ATTN: Hyundai tech - 2003 Tiburon clutch question

Discussion in 'Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon' started by Erik Unhjem, May 29, 2006.

  1. Erik Unhjem

    Erik Unhjem Guest

    I have a 2003 Tiburon and the clutch is starting to slip.

    If I don't downshift when trying to accelerate up a hill in fourth or
    fifth as highway speed, for example, I can hear/feel the clutch
    slipping. I'm not aware of it at any other time. My base model 4-banger
    has about 96,000 miles on it. Is this something that can be adjusted or
    is it more serious. I have 100k bumper-to-bumper and -- because of the
    truth in advertising horsepower thing -- 120k powertrain coverage. What
    to do?

    I love the car, btw. We're a three-Hyundai family with a 2002 Elantra
    and a 2005 Sonata in addition to the 2003 Tiburon. Great cars, all of


    Erik Unhjem, May 29, 2006
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  2. At that mileage, the clutch disk is probably worn out. Clutch wear is
    not a warranty item.
    Brian Nystrom, May 29, 2006
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  3. Erik Unhjem

    Erik Unhjem Guest

    Thanks. That's pretty much as I expected. I can't complain though...
    I've had only three repairs and one tune in those 96k miles. My
    original tires lasted 87k and still had miles on them when I replaced
    them. Love that car!
    Erik Unhjem, May 30, 2006
  4. Erik Unhjem

    hyundaitech Guest

    I'll reply since you've requested, but Brian's pretty much correct here.
    If it's simply worn out, it's not covered. Nothing to adjust.
    hyundaitech, May 30, 2006
  5. Erik Unhjem

    Matt Whiting Guest

    A slipping clutch at that mileage could also be due to oil contamination
    from a failed rear main seal. This might be covered under warranty.

    Matt Whiting, May 30, 2006
  6. Erik Unhjem

    hyundaitech Guest

    If you're the original owner, you'd have a shot if the rear main were
    leaking, but my experience is that a leaking rear main rarely gets all the
    way around to the other side of the flywheel and gets onto the clutch. I
    have seen leaking input shaft seals do it.

    The thing that really makes me happy is that seal and gasket leakage on
    Hyundai is mostly a thing of the past. Back in the day, these things were
    leak machines. I'd be afraid of replacing a timing belt without replacing
    all the cam, crank, and any other front engine seals for fear that even if
    they weren't leaking, they'd likely leak soon and damage the new belt.
    Now, I hardly ever replace these seals, and I hardly ever see one leak
    under 100k.
    hyundaitech, May 30, 2006
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