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Hyundai Excel Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

A faulty engine control module (ECM) ground circuit may cause various issues including stalling, loss of air conditioning operation, and illumination of the Check Engine Light. Our technicians tell us that adding another ground wire to the ECM wire harness can often correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

The manual transmission may become difficult to shift into third gear. This is common caused by worn synchronizers. Our technicians tell us that revised synchronizers are available to correct this concern.

Drive Train -- Verified

The engine may stall when shifting the automatic transmission into reverse. This is commonly caused by a clogged transmission cooler line or fluid cooler. If this occurs transmission fluid flow will need to be restored by replacing the cooler and/or lines as necessary.

Engine -- Verified

The engine may be slow to warm up due to a stuck open thermostat. Replacement of the thermostat is required to correct this issue.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The coolant valve under the right side of the dash may develop a leak. This can easily be mistaken for a leaking heater core. Our technicians recommend careful diagnoses of coolant leaks in the area.

Hyundai Excel Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, March 19, 1990

Summary: LOCK WASHER LOCATED UNDER THE NUT THAT SECURES THE FRONT HUB TO THE DRIVE SHAFT MAY HAVE HAD IMPROPER HEAT TREATMENT AND COULD CRACK.

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Electrical & Lights, April 25, 1994

Summary: IN SOME VEHICLES, THE MANUFACTURER'S PROTECTIVE INTERNAL COATING OF THE ELECTRONIC CRANK ANGLE SENSOR DOES NOT MEET SPECIFICATIONS, WHICH CAN CAUSE AN OPEN CIRCUIT AT HIGH OPERATING TEMPERATURES. THIS CAN CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO STALL.

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Engine, May 11, 1994

Summary: THE VEHICLES FAILED THE LATERAL MOVING BARRIER IMPACT TEST REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS 301, "FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY." THE FUEL LEAKAGE FROM THE GAS TANK EXCEEDED THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE AMOUNT OF SPILLAGE.

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Hyundai Excel Questions and Answers

caleb440, 1991 Hyundai Excel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Tioga, ND

I am working on a 91 excel, the fuel pump is running and I have gas after the filter to the injectors but I am not getting 12 volts to open the injectors? Where is the sensor and what sends voltage...

dunston, 1991 Hyundai Excel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Charlotte, NC

The screeching sounds occurs when I first crank the car in the mornings and does not make this sound once the car is warmed up. I just had the belt replaced a month ago. Please advise.

indythunder, 1991 Hyundai Excel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Rogers, MN

I couldn't get the clutch pedal to ;the floor, so I drained off some fluid. The pedal went to the floor fine, it shifted fine, so I took it out for a test drive and noticed the clutch was slip...

jerzydevil, 1991 Hyundai Excel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, West Long Branch, NJ

smell. The car is not overheating. Any help?

jerzydevil, 1991 Hyundai Excel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, West Long Branch, NJ

and some missing. The dealership says the parts are not available. Who can install a new horn?

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Hyundai Excel Reviews

I bought my 1994 Hyundai excel new. It is a California special sea-foam green we had a/c added the car has 226k miles the interior is in great condition. the paint has lasted, with the color I can find it in the parking lot a mile away. The only major problem was the clutch went out then the manual trans, replaced both no problem. the car does not have enough power to run a/c and drive the car at the same time, the car has good power still. I like Hyundai's I have a 2005 sonata it has 90k miles and it clatters real bad, no one can tell me what it is, yet. I would buy Hyundai's they are good cars, lots of features for the money, but they are starting to get a little pricey.

Traded a friend for one of these and man what a jalopy, I guess the cv shafts were going out and he didn't know it, When you hit a bump the car changed lanes. Don't buy one of these with high miles they belong in the junkyard.

I had my Hyundai Excel for 6 years. It was generally a good car, but of course not as reliable as a Toyota or Honda. It ran great with very minimal problems and few repairs, just a few with the alternator shorting out, but that was easy and inexpensive to fix. After 100,000 miles, all hell broke loose. I have to admit that I drove the car pretty hard, but still this car is just not designed to go much longer than 100K miles. If I had sold it at 100K miles, I would have had only a great experience, so take the following with a grain of salt, and don't buy one of these with high miles on it! At about 105K miles, the transmission went out and had to be rebuilt. The valve cover gasket was leaking oil, but I never got that fixed, as it still ran as long as I added some oil every now and then. Then the air conditioning quit working. After that, it started over-heating. On any hot day, it would boil over and I used to keep gallons of water in the trunck so I was prepared. Of course, when it boils over, it leaves a hard water scale residue inside the motor cooling passages, so with each time it gets a little worse. This is a good inexpensive car which will serve you well as long as it doesn't have high miles, which is fair given the low cost. Good car; buy it young and don't drive it too long.

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