Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is a four-door midsize sedan initially marketed by Hyundai Motor Company exclusively for Korea domestic market. Its second generation (Y2 Sonata) was part of Hyundai’s expansion in the North America after the success of Hyundai Excel.

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Car Shaking Problems
Power Steering
Mercury Sable
Hyundai Sonata

How do you replace the power steering pump on a Taurus - Sable?

Disconnect negative battery cable, remove coolant overflow tank, unbolt alternator and place it forward of the front valve cover,there are two studs with nuts and one bolt holding the steering pump to the engine.In order to get to the bolt you must first unbolt and remove the serpentine belt tensioner because the bolt is behind and under it. Suggest the idler pully be removed for better access to everything. Once the idler and tensioner are removed, the PS pump PULLEY must be removed or broken off (its made of plastic) OR remove the two nuts from the studs and remove the bolt that was hidden by the tensioner. Slide the pump assembly forward so that you can access the studs with vice grips and remove them this way OR take two nuts that are the correct size for the studs,tighten them against each other and rotate the inner nut counterclockwise til the stud is out....the fun part is trying to get an open end wrench in there....I recommend vice grip from above. The studs have to come out if you desire to remove the pump intact with the pulley attached, otherwise it will not have any clearance to come out. A new pulley costs $9.95 at advance auto, power steering pump about $45 same place. Plastic pulley must be pressed on and cannot be done with the bolt, washer and nut supplied with the pulley unless you lube the Hell out of the pulley, break a coupleof pulleys because the instructions are Crap. Take the works to an auto machine shop and let them press it on. Best way to get the pulley off the old pump is by breaking the thing off with a hammer so you have it free of the mount and with you for exchange (core charge is $35). The tool recommeded for removing the old pulley is a hair puller and all you will do is strip the threads in the pulley without budging the plastic piece of junk.Good luck, it took me two pulleys and lots of cussing to learn what I have written here. PS, don't forget to change the $18 power steering pump filter(FOR REAL)on the drivers side clipped to the frame.

a good book is haynes auto repair for a mercury

first you remove the pulley with a pulley removel tool you should be able to rent one from parts store.then remove lines,then pump

I am replacing mine today..the pump itself will come with all the information you need except the fact that you need a special puller to remove the power steering pully. I tryed the conventional three prong puller and found the 4" is to big to get in there to grab thre front of the pully due to the low placement and the body and air conditioner lines in the way..I am on my way back to the auto parts store to see if I can purchase the right puller..back later with price and availability and how it worked out...good luck terry

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you need to purchase a puller set.


I found some instructions in a "Haynes Repair Manual" for the Taurus and Sable. The manuals are available at auto parts stores and in many public libraries.

I did not need to buy the puller set. The Auto Zone in my neighborhood offers free tool rental, and they had the puller set that I needed. They asked for a deposit when I picked up the tools, and refunded the full deposit when I returned the tools.

same in my town, as the one above, about the renting of tools. auto zone , I've noticed , is the best place and one you can trust more than most stores, for tool rentals. do NOT , however, do it *redneck style* like my husband does, because we never have the $50 plus for the rental in between pay periods, by hammering it off. it is BAD!when i found out how he always got them off wihtout a *pulley puller* set, i asked him how he did it without messing it up. he responded, "VERY CAREFULLY!" my mother-in-laws b/f was not so careful, and it eventually costed 300 dollars in parts alone and 6 months worth of frustration fixing the botched job, just so we could replace the water pump because someone welded the pulley onto the pump to make it stay on, which is NOT by ANY means, exceptable on ANY car. it causes far more problems than the imediate fix. If not taken off properly, you can not put it back on and have it stay there. it will fly off and shred your belt. my sister went through 3 belts before i found out what they did and theyre 25 a peice.

you need a special tool. puller / installer. rent it at Auto Zone for +/- $35

Go to a automotive supply store and ask for a Haines auto repair manual for your make year and model of car. It will show you, step by step how to do any repair to that particular car, with photos and a complete description of how to take it apart and put it back together again.

The best few dollars that you will ever spend.

you need a power steering pump pulley puller and installer kit. go to your local parts store. theyll have one.

Hyundai Sonata

How do you adjust the headlights in a sonata?

The headlights on my 2002 Sonata are adjusted using a #2 Phillips screwdriver with an eight inch long blade. The up and down adjustment is accessed through a hole in the car's sheet metal body near the light assembly. Look carefully on the rubber surrounding the light assembly and you will see a "U" arrow and a "D" arrow.

The left and right adjustment is much more visible and can be adjusted with the same screwdriver, although a short one will do the trick here. You may have to remove or break away a small white plastic piece which is blocking the adjusting mechanism. I didn't bother replacing that piece because I lost it and it's not really needed any more. Again, look carefully on the rubber surrounding the light assembly for the "L" arrow and the "R" arrow. Now that you have found these adjustments in the daylight, wait till darks to make the final adjustments.

Dodge Stratus
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Ford Escort LX

How do you reset the airbag light on a 2004 Dodge Stratus?

TAke it to the dealer. They will have to find out what turned it on in the first place. The bag will not work with the light on.

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What is the towing capacity of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata?

Hyundai does not recommend any towing with the 2011 Sonata. So says the owners manual.

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Windshields and Wipers
Hyundai Sonata

How do you replace the wiper switch on a 1992 Corvette?

there is a cover behind the switch stalk clip off then you will see the plug from the wiper switch stalk unplug then to remove switch turn switch and pull out stalk switch

Hyundai Sonata

Where is OBDII connector for a 2002 Hyundai Sonata?

Under the drivers side dashboard, and a little to the right. The back of your head will probably touch the break pedal to see the connection plug under the dash. Hope this helps.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Ford Expedition XLT

The red air bag indicator on control panel is always lit up is this normal?

NO, your airbags are not normal. The light means there is a problem with the SRS. Your airbags may or may not be working. Do not attempt to repair airbags yourself. Serious injury can occur. Take your car to the dealer.

Fuel Pumps
Hyundai Sonata

Where is the fuel pump relay on a 2004 Hyundai sonata?

Где находится реле топливного насоса на Hyundai sonata 2004года

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The engine cooling fans are not working - could it be the engine coolant temperature sensor ECT or a fuse in your Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

If neither one is working at any speed (they have hi and low settings), that would almost rule out a fuse problem.

The engine coolant temperature sensor (ECT) would be my #1 suspect.

Luckily they're not expensive (about $15), and it looks like it is not hard to get at, based on the illustrations in the free online Autozone Repair Guide.

NOTE: The ECT does not feed the dashboard temperature gauge - that's a separate sensor right next door to the ECT.

Where is it?On both the 12 valve Vulcan and 24 valve Duratec DOHC, a rough description of the location: follow the upper radiator hose to the engine. Look for a round, sparkplug-like thing screwed into the cooling hoses/manifolds.

This sensor will have a 2 wire connector - if you see one with only a single wire, that's the temp sensor for the gauge - but you're very close.
From a semi-related question:

The coolant temperature sensor is located directly adjacent to the thermostat housing. The thermostat housing is what the upper radiator hose (toward the right side of the engine compartment) connects to. You do not have to replace the reservoir to replace this part, but leaky coolant reservoirs are a common problem on this model. What about a Fuse?All fuses and relays are in the engine compartment power distribution box
  • 1986-1995: #"D"
  • 1996-1997: #9
  • 1998-1999: #9, 31
  • 2000-2003: #9, 24, 32
  • 2004-2007: #4, 5, 9, 10,
    - "Fan Relay": #24, 32
  • 2008: 7
For diagrams, refer to the model year Owners Manual (See "Related Questions" below)
On 1995 I believe it is inside an electronics box located on the front cross member just above and to the right of the cooling fan. The box is not user-servicable. Normally you have to replace it. On 1999's the box is located between the battery and the fender.
Could be a bad temperature sensor
Usually located at the rear of the radiator about 1/3 down from the top

One of them is located on the driver side of the engine below the air intake hose on the upper heater hose connection next to the engine.

Transmission Fluid
Hyundai Sonata

Where do you add transmission fluid to a 2000 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6?

when standing at the front off the vehicle to the right edge and down near the battery you will find a dipstick labeled " trans fluid" should be yellow if i remember correctly. THE DIPSTICK HANDLE SHOULD BE RED. THE ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK HANDLE IS YELLOW.

Car Starting Problems
Hyundai Sonata
Ford Ranger XL

Engine wont start no spark to coil?

Recently had same experience with my dodge and escort. in the escort it was the distributor and the dodge was the brain

AnswerCheck your ignition module in your distributor that is a good place to start.
Starters and Ignition Systems
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Sonata

Where is the starter located on a 1997 Hyundai Sonata?

On the 4 cylinder, it is located on the passenger side of the car on the firewall side of the engine. There is two bolts (I believe they take a 14mm socket). The bolts go through the bell housing and into the starter. You can take the two bolts out, then move the starter toward the driver side of the car to pull it out of the bell housing. Then you should be able to move the starter out from behind the engine at little bit in order to disconnect the wiring.

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What are the steps to replace a radiator in a 2000 Hyundai Sonata?

Spoken like a person who doesnt own a 2000 Hyundai sonata. Don't you know there is a dearth of auto manuals for this particular model? Instead of just writing a flippant answer maybe stop to consider why someone might be inquiring.

Answerbuy a manual
Auto Parts and Repairs
Chevy Malibu
Chevy S-10
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Honda Accord EX

How do you replace the alternator on a 1996 Chevy S-10 4 cylinder?

Take off the negative battery cable then the wires on the alt then the bolts that hold it on. First take off the serpentine belt. There should be a schematic of how to reinstall it on the fan shroud. if it is not there you can draw your own before you take it off. Don't rely on memory.

Hyundai Sonata

Where is the fuse for the wipers on a 2003 Hyundai XG350?

panel box by the emergency brake on the drivers side

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Program a 2004 Hyundai Sonata keyless entry remote?

remove center console in the dash- the one with whe radio and heater/ac controls. when looking in on the left side is a little black box. pull off the cover and youll see a circut board inside- make sure you ground yourself then flip the board out and there is 2 settings on the other side set and off. turn your ignition on wait a few seconds. switch it to set. Hold down the lock button. switch it back to off. turn off the car. Very upset it was this easy. I spent $170 at the dealer the first time I lost my fob!

Brake Pads and Rotors
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VW Jetta

How do you replace the front brakes on a 1995 Hyundai Sonata?

I replaced the front pads on my sonata 95 recently, here is how i did it. First jack the car up, make sure that it is secure, ie: use jack stands or blocks to hold it. Then unscrew the log nuts, and remove the hub cap and wheel. Unscrew the caliper bolts , then remove the caliper and hold it in place suspended , use a cord to attach it to the springs.

Remove the pads, and then clean the disk with disk cleaner and also where the pads where so the new disk will fit in easily. I had to hammer the pads out because they were stuck there from rust.

Place the new pads in and make sure that you transfer the anti rattling plate from the caliper piston side onto the new pad ( inside ).

Now you must push the caliper piston back in or you won't be able to place the caliper back in. You can use a C-Clamp or buy a brake tool to push it back it in. Then re-bolt the caliper, make sure that it is properly installed. Then press the brake pedal gently until the piston is is secured against the pads. put the wheel back and the hub cap make sure that the air valve in in the proper position. and voila.

do the same to the other wheel and you are done for $40.00

Timing and Firing Orders
Hyundai Sonata
Timing Belts and Chains
DIY Projects

How do you set the timing on a 98 Hyundai Sonata 2.0 engine 4-cyl twin cam?

First put the #1 piston all the way up in the cyl.Make sure your crank shaft timing mark is lined up.There's another timing mark on the left side as you look at the crank shaft on the other gear(intermeteate gear).It too must be lined up. Put your cam gears timing marks together with all the valves closed on #1 cyl.

Power Steering
Hyundai Sonata
Chevy Monte Carlo

How do you repair or replace a power steering pump on a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo Z 34?

Buy a Haynes manual or factory service manual (FSM).

This is a messy and time consuming job. It isn't terribly hard though.

Hyundai Sonata

Where are the spark plugs located on a 1999 2.4L Hyundai Sonata?

The spark plugs are located under the intake manifold. Nightmare of a design........ Had a shop quote 280.00 due to the labor involved. .


I have a 2000 Sonata with the 2.4L 4 Cyl. if it is the same engine, they are on the top of the engine, under the black plastic cover (around the oil filler) remove the 4 10mm bolts, and the cover lifts right off. there you will see the plugs, with a coil pack directly on top of 2&4, with short plug wires running to 1&3. both coil packs are secured with 2 more 10 mm bolts. if someone tells yo the plugs are under the intake manifold on this engine, they are mistaken, those are the injectors.

Oil and Oil Filters
Ford Ranger
Hyundai Sonata
Toyota RAV4
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

How do you replace the oil filter located on a 2002 Hyundai Sonata 4 cylinder?

"TAke the trans pan off and it is there. It will takre about 4 quarts of trans fluid to refil the trans."

If the question refers to the engine oil filter, then it is located on the passenger side of the vehicle, just to the right of the engine oil pan. There is a suspension fork just under the oil filter, so you have to look above that or around it and you will see the filter. The top of the oil filter will be facing to the left, pointing toward the passenger side tire. There is a small flap on the left of the filter that you will have to push out of the way to get your hand on the top of the filter. I recommend jacking up that side of the car a few inches to get your arm in there. I also recommend using a FRAM filter, that way you can take advantage of the top grip feature so that you can get a much better grip on the filter and remove it very easily. Remember to "moisten" the gasket on the new filter before installing it. The Sonata takes 5 quarts of whatever premium oil you want to use, however, I cannot recommend a brand without starting an argument. I believe the car manual call for 5w30, but I have used 10w30 with no issues. Best of luck...

Hyundai Sonata

Where is the computer on 99 Hyundai Sonata?

The computers are placed behind the radio and the heating systems. They are screwed to the floor of the car. HAPPY UNSCREWING!!!

Headlights Tail and Brake Lights
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DIY Projects

How do you adjust a 2002 Hyundai Sonata headlights?

The manual show it in the back but I could never find the screws to which the manual refers. Here is what I did. The replacement lowbeam lamp only fits correctly one way, with the tab on the top. I kept inserting the lamp, removing, and bending the tab until the beam was'aligned' properly.

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Water Pumps
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Where is the water pump located on a 1997 Hyundai Sonata and how difficult is it to replace?

it is under the timing cover and it is quite hard

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Air Filters and Intake Manifolds

How do you change a cabin filter in a Hyundai Sonata?

To change the cabin air filter one needs to remove the glove box first. This is reasonably simple and involves a couple of screws, the rubber glove box limit pads, and a 10mm nut. The air filter is located in the heater assembly directly behind the glove box. The filter is removed by releasing the plastic clip holding the filter and withdrawing the filter forwards. (The filter is installed like a vertical drawer.). The Hyundai web site ( has a good description.

For a 2006, you simply slip the black ring off of the glove box clip on the right, and pull the left side of the glove box in slightly so the rubber glove box limit pad will clear it's channel. That allows the glove box to open forward and gives access to the heater assembly directly behind the glove box. The air filter holder is held in place by four plastic clips that you squeeze together in pairs to release the holder. Pull it out like a drawer. Remove the old filter by squeezing the top and bottom (or front and back, depending on how you hold it) of the filter together. This will bow the white plastic sides of the filter so that they clear the four small, black plastic protrusions from the sides of the holder that keep the filter in place. Reverse the process with the new filter and you are done. Takes about 10 minutes.


  • Open the glove box and remove the 2 rubber stop blocks from each side of the glove box.
    • First pull the stop block toward you (1).

    • Then pull the front edge in toward the inside of the glove box and pull it out to remove it (2).

  • Remove the glove box damper by gently pulling the mounting pin out, then feed the mounting pin through the hole. Hold/support the glove box to prevent it from swinging wide open when the damper is removed. Lower the glove box.


    For XG and Sonata produced after 3/29/03, skip to page 6.

  • Remove the 4 mounting screws for the glove box.
    • There are 2 cap screws with 10 mm heads (1).

    • The other 2 screws are Phillips head sheet metal screws (2).

  • Remove the glove box and set aside.
  • For Santa Fe and XG only:Remove the cover on the right side of the glove box. This will provide access to the mounting screws of the glove box and housing.
  • Remove the glove box housing.
    • Remove the 2 Phillips screws (1) on each side of the housing.

    • Remove the nut (2) on the stud behind the glove box latch.

    • Unplug the glove box lamp.

    • Slide out the housing and set i t aside.

  • Move the lower dash panel out of the way by disconnecting the plastic lock tabs and pushing the panel down enough to gain access to the cabin air filter access door.
  • After pushing the lower cover away, you now have access to the filter door and filter.
  • Use your finger to pull the lock tab down and toward you to remove the filter access door.
  • CAREFULLY remove the air filter by sliding it straight out. Rough handling of the filter during removal may spill debris into the evaporator case or onto the floor.
  • Install a new cabin air filter. Insure the arrow points in the direction of airflow (arrow points toward evaporator).
  • Reassemble as follows:
    • Reinstall the filter cover.

    • Reinstall the lower dash panel.

    • Reinstall the glove box and connect the glove box lamp.

    • Reinstall the glove box, damper and rubber stops.

    • Reinstall the right side dash panel cover (XG and Santa Fe).


  • Swing (lower) the glove box down to gain access to the cabin air filter door.Twist the lock 90° counterclockwise to the horizontal position to unlock the door.
  • Remove the filter access door by pulling up and out on the lock.
  • Remove the upper filter by pulling on the grab tab at the bottom of the filter.
  • Remove the lower filter by lifting the filter (1), and when it gains enough clearance, pull it out like the upper filter (2).
  • The new filters (P/N 97619-3D000) have a beaded end on one side, and a grooved end on the opposite side.Install the lower filter with the beaded side down.Install the upper filter also with the beaded side down, and insure the bead and groove interlock.
  • Reassemble in reverse order.

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