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Power steering i changed the power steering belt on my 04 elantra. that day i had no problems. the next morning when the engine was cold it had a very loud squeel from start up until i was over 15 mph. once the engine is warm it only squeels when i turn hard right or left.the belt is tight so that there is no play in it. the fluid level is normal. i noticed that when i was watching the belt the pulley stops when the belt is squeeking. will changing the fluid have any effect ? the car has 65000 miles on it. before i changed the belt i had no problems with it.

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  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2008

    Same issue , noisy when cold or on turns ...

  • bsherbrook Nov 25, 2008

    Im having the same problem right now. bout 80000 miles on mine. Squealing when she first starts and especially when its cold out. Problem has gotten progressively worse. Belt still squeals tight or loose. I just started looking at it the other day but the only thing I can figure is it's either the rack goin to hell or the power steering pump. Anyone know if there is a screen/filter in the power steering line that could just be clogged up with debris maybe?

  • Mdjr47 Dec 01, 2008

    I have the same problem with an '04 elantra. I changed both the pump and belt. Still on morning start up the pulley will stop turning for a few seconds and squeal even though the belt is tight. Please help?

  • allenly1 Dec 03, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with mine. 2004, with about 105k miles. I had the belt changed and that fixed it for about 3 months. Now it's starting back up again. I changed out the fluid myself last weekend and it did not fix the problem. I'm going to check the fluid again and possibly change the belt and power steering pump this weekend. Hopefully that will help. I will let everyone know how it goes.

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    I have the same problem with mine 136 000 miles. When I start the car in the morning I can't even turn the steering wheel. I guess mine is even worse:((

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    same problems

  • dan a May 12, 2009

    I am assuming this must be an issue in all 04 elantras. I am just at 69,000 miles and I have had the same issue with cold starts. I replaced my steering belt(s) - I think the 04 Elantra has two belts - and it was fine for a day. It then started to make the same squeeling noise that existed on my previous belts only this time much louder. One of the nicer improvements with the new belt is that I dont have a stiff wheel when backing out of my parking spot anymore, just horrible squeeling.

    I am going to buy some belt dressing to see if this is the issue. It is rather humid where I am, and when moisture gets into the belt it will turn like that. When the car heats up the moisture evaporates and the wheel turns fine. It's kind of a pain that this issue isn't fixed.

    Take a look underneath your hood and look down to the bottom of the car. My mechanic said my belt was missing a protective shield around the bottom of it that prevents water from splashing on to it. He said this was likely part of the issue. Does anyone actually HAVE this shield?

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    How do you tighten up the belt, I was told that after 1,000-5,000 miles the new belt should loosen up to its natural fit.  So how do I tighten the belt?



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All I had the same symptoms above, i.e. changed timing belt went ahead and had new water pump and accessory belts replaced. Noticed slight squeal after picking car-up, this became progressively worse as the colder months set in. But after the car warmed up not much of a big deal. Or I out of the blindness of my heart because I was torturing people in the parking deck with the ear blowing squeal I set my mind to fixing the problem, willing to spend any amount on parts ect.

After readjusting the power steering belt to no avail I noticed something strange about the adjustment bolt on the alternator bracket. I could see that it was not screwed in as far as it once was based on markings on the bolt. Note the power steering runs of this pulley. I loosened the bolt on the alternator turned the bolt in to its original position, tightened everything up alternator & power steering and guess what, all is like new. Note: All belts were tight before it appears that this bolt slightly change the angle of the angle of the pulley or it may add some additional pressure.

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  • lesperto Jul 16, 2010

    Same story here. Screaming squeal. Tried tightening the power steering belt. Made no difference. Then, After reading markwillson's post above, I checked the alternator adjustment bolt and found it to be completely loose. It was just flopping around in it's bracket. I snugged-up the bolt a few turns and, Voila!! No more screaming squeal.

  • JRobbiNF Apr 06, 2011

    I just changed all three belts on my 2004 Elantra due to squealing especially in the morning and it worked one day and then the squeal was worse than ever. I was all ready to replace the power steering pump because when the steering wheel was turned the steering pump pulley would freeze and the belt kept turning resulting in the squeal.
    So I read Mark Willson's post above and two posts on Hyundai's owner bulletin board about how tightening the alternator belt solved the problem,,,and I have to admit I was very skeptical because I saw the steering pump freeze....but then I thought how I could try that for free or spend a lot of money and time with a new pump. So I tightened the alternator belt and slightly loosened the very tight power steering belt and...IT WORKED...just as they said!!!
    No more squeal no matter how I turn the steering wheel even when its is parked!
    Thank you Mark Willson and the one(s) on Hyundai's Owner's blog site who posted this very
    valuable info for Elantra Owners!! Thankful John

  • Malcolm Furse Nov 01, 2011

    I just bought a 2004 Elantra for my 16 year old daughters birthday and I have been spending time and money getting it ready for her big day. I was told when I bought it that the front brakes were done and that the rears needed being done. I had them dome and now I still hear a scrapping noise when putting on the brakes. Also, the belts have started squealing first thing in the morning or when it is moist out (or raining). Sometimes when the gas peddle is pushed and every time when the wheel is turned. What can I do, I can't give her something making these types of noises?

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    White Donkey Nov 10, 2013

    I had the almost the same exact problem, and this fixed it! I changed my timing belt a couple months ago, and figured I might as well put all new drive belts on too, since I had them off already. I went along with the job, and tightened up all of my belts, but lo' and behold... Steering belt screaming. On a weekly basis over the past couple months I have been messing with my belt tensions. Right before purchasing a new belt (I thought maybe the current steering belt was defective) I decided to do one last interwebs search, and found this post! Sure enough, upon examination of my alternator adjuster bolt, it was not in as far as it was previously. I loosened everything up, adjusted this bolt, tightened everything back down, and BOOM! Silence!!! Such an odd solution to this problem. Thanks so much markwilson!!!


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All you need is a minor adjustment. I had the same problem and brought it back to the mechanic. They made a minor adjustment and it was fixed. No problem.

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Melodielegg, I would sugest you let the car run a few more miles, typically belts take (1000-5000miles) to break in. If you are still experiencing squeeling i would suggest tightening the belt up more. -Please post again with what you decide to do. -Thank you

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