Hi, I'm new to these forums and I'm also a new owner of a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. I received the car a few weeks ago and it has a little over 11,000 miles on it! I was very excited when I bought this car since my first car was a 1994 Pink Geo Tracker. As much as I loved that car, there were problems with it; check engine light, uncontrollable clicking, rattling, and some more.
I test drove the car with my dad (owner of a 2007 Hyundai Elantra) and I heard a weird sound coming from the back. It sounds like a creaking to me when I brake. My dad told me it wasn't anything major so I wasn't worried about it. When I got the car and had to get it inspected, I mentioned the problem and they said they would look into it. They said it was probably the brakes. They cleaned the brakes...and no more sound! This lasted for less than a day and the sound was back, so I brought it back and this time they cut the drums/rotors. Within a few hours of bringing it back, the sound was back again! Due to the cold weather, my dad hasn't been able to get under it adn look at it. Anybody else have this problem or any suggestions?
Next, after getting my car back from them cutting the drums/rotors, my fright front brakes are now squealing when braking. This sounds like metal against metal. My dad thinks that the mechanc either got the break lines dirty or they messed something up. It truly is a squealing noise that is constant until the car stops when braking. This lasts for a while and then goes away, but always starts again in the morning or after work. Any help?
Problem #3. I had my car inspected when I first got it and they said that it needed a new battery. I thought it was no problem so they replaced it with an energizer. Not more than 1.5 weeks after getting a new battery, I tried starting my car in front of the house and it wouldn't crank or anything. Only the cd player came on. It took 3 times to get the car finally started. After that, it ran fine. Now, today (about 1.5 weeks since the first incident), I was leaving school (I'm a teacher) and couldn't get my car to start. There was no sound whatsoever when I turned the key. My lights hadn't been turned on so they couldn't have drained the battery and when I tried turning on the headlights at that point, they wouldn't even turn on. The only thing that worked was the little red light on the dash showing the door was open. As soon as I opened the door (no key in the ignition), that light would turn on but within 5 seconds, it would disappear, even with the door still open. I got a jump and the car immediately started. Keep in mind, this is a brand new battery. What could the problem be???
Final Problem. Often time in the morning, I start driving my car and hear a rattling from inside the dash. The speed at which it rattles has nothing to do with the speed at which I'm traveling. It's just an annoying sound and eventually goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. Any ideas??
Thanks for reading through this post and any suggestions you can offer!! I'm very excited to have this car, but would like it to be problem free