99 Elantra Transmission Problem

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by nick, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. nick

    nick Guest


    All of a sudden this morning my sister's 99 Elantra transmission
    will not shift into reverse. Also the transmission will not shift out
    of first gear. Last night when she came home everything was fine with
    the car. The check engine light has not come on yet, but I will try to
    read the codes off and see if there are any codes that are stored in
    the ECU. I will also drain and fill the transmission fluid and see if
    that helps, but it wasn't due for the 30k fluid change for another 10k
    miles. Does it appear that the transmission is shot? I was also
    reading that it could be something to do with the vehicle speed senor,
    but wouldn't that throw the check engine light?

    nick, Sep 18, 2007
  2. Please diagnose before doing any repair.

    It seems wise to check for pending diagnostic trouble codes.

    You can check the fluid by looking at it on the dipstick and spreading
    a few drops on a white paper towel. If it is transparent, is not dark
    and does not smell burnt, I am prone to believe the fluid is not the

    Once I thought I had a serious transmission problem: it was nothing
    more than a worn rubber bushing that links the wire that comes from
    the shift stick to the transmission lever! It does not seem to be
    your case.

    Good luck.
    Jean Castonguay, Sep 18, 2007
  3. nick

    hyundaitech Guest

    Don't change the fluid. If it's good enough to drive the car forward, it's
    good enough to drive it in reverse. Simply check the level and make sure
    it's correct. If so, you should check the range switch and shift cable to
    be sure you're actually shifting the transmission into reverse and that the
    TCM is aware it's been shifted to reverse. If all the above is as it
    should be, then you'll need a transmission replacement or overhaul.
    hyundaitech, Sep 18, 2007
  4. nick

    nick Guest

    Thanks for everyone's advice.

    I check the errors and P0732 Gear 2 ratio incorrect came up. Also I
    tried moving the shifter down slowing into reverse and towards neutral
    and the car did not shift into reverse at all.

    nick, Sep 18, 2007
  5. nick

    hyundaitech Guest

    P0732 basically indicates that the transmission is slipping in 2nd gear.
    This supports the theory that you'll need major transmission work.
    hyundaitech, Sep 19, 2007
  6. nick

    nick Guest

    Thanks for the help hyundaitech. With the cost of fixing the
    transmission and the mileage due for a timing belt, my sister has
    opted to get a new car.
    nick, Sep 24, 2007
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