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Hey guys, I just bought an 03 Elantra Hatchback (that makes it a GT right?) with 150k on body, 120k on motor. Got it super cheap, and it's an economical beater. But I have a few things I need to figure out.



Where can I find a new hatch release handle (the one above the rear license plate)? I live in a place where everything corrodes and rusts out, and I have to physically push the handle back in to make the hatch stay closed.



Radio doesn't power on at all, common issue? I just got it home today so haven't even pulled it out to look at it yet.



AC ONLY works on HIGH, doesn't blow cold on other settings. Ideas?


Got a clunking sound when turning right, coming from front right. CV's are tight, no play. Other ideas?



Thanks!
 

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Four Green auto on line parts, they have warehouse in AnnArbour Michigan for door handle part.

Is fan actually blowing air at lower speeds with a/c turned on. Could be fan control relay is burned out so you only have high speed.

Clunking sound could be sway bar links, common wear item on this vehicle. Buy the better Moog part.

Inspect timing belt very closely if it hasn't Been changed yet. It’s why car is on second engine already.

Radio might only be blown fuse.
 

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Thank you VERY much! Will check things today.
Car is on second engine because the flex tube came off the radiator while driving causing a head gasket to go. So he bought a motor from a wrecked car and had it installed.
 

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The tailgate/hatchback handle is part # 81260-2D200 :: HANDLE ASSEMBLY-TAIL GATE OUTSIDE
Looks like you can get them online from a variety of parts sites for $25-30+ s/h

But you could have an issue with the handle, or the latch mechanism itself. There is a physical lever linkage between the two, and if something was binding in the latch, it might cause the feeling at the handle.
Search for the part #, you'll be able to find part diagrams of the entire back hatch with part numbers.

When/if it comes time to remove the interior trim, remove all the screws (5? if I recall), and the 3 small insert covers.
Then start at the top next to the third brake light and work your way down the sides to the big main piece. It won't want to come off easily otherwise.
 

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The clunk could be the control arm or sway bar link or outer tie rod end

The AC fan running on high probably means the resistor pack is burnt out

Radio doesn't work? Could be the radio or could be a fuse
Would check fuse first.
 

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Hey guys, I just bought an 03 Elantra Hatchback (that makes it a GT right?) with 150k on body, 120k on motor. Got it super cheap, and it's an economical beater. But I have a few things I need to figure out.

Radio doesn't power on at all, common issue? I just got it home today so haven't even pulled it out to look at it yet.

Got a clunking sound when turning right, coming from front right. CV's are tight, no play. Other ideas?

Thanks!
Did you check the recalls?
Sometimes they aren't done.
Check recalls, maybe there is one for lower control arms????
 
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