January 28, 2209
It happened this morning at home, it would not say a thing, all of the lights come on and then go off...but it would not even try to start..I tried 3 times and then it just magically crunk up...now I am at work and tried to leave at lunch and here we go again..no cranking, no nothing. Could this be my starter or alternator....the battery is only 2 months old, my horn works too?
January 29, 2009
ok, I took the car to Autozone yesterday and they check the battery, cables, and the alternator and everythig was good, he cleaned the battery up a bit and it worked fine until today at lunch....I went to the mailbox and the car cut off while I was driving, the gages went crazy jumping and then the car clicked right back on when I pressed the gas ...but now my radio will not come on? OMG is this electrical? Will the check engine light come on for something like this, because it has not yet? Autozone can check for codes if the check engine light is on??? HELP!! I do not want to catch on fire, I have a baby..
I hope that you have your problem solved but it sounds more like a short than a poor connection. If I were you I would check or have a professional check the wiring. Anything that has electrical tape could be a possiblity. I had a similiar problem where two exposed wires would occasionally touch each other. When they did the vehicle went Ka-poot! I hope this was helpful for somebody at least!
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It sounds like a broken earth wire, check the main one from the car battery to the car bosy, or to test it get a thick cable roughly the same as the "black" earth lead from the battery attach it to the car body somewhere and the other red to the battery terminal if the car starts you know it is an earth problem. they do often break off the gearbox on these models, so do check. there will be 3 main earth wires in total
It takes X amount of volts to click the starter, if the contacts are corroded, it won't click, but it will run the lights. I would check the battery terminals for corrosion, clean them off with a wire brush, check the water in the battery, check the electrolytes with one of them floaty ball things. They work great. Then see what happens. If you have a volt meter, check the battery, you need 12+ volts to start. Hope this helps.
I own a 2005 Hyundai Sonata as well and this has happened to me. All the doors automatically lock as I pull on the door handle to get back in the car. This happened twice in the winter of 2007-2008, then it didn't happen again until this past December 2009 and now today in January 2010.
I wonder if it has something to do with cold temperatures? Or maybe that's when I'm more likely to leave my keys in the ignition with the car running!
But it is a big pain, one time my two year old was in the car and the fire department had to come pry a door open! I started carrying the box with the unlock button in my coat but even this would not unlock the doors this morning. Only the spare key will do.
I am taking my car into the dealer to take a look. And I'm going to write a complaint to Hyundai. This is unacceptable.
look for sulfate around terminals boil a cattle of water and pour water on top of both terminals slowly, do not touch terminals with your hand or avoid skin contact with Battery and terminals, after battery top is clean wipe of the top and look for caps, remove end caps negative and positive first and look at inside water level on battery, it has to cover the inside metals plates at list 1/2 inch, plates submerged on that water, if water is close or under metal plates level? add on the 12 reservoirs, do not over flood, Use any clean water, than no water, Distilled water is the best to use. .Check also main fuse or main key wires and connections, Check grown attached bolt to metal body. Check connection of Battery Main positive attached starter motor. Look at Battery exp warranty.
Your starter draws far more amperage than just about anything else in the car. Any poor connection at the battery or the other ends of the cables will cause the problem you posted. Make sure that the inside of the battery cables are clean and tight on the battery.If you can't remove them right now to clean them, sometimes just trying to turn them while still installed, will provide enough contact to get it started. After cleaning, If still no start, check other ends of same cables.