When humidity is high (80% and above) and the engine is cold, our 2002
Elantra won't accelerate properly. It hesiates for a few seconds and then
all of a sudden it accelerates (usually 15-20 seconds after starting the
engine). This never happens once the engine is warm or when humidity is less
than 80%. Unfortunately the computer doesn't detect a fault. Any idea what
could cause that behaviour?
There's a reprogram available for this condition ("warm ambient cold start
stumble"). If you're within the 8/80 emissions warranty (includes ECM),
your dealer should be able to reprogram your ECM for free to resolve this
I'm in Canada, therefore the ECM code isn't the same as US models. The
service manager contacted Hyundai Canada and they told him what code to
download. The issue has not occurred since the ECM was flashed, but the car
now behaves sliightly different, i.e., acceleration is smoother than before.
The service manager admitted that other customers complained about that same
issue and that they could never totally resolve it.
At the same time, the dealer finally resolved the rear brake noise issue.
Whenever we drove or braked at very low speed, we heard intermittent noise
from the left rear area. It turned out there were 2 issues: the left hub had
to be replaced and that corrected a faily loud noise at low speed (it did it
without braking). A new strut corrected the noise when braking at low speed.
Replacing the wheel bearing, the drums and shoes didn't help at all, but we
now have brand new brakes in the back for free.
Thanks for your help.
I've had this similar problem on my 2002 Sonata. I usually find that
when this is happening, I run my tank close to empty, put in two
bottles of concentrated Gumout Fuel Injector cleaner, gas up fully,
and run the tank almost empty, it clears up. Some cars can be picky
about gas brands too. You may also want to check on your air filter
and air-intake chamber. Sometimes bugs, leaves, or other things are
lodged in there and causing problems. You ought to be able to buy a
2-pack of Gumout concentrated injector cleaner at your auto-parts
store. Beyond that, you may want to check your plugs or wiring and
make sure they are not picking up moisture. Good luck.
- Thee Chicago Wolf
The car only has 32,000 kms. The timing belt has been replaced after 4
years, the air cleaner is new, the gas is the same that we use in our other
cars, etc. I'll let the dealer figure out the issue, but TSB 04-36-004
describes my problem.
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