2000 Elantra not starting

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by christanner, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. christanner

    christanner Guest

    Probably something simple - but here's what happens.

    Door open: dome lights on
    Key in: bells, lights, clock, radio, fans
    Key Turn: one loud CLICK then nothing from the engine area but all the
    aforementioned still functioning....

    What I've done:
    pulled both cables from both terminals steel wooled both of them and
    the insides of the cables
    same thing after tightening the cables back on the terminals

    charged/jumped from my car after it ran for 15 minutes (connection was
    good too!)

    So, is this the starter? Starter solenoid? Something along those lines?
    I'm so completely LOST as to where the starter is! I haven't been under
    the car yet...so not sure...but I just really can't follow the lead
    from the battery to...where IS the starter ANYWAY? :)
    christanner, Dec 25, 2005
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  2. christanner

    Jody Guest

    if u jumnped it and it started your battery is on the fritz soon..
    just not enough power to crank the engine, but enough for light items fans,
    lghts etc
    Jody, Dec 25, 2005
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  3. Did you check the fluid levels in the battery? I'll bet they're low.
    Even so-called "sealed" batteries lose fluid and need to be refilled
    periodically. If so, refill each cell with DISTILLED water until the
    water just touches the plastic filler neck. You can get distilled water
    at a grocery store or pharmacy.

    BTW, how old is the battery? If it's more than 3 years old, it's
    probably due for replacement, anyway.
    Probably not, since the car started when jumped.
    I haven't looked on the Elantra engine, but it's probably on the back
    side of the engine, facing the firewall, tucked up under the intake
    manifold, where it's a royal pain in the butt to get to.
    Brian Nystrom, Dec 25, 2005
  4. christanner

    hyundaitech Guest

    You're exactly right on the location of the starter, Brian. It's not that
    big a pain, however.
    hyundaitech, Dec 26, 2005
  5. That's good to know. I've had other cars with suspension/steering parts
    that blocked easy access to the starter. I'm glad to hear the the
    Elantra isn't one of them.
    Brian Nystrom, Dec 27, 2005
  6. christanner

    christanner Guest

    MY BAD! What I MEANT to communicate was that after I charged it for 15
    minutes from my car it did NOT start - my car continually charged the
    Elantra's batt...but the elnatra never started! =)

    Does that clear things up any? Sorry for the confusion!
    christanner, Dec 28, 2005
  7. christanner

    hyundaitech Guest

    So, here's your possibilities as I see them:

    Bad cables, cables dirty not attached to starter or ground points
    properly, starter defective, or engine or accessory locked and will not

    A really loud clunk tends to indicate something is locked.

    A click is probably the starter solenoid. If that's the case, you'll
    probably need to do some testing to see whether you're getting proper
    voltage to the starter while attempting to crank the engine.
    hyundaitech, Dec 28, 2005
  8. christanner

    Jody Guest

    if your battery if fried its not going to accept anymore charge.
    get it tested
    Jody, Dec 28, 2005
  9. christanner

    christanner Guest

    ** BATTERY NEW **

    Started no problem a week ago AFTER I posted this??? WIERD.

    Week later - Got home after it sat NOT being charged and it STARTED
    THREE TIMES consecutively w/o any problem @ all!

    is this how a solenoid goes? Or a starter?

    It's more of an a lighter clicking sound, not the heavy clicking

    I've got a few price quotes on replacing the starter - looking like
    $250 for parts and labor...is that about right?
    christanner, Jan 4, 2006
  10. It's quite possible, but as Hyundaitech said, it may just be bad power
    or ground connections. Have you checked them?
    That doesn't sound unreasonable, but you can buy a rebuilt starter for
    ~$125 and install it yourself in around an hour. It's not a complicated job.
    Brian Nystrom, Jan 4, 2006
  11. christanner

    christanner Guest

    christanner, Jan 5, 2006
  12. I couldn't say what the quality is, but I'd feel more comfortable buying
    electrical parts locally, where they can be easily exchanged. Also,
    local rebuilders will take your old starter (referred to as a "core")
    and rebuild it. I'm fortunate to have a high-quality rebuilder a few
    miles from home. Check around and perhaps you'll find one, too. If
    you're anywhere near Merrimack, NH I highly recommend Auto Electric
    Warehouse (http://www.autoelectric.com/). I've bought several
    alternators and starters from them over the years and they've always
    lasted longer than the original parts did.
    Brian Nystrom, Jan 5, 2006
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