My 2004 Sonata started to misfire while I was driving in wet sloppy
snow about 6 weeks ago. I was on the way to the hospital to visit my
wife. I got there and I parked it and called the dealer to have it
looked at. Well, when I went to go home, it ran fine. So I called the
dealer back and cancelled the appointment. Well, on Saturday, it was
raining pretty hard. And again, it started to misfire really bad, this
time less than 2 miles from home. I turned around and went home.
In the good old days, I would just change the ignition wires (and the
coil wire) and see if that did the trick. But with these new cars, I
imagine it could be a bad sensor or some type of module. The car runs
fine in dry weather so I'm concerned the dealer won't be able to
duplicate the problem. No dash board lights came on at any time. When
my 2000 Saturn misfired, a "check engine" light came on. I took it to
my mechanic and he read the code. It was a bad spark plug and a change
of the plugs did the trick. How hard is it to change the spark plug
wires in this Sonata? It's the V-6 and it's an automatic. Could it be
some sensor or something else? Would the dealer be able to read a code
if no dash lights ever came on? I'm kind of ticked off at the dealer
because last July I took it in for it's 60k maintenance. It was due
for new spark plugs and I told them to put new wires on too. Well,
they didn't. They said the wires would be fine for up to 100k. Now I'm
going to be stuck for the labor intensive job of changing the wires?
I don't think so, it should have been done when I requested it. Does
anyone have any ideas if it could be something other than the wires?
And if it misfired so bad, shouldn't a dash light have come on? I
mean, it was chugging the entire trip home, over a couple of miles.
Now it's all dry here and the car runs fine. That tells me it's bad
wires? Thanks for any/all help. And sorry for the long ramble. : )
Wow, a dealer that did not do something requested? Very unusual, but he is
correct that most of the time the wires are good for a very long time. You
are, however at six years and they may be starting to arc under the right
It is very possible it is the wires, less likely the plugs since they are
relatively new. It is also possible that the dealer cause some minor damage
to the wire when he took it off to change the plugs. I'm not saying he was
careless, but things like that do happen. If the wires wee changed when the
plugs were done, you'd have save a bit on labor too.
Can't say for sure about the Hyundai computer, but when my GM car had a
miss, the reader was able to see it even though the CE light did not come
I'm not familiar with your engine so I don't know how difficult it is to
change wires. None are very easy to get to today, especially the back
three. The price of a set of wires is hefty also. Aftermarket wires can
run from a bout $35 to $100 for a set of six.
My previous V6 Sonata at about 3 years old had 5 of the plug leads fail,
each about 2 months apart. Dealer was happy to have to pull off the inlet
manifold every time for the rear 3 rather than just replace all rear 3 when
the first failed. When the 5th failed he made the courageous decision to
replace the last one as well. "Gold Medal " service my ....
That's why I wanted the wires changed at 60k. Do them all at once and
eliminate that possibility. Now I'm left wondering if it's a bad coil
or bad wires. Or even a sensor or some other component. The dealer can
start changing all sorts of parts and I won't know if it's fixed or
not until we get really wet conditions. With no dashboard light on,
I'm hoping something shows up on the computer that will pinpoint the
On Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:30:26 -0400, Brian Matthews
I got the service manager involved at the dealer. He's going to change
the wires with no labor charges IF he can duplicate the problem and
pinpoint that it is indeed bad wires. My mechanic said in all
probability it is the wires and not the coils. He said if the coils
were bad, the car would misfire all the time, not just under very wet
conditions. I imagine the dealer will overcharge for the wires
On Sat, 27 Mar 2010 09:04:10 -0400, Brian Matthews
Yet another Update;
Sure enough, just a light misting of water on the wires and the car
misfired. They changed the wires and "Gasket-Surge Tank" (whatever
THAT is) and the total came to about $90.00. Still high on the parts,
but that's what dealers do.
Anyway, now I have to wait for a really rainy day to see if it's
fixed. I'm probably the only one in Michigan hoping for heavy
rain. : )
I know surge tanks are used on racing cars to keep some fuel available to
the EFI system when cornering, but I don't know if street cars would have
That parts price is a bit high, but wires even from the aftermarket stores
are anywhere from $45 to $75 a set. Please report after the next rain.
On Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:36:16 -0400, Brian Matthews
Oh goodness; Yet another update on a problem with my 2004 Sonata
It's been about 14 months or so (and about 15k miles on the Sonata)
since I had my wires changed. (with no labor charge) And it was
running fine under wet conditions.
But, it rained here, really hard, about 2 weeks ago. Sure enough, the
car started misfiring, the same as when the wires were bad. I called
my dealer and they said the wires weren't under any warranty after 12
months and/or 12k miles. But the advisor said he doubted it was the
new wires, it seemed highly unlikely to him. He thought it may be a
bad coil (I think he said the car has 2 or 3 coils?) Anyway, he said a
bad coil would be under my extended warranty but he couldn't tell me
anything for sure until I brought the car in. He then told me that
they would diagnose the problem at no charge, even if I decided to not
fix it. It sounded like a good deal because most dealers charge $80.00
or more if you don't get the repairs done.
So, I took it in yesterday. 84k miles on the 2004 Sonata. In about 1/2
hour, he called me into his office and told me they found the problem.
A bad ignition sensor. (it says sensor-crankshaft and diag code P0335
on the receipt.)
He told me the repair price would be $261.00. At this point, I told
him my extended warranty should cover it. He shook his head and said
he doubted it but he would check. When he found out I had HPP (Hyundai
Protection Plan) he said he would look into it. Sure enough, it WAS
covered! Yet another covered component I've had replaced under this
warranty. I had a CV boot leak all the grease out that they also
replaced at no charge under this warranty.
I looked up my paperwork from when I purchased this car. The extended
warranty was a little over $800.00. So I'm getting close to getting my
money back with repairs. I guess I need an alternator or starter to go
bad to get over the limit. : )
Most "experts" will tell you an extended warranty is a waste of money.
And I pretty much agree with them on most items. But it looks like it
may have been a good investment on this vehicle.
Now I just need another heavy rainstorm to see if it's really fixed or
Brian (bugging the group)
No, wasnt the plugs but the leads. These days the conductors are a carbon
impregnated string for want of a better word. Eventually with
vibratiion/heat they fail. Because of their resistance they slow down the
rise time of the HT and lower the
ignition static in the radio. Years back they were built into the plug
connector. At a cost of a few dollars.
My favourite mechanic says he routinely replaces any leads he thinks are
~ >3 years old, working or not.
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