into park. Finally parked and car off, I restarted the car and tried to reverse, So as I always, turn the car on with foot onthe brake and proceeded to move the shift from Park to Reverse, it was locked up, the shift lever would not go to Reverse. It tool both hands to move the lever to reverse and then to drive. Car runs fine, brakes work, but this evening, when I step on the brakes, the brakes lights in the back do not come on. There is brake fluid inthe car, and it was just in for its 18,000 mile service a month ago. Just hit 19,000, any suggestion would be helpful. I will take to dealership Monday morning. This should all be under the 100,000 miles coverage right?
#123 of 209 Re: 2007 Hyundai Elantra AUto Shift Problem [allan2157]
Oct 26, 2008 (8:30 am)
I am guessing you may have three problems now from originally two problems. 1st problem could be a leaking brake master cylinder. Dangerous if you loose all the brake fluid in the car. Check the brake fluid reservoir. Add brake fluid if it is low.
2nd problem could be the brake light switch. The brake switch also locks/unlocks the shifter lever solenoid. You will not be able to move the shifter out of park if the switch is bad. It's just like not stepping on the brake pedals. 3rd problem could be damaged shift lock mechanism. Forcing the shifter when it is locked will break things in the shifter mechanism. There is an emergency release just in front of the shifter lever. Pop the cover with a small screw driver. Inside the hole, push the lever with the screw driver. While pushing on the lever, move the shifter out of park. Good luck.
#124 of 209 Re: 2007 Hyundai Elantra AUto Shift Problem [allan2157]
Oct 26, 2008 (10:30 am)
All of these problems should be covered under the 5 year bumper to bumper warranty. Fortunately, you recently took the car in for service so there should be no question about service history.
#125 of 209 2007 Hyundai Elantra Check Engine problems
Nov 01, 2008 (3:50 pm)
Has anyone else had any problem with the check engine light on a 2007 Elantra? I bought mine in June 2007. In late September or early October 2007 the check engine light came on for no apparent reason. The car was running and driving fine. I called the dealer and of course they told me to make sure the gas cap was tight. I hadn't filled up for about 3 days and I always turn it until it clicks several times, but I did check it anyway and of course it was not loose. I took the car in and they said they found nothing wrong, but the code relates to a loose gas cap about 90% of the time, so my gas cap "must have been loose at some point" even though it wasn't when the car came in. I told them I didn't believe them and I would not be happy if I had to come back. Sure enough, two days later the light came on again and I had not touched the gas cap. I called the dealer and told them and of course I had to bring it in again. I was not able to take time off from work for a few weeks, so it was November before I took it in again. When I picked it up, they gave me the same story about the gas cap. When I said the last person to touch the gas cap before the light had come on was whoever worked on it the first time in their shop, the guy at the counter shrugged his shoulders and said "I don't know what to tell you, but the code indicates a loose gas cap." GRRR! I contacted Hyundai and a few days later I got a call from the dealer's service manager, who told me to call him if the light came on again and he had a list of things that Hyundai had told him to check. Of course it did come on again but it was a few weeks before I could take another day off to get it to the dealer. That time they kept it all week and provided me with a rental car. When they called me to come get it, they said they were still unable to find a problem even though the mechanic had been driving it to and from work and had put 100 miles on it (1 1/2 days of driving to work and back for me). I picked the car up in early February (they even tried to charge me for the gas the mechanic used, but I refused to pay it, especially since I had already lost three days from work) and was able to drive it until September with no problems. I thought they had fixed a problem but weren't willing to admit it or else had inadvertently fixed something. In September the light came on again and I took the car back to the dealer. This time they said they got two codes and they needed to order a canister close valve for it. That was put in on October 13th. On October 25th, the check engine light came on again. I am so mad I have not even called the dealer yet. I did call Hyundai, but I felt they weren't too concerned. They simply told me to take it to the dealer again and if they didn't fix it to call them back.
#126 of 209 Re: 2007 Hyundai Elantra Check Engine problems [cindbw]
Nov 02, 2008 (9:02 am)
IMHO, I would ask for a replacement vehicle if they could not fix the problem. I am no lawyer but this is clearly a lemon car since problems started only 4 months after you purchase the vehicle and until now this problem is not fixed. You must contact Hyundai customer service directly not the dealer. Ask Hyundai to keep the car until it is fixed and give you a free loaner car. Vehicle companies start moving really fast when you invoke the lemon law. Good luck.