Engine Cooling problem
2005 Hyundai Elantra Automatic 26800 miles
Driving on the hwy yesterday in my 2005 Hyundai Elantra (26.7k miles, second owner), when the a/c suddenly stopped blowing cool air. I instinctively looked at the temp gauge just as the needle was passing into the red marks. Began to pull over when I heard a " pop" and steam started coming out from under the hood. I stopped the car, turned it off, opened the hood, and saw the cap of the coolant reservoir (not the radiator cap) had popped off and the reservoir was empty. I waited about 15 minutes, started the car, temp gauge normal, drove about a quarter mile to a gas station, as I pull in temp gauge approaching red. Parked the car and had a friend drive me home.
Came back about 3 hours later and dove it home stopping every time the needle approached red marks - took about half an hour to go 2 miles.
This morning I opened the radiator cap, started topping off the coolant, and saw coolant leaking from an 8 inch crack running along the base of the inlet tank. Started the car, let it run for about 10 minutes, never got hot. I did hear a " clicking" noise coming from the engine itself that I have never heard before.
As the second owner, I was covered under the 5year/60,000 mile warranty until August 5th 2010 (24 days ago). On August 3rd, a local dealership replaced my cracked steering wheel under the warranty. At that time they did a " multi point inspection" with " checked and okay" marked for every inspection point, including " cooling system, a/c, and heating system, " " radiator, heater, a/c hoses, " and " accessory drive belts.&Quot;
What is the best way to approach this issue with the dealership? Friends have told me about " goodwill" repairs being done when a car was just outside of the warranty period. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Any ideas as to what the mechanism and sequence of this problem was would also be welcome.
Sunday, August 29th, 2010 AT 5:09 PM