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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2008, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a few problems with my otherwise fine '99 Hyundai Elantra. I was wondering if someone could give me some help before I take it in to a mechanic so that they can overcharge me.

1. This morning, while driving on the freeway, my heater make this horrible god awful noise. At first, I honestly thought I had driven over a huge bag of gravel and it was tumbling around in my engine! Then I thought one of the tires blew. I got out, no strange smells, no smoke, all 4 tires intact. Whew. Then, I turned my heater off and the noise stopped. Every time I turn the heater on, the noise comes back. I've noticed for the past few months the heater has been squeaking a little when it first gets going but then stops. Is my heater completely shot? When I turn it on now it's really LOUD and it vibrates the whole dashboard and only slightly blows air.

2. When I turn left or right sometimes it makes this cranking noise. It does it more often when I'm doing a hard left or right turn. No problems turning, just the noise. It's starting to get worse.

3. Periodically my check engine light will come on. I can usually tell when it's going to happen because the car will start to stutter a bit, then the check engine light flashes and then just stays on. After a few days, it will shut off again and the car is fine.

The car has 103k miles on it and has been a gem. Wouldn't ya know that as soon as my warranty expires I start to have problems I've never had before! I've owned 2 Hyundai's in my lifetime and I love the cars. You can't beat 'em for the price! It's just so difficult to find a mechanic that isn't going to soak you for things you don't need...so I thought I'd ask here first.

Thanks for any help in advance!

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Dear jennifer,

First off realize that you have a 9 year old car.

1) have your blower fan motor current draw tested. As the motor wears out it's bearings and brushes, the current draw of the motor increases steadily until the bearings get worn with a 1/8 gap or more. Then the motor and squirrel cage start to wobble in the housing, hitting the sides, making a horrible noise. Worn out bearings also sound like gravel. You also need to check that you don't have a mouse nest in your squirrel cage, or leaves.
2) the noise on hard left and right turns is torn outer CV boots. You can confirm by sliding under the front of the left and right wheel well with a flashlight and flexing the accordian folds to look for tears or rips. If your CV joints are not terribly worn, the old CV boot can be cut off, the CV joint can be cleaned and an aftermarket CV boot housing can be installed without pulling your wheel hubs. If you waited months with this problem, sand has gotten into the CV joint and does what sand will do in a high precision joint turning at 3400 rpm.
3) Get your Check Engine Light code read at Autozone, Pep Boys, or Checker Auto for FREE. It is best to get this read while the light is on, but if you did not deliberately and specifically clear the car's computer memory, the code is still there. The Forum does not have enough information to diagnose this without the code.

Just to take care of the obvious and cheap, can you replace your air filter, run 3 cans of fuel injector cleaner through the car, and get your spark plugs changed? Chevron Techron, Valvoline or Lucas Fuel System Cleaner are good choices.


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For point #3, my guess would be a misfire, and usually changing the spark plugs would help. About every 40,000 miles, my accent does the same thing. It hesitates when I give it gas and the CEL flashes. Changing the plugs, (and wires if they are really old) fixed my issue. I'm also having the clunk sound when I turn and I'll have to check out the CV joints / boots.
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Got the call from the mechanic. The heater issue is that the resister and the motor have completely gone out. No after market part for the motor, so I'm looking at $300 to fix that. The sound when I turn is the CV Axel. Again, no after market part, so I'm looking at around $200 to fix that one. They are totally stumped on the CEL issue because somehow the code did reset, even though I didn't deliberately reset it. So, I'll have it checked out if the light comes on again. The spark plugs are new, they checked the injectors and said they were fine...who knows...maybe a bad few tanks of gas or something? I started getting my cas at a different station and haven't had the problem since so I'll just wait it out and see!

Thanks for the feedback and the help! I understand my car is getting up there in age...it's just been such a good little car I'm having trouble deciding on ditching it for a new one or just working on it until it dies! As a side note...I LOVE the Genesis! That is one beautiful looking car!!!!!!
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sometimes it's better 'the devil you know' rather than 'the devil you don't' however there comes a point where you must decide to stop spending money. from what you say although you need to spend a bit now your little car is doing quite well



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