It’s common for the 2011 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra to have problems like engine ticking or issues with the dash lights. Find out the top 5 common problems we’ve found with the 5th generation Elantra.
Top 5 Common Problems with the 2011 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra (5th Generation)
1. Engine Ticking
Symptoms of Engine Ticking
- Engine makes a ticking sound when running
Causes of Engine Ticking Problems on the 2011 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra
This issue has also been a common issue with the Sonata. If the engine oil level is too high, there will be too much oil to circulate and that can blow seals. The blown seal can leak oil, and this can lead to low engine oil levels. The particular problem this engine runs into involves the piston slot.
How to Fix Engine Ticking
If you hear an engine ticking noise you’ll want to check the oil level. You’ll also want a record of all your oil changes. There is a recall for this problem and having records will help tell if Hyundai needs to install a new engine for you
2. Timing Chain Jumps
Symptoms of Timing Chain Problems with the 5th Gen Hyundai Elantra
- Engine cranks but won’t start
- Chattering noise from the timing chain that amplifies when accelerating
- Check engine light for P0340 or P0016
Causes of Timing Chain Issues with the 2011 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra
The timing chain guides that secure the chain can crack and brittle. The chain can slap and skip teeth, and this can lead to a crank and no start condition.
How to Fix Timing Chain Issues
You may find you have spark and fuel pressure but the engine still won’t start. You might also hear a chattering noise from the timing chain. If you have these conditions and a check engine light for both codes P0340 and P0016, the timing chain is probably the issue.
3. Loose Steering
Symptoms of Loose Steering
- Steering wheel feels loose
Causes of Loose Steering
You may notice the steering wheel moving when the wheels aren’t. A steering coupler is the common cause for this with the 2011 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra
How to Fix Loose Steering
Check out our how-to video related to this problem to find out how to fix it yourself
4. Airbag Light Flashing On and Off
Symptoms of Problems with the Airbag Light Flashing
After the key is in the ignition and the car is started, the passenger air bag light indicating the air bag is off turns on. This is turned on by a sensor in the seat when it has less than 65 pounds. Drivers have reported the light flashing with no weight on the seat and no other air bag lights on. After driving and shutting the car off, the accessory and airbag lights remain on.
Causes of the Airbag Light Flashing
This problem is related to programming that needs to be updated.
How to Fix an Airbag Light Flashing in the 2011 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra
To fix this problem temporarily, put the key in the ignition, start the car again, let the engine run, shut the car off, and remove the key from the ignition.
To fix this problem long-term, bring the car to a Hyundai dealership so they can update the computer.
5. Alternator Light Is On
Symptoms of Problems with the Alternator in the 5th Gen Hyundai Elantra
- Alternator light turns on
Causes of Problems with the Alternator Light
How to Fix a Failed Alternator
This was such a common problem for our mechanic, Sue, that she had to replace the alternator four times.
5th Generation Hyundai Elantra Model Years
- 2011 Hyundai Elantra
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra
- 2013 Hyundai Elantra
- 2014 Hyundai Elantra
- 2015 Hyundai Elantra
- 2016 Hyundai Elantra
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