hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,856 miles

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2001 Hyundai Accent engine problems

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2001 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 302009


  • 60,055 miles


Approximately 3000 miles after having a 60,000 mile service involving replacement of all belts, including timing belt using high quality belts of known quality, a high voltage arching condition is observed on the face of the harmonic balancer (hb). Arch is approx..250-.500 inch in length and projects from the outermost edge of the hb toward the center of same. Using a jumper cable connected to the negative battery terminal, arch can be pulled from the outer edge of harmonic balancer, but no other pulley surface nor belt surface. Condition is intermittent and forced reproduction has not been possible, but occurs with sufficient frequency to permit troubleshooting. Condition has not been previously observed. After extensive diagnosis, it appears the insulator rubber between mating parts of the hb has degraded resulting in excessive internal resistance which results in static charge generated by belts to escape pulley interior, discharging over the exterior surface. Under the right conditions, this could result in an explosive event should a combustion fuel be present; therefore this should be investigated as a safety issue. Dealer states no knowledge of this being an issue. Replacement hb on order and is expected in about one week.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #3

Dec 112006

Accent 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,000 miles
: the contact stated while accelerating at various speeds, the engine hesitated, and stalled without warning. The vehicle was inspected by an independent repair shop, who determined the engine coils were worn and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 082005

Accent 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,466 miles
Alternator pulley not aligned with crank pulley. Tried shimming, tightening and nothing works. Causes belt to slip off and car to overheat. Car overheated and warped head and collapsed piston rings. Engine is available.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • 11,902 miles
All were warranty repairs. The ignition coil went out first. Then the catalytic converter. The body was just a minor thing, a rain rail came loose, and it had to be replaced. Finally, the car caught fire on 09-02-03 and it is totally. I only had it two yrs. And it only had 31,000 miles on it. It has a history of stalling out on trips of 30 miles or more, it would restart soon though. Car is a total loss.

- Douglas, GA, USA

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