My 2012 Hyundai Elantra Wont Start

Asked by Jul 30, 2013 at 09:12 AM about the 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2012 hyundai Elantra GLS would not start this morning.  I was home at 5 pm on the 29th of July  and my car sat till 6:59 am on the 30th of July.  I hit my door unlock on mt Key fab and the doors unlocked fromt here I proceeded start my car. Everything statred but the car. I turned back to the starting position and tried again. Same results. I went in to the house to grabed the number for my dealership to get ready to call them. As I came back out a friend of my neighbor was outside and said that he knew of someone that had the same problem. I tried to start the car and still would not turn over. The Guy that was outside said. "My friend had to push the car and it would start." So i got out of the car and the gentleman push the back of my car. I then got back in the car and try to start it. Amazingly it started. What is going on with my car? This has happen before.  When the tow truck driver tried the car it wouldnt start. We then pushed in nuetral so he can put it on the flat bed. Once moved into the position the key was turned (to get the Milage) and the car started right up. Again what is wrong with my car?

75 Answers

209,855

I'm going to guess either it's a loose connection/wiring problem, at the battery/starter or the shift interlock is faulty.

15 out of 15 people think this is helpful.
260

My daughter's 2012 elantra limited has had problems the last month randomly not starting and then after a day or two would start. Today after being towed to the dealership it started?!! They said they can find nothing wrong with the car??

26 out of 26 people think this is helpful.
430

I've been having this same problem with my 2011! The dealership cant find anything wrong. But it's always the same time every month! Everything works then I park it and it wont turn over just makes a light click. not like a battery issue. A guy from the part store said he thought it was the starter. That it has a malfunction on a very small part of it. To where depending on where i turn off my car, and where its stops on the starter. That my car will or will not start. I dont know what to do!? Dealer doesnt know crap either. Hyundai dealer.

20 out of 20 people think this is helpful.
220

My 2012 elantra has run like a champ. No problems until this morning and like you described I got in car as normal everything started except the car. I turned everything off tried again even got the battery jumped by a neighbor's car, nothing? After reading the gently push the car from the rear amazingly the car started. I'm relieved but does Hyundai need to have a recall or something is there a safety issue???

22 out of 22 people think this is helpful.
250

I have been having the same problem with my 2012 Elantra and took it into the dealership for the second time this week. They called their engineers and they said they are just starting to get these complaints in and they have determined most of the time the issue is with a faulty rain sensor, but sometimes it can be the shifter assembly or the shifter assembly cable. My dealership is going to replace all 3 items to be on the safe side since my car is still under warranty. I will let you know if this does not work.

25 out of 25 people think this is helpful.
500

I have been having the same problem. The first time it happened, the dealership could find nothing wrong. Tonight, it wouldn't start but then I tried it again and it started, just like the first time. Only, now, I was dropping a friend off at her house and we were sitting for a few minutes while the car was idling. During our conversation, I put it in park and, when I tried to take it out of park, it wouldn't budge. I turned the car off and it acted normally. UGH. I just know that, when I take it in tomorrow, they'll tell me they can't find anything wrong. However, I will tell them about the possibility of a faulty rain sensor, the shifter assembly and the shifter assembly cable. I hope my car is still under warranty at 65K miles!

9 out of 9 people think this is helpful.
40

I had the same problem today. I drove it this morning, reached work. Wanted to go out for lunch and the car just wudn't start. I tried ignition at least 10 times but no response. All the peripherals were getting power i.e. lights, dash, audio system, but no reaction from the engine. I called the dealership, they said I needed a boost. Before doing that, I scratched my head and thought of all peripherals that I can remove that might be taking power from the battery. The first thing that came to my mind was my USB that I use for music. I unplugged the USB and tried one more time and it worked. Took a couple of rounds and now its fine.. Working as normal.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
440

My 2012 Hyundai Elantra would not start this morning and this was the third time this has happened starting in May 2014. I hit my door unlock on my Key fab and the doors unlocked from here I proceeded start my car. Everything started but the car. I turned back to the starting position and tried again same results. I waited a few minutes and tried again amazingly it started. What is going on with my car? This has happen before the first time called a tow truck driver and by the time he arrived it started . This was followed by a visit to North County Hyundai in Carlsbad,Ca. Of course the dealership found nothing wrong . Again what is wrong with my car?

31 out of 31 people think this is helpful.
500

When my car didn't start and it wouldn't go out of Park, the service dept. figured out it was the transmission range switch. Here is what it says on my receipt: "Removed and replaced the range switch per TSB 12.AT.022.1" I hope this helps!

24 out of 24 people think this is helpful.
765

This is a very common issue in the 2011 - 2013 model years of the Elantra. It is almost always an issue with the shift interlock. Check the NHTSA website for a long list of complaints for this specific issue.

26 out of 26 people think this is helpful.
100

I am having the same problem the dealer has the car now and has for a week. My car do not start two times within a week. Hyundai Elantra 2013, they said it could be a "range switch" problem and they are replacing this part. Very scary!

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
20

I have now experienced the problem twice. The first time, 3 weeks ago, I tried several times (pushing the ignition button) and it finally started. This morning was different. I had to use a different car to get to a meeting. I spoke today with the dealership and they have heard of the problem but don't know what to do about it. It they can reproduce the problem then they will diagnose it under the warranty, and fix it. However if they can't reproduce the problem, I can pay them $200 to diagnose the issue, with no guarantee that the problem will be fixed. They are willing, if I leave my car at the dealership, to try it a hundred times, pushing the button to see if by chance one of those times it won't start. Has anyone tried to do that to see how reproducible the problem is?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
100

Insist on keeping the loaner until the problem is fixed, mine was the range switch ask them to look at this. Google this with Hyundai and you will see its a common problem.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
500

I have not had one problem since they replaced the range switch.

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
10

I also have this issue. I find that when I start from the 'engine on' (the second ignition position) the problem is gone. But if I start from the zero position on the starter it doesn't start on the first try (always starts on second try).

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

My 2012 Elantra - 61000 miles on it, has the same problem. Randomly won't start from the park position (P), but it will from the neutral (N). Took it to the dealer for an oil change and tire change and did it again (while the service person tried to take around for a low tire pressure sensor check). They could not reproduce it but found that my battery was very low. Changed the battery and 3 days after I had the same problem.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
150

I agree with many on this post. I had the issue of my 2012 Elantra not starting. It was the RANGE SWITCH. They really need to do a recall if so many people are experiencing this.

15 out of 15 people think this is helpful.

I've been having this same problem with my 2012 Elantra for over a year now. What I have to do to get mine started is yank my parking break up and then put my car into neutral and then start it. And sometimes that doesn't even work and I'll have to wait a few minutes and try it all over again and then it will. I went to AAP and they told me my battery needed replaced but I go to the dealership earlier this week to get my battery changed and they said that the test came back fine and nothing was wrong. I've had to have it towed before too and as soon as my car got to the lot and the employee went to see what was wrong, my car started. I have no idea what it is.

130

The same problems that were mentioned, and the agency does not know the solution was switching a lot of spare parts and a pump fuel combustion candle, battery, and many others, and I live in Iraq And I expect that Hyundai failed in this model catastrophic failure

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
440

Trip up the Central Coast of California and had the starting problem 3 more times. As soon as we made it back home had the car back at Hyundai.This time they replaced THE RANGE SWITCH ,as of right now its been ten days and no problems.........Hope this helps guys and gals

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
500

Yes, it appears to be the range switch (whatever that is!) that is the problem. Hyundai replaced mine a few weeks ago and I've had no problem since.

9 out of 9 people think this is helpful.
130

Thanks for the answer but I can explain what it is or where THE RANGE SWITCH is located in the car, even if the pictures or send an email to Abn_alurmok@yahoo.com

12 out of 12 people think this is helpful.
40

My car has been doing this randomly over the past 2 months. I had it in the shop 2 weeks ago and they couldn't figure it out or get it to duplicate. Then last week 2 nights in a row it wouldn't start right away...one of the times I put the E-brake on and off then it started, the other time I jiggled the shifter then it started. But on the 3rd day it didn't start at all! I get it towed to the dealer and it started right up for them the next morning. It is there right now for the second day in a row and still no answers. I even told them I looked online and said a lot of people were having issues and it was the RANGE SWITCH. But he said they just can't change a part out without it leaning in that direction of what is wrong with it. So frustrated and ready to trade this thing in....I haven't even had it a year!!

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
430

^Put it in "N" sadly that has been the only solution for me. This is so ridiculous! Why hasn't this crap car been recalled?? Or how do we contact someone to recall this vehicle?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
30

Sad to say my 2012 Huydai Elantra is currently at the dearlership with the same problem. 3rd failed start, they've had it for two days so far and it starts right up. They don't know what the problem is. The first two times it failed to start on me I waited 3 minutes and it restarted, this time it took a couple of hours and towed to the dealer just to start right up once there. With dozens of people having the same pronlem, they should recall.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
100

Range switch problem. My Elantra did the same thing.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
440

Make sure you file a complaint with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration !!!!!!!!!

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
430

How much did it cost for the range switch?

20 out of 20 people think this is helpful.
440

It was covered by my warranty ..............

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
40

So instead of replacing the range switch two weeks ago they replaced the ignition switch. Haven't had any issues until this morning. .. wouldn't start! Then after a couple minutes it miraculously started but then it was locked in park! I shut it off and restarted it then I was able to get it out of park. So it's back at the dealer for the 3rd time and I have a rental. Let's hope they change the range switch this time! If not I'm ready to trade this thing in!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
440

Make sure you file a complaint with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration !!!!!!!!!

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
30

Update changed my battery, changed my range switch it stallled the sameday, now changed a electric component in the enegine. I've had it for two days but dosnt feel smooth friving it so far. I wait and see.

I have started having this problem over the last month. I noticed a few days ago that there was a hesitation in the car cranking. I got a call from my wife this morning saying her car won't start. Now I guess after reading this, I will wait it out and make sure I start the car everyday.

30

Got my share this morning. My 2013 would not start. I did notice hesitation and delay start leading up to this but thought that maybe it was because the car was cold as it was leading to the winter months. After reading comments here I now have a good idea what seems to be the problem. I cannot afford this to happen. They should make a recall and fix the problem because its a good car.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
50

Ha! Exactly same issue happened with my 2013 Hyundai Elantra today morning - I try to start it and it does not crank. Battery is fully charged (lights, horn all work fine). But all three check lights remain on (battery + oil + engine) in 'ACC' position and then when I try to crank the engine, it does not attempt to crank at all. After luckily finding this thread, I tried these things - pushed the car hard from the rear (it hardly budged), shook the gear a few times (it was in Park anyways), kicked the front wheels and also removed a newly added USB drive (actually it was an SD card in disguise of a USB stick). And then tried starting again and Voila it started!!! I dont know what worked, I think it was the pushing that worked and maybe the car was in 'P' but did not think it was in 'P' till i nudged it a little from the rear. Lets hope this never happens again, I will check with the dealer about the 'RANGE SWITCH' issue and get it replaced incase they know about it.

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
30

Iam from Dubai and Ive an Elantra 2013 1.8. Iam also facing the same problem, that my car will not start (not always) in "P" position but when I put to "N".... it starts. I understand from above that its a RANGE SWITCH problem. My car is going for the service after few weeks, please advice what all information Ive to give the dealer regarding this issue. Any one got permanently fixed for this issue?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
20

2012 Hyundai Elantra LE. I had the battery replaced in September 2014, beginning November 2014, the car would not start some mornings. Interestingly enough, this seemed to coincide with the colder mornings (those in which the temperature dropped below 40 degrees - i live in TX). I am super frustrated with the dealership. They told me it was a loose negative cable. I asked them when the car doesn't start tomorow, i jump it and bring it back, what they are going to do..they said, if the battery tests positive...nothing. Great service there Eckart Hundyai (Denton, TX).

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
10

My 2013 Hyundai was running ok until last night. It was turned on by remove star, and later won't be able to turn off the engine. Called road side support, they could do nothing. The car is still running after 10 hours, as gas is full. Need Waite another 24 hours until gas runs out. As dealer will be open on Monday. :(

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
115

so I had the same problem that all of you are having with my Elantra GLS 2012, the problem is in the shift lock, you have to open it up and push the white button in then your car will start. This is a quick fix and will save you money and time fighting with the dealer

8 out of 8 people think this is helpful.
30

I have had the same problem with my 2013 Elantra Limited. Intermttently, the car wouldn't start. I push the starter button and it just keeps on clicking for a few seconds, and that's it. I took it in to the dealer, and they did a battery check. They said (of course) there's noting wrong with it, and handed me the key. The problem has grown progressively worse, and I have to jump it to get it started.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
115

The car is reading that the car is not in park , your best solution would be to release the shift lock and put it in park and restart the car .it should start

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
50

I have the EXACT problem most of you had. I tried to start my 2013 Hyundai Elantra this morning and the Battery was clearly fine, nothing. So I get my handbook and still couldn't find nothing. I thought there might an emergency shut off switch but no switch. I couldn't call anyone because today is Sunday and my Dealership is closed. So I came to this forum and WOW! The first thing I do is put my car in neutral without any pushing of the car and it starts right up then I put it in park and shut it off. I tried to start it again and it started right up in park, go figure. I only have 6,000 miles on this car. I am still going to take it to the Dealership because most of you said it is the RANGE SWITCH or SHIFT INTERLOCK. I don't know what those are yet but I will. I also know this though, in my 2013 Owner's Handbook Supplement guide has a LEMON LAW where Hyuandai offers customers' resolution through AUTO LINE a program by the BBB to resolve your concerns free of cost. In some cases they even would have to give you a new car if this problem continues to happen after repairs have been made. First you would have to call Hyuandai Customer Connect Center: 1 (800) 633 - 5151 and then BBB Auto Line at 1 (800) 955 - 5100 to get more information. Thank you everyone for the tips and good luck to everyone. Like I said though I just put my car in neutral and it started right up of course don't forget to turn the key until all the light come on so you can put it neutral.

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.

My 2013 élantra had the same problem. It won't started twice in this week. So many people complain the same issue, talk about the quality of the car, Hyundai car company really have to solve that problem

50

I have a 2011 Elantra with 89,000 miles with same issue. Dealer thought it was either the starter or something else that didn't make sense. They couldn't get me in for 5 days and it was going to cost me $200 to fix what they think it is. . I read this thread and someone mentioned to google "Range switch and Hyundai" and I got this link: http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/92993/hyundai-no-start-or-funky-shifts .It shows what it is and how to replace it. I went to an auto parts store but said the part is only available at a Hyundai Dealer. So I wernt to the dealer and purchased the Inhibitor Switch (Range Switch) Part 42700-26500 for part was $36.26, within an hour I had the part in and car starts like it should.

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
10

This happened to me while a friend and I were off-road and no tow- trucks were willing to come help us. A kind stranger worked on my battery for an hour before it finally started! I'm trading it in.. I never want to be stranded late at night like that ever again!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

I have the same problem, it's happened three times now, today it started after turning the key about six times. I did take it in to the dealer after the second time and of course it didn't do it so they did nothing. The assistant manager said well at least you have roadside assistance so when it doesn't start at all you can have it towed in. Really??? What kind of service is that? I filed a complaint with the National Highway Safety department asking them to push to have a recall so everyone can get the range switch replaced.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
155

This just happened to me on 6/7/2015. All alarm and interior electronic functions worked as expected, but the car would not turn over. Tried multiple times, finally gave up. Thought I would google it, to see if others had this experience. I luckily found this thread, went to garage and just wiggled the shifter, car started right up. I also found this on YouTube, which demonstrates my problem 100% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx4hJhiiL3Y After getting the car started, I remembered I had just received a service notification, so went to this website, as directed by the notice: www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign933 Once there, I entered my VIN number, to verify my vehicle qualified for this service campaign. This was the result: Your Vehicle is Affected. Your vehicle is affected by the Elantra Shifter Cable service campaign. To schedule an appointment with your preferred Hyundai Dealer, please enter your zip code below. Hyundai is conducting a service campaign to verify the connection between the shifter cable and gear selector’s shift lever on certain 2011-2013 model year Hyundai Elantra vehicles. Your Hyundai dealer will verify the connection between the cable and shift lever pin and install a clip on the shift lever pin as a supplemental method of securing the cable. This procedure will be performed at no charge to you. Hope this info helps you.... Steve T

11 out of 11 people think this is helpful.

My 2013 has not started twice now Taken to the dealers twice It's starts after they keep it and they have no idea what is wrong. My warranty ends in a few hundred. I know it will do it again. Last time the tow guy put it in nueteral to tow it.... I guess I'll try that next time it won't start.

My 2012 Elandra GS would not start. Printed out all the posts from otherswith the same problem to the Calif local dealer. They could not find the problem but they changed this and that, 3 things, including the range switch, etc.. all mentioned here anyway. Next day my car didn't start again! Then I got a bright idea maybe it was the battery in the 'proxmity key'. I changed it and my car worked for about 3 months. Now today my car won't start again! The buttons on my key remote won't light up. I read there is no key hole to use the key inside the black fob. Then I read push the button with the black key fob. Nothing works. TIME FOR RECALL HYUNDAI!!!

10

I have had this problem off and on with my 2013 Elantra. Sometimes I use the key fob next to the push button and it starts, I've also had a new battery placed in my key fob. It did better for a couple if months. It wouldn't start again this morning and I had to get a ride to work. Totally screwed my day! I'm curious to see if it will start when I get home. The dealership can never find anything wrong. Totally frustrated!! I'll try sharing this information on here with them and see what happens. I agree that it's time for a recall.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Hi there, I have a 2013 Veloster that I bought July 31, last year. I have had this problem now for about 2 weeks with it eventually starting. Yet this morning - nothing. I guess it would/could be the same issue? Are these things covered under the original warranty?

155

Follow up to my post from 2 months ago. I have not had any issues with the car not starting since I had the repair done for: www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign933 For those of you that are having starting issues; when you turn the key, does the letter of the gear you are in display (P, R,N, D,etc). When I was having this issue, the gear would not display even though everything else was lit. I would turn off the key, wiggle shifter, turn the tires, etc. then try the key again and the gear would display. Once the gear displayed, the car would start. I have not had to do this since Hyundai installed the clip mentioned in the campaign. All repairs were covered under warranty.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

My car is doing the same thing as everyone mentioned. it stopped starting on last night and after 2 or 3 tries it started. It did the same thing this morning and after a few tries it started again. I did follow the instructions from JHAWKZ and went to the campaign link and my 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited is affected. I just set my appt up. We'll see what happens.

It happened to my car as well, Hyundai Elantra 2012. My car experience all those (car not starting, won't start, shifter stuck on N D only, the letter of the gear not showing on display (P, R,N, D,etc), even now experiencing rattling loud sound under dashboard on driver side. Now i'm at the dealer to see what they said. I told HyundaiUSA have Campaign933, funny they said is only campaign not RECALL!!!.....TIME FOR RECALL HYUNDAI!!! don't let driver&passanger crash, die because of this!!!! Take action now HyundaiUSA!!!

10

i have called the towing company twice with my Elantra 2011...It is a trick with the start button...I think you push it in and hold it , and do it 3 times and then it starts....The first tow person showed me and of course I forgot, so the second time I did it by mistake...I would like to know the exact process so I dont get caught in 107 degree weather again

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Limited. Left it with jValet parking for a couple days and they had to jump it to start it. I had this happen a couple times before. I replicated the problem on purpose. Shut the car off, stepped on the brake a couple times and got out. Next morning it wouldn't start. Jumped it and it started. Did this test two days in a row. I have an apt with the dealer next week. It will probably help to know how to replicate the problem. Something is drawing on the battery overnight.

10

Just brought my car to the dealer and they say it's a faulty inhibitor switch...needed to be replaced. $325. Look online for You Tube video 2013 Elantra Hyundai and you will see what you are experiencing and it also was diagnosed as the inhibitor switch.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I am having the same problem with my 2012 Hyundai Elantra not starting. It has happened to me 3 days in a row now, when I get in it to leave for work in the morning. I also keep my shiftlock cap off and have a screw driver I stick inside and hold it down to pop it into neutral, and I move it just a little and it starts right up. Know I know what to tell the dealer when I take it in. Range switch or shift interlock is what I'll tell them. Next time I'll try just popping it into neutral and without moving it, see if it starts then.

30

Our 2012 Elantra has been having this starting problem for 3 years. The dealer can't find the problem to resolve it. I went online as suggested to hyundaiusa.com/campaign933 and when I entered my VIN it replied "Your vehicle is NOT affected." I would have thought all 2011-2013 Elantras would be affected, since so many of us are having the same issue. We have generally been able to get it started after forcibly wiggling the gear shift from park to neutral. Not an easy task & most stressful. I am going to send out complaints to try to instigate a recall!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
10

Since I replaced the inhibitor switch I have not had any problems aka relay switch. I'm telling you that is the issue and Hyundai should have a recall

10

I own a Hyundai 2013 Elantra and I've had the same issue several times already. The whole point of buying a new car is to avoid the lemon car issues. I'm now stuck with making payments towards it and spending extra money trying to fix this very common issue. I have written to corporate asking them to recall the car, because it poses a safety issue. I suggest that all of you write to corporate as well and maybe if they hear from several of us we can get them to recall these cars. https://www.hyundaiusa.com/contact-us-thanks.aspx? fname=peggy&email=peggy_ferrer@yahoo.com&zip=92801&sel ectedModel=N&subject=recalls%20campaigns

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

Just had this problem two times of my 2012 car not starting. Took it to the dealer and when I described the problem and how when I just happened to knock the gear shift when it was in park and it started, the tech immediately thought he knew what the problem was. After the car was inspected, he was right. The Transmission Range Sensor malfunctioned. The car wasn't recognizing that it was in park therefore wasn't starting. One of the things to look for with this issue is checking to see if the gear lights are lighting up on the dash. Mine was not and I never noticed. Fortunately my issue was still under warranty

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I just took it to the dealer for the same thing! Last month they told me it was the battery, even though everything worked except starting the car. Now I took it back in today for the EXACT same thing 5 weeks from putting in the new battery. NOW they say it is the starter. I tell them everything it is doing, and how people are talking about the Range Switch, and they told me No it is the starter. They are trying to hide this problem and not facing up to it. They will not even give me a credit on the Battery That I did not need. NOT HAPPY!!

30

We finally contacted the Hyundai Customer Connect Center, consumeraffiars@hmusa.com ... and they did seem willing to help with the issue of non-starting. They assigned a case manager, who ended up going to battle with me over my complaint. I emailed videos of our vehicle not starting, showing the dashboard and our attempts to futilely start the car. In the end, Hyundai did follow through and insisted the dealership replace both the range shifter & shift interlock. The car has not stranded us since, although we notice that the brake has to be pumped hard on occasion to get it started. The most important thing is to video your incidence to show the dealership, so they can't come back at you with "there doesn't seem to be a problem when we start the vehicle."

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
10

Bought a 2013 elantra gls last night has 16000 on it and was well taken care of you could tell we got into the car to head home with it didnt even get it out of park and i noticed the battery light blinking like crazy then traction control light blinked on then eps lit up and my radio screen went black and wouldnt come on again and the car stalled i have no clue what happened then last night its scaring me to keep this deal now i am warrentied b to b for 200000 so idk what to do plus there trying to say its a bad battery cable possibly makes no sense on a car with 16000 on it when they got it jumped the guy i was buying the car off of the dealership guy took it for a test drive and the powersteering went out on it im just appaulled i have family that have kias they never have issues and im scared of issues ive owned a ford before is all i need to say and im not sure what to do

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
100

I will never buy another Hyundai car again. There is clearly a problem with the electrical aspects of the car and Hyundai should have a mass recall. I would buy a Ford next time.

Tge solution to the problem is to turn the car on and as you keep the key on switch to Nuetral pressing the brake at the same time. That so far has worked for me every time I get this problem. I own a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. No one knows why this is happening but a friend of mine told me it is due to hot weather.

20

2012 Elentra - in most cases is the Shift Lock Release. 1) Use a tiny screwdriver , gently pry open the small cover for the Shift Lock release - found to the left of the shift gear (Park, Drive, Nuetral ,etc.) . 2) Use the same tiny screwdriver to go down until you touch the tip of the soft part (not the hard part). 3) Use the foot to step on the brake while genle pressure down the soft part of the shift lock release with the tiny screwdriver. 4) Use the other hand to shift the gear slowly - from park to drive to neutral , to first gear, then back to PARK. 5) Make sure the car is in Park, while the foot is in pressing the brake, then start the car. 6) When the car started and the gear is in Park position, release the foot off the brake. Let the car run warm up for a minute before shifting to drive or reverse. The above steps solve the "car won't start" and "won't shift" - get stuck - to Park position problem. Dealership won't suggest you to do this, but my tow truck driver tried it and it worked. I had several more experiences - both the shift gear lock up and won't shift and start ignition turned, but engine won't start. The reason the engine won't start because the shift gear didn't sense the car is Park position. It is a safety feature.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

My 2012 Hyundai Elantra is doing this now. It has over 100,000 miles but runs great. However, 2 0r 3 times this happened so I replaced it since it was 4-5 years old. Haven't had any problems until this morning. All lights came on as usual, gear letters showed up, etc. Hooked it up to the charger and it still would not start. Used the suggestion to put car in neutral and start and guess what? It started right up! I don't know what the problem really is but I know I can't afford to fix it if is is costly. I have always had Hyundais because I have found them to be reliable. If this is a problem on lots of cars it seems to me this should be a recall issue and they should look into the cause. Kim

500

I started having what seemed like the same problem I'd had a year ago with my 2012 Elantra not starting intermittently. The dealer had it for 3 days, each day reporting that it was starting just fine. It was suggested I drive it until it does it again, then have it towed in so they could catch it doing it. That seemed like a dumb idea because most likely it would start for them. It was starting after I tried it 2 or 3 times. I decided I'd had enough and traded it in for a Honda Accord. I didn't want to chance it not starting at all in the middle of winter and me getting stuck somewhere. I don't understand how a company can build a car but not know how to solve a problem with it when it comes up. BTW, I love my new Accord.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

Elantra have a recall for the problem. Call 8006335151

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
500

It's about time...well, not for me. I traded my Elantra in last month for a Honda Accord. My Elantra started having the same problem after a year of not having the problem. I couldn't see going into winter here in MN with a car that was on an intermittent schedule of not starting. I didn't want to risk being stranded in the frigid cold.

Since I posted my problem with my 2012 Elantra, by some miracle, knock on wood, it has been starting with no problem. I keep my little screwdriver with me just in case, and I'll know what to do, however the problem I'm having now is my engine light keeps coming on and this the 4th time I've taken it to the dealer and all they do is just "reset" it. After I've driven it for 20-25 miles, the engine light comes back on. They don't know what's wrong with it. I'll never buy a Hyundai again. I'm buying a Honda next time.

I have just had this problem for the first time today on my 2012 Hyundai Elantra and I called Hyundai and they do not have a recall on that. The only recall they have is for a Headliner Bracket.

This happened on us for the third time today. It also drained our battery and nowe the low beams don't work. Calling dealership tomorrow.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Elantra

Looking for a Used Elantra in your area?

CarGurus has 53,193 nationwide Elantra listings starting at $1,799.

ZIP:

Search Hyundai Elantra Questions

Hyundai Elantra Experts

#1 pittgirl
pittgirl
Reputation 1,930
#2 Carrie Shelton
Carrie Shelton
Reputation 1,350
#3 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 990
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Sonata
963 Great Deals out of 49,760 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Civic
1,147 Great Deals out of 64,596 listings starting at $1,195
Used Toyota Corolla
1,324 Great Deals out of 67,644 listings starting at $1,595
Used Honda Accord
1,188 Great Deals out of 77,674 listings starting at $969
Used Toyota Camry
1,500 Great Deals out of 100,455 listings starting at $700
Used Hyundai Accent
279 Great Deals out of 13,030 listings starting at $2,295
Used Nissan Altima
1,104 Great Deals out of 85,904 listings starting at $1,675
Used Chevrolet Cruze
1,078 Great Deals out of 79,883 listings starting at $3,950
Used Mazda MAZDA3
468 Great Deals out of 26,994 listings starting at $1,990
Used Kia Optima
652 Great Deals out of 30,201 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Focus
1,263 Great Deals out of 58,540 listings starting at $1,395
Used Nissan Sentra
754 Great Deals out of 52,628 listings starting at $1,800
Used Hyundai Elantra GT
97 Great Deals out of 4,536 listings starting at $5,390
Used Kia Forte
255 Great Deals out of 16,015 listings starting at $3,390
Used Ford Fusion
1,263 Great Deals out of 72,566 listings starting at $1,295

Used Cars For Sale

2014 Hyundai Elantra GLS For Sale
23 listings starting at $8,950
2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS For Sale
223 Great Deals out of 3,474 listings starting at $5,400