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Old 01-20-2016, 08:32 AM
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I’m having an issue with my 2004 Hyundai Elantra cutting off, and am out of ideas of what to check for next. Basically I have a very intermittent issue where the car seems to lose electrical power for a split second (or possibly total loss of gas – as in, it doesn’t seem to be misfiring, just seems to totally lose all power). If it happens when I first start the car up, the car will start up for a second and then cut off. It also happens randomly when driving at any speed, and when it happens while driving, it just goes out for a split second, and then cuts back on and I can keep driving, so the RPMs Rev up for a second as a result when it kicks back on, but then goes back to normal. But it is completely intermittent, as in, some days it will not do it at all on my 30-min drive to work. I even went a whole week without it happening. But this week it has come back. Some days it will do it 3 times, some days 20 times. Some days its hard to get my car started, because it keeps cutting off when I start it. But so far after I try around 5-10 times it will start up and keep going. Also, this may indicate nothing, but when it goes out for that split second, I can hear a click, or electrical sounding click coming from the dash/instrument panel area. Which is what makes it seem electrical in nature, but I could be wrong, could be a spark/gas thing.



This has been happening it seems no matter what the weather is outside (its been anywhere from the 20s to 60s here in the last few weeks) and it doesn’t seem to matter if the car is warmed up or not. Also, so far the check engine light has not come on, so it makes me think it might not be a sensor, since those will usually trigger the light when they start going bad. Also, when the car is running, it runs perfect. Idles perfect, drives perfect, no misfires, no hesitation, etc. The ONLY problem is it cutting out. Also, it doesn’t seem to matter if the fuel tank is full or half empty. I had read in one place that if the vapor recovery charcoal canister gets full of gas, it will vent liquid fuel instead of vapor, which can result in car cutting off or running rough, but this usually only happens when fuel tank is full. So I suppose it could be this, but I doubt it.

The car has 180k miles. Iridium plugs have 60k on them. Wires have 60k on them. Original fuel pump and fuel filter. I wouldn’t think it would be the filter since when it runs it runs perfect. I guess could possibly be the pump having an intermittent issue. Trying to avoid replacing that for now unless I knew it was the problem.



What I’ve done so far:

• I made sure the battery cables are tight and clean at the connection

• I checked as many grounds as I could find, they all seem good

• Alternator puts out a perfect amount of voltage

• I swapped the ECU main relay and fuse with another relay and fuse in the fuse box that were identical

• I swapped the Fuel Pump relay with an identical one in the box

• I replaced the Crankshaft position sensor

• I cleaned the Mass Airflow sensor (though it looked spotless)

• I looked around for any vacuum hoses that were disconnected. Didn’t find any

• I’ve tried resetting the ECU (unplug battery for a while) and I thought that fixed it at first, but then it came back a few days later. And now resetting ECU seems to have no effect.



Some possibilities of what it could be:

• Fuel pump intermittent issue?

• Camshaft position sensor?

• ECU problem?

• Catalytic convertor going bad?

• Some other sensor going bad?

• Possibly the vapor recovery charcoal canister is full of fuel as described above

• ignition coils – but I doubt it since you’d usually get a misfire/engine light when those go bad (from experience)

• Fuel pressure regulator – but I doubt it, based on the symptoms. Seems like I’d have other symptoms.



I’m not convinced of any of these above, and some of them I wouldn’t know how to check (like for a bad ECU). Does anyone have any suggestions of what you think it might be? Getting nervous driving 75mph on the interstate with someone behind me and the car cutting out. Luckily so far it doesn’t cut completely off when I’m up to speed with someone behind me!
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When it cuts out do all your lights go out as well? Dash and headlights?
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When it cuts out do all your lights go out as well? Dash and headlights?


It happens so fast, its been hard for me to tell. But I want to say they dont go out, or it seems like I would have noticed it. Most of my driving has been in the daylight. So yeah, if they do go out, thats probably an indication of something electrical I assume. Leaning 75% towards that they dont go out. I'll try to pay close attention.
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Does the radio cut out? If you don't go out at night, maybe rig up a shade that lets you see the lights during the daytime? Can you jiggle the keys in the ignition and make it cut out? Do you happen to have a heavy bunch of keys hanging from the ignition switch?



It bears mentioning that your old-ish plugs, wires, and fuel filter really should all be changed. The fuel filter especially could be dodgy and just barely flowing enough, with the occasional not-flowing-enough tripping you up.



How is your PCV valve?

Have you cleaned the throttle body and the idle air actuator?

Does the exhaust pop when it happens? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd-ix36A_Tk

If you rap on the throttle position sensor, maybe give it a tug and a twist, does it change how the engine runs?

http://answers.edmunds.com/question-...rs-128283.aspx





Intermittent stuff like this can be tough. Good luck, and be sure to keep us posted.
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Sounds like an intermittent open in the harness. With the engine running, start jiggling parts of the harness to see if you can make it happen. Pay close attention to the crank position sensor harness.
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Originally Posted by Stocker View Post
Does the radio cut out? If you don't go out at night, maybe rig up a shade that lets you see the lights during the daytime? Can you jiggle the keys in the ignition and make it cut out? Do you happen to have a heavy bunch of keys hanging from the ignition switch?



It bears mentioning that your old-ish plugs, wires, and fuel filter really should all be changed. The fuel filter especially could be dodgy and just barely flowing enough, with the occasional not-flowing-enough tripping you up.



How is your PCV valve?

Have you cleaned the throttle body and the idle air actuator?

Does the exhaust pop when it happens? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd-ix36A_Tk

If you rap on the throttle position sensor, maybe give it a tug and a twist, does it change how the engine runs?


So i drove to work today and it cut out several times. Made sure I turned the radio up to see if it cuts out. It doesnt out at all when the car cuts out. I did notice that the check engine light comes on for a fraction of a second some of the times that the car cuts out. I have a code scanner and have checked it 4 or 5 times over the last few weeks and no codes have been thrown.



I also tried jiggling the keys a lot while driving, no effect. So if an ignition switch problem, cant be replicated by doing that.



I agree that the plugs should be changed, and I have a new set, just havn't installed yet. Though i dont think it would cause the issues I'm having. Also agree the fuel filter should be changed. I'll get around to that eventually when i have some extra time. Its a little difficult to get to so have put that one off.



But one thing you did mention that was an easy (or I thought) thing to do is replace the PCV valve. I had taken the valve cover off maybe 60k miles ago and cant remember if I replaced the PCV. I've had oil leaks ever since, which I dont know if was due to me not sealing it good or a bad PCV. So went to autozone on my way into work and brought some tools with me. This car has a screw-in type of PCV rather than one with a grommet. So when I started to unscrew it, the metal threaded sleeve/insert in the valve cover was turning with the PCV. So i stopped, not wanting to cause there to be a big hole in the head cover.



Found this. Doesnt look fun. Stories of having to just force it out and JB Weld back in. Ugh.

http://www.hyundai-forums.com/xd-200...-my-fault.html



I'll try tapping on the TPS sensor later today. I know I've tried pulling, tugging on most of the sensor connections, battery connections, etc in the car to try to replicate the issue, but so far havnt been able to. I really dont think its a bad connection, but could be a sensor going bad. Just weird I havnt gotten the Engine Light through all of this.
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Dude, this sounds so damn f*cking familiar, I had to check to see if it was an old thread I wrote!!! I had this problem and nearly got rid of my tib it was so damn frustrating. Diagnosed it for over a year. Same problems as you except I had a Haltech wired in. It ended up being a cheap 13 dollar part. I bet it's your ignition switch! That what it was with mine. I had diagnosed it once before by giggling the keys and not getting it to cut out. 3 months later logic brought us back to the idea that something is cutting ignition and fuel. It was that damn ignition key switch!! It's a cheap part and an easy replacement. Literally diagnosed the problem for probably 100+ hours and it ended up being a 10 minute job. Try it!!! You have nothing to lose!!
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Originally Posted by tibbytib View Post
Dude, this sounds so damn f*cking familiar, I had to check to see if it was an old thread I wrote!!! I had this problem and nearly got rid of my tib it was so damn frustrating. Diagnosed it for over a year. Same problems as you except I had a Haltech wired in. It ended up being a cheap 13 dollar part. I bet it's your ignition switch! That what it was with mine. I had diagnosed it once before by giggling the keys and not getting it to cut out. 3 months later logic brought us back to the idea that something is cutting ignition and fuel. It was that damn ignition key switch!! It's a cheap part and an easy replacement. Literally diagnosed the problem for probably 100+ hours and it ended up being a 10 minute job. Try it!!! You have nothing to lose!!


Hey now that could be the issue. I noticed you said that yours didnt cut out when jiggling the keys, yet the switch was still faulty. I didnt think it was my switch either, since I couldnt get it to cut out no matter how hard or crazy i jiggled the keys. Its definitely worth trying to replace a $13 part to see if that fixes it. Will do that tonight and see what happens (of course might take me a few days to really know!)
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Hit the PCV with a drop of penetrating oil and be super gentle with it, maybe?



The radio might still stay on because the power supply has a little capacitance in it, just enough to stay on. Just saying that might not tell you all the electronics are necessarily staying on, is all.
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Hit the PCV with a drop of penetrating oil and be super gentle with it, maybe?



The radio might still stay on because the power supply has a little capacitance in it, just enough to stay on. Just saying that might not tell you all the electronics are necessarily staying on, is all.




Yeah I may try some more effort at the PCV before giving up and forcing the metal sleeve and all out. It almost looks like there is locktite or some kind of thread seal on the threads, which would unbelievable if they did that. THough its not blue, its kinda white looking. Lets hope its just crud that has gotten on the threads.



I replaced the ignition switch last night, due to tibbytib's post. Went for a short 15 minute drive, and no cut outs. But only time will tell, since it could be days before it happens again if the switch wasnt it. I also tapped on the TPS, tugged on the wiring, and other wiring under the hood again. Couldnt replicate it.
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