1997 Hyundai Elantra Won't Start

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by Dennis D, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Dennis D

    Dennis D Guest

    Will not start but it will 'almost' catch, so I replace the plug an
    wires, it ran that evening but the next morning no start. Two days late
    I jumped it with another battery it ran that evening but the nex
    morning no start. I changed the coil pack this time no start. It ack
    like something is loose
    Dennis D, Jan 27, 2009
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    CBX2 Guest

    Mabe it's acking that way becuz it's winner and it's cold. Butt then
    what do I no I use webtv.
    CBX2, Jan 28, 2009
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  3. Dennis D

    hyundaitech Guest

    Hi, Dennis. We're going to need some more information, and you're
    probably need to do some tests.

    First, explain what you mean by "almost catch." I originally thought
    this meant that the engine cranked normally but wouldn't start. When
    I read that you had jump started the car, I wasn't so sure anymore.
    Does the starter turn the engine normally? at all? slowly?

    Has your check engine lamp been coming on? If so, it's a good idea to
    read the codes. If the car won't drive, however, it'll probably be
    difficult to access a code reader without having it towed to a shop.

    If it does indeed crank normally, you should test to see if you're
    getting spark from the ignition coil.
    hyundaitech, Jan 29, 2009
  4. Dennis D

    Dennis D Guest

    The car has always turned over except when I ran the battery down, i
    was in need of a new battery so I bought one

    The phrase "almost catch" means it fires here and there (like it had
    carburator and it was flooded). No check engine lamps are on.

    When all this first started I pulled the spark plugs and they were wet
    so I sat them on the engine and then turned the ignition key and thei
    was so much fuel in the cylinders that every time the piston hit to
    dead center the plug fired and their was a flame shooting out of eac
    cylinder as if there were to much gas in the cylinders. So I assume
    that the plugs and wires needed replaced (the electrodes were worn
    because their was not enough spark to burn the fuel
    Well it was cold this morning and the damn thing did not start!!!!
    have come to the conclusion that when it is really cold out it will no
    start. Is their a fuel pressure regulator that would dump to much fue
    into the engine when the engine is cold

    Maybe between the cold air and to much fuel it IS flooding out? Mayb
    that after it sets awhile and I get home from it starts because th
    temperature rises?

    By the way it has never back fired through the intake or exhaust
    Again could it be flooding out???????


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    Dennis D, Feb 5, 2009
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    Joe Guest

    Have you taken a code reading from the OBD.?

    Joe, Feb 5, 2009
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    hyundaitech Guest

    If you have access to a code reader (or even better, a scanner) check
    to see if there are any stored engine trouble codes. If it's a
    scanner, also check your coolnat temperature data.

    Your dangerous test has proven that you have fuel and spark. So i
    think you may well be correct that it's a fuel mixture issue. I'd
    suspect the coolant temperature sensor, but I'm not confident enough
    that I think you should just replace it without some sort of
    hyundaitech, Feb 7, 2009
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    Dennis D Guest

    The check engine light is now on. I do not have a code reader. M
    daughter took her car to Auto Zone and they hooked up a coder and tol
    her that Number 2 cylinder was miss firing


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    Dennis D, Feb 11, 2009
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Why not start from the beginning and write a coherent post. First - state
    fully what you are facing and what you are asking. From your post above
    (with the stupid subject line leads into the body text...), you have a 1997
    Elantra that won't start. You don't have a code reader. Your daughter who
    apparently has some other kind of car went to Auto Zone and discovered she
    had a Number 2 cylinder misfire. What does that have to do with your car?
    What are the sypmtoms when you attempt to start the car?

    If you can't provide any better information than this, it's most likely
    that a code reader and any advice here isn't going to really help you. You
    probably should take your car (and your daughter's car...) to a mechanic.
    Mike Marlow, Feb 11, 2009
  9. Dennis D

    hyundaitech Guest

    Presuming we've been talking about your daughter's car to begin with,
    if the only DTC present is a P0302, it's more likely to be a
    consequence of the problem than an indicator of the cause. Even if
    you were getting now power from cylinder #2, the car would still start
    pretty much normally (but run very poorly).

    May be better to take to a mechanic at this point since you don't have
    access to a scanner.
    hyundaitech, Feb 12, 2009
  10. Dennis D

    Dennis D Guest

    Well my 1996 Hyundia Elantra does not have a to much fuel problem now
    have a no fuel problem. Again the car did not start the other morning
    so I pulled the spark plugs out and expecting to see wet spark plugs
    well I did not they were completely dry. I removed the fuel pressur
    regulator return line, turn the ignition and got fuel so I guess tha
    means that my fuel pump is still working. So their has to be a senso
    that tells the injectors how much fuel to inject or not to injec
    Dennis D, Feb 13, 2009
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Having fuel come out of the line is a good indicator for fuel
    pressure, but it's not a foolproof one. A pump can be good enough to
    pump fuel with little resistance but not good enough to provide the
    pressure required to operate the injectors.

    The injectors (and spark plugs) are controlled by the engine control
    module (ECM). The ECM primarily uses information from the crankshaft
    position sensor to determine when to fire the plugs and injectors.
    hyundaitech, Feb 13, 2009
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