2000 Accent: won't start, can't read OBD code

Discussion in 'Hyundai Accent' started by Mike Bender, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. Mike Bender

    Mike Bender Guest

    Hi all,

    My wife's 2000 Accent (27000 miles, manual trans.) started running
    rough and giving her an intermittent check engine light. She brought it
    home and parked it. I didn't get a chance to look at it for about 4-5
    days. I tried to start it and while the engine would crank, I couldn't
    get it to fire. I tried connecting my OBDII code reader
    (http://www.otctools.com/newcatalog/detail.php3?id=295) and got an error
    message (no useable code). Also, I noticed that when I turned the key to
    the run position, the check engine light remains dark (other indicator
    lights come on). I took a look under the hood and couldn't find anything
    obvious amiss. Since I wasn't able to get a code out of the computer, I
    tried disconnecting the battery for 15 minutes to see if things would
    reset. Still no joy. So my questions are:

    1. I've read other postings where people weren't able to read an OBD code
    from Hyundais. Is there some special magic I should know to get a code?

    2. Is it normal for the CEL to be dark when the ignition is on but the
    car isn't running? I wouldn't think so, but you never know...

    3. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions for what to look at next?

    The car is still under the 5year/60K mile warranty but if it's something
    simple like a popped fuse keeping the computer from getting power, I'd
    like to save the aggravation of a tow and having the car out of

    Replies to the group and/or e-mail are appreaciated.


    Mike Bender, Mar 26, 2005
  2. Mike Bender

    Jody Guest

    take it to the dealer sounds like your cam shaft position sensors gone
    Jody, Mar 26, 2005
  3. Mike Bender

    Mike Bender Guest

    Thanks for the tip, Jody.

    Seeing as it's Sunday, I'd figured I'd just take a look at the cam
    position sensor to see if it was something like a dirty connection.
    Everything looked fine. The fact that I couldn't get a code out of the
    diagnostic computer still bothered me, though. Since I didn't have
    anything better to do at the moment, I decided to recheck the fuses and
    relays in the underhood box that had to do with the ECU. After I pulled
    and reseated every fuse and relay related to the ECU (no fuses were
    blown), I was able to get a reading on my OBD scanner and the car started
    right up. Apparently one or more of the connections had become dirty and
    was preventing power to the ECU. Judging by some of the postings I've
    seen here and in other places (unable to start or get a code from the
    OBD) this isn't an uncommon occurence. Oh well, something to tuck away
    for future reference. At least I didn't pay for a tow to the dealer and
    diagnostic time.

    Mike Bender, Mar 27, 2005
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