Hyundai Elantra Transmission Problems & Overview

Launched in the United States for the 1992 model year, the Hyundai Elantra was an affordable compact transportation device that cost thousands less than a similarly sized Civic or Corolla. By 2001, Hyundai decided to play-up the “value for money” proposition by giving the third generation Elantra standard front-side airbags and a full suite of power equipment. Buyers began to notice the now-competitive little Hyundai, and popularity of the 4th (2007-2010) and 5th (2011-2016) generation Elantra began to soar.

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Is there something wrong with your Elantra? Let’s look at some of the most common transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

Hyundai Elantra Recalls

1999 Elantra – 99V178000

On 1999 Elantra models equipped with an automatic transmission, the pressure control solenoid valve seals do not remain sufficiently elastic, resulting in a transmission fluid leak. This leakage can result in reduced pressure application to the clutches, brake, and kickdown servo, allowing them to slip.

Such slippage can cause premature deterioration of the friction element surfaces and could cause the car not to accelerate, or not accelerate as expected, when the driver presses the accelerator pedal.

Recall notification began on July 14, 1999, and dealers were instructed to replace the pressure control solenoid valve free of charge. For more information, owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-829-9956, or they can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

Hyundai Elantra Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2011 Elantra – TSB 15-01-012

On automatic equipped versions of the 2011 Elantra, the end of the cable connecting the transmission range switch to the car’s shift lever pin is fastened to the pin with a rubber grommet. The connection between the shifter cable and shift lever pin is critical to ensure proper gear selection (including placing the vehicle in Park). If the cable becomes disconnected and the vehicle is not in the Park position, the vehicle may roll if the parking brake is not applied.

To fix or prevent this problem, an “E-clip” will need to be installed on the shift lever pin as a supplemental method of securing the cable.

2011-17 Elantra / 2013 Elantra GT / 2013-2014 Elantra Coupe – TSB 16-AT-006

The shift lever on some 6-speed automatic equipped vehicles may intermittently not shift out of Park.

This problem can be caused by a faulty brake switch, shifter assembly, or a misaligned or failed inhibitor switch. If these components pass inspection, check the TCU and TCU2 fuse in the junction box in the engine compartment: Check the fuse for an open circuit. Check the fuse for correct capacity. Check the fuse holder for a tight fit. Check for loose or damaged wires. If damage or an open circuit is found, repair or replace the front harness/junction box (PNC 91-912). For Elantra (UD/MD), replace the EMS Block (91951-3X100) and retest. Other causes include a failed cluster, shift lock solenoid, or BCM (Body Control Module).

2001-2006 Elantra 1.6L / 2007 Elantra Sedan 2.0L / 2009 Elantra Touring 2.0L – TSB 10-AT-011

After replacing the automatic transmission, or reprogramming the PCM/TCM to improve the shift quality condition, the adaptive learning function must be reset. The PCM or TCM contains logic programming to adjust solenoid duty and line pressure as needed to compensate for normal clutch wear over the life of the transaxle.

The PCM/TCM adaptive values must be reset (erase) and “relearn” in order to provide optimum shift quality

2011 Elantra – TSB. 12-AT-003-1

Some 2011 Elantra models equipped with the automatic transmission may experience a rattle or clicking noise from the front muffler with the brake applied in Reverse after a cold start. The noise does not occur after engine warm-up.

To fix this problem and stop the rattle, the front muffler will need to be replaced.

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Liz K
20 days ago

My 2016 Hyundai Elantra is at mechanic for TWO months now waiting for a new transmission. Without warning car when put in drive would only go in reverse. Towed to mechanic, who said needs new transmission. But they cannot find a Hyundai transmission! Apparently this is a huge problem everywhere with Hyundais. Hyundai dealership keeps pushing the date that my new transmissuon will be delivered to mechanic from 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks 10 weeks now.. This is wrecking my life and I’ve lost my job.

1 month ago

I have a 2001 elantra and 3rd and 4th gears are not engaging. 3rd feels like it does only to grind and pop back out of gear.4th gear won’t even allow you to come close to getting in feels like it’s blocked.

4 months ago

Shifter assmbely

4 months ago

When I start in first gear it takes a minute to get going. I am not getting any acceleration when I’m going up a hill. Once on level ground, it starts to drive normally.

Verna Moore
7 months ago

When I put my car in drive it rolls back. Then jerks into gear. There is a pause before gears catch.

Larry Ball
7 months ago

Indicator light goes out and trans. Is weak
I can turn key off restart and light comes back on the transmission is strong again
The shifter has locked twice but releases when key is turned off and back on. It is a 2016 Elantra 1.8 liter

Last edited 7 months ago by Larry Ball
9 months ago

It’s a 5 speed manual transmission and it’s not coming out of gear and making a rattling sound and jumps into gear when idoling in neutral. It only has about 90,000km

Last edited 9 months ago by Martin
1 year ago

2012 elantra hatchback gs will not engage transmission occasionally. 132k miles

1 year ago


1 year ago

2012 Elantra’s stalls, has no power…we were told a new transmission is needed. Hyundai replacement is 3300 from dealership. I’m their warranty isn’t good, 12 months or 12,000 miles!

1 year ago

My transmission light keeps coming on an off.Can you tell me what is the problem could be and is the car safe to drive. I been driving it. Is this an immediate fix

1 year ago
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