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While driving my 2005 elantra on the highway for less than a mile the temperature gauge rose quickly and was pinned at the very top. I pulled the car to the side of the road shut it off, opened the hood and checked the overflow bottle, there was fluid in it but just to the normal level, there was no fluid on the ground or anywhere in the engine compartment. I started the car moved it a few yards and it shut down, it would not restart. After waiting 30 minutes I looked in the radiator and there was fluid, I checked the oil and it was fine. The car would not restart and it was towed home. It still will not start. The starter motor turns over but not the engine. What can it be? Timing chain? The oil looked fine, there was no foaming. It never overheated before. Thermostat? Where is the Thermostat located on this 2005 Elantra, I looked for at the radiator but didn't see it. HELP. Thank you

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  • akrys2 Mar 27, 2011

    Your solution will not work since the engine will not start. Please read my entire posting and respond.

  • akrys2 Mar 27, 2011

    Please provide a new expert, the last one didn't read my entire posting before responding therefore his recommendation was far far valid.

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Since everything had been check there then its gonna be the timing belt the causing the no start problem. Timing belt needs to be repalced every 60,000 or 90,000 miles. If you haven't replace the timing belt, then i suggest you replace it now. You will notice also the sound when you start the vehicle. The sound is not the usual sound when you start the engine. This means that the timing belt is already bad.

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With the engine cold and not running, remove the radiator cap and pour a 50/50 mix of coolant directly into the radiator filling it up to the neck. Leave the cap off and start the engine. Set the temperature control in the car all the way up into the red zone. The level in the radiator will drop as the pump circulates coolant to voids in the engine and the heater core. Top it off immediately. Do this for 1 or 2 minutes until the radiator stops taking fluid. Replace the radiator cap and make sure it is sealed tight. Let the engine continue to idle for a few minutes. If all is working properly, the radiator fan will eventually come on and start cycling. You should have heat in the car. If you have the tank too full to begin with, some fluid may leak out the top as it expands from the heat generated by the engine. That should subside almost immediately.

If the engine starts to boil over through the tank, shut the engine off and let it cool. Check if coolant appears to be leaking underneath the car (other than from the top of the tank). Note whether or not the electric fan came on or not. You may have a problem with the cooling fan, a bad water pump or sticking thermostat to deal with, which would explain why the coolant level was low to begin with.

Additionally, I suggest check if there have some engine temperature sensor, some model have this device and make wrong at start. Try to scanned the PCM to knowed if some fault code is stored there, some autoshop and autozone make this job for free.

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    Hyundai Elantra Thermostat And Coolant Temperature Sensor



    Check here the devices locations.

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    Hyundai Elantra Thermostat And Coolant Temperature Sensor

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