System component failure can cause the airbag warning light to illuminate. Stored fault codes should be diagnosed to help isolate the cause of the problem. A recall for the driver's side airbag applies to 1994 & 1995 models only.
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Premature timing belt failure may result in serious engine damage. When replacing a broken timing belt, it is important to inspect and possibly replace the crankshaft position sensor; it is often damaged when the timing belt breaks.
Hyundai issued a recall on the airbag computer; it needs to be reprogrammed to prevent the airbags from deploying incorrectly during an accident when a child car seat has been placed in the passenger front seat.
Problems with the accelerator pedal position switch may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate; an improved switch is available to fix this problem.
Slipping of the automatic transmission and/or loss of forth gear may be caused by failure of the end clutch. Replacement of the failed clutch will be necessary to correct this issue.
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.
Excessive engine noise may be noted after a cold start. If the engine oil level is correct this type of noise is commonly caused by faulty timing chain tensioners. Our technicians tell us that revised chain tensioners are available to correct this issue.
A hard start or rough idle when cold may be noted. Our technicians tell us a powertrain control module software update is available to correct this concern.
The motorized seat belt may chatter or become jammed in its track and not operate properly; Hyundai issued a recall for 1990 - 1994 model years that should correct this concern.
Engine stalling or failure to start may indicate crankshaft angle sensor failure; Hyundai issued a recall (03V030000).
A defective exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) switching valve may cause an intermittent rough or unstable idle engine.