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I have a 2000 hyundai elantra gls with an automatic transmission. this morning it just got stuck in 3rd gear and would not shift into 4th gear. why is this. i just got the transmission fluid changed, does that have anything to do with it? or what else could it be?

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  • stoge22 May 07, 2010

    I have a 2000 hyundai elantra and it got stuck in 3rd gear. why is that? it only does it after driving awhile then when i turn my car off and drive it later it doesnt happen again so i cant show anyone the problem. but the check engine light isnt on so a diognostic wont work. and how easy is it to change a shift sylanoid if that is the problem?

  • stoge22 May 07, 2010

    hyundai elantra is having transmission problems. it gets stuck in 3rd gear and wont shift into 4th. but before this started happening it acted up. one random day it clunked into drive till i shut it off and let it sit for a few days. then after that, when ever i came to a stop it gave me an extra kick like it shifted down or something....why is that??? (kinda like it was confused in what gear it should be in) but it happened just after i came to a stop. then when i excellerated, it felt slow after it shifted into 3rd. shortly after it got stuck in third but only every once in awhile. i hope you can help me answer this problem?.i asked a few times and know of some things to check on but being that it can be so many things and no way of finding out without fixing everything, i kinda need to know most likely what it is and where the cheapest place to start is?

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They might not have used the right fluid type, your car uses fluid that states it is approved for SP III. Also check to see if the fluid level is correct. Check the level with the vehicle at operating tempurature and engine running, tansmission in park.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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Hard to say. Some cars need tranny fluid changes often, while some seem to develop problems whenever the fluid is changed.
The problem is that there is a great deal of ATF in the torque converter, so they often recycle old fluid through. This can do more harm than good.
If they were not clean enough, such as wiping the sealing surface with a cloth, that is a serious risk.
Cloth should never be used on the internals of an automatic transmission, because the lint is deadly.
It is still possible that the problem is the speed sensor, kick down, modulator, or something simple. But automatics in general are for the experts. Sorry.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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    Kirk Augustin May 07, 2010

    If it ever shifts into 4th, it can't be the shift solenoid.

    Once a solenoid is bad, it never works again.



    One way to tell if there is a serious problem is to see if the fluid is dark or burned.

    If the transmission starts to slip, the fluid will get burned quickly from the heat.



    If the transmission is not slipping, then it is a sensor or electronic logic.



    Another way to look for damage is to drop the pan and look for excess brake and clutch lining material worn off and deposited in the pan. If you see metal flakes, then it is a bearing.

    But clean around the pan very carefully before removing, and do not wipe inside the pay with a cloth that could have lint.

    Heat marks is also a tip off of serious malfunction.

  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin May 08, 2010

    There is a recall for the pressure control regulator of Hyundai automatic transmissions.
    Recall id #99v178000.
    Call the dealer and ask if your car is within the VIN range covered.
    I would think so.


  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin May 08, 2010

    interesting that the pressure control regulator is also called a solenoid, and is controlled electrically.

    http://www.aboutautomobile.com/Complaint...

    Here is a better site:

    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/proble...

    {







    Vehicle Make / Model:



    Model Year(s):









    HYUNDAI / ACCENT




    1999













    HYUNDAI / ELANTRA




    1999













    HYUNDAI / TIBURON




    1999











    Manufacturer:

    HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY

    Mfr's
    Report Date:
    JUL 06, 1999









    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
    99V178000


    N/A
    NHTSA Action Number:

    N/A












    Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION




    Potential Number of Units Affected:
    11530





    Summary:
    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER
    VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS. THE AUTOMATIC
    TRANSMISSION PRESSURE CONTROL SOLENOID VALVE SEALS DO NOT REMAIN
    SUFFICIENTLY ELASTIC, RESULTING IN TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAKAGE. THIS
    LEAKAGE CAN RESULT IN REDUCED PRESSURE APPLICATION TO THE CLUTCHES,
    BRAKE, AND KICKDOWN SERVO, ALLOWING THEM TO SLIP.





    Consequence:
    SUCH SLIPPAGE CAN CAUSE PREMATURE
    DETERIORATION OF THE FRICTION ELEMENT SURFACES AND COULD CAUSE THE
    VEHICLE NOT TO ACCELERATE, OR NOT ACCELERATE AS EXPECTED, WHEN THE
    DRIVER PRESSES THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL.





    Remedy:
    DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE PRESSURE
    CONTROL SOLENOID VALVE.





    Notes:
    OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 14, 1999.
    OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED
    UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE
    TIME SHOULD CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-829-9956. ALSO CONTACT THE
    NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT
    1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236). }


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It could be a faulty shift solenoid... have your mechanic run a diagnostic on it..

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