'99 Elantra....intermittent hard starting

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by Leonardo, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. Leonardo

    Leonardo Guest

    Our '99 5speed wagon with 94k (bought new) has recently began to take
    several spins before it starts...but not always. Sometimes from a cold
    start it will take 6 or 7 turns. If I shut it off and restart, it will
    fire right up, normally, sometimes :)

    I should also add that we also get an intermittent check engine light
    that does not seem to affect performance at all and it began occuring
    way before the hard starting problem. That intermittent stuff is enough
    to drive a guy nuts!!

    I wanted to start trouble shooting by changing the fuel filter.......a
    real bear to crack the lower line connection...I gave up ..any tricks
    or hints for this?

    I seem to remember a tech saying that if it gets hard to start, think
    fuel pressure regulator.

    The car runs and idles perfectly otherwise.

    I hope to sort this out asap, as we are going on vacation soon.

    Your suggestions would be appreciated.


    Leonardo, Sep 18, 2005
  2. Leonardo

    hyundaitech Guest

    If you're getting a check engine lamp, always check the codes first.
    Often, you'll get a large hint as to the cause of the driveability
    problems you've been experiencing.
    hyundaitech, Sep 19, 2005
  3. Leonardo

    Leonardo Guest

    Leonardo, Sep 20, 2005
  4. Leonardo

    Leonardo Guest

    Since the just the code read was $65.00, I decided to take a shot and
    install the $46.00 fuel pressure regulator, about a 10 minute job. Not
    only does the car start perfect all the time now, but I haven't seen
    the check engine light for over a week including a 1k road trip with
    many stops and starts.

    Musta got lucky. :)

    Leonardo, Sep 30, 2005
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