Question about 1998 Hyundai Elantra

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First time I left the house this morning on the way to church about 5 mintues into the drive the car acted like it wanted to die like it ran out of gas or something to that, than it fixed itself and kept right on going got to church with no problems and that was it. When church was over It did it again 5 mintues into the drive and fixed itself but this time as I pulled up to the house and steped on the brake it acted like it wanted to die again in front of the house so I shut it off and came in the house to email you guys to help. Please help, I just bought this car a few days ago and don't have money to pay someone else to fix it. I will leave a donation. Thanks again. Bobby

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  • ROBERT GONZALEZ Nov 15, 2010

    I hope to work with someone that is familar with the 98 Hyundai Elantra or samilar. Thanks
    Bobby

  • ROBERT GONZALEZ Nov 15, 2010

    Thanks for your quick response.
    No the check engine light is not on at all. Bought the car from private party. I called them but they don't know much about the car. I was driving down the road when it wanted to die and driving it home just once each way so yes it was under load, than I continued to drive home and it drove fine until I got home than it ran rough once I stepped on the brakes in front of the house so I shut it off and came in the house and emailed you guys.

  • ROBERT GONZALEZ Nov 15, 2010

    Check engine light NEVER came on.

  • ROBERT GONZALEZ Nov 19, 2010

    I have tried everything shared with me so far except test fuel filter with a multimeter which I will go out and buy this friday. I will keep you posted on the results. Thanks so far even if it hasn't worked but I have faith some good will come out of this. Thanks everyone.

  • ROBERT GONZALEZ Dec 01, 2010

    Hello, I found the check engine light did not work on the car because the bulb blew out. But it turned out to be oxygen 02 sensors at manifold and the one by the catilac coverter were the problems. Once those were replaced it ran fine. Thanks for your infor.

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It seems like a simple tune-up is all that is needed.

Change the spark plugs, the air filter and clean the throttle body.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010

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Hello
The engine in your car is controlled by a computer, it is called the PCM (powertrain control module), the electronic system (referred to as the OBD2 engine control system) is very sophisticated and takes special tools to diagnose problems like this, in the case of this particular problem it can be caused by any number of failing components in the engines electronic fuel injection system, when these problems occur the computer (PCM) will detect the fault (the loss of power you felt) and it will record a fault code (there are over 200 codes) in its memory, these codes can be read with a special OBD2 system scanner or a OBD2 fault code reader, you can also go to any Kragen auto parts store or Autozone and they can read the codes for you free of charge, but I highly caution you on accepting any advice from them as to what the problem is, they are not trained electronic engine control technicians, that takes years of special schools It is my opinion that the best thing to do is see the local Hyundai dealer to have the electronics diagnosed by trained Hyundai technicians.
I am a 35 year veteran automotive technician with a Master technician certification from ASE

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First off is the check engine light turning on at all? Did you buy the car through a dealership or through private sale? How many miles are on the vehicle. Was it during idle that it was dying or was it under load(while accelerating) that it happened? Once I have more information I can assist you further. If a check engine light is on you will want to take it to the nearest autozone and they can tell you what the trouble code is in the vehicle and that will narrow it down significantly.
Thank you,
Lee

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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    Lee A. Nov 15, 2010

    Did the check engine light come on at all? If so take it to your nearest autozone and have them check for the trouble codes. They do it free of charge and this will help narrow down the culprit.
    Thanks,
    Lee

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    Lee A. Dec 01, 2010

    That is very good to hear. It is always good to hook it up to a the diagnostic tool, just in case. You can never trust the dummy lights. I am very glad to hear you got it running like it should. If you have a moment please take the time to accept/rate my solution if you feel it appropriate.
    Thanks again,
    Lee

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If the car has never been tuned up, replace the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap and rotor, air filter, and fuel filter. More then likely your fuel filter is very dirty causing the gas flow to become interrupted. After you change all this and the vehicle continues to die out then you will need to check your fuel pump with a multimeter for continuity. A bad fuel pump would cause the vehicle to die. If the fuel pump is good then replace your oxygen sensor.

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Hi Bobby,

There are numerous possible causes for this behaviour. It could be as simple as a faulty spark plug or it can be a fuelling issue or problem with emission sensors on the vehicle or a problem with the ignition coils or even the fuel pump.

When was the vehicle last serviced and has it had the spark plugs changed? This would be one of the first items to look at as would replacing the fuel and air filters.

The symptoms you describe are also in keeping with an EGR fault but a diagnostic scan is needed to confirm this and avoid throwing money at replacing components unecessarily.

If you bought the vehicle from a dealer I suggest you get on to them pronto to have the fault rectified. If it was a private sale then there is no come back in that sense but you should contact the seller to check what work has been done recently. If the plugs have not been changed in the last 40,000 miles they need to be replaced and the fault may well resolve following this.

The next suggestion I have is to get the car to Autozone and have it scanned for fault codes. Autozone will do this free of charge and any stored error code will point you in the right direction as to what component is causing the problem with the EGR valve as an example.

Hope this helps get you pointed in the right direction. Thanks for using FixYa.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010

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    Radio Code Pro Nov 15, 2010

    I work with Hyundai cars every day! What is it about the solution you do not understand?

    You must have the codes read on this vehicle first and foremost as there are numerous potential causes for this behaviour as outlined. Have you carried out any of the diagnostics as advised?

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    Radio Code Pro Nov 16, 2010

    The first thing to do with this car is have it serviced. Get all filters including the fuel filter changed and replace the spark plugs AND Spark plug wiring. Hyundia techs strongly recommend NGK spark plugs for this car.



    If the poor running symptoms persist after this, then the most likely fault is a faulty EGR valve which causes the symptoms you describe.



    However, regardless of whether the check engine light is on or not you should take the car to Autozone for a FREE scan of error codes first. If you choose to ignore this advice you will end up throwing endless money at this car replacing components that are unrelated to the problem.



    Finally I can give you the link to the official Hyundai USA service site where you can view service manuals and procedures for your car for FREE. This is a very comprehensive site provided by Hyundai for servicing and technical issues.



    You will need to register a user name and details of your zip code, email address etc - you will then be emailed a password that allows you to access and view material specific to your car.



    Go here and register your details to gain access to this comprehensive database

    http://www.hmaservice.com/



    The problem you are having will not be resolved for free or by pushing a few buttons. You must go through the proper diagnostic procedure to determine and deal directly with the fault. Otherwise you will end up spending money needlessly on components that are irrellevant to your problem.



    As stated the first thing you should do is have the car fully serviced and move on from there.



    As you previously rejected the advice I gave you I would be greatful if you would re- evaluate your rating of my solution in light of the information provided.



    Thanks for using FixYa.

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