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Your transmission fluid is dangerously low (tranny is dry). The pops & jerks are the transmission internal components trying not to seize onto each other due to lack of lubrication and/or overheating. Low transmission fluid leads not only to loss of lubrication but lots of overheating (of the tranny). The loss of Elantra performance (speed tops out at 55), is caused by power loss due to friction inside the transmission. All your power is lost overheating the transmission (toward destruction), instead of being transmitted through the transmission to the wheels.
The 2004 Elantra takes Hyundai SP-III Automatic Transmission Fluid, with 8.4 quarts used in a total refill - but just 5 quarts at a fluid change. For How-to transmission fluid change instructions:
www.autozone.com claims that 2004 Hyundai Elantra can take these non-Hyundai ATF's: Lucas Semi-Synthetic Multivehicle ATF Pennzoil Muilt Vehicle ATF Valvoline Maxlife Dex/Merc ATF Castrol High Mileage ATF
The seal you need is called a transmission/transaxle output shaft seal. The 2 best things to do, either get the number off the original seal and have it matched at a local autoparts store or go to Kia/Hyundai. they will know the proper seal. Be sure to install the seal evenly into the trans or it may leak again. If you need anything further, please let me know.
fluid lever should be full if it is / smell the fluid , is it smell burnt if not you may have a bad axle with 1 axle broke the car will not move .check the half axles called cv joints transmission apply's power to the tire that spins always so if 1 is broke it will spin and do nothing / doesnt move . it might not even be the transmission . good luck
You will need to replace the entire CV axle. Loosen the axle nut, loosen the lug nuts, lift the car, remove the wheel, remove the axle nut, undo the tie rod end to free the steering knuckle, tap the axle out of the hub, then pry the other end of the axle out of the transmission. When putting the new axle in place, take care not to damage the transmission seals or the hub seals.
The housing that the axles come out of is the transmission so if you lost fliud out of there, it's transmission fliuld if it's a manuel transmission you fill from the side of the transmission if it's an automatic transmission you fill it from under the hood in the dip stick tube good luck
remove the large nut on the end of the axle, unbolt the strut from (tie it out of the way with bailing wire, avail from any hardware store) the steering knuckle, pull the steering knuckle out of the way while pushing the axle stub inward and out of the knuckle, once the axle is free of the steering knuckle the axle just snaps out of the transmission, this can really be a bear, but it does just snap in and out, it uses what is called an internal snap ring to retain it into the transmission, u might also want to replace the axle seal as it most likely will suffer damage when u pull the axle out.