Jun 222017

Hyundai Sante Fe

Becomes sluggish and wont change gears

I will do my best to explain the issue. The car starts and drives, the issue started as a random occurrence and now happens all the time. While in N I can rev the engine and it hits about 4,000 RPM then cuts itself off back down to 2,500 RPM then revs back to 4,000 RPM. Now the main issue happens while driving. The car will accelerate right up to 3,000 RPM but then becomes sluggish and wont change gears. I can put it in manual and change gears at 3,000 RPM and the car will accelerate in 2nd gear back to 3,000 RPM and wont go past that. The Crank Shaft Sensor was replaced 2 years ago and I was attempting to replace the Throttle Position Sensor but its so old the screw basically melted as I twisted the screw driver once. Am I on the right path or am I just completely wrong with the TPS… Thanks for any help I get!

The action you described when in neutral is normal. The engine computer system has a built in rev limiter that will once the engine reaches 4,000 rpm cut it back down to 2,500 rpm. Again, this is normal. This is to prevent damage to the engine and allows the manufacturer to sleep at night while warranting your car.

As for the sluggish at around 3,000 rpm or not changing gears, that would be a different story. The sluggish part may be tune up related but the gear changing issue wouldn’t be. My first guess would be a failing VSS – Vehicle Speed Sensor.  Like I said, a guess. Proper diagnostics should take place. Connecting a scan tool and extracting the diagnostic trouble codes would be the best place to start. Post all codes found for further assistance.

Apr 182017

Hyundai Accent2003 Hyundai Accent. New battery installed but when you try and start the car all the lights come on and it clicks but engine won’t turn over.

There may be a few different reasons the engine won’t turn over.

  1. The “NEW” battery is not fully charged
  2. Battery cables or connections are corroded
  3. Starter relay faulty
  4. Burglar alarm relay activated or faulty
  5. Wiring harness damage

Generally when the ignition key is turned to the “START” position and you here several clicks(click, click, click) it indicates a weak or dead battery. If you only get one click and then nothing, it indicates loose wiring or corrosion. A soft click may be the relays. A hard click would indicate a faulty starter. You can check for battery voltage at the “S” terminal on the starter when the key is held in the “START” position. If you see battery voltage from a fully charged battery at the “S” terminal, replace the starter assembly.

Starter Wiring Diagram 2003 Hyundai Accent

Mar 292017

2004 Hyundai SonataNo Spark

Hi I have a 2004 2.4L automatic Hyundai Sonata. I change the timing belt as it has chewed teeth. I also change the head gasket and the 2 exhaust valves on number 4 cylinder. Changed the crank sensor as it had been destroyed by the teeth that were in the timing cover. All back together and I have compression and fuel but no spark. I have checked the crank sensor installation and it is running correctly ie the sensor plate is the right way around and is running correctly through the sensor magnetic field. Ive checked all the timing marks and everything lines up on TDC after numerous revolutions. The crank sensor only has .3 Volts coming from the PCM at the connector to the CKS which I think is the problem as I believe I read it should be around 5 Volts. so it all cranks etc but no spark at the plugs. Any suggestions? My car has 92000 miles. My car has an automatic transmission. Oh I bought the car with the damaged timing belt and stuffed valves so have never heard it start and don’t know its history.


Crank Sensor Voltage

If the crank sensor is only getting .3 volts and requires 5 volts, I would start there. Check the connections and the wires in the wiring harness. Look for damaged wires or a loss of continuity. Wiggle the wiring with the test leads connected while monitoring the meter.

The crankshaft position (CKP) sensor generates a magnetic pulse signal when the engine is cranking or running. This signal is used by the powertrain control module (PCM) to detect the crankshaft position of each cylinder.

Engine speed is a very important input to the PCM. Crankshaft speed and position are the basis for many calculations made by the computer. Crankshaft position values are transmitted to the computer by pickup coils also known as Permanent Magnet (P/M) generators, Hall Effect sensors or optical sensors. The Crankshaft Position Sensor (CKP) also known as engine speed sensor is typically located in proximity to the crankshaft.

In addition, the PCM uses the CKP sensor in conjunction with the camshaft position sensor to calculate and perform misfire diagnostics.

Related Symptoms

Faulty ignition system components along with loose connections, bad grounds, high resistance or opens in the circuit, may cause the following symptoms:

  • No start condition
  • Stalling after cold start
  • Stalling after hot start
  • Surging off idle
  • Extended crank time when engine is cold
  • Unstable idle
  • Running rough during off idle acceleration
  • Bucking
  • Hesitation
  • Stumble
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Spark knock
Mar 152017

2009 Hyundai SonataHow to fix steering wheel lock? I need key lock cylinder replacement.


Key Lock Cylinder Replacement


Burglar Alarm System

The burglar alarm system is armed automatically after the doors, hood, and trunk lid are closed and locked. The system is set off when any of these things occur:

  • A door is forced open.
  • A door is unlocked without using the transmitter & key.
  • The trunk lid is opened without using the key.
  • The hood is opened.
  • The engine starter circuit and battery circuit are bypassed by breaking the ignition switch.

When the system is set off, the alarm (horn) sounds and the hazard lamp flash for about two minutes or until the system is disarmed by unlocking the transmitter.

For the system to arm, the ignition switch must be off and the key removed. Then, the body control module must receive signals that the doors, hood, and trunk lid are closed and locked. When everything is closed and locked, none of the control unit inputs are grounded.

The door switches, hood switch and trunk lid switch are all close and lock the doors with the remote transmitter and then the system arms after 30 second.

If anything is opened or improperly unlocked after the system is armed, the body control module gets a ground signal from that switch, and the system is set off.

If one of the switches is misadjusted or there is a short in the system, the system will not arm. As long as the body control module continues to get a ground signal, it thinks the vehicle is not closed and locked and will not arm.

The receiver is integrated in the body control module.

Keyless Entry System

The burglar alarm system is integrated with the keyless entry system. The keyless entry system allows you to lock and unlock the vehicle with the remote transmitter. When you push the lock button, all doors lock. When you push the unlock button all doors unlock.

The room lamp, if its switch is in the center position, will come on when you press the unlock button. If you do not open a door, the light will go off in about 30 seconds, the doors will automatically relock, and the burglar alarm system will rearm. If you relock the doors with the remote transmitter within 30 seconds, the light will go off immediately.

You cannot lock or unlock the doors with the remote transmitter if the key is in the ignition switch.

The system will signal you when the doors lock and unlock by flashing the hazard lamp once when they lock, and twice when they unlock.

Jan 242017

Hyundai Verna Fluidicair bag sign is on my dash board panel when i start my car and not goes off


This would indicate there is a malfunction in the air bag system.

Air Bag Light

Each time the vehicle is started the computer performs a check on the air bag system. If any malfunction is noticed the air bag light will be illuminated and the air bag function disabled. When the air bag light is turned on it indicates the air bag is no longer functional. An air bag code will also be stored int he computer.

The most common reason for an air bag light to come on is from a loose ground. Many of the sensors are placed in areas that are prone to rust and or corrosion. Sometimes cleaning the grounds is all that is needed to repair the issue. Other times actual sensor failure is the cause and the sensor will need to be replaced.

A scan tool will be required to extract the individual codes that will pinpoint the exact location of the issue.

Jan 092017

Hyundai Sante FeWhat is the most I should need to pay for a complete timing belt kit removal/replacement? {in zip code 48471}…..thanks


Would be helpful to know what engine is in your vehicle as it came with 3 options.

Estimate Worksheet

2.4L : engine timing belt component kit cost = 154.70; labor hours = 5.1

2.7L : engine timing belt component kit cost = 150.27; labor hours = 5.5

3.5L : engine timing belt component kit cost = 127.19; labor hours = 5.5

Add an additional 150 to the kit price and 3 hours labor if you want the kit that includes a water pump.

Part cost(154.70) + markup(75%) = 270

Part cost with water pump(304.70) + markup(75%) =533

Labor hours(5.5) x hourly rate(120) = 660

Misc. Charge(shop supplies) = 25


Timing Belt Kit Replacement Estimate

Without water pump added = 1218+tax(6%) = $1291.00

With water pump added  = 955+tax(6%) = $1012.00

These auto repair estimates are the average prices. It may be a bit less expensive at a local shop compared to a dealership. However you can supplement the labor rate with whatever the shop rate is and apply it the same way. A Dealerships overhead is higher than smaller shops and tends to be a bit more expensive.




Jan 032017

Hyundai XG350My car was in an accident. I hit a fire hydrant on my driver side front wheel and now the wheel won’t respond when I turn the steering wheel. What is the issue?


Wheel Won’t Respond

You have broken, at a minimum, the steering tie rod. There may be more than that broken. Possible broken strut mounts, control arms, etc. Anytime a vehicle is wrecked it is a good idea to have the vehicle physically looked at by a professional mechanic. Have an alignment done to help avoid premature tire wear.

Proper tire alignment is critical to the tread-life of your tires as well as to your car’s steering performance. Improper alignment typically produces uneven tread-wear (figure H) either to the inside or outside shoulder of your tire. Simple alignments, at the proper intervals, will save you money in the long run in tire costs. It’s best to have your car aligned at least once a year.

Source: Tire Alignment Basics

Dec 252016

2012 Hyundai ElantraHi, I have a misfire on #4 cylinder and I’m going to replace the ignition coil but I’m not sure which coil is for #4 cylinder. I need the cylinder order. Can anyone help me on this?


Cylinder Order

The front of the engine or closest to the alternator belt is where you begin. The cylinders are in order from 1 through 4. So Cylinder number one would be the closest to the alternator belt.


The engine operating conditions (speed, load, warm-up condition, etc.) are detected by various sensors. Consequently these sensor signals and the ignition timing data, signals to interrupt the primary current are sent to the ECM. Therefore the ignition coil is activated, and timing is controlled.