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2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan Manual

2001 Hyundai Elantra
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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February 9, 2013, 7:02 am

Mary K
 

Question: Engine problem

noticed a ongoing problem with the heater not heating but after awhile. I assumed I needed coolant changed but didn't get it checked. I first started hearing a knock in the engine after changing gasoline brands. Then yesterday I looked at the temp gage(no lights came on)and it was on the 1st line of HOT. I pulled over and parked. Later on once cooled, water was put in the radiator and I tried to drive it home. Going on a level road I heard sorta clicking/maybe even scraping sounds from the engine. When going up hill no sounds. I drove 5 miles to a safe place to park and got it towed home. He said it appeared my radiator was cracked-how true that is I don't know as it was dark out. The tower is not a mechanic and said it had to be my engine. What would be needed to truly assess these problems? A computer engine test? I read some things online that said I could have destroyed the engine if coolant went into the engine.Might be a blown water pump too. It is Sat. not sure who but some dealerships are open. I don't want to go to one. The tower is not a mechanic and told me to get a new car. I am not working and that is not something that can happen. Thank you for your reply.


February 16, 2013, 10:24 am

Ron W
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If you ran the engine without coolant (overheated) it could very well be that the engine is damaged and possibly not repairable. A shop can do a simple compression check to see its state. You will need a shop to look at it to see what happened. Most will only charge and hour or two to diagnose what the issue is. Do not drive it anymore as further damage can occur.


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February 16, 2013, 8:55 pm

Mary K
 

I was told I had coolant. The radiator is cracked. Was told by 1 that it had to be the head gasket that is blown. Getting conflicting stories when they check it at home. I have to find a reputable HONEST mechanic because once it is towed I have to be ready to get it fixed there or know where I want it towed to because I would have to pay the 2nd tow. I wish people would tell the truth and not lie to women or men who have little or no knowledge of cars. 1 gave me conflicting stories and wanted to give me $75 for it saying that is all anyone would give me once they knew the engine was gone. I am waiting on the Lord for peace about what to do, until then I do nothing. My trust is in the Lord. Thank you.


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February 16, 2013, 11:28 pm

Ron W
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I would say even if it had a damaged motor it is worth more than $75. My local wreckers would give around $300 for a vehicle at the minimum. find a good mechanic and have them evaluate it.

One way to find a good shop is to contact your insurance agent.

They should have a list of shops they use. Those shops must maintain a certain level of quality and competitiveness for them to be used (or recommended) by the insurance company.

Good luck.


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