2000 Hyundai Tiburon "pop" or "knock"

Tiny
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2000 Hyundai Tiburon Automatic 140000 miles

Hi. My 2000 Hyundai Tiburon emits a loud "pop" or "knock" sound, which seems to be getting more frequent and loud. It happens most often when turning the wheel, and it's coming from front drivers side. (I'm SURE something is about to break! AHH!) Car also seems to not be running as smoothly as usual. It feels like I can feel a tiny "bump" (and I mean REALLY tiny) as I drive forward, like something is off balance- it feels like there is a bump on whatever turns. (I clearly know NOTHING about cars, but ask me about electric guitars!)

I am terrified to take it in, because I can fix nearly anything wrong with it, but don't know if it's worth the cost to repair. I would appreciate any idea on what the issue may be so I can be a bit more knowledgeable at the repair shop. I'd like to have a ballpark idea of what it may cost to fix if at all possible. I know I may get taken advantage of if I don't go in somewhat prepared. I'm also interested in knowing how desperate the situation may be. Is it save to drive about another hundred miles with it?

I am so scared to ask this question because I am afraid of your answer. I love my car SO MUCH- please help me understand what might be wrong, and what price range I should expect so that I don't over-pay. I DESPERATELY want to keep this vehicle! I love it SO MUCH!

Thank you very much for your help! I look forward to your reply (kind of ;) ) Please TRY not to have terrible, aweful news for me! HA!
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009 AT 5:58 PM

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Tiny
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Hello
Thanks for the donation.

Suspect worn or damaged suspension components. This could be due to worn ball joints and wheel bearings as well as other suspension components such as shocks and/or struts. You need to have the front end suspension components checked at a reputable local suspension shop as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the vehicle as well as to prevent any suspension component from failing and causing an accident. Since I don't know the exact component which needs replaced I cannot give you a specific estimate, however I can give you a couple of estimates for common repairs for your situation.

Removing and replacing both front wheel bearings for your vehicle normally runs around $400 including labor.

Removing and replacing both front ball joints for your vehicle normally runs around $250 including labor.

Removing and replacing both front strut assemblies and coil springs for your vehicle normally runs around $600 including labor.

If you would like to just have a repair shop inspect yoru vehicles suspension and get an estimate done for the repairs, just list whatever the shop states needs replaced and I can provide you with an estimate of what it should cost to have it fixed. I can also post the replacement procedures for the specific component if you would like to perform the repairs yourself. Just let me know ;)

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 12:20 AM
Tiny
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I just re-read what I wrote. I guess when I said "I can fix it" what SHOULD have been said was "I can afford to have someone who knows what they are doing fix it!" LOL!

Anyway, thanks so much for the info- that's not as bad as I had imagined. I was worked up about a possible couple of thousand leaving my bank account. OK, so I will do what is nessicary ASAP. I will keep you updated because you seemed so nice. I dunno. If I did the kind of work you do, I think I'd want to know the updates on the folks I helped :)

Thanks VERY much! You've set my mind at ease. I have a shop that is reccomended by friends, but I am not sure if they specialize in suspentions. I am certain I can find someone around Houston who does! Alright. Thanks a TON, man! I would appreciate anything further you may have to say on the estimate I recieve!

Rock on, and take care.
Colleen
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 1:11 AM
Tiny
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Hey it's no problem. Of course we love hearing back from the people we are helping. Not only does it help us better assist others with the same issues that you may be having, but the smallest thank you keeps us going and really lets us know how much we are appreciated here. Once again, just post the results of the estimate you receive and I can let you know if they have overpriced you. I will also post the repair procedures for you to show your friend if not having it done at a repair shop. Oh and by the way, I love the Hyundai Tiburons as well, beautiful cars :D

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 1:46 AM
Tiny
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I'm a huge fan of this car. Of course, it's the OLD body type. Which reminds me of a jag from the front. The moment I saw the car, I knew I HAD to have it. And was desperate to get it checked out and "ok'ed" for purchase. I'm a very petite girl, and I can actually FIT in this car. I positively ADORE it, and cannot STAND the thought of losing it for any reason.

I HAVE to take it a few more miles before I can get it checked. I hope the old thing can make it! Keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll take it somewhere on Tuesday. Glad to have all day today to find a decent shop!

I really appreciate your help, Blue! I was SO SCARED to take it in. I know that wasn't helping anything. I will keep you updated! Hope you have a great start to your week!
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 6:19 AM
Tiny
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Update: I know I may be communicating more with you than is polite. So I donated again. I have found an auto repair shop that will let you watch your repairs online. And takes digicam photos of their work. It ALMOST seems too good to be true. I am going to schedule an appt with this company, unless you think it really IS too good to be true.

Colleen
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 8:37 AM
Tiny
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Oh, it's okay. Thanks for the extra donation. Every little bit helps us keep going to help others.

The repair shop you are talking about is a new trend that is starting. Although I have never known of anybody that has used them yet, I have read about services like that and they do seem to be legitimate. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. Your Tiburon will be in good hands. You seem really stressed over this so just relax a little and understand that every vehicle has to have repairs made at some point. As long as you keep up the regular maintenance such as oil changes and transmission fluid changes then your engine and transmission should last a very long time. Suspension components fail no matter what because of the tremendous abuse they have to take. Hope this eases your mind a bit. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope you have a good following week.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 12:43 PM
Tiny
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Yes, it does make me feel a little better. I'm stressed because the transmission failed on the car last year, and I took it to a dealership who reccomened a repair that cost me over a grand and did NOT work. I then had to put down ANOTHER 2k+ to get it repaired by some guy in his garage (who did AMAZING work- I always prefer the little guys!). I've got the money to make a reasonable repair, but another 3k+? I only bought the thing for $6k! Haha! I trust your opinion of what is wrong and the ballpark figures you gave me. I just hate that I don't have "my guy" that I used to go to in another state anymore. I chose these people because they will digicam the whole thing. Makes me feel a little better. I'm taking it in tomorrow morning.

It makes me feel a LOT better to know that this kind of repair is more than likely NOT due to my neglegence, but that it's normal wear and tear.

So uh. Thanks for being a certified professional AND a therapist. Great work, Blue!
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 5:38 PM
Tiny
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Ok... so I take the car in today, they replace the struts and the strut mounts ($783.24) and I had to get a new tire. The tire thing was valid, there was a huge bulge in one that I had not noticed. I had a coupon for $100, so I walk out spending $873.21 total. THE CAR STILL MAKES THE SOUND!!!

I AM SOOooOOOooOoOOooO pissed off, man.

The sound is MUCH quieter. MUCH less noticable, but still there none the less.

I will upload pix of what they saw. Frankly, I trust you- I wonder if you have an idea of what I should do next?? I have 12 month/12k miles to take it back... but did they just give me parts I don't need?? I don't know what to ask them to look at, and I am hesitant to spend any more $$. I was told that the "struts need to settle"... which sounds like a load of crap to me...

Please give me any advice you can think of!


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/314311_Strut_Mount_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/314311_Struts_1.jpg

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Monday, February 9th, 2009 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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Well, the struts really do need to settle first before you come to any conclusion about that. See if the noise goes away. Give it a few days, maybe a week.

Did they inspect the mounts for strut assembly? Usually the mounts are replaced along with the struts so find out if they did. If they didnt', the noise can often be made by a mounting problem and not the shock or strut itself. The strut mount itself may be worn enough to cause the strut to move up and down resulting noise. Another common cause is that the shock or strut may not be tight enough causing the unit to have play and again make noise. Of course I would certainly hope that they tightened them well so I don't believe this would be the case.

Let me know how they sound in a few days and I will follow up.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 12:08 AM
Tiny
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Rock on, I will patiently drive it, and update you in a week or so. I tried to leave you feedback, but it won't let me because I only have 0.3 points :( It says "why leave a zero!". Well, you're a 10+. If I can figure out how to get points without responding to people's questions (I am REALLY NOT knowledgable enough to do that!), I will submit your points. Anyway. THANK YOU!
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 6:22 AM
Tiny
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I own a 2000 hyundai tiburon with 150k. I replaced both of my CV joints AKA the whole axle on both sides. It got rid of it. Most of the sound was emited when I turned. I really hope this can help you. In total with cost and labor of parts at a small auto shop, it cost me no more than MAYBE $200.
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 10:46 PM
Tiny
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The pop/knock is in the same place, however, NOT when turning wheel. It's when I press/release the break and put my foot on the gas. I know my repairs are warranteed, but I am pretty sure they will tell me it's a different problem, not the struts, and want to do more work. COULD it still be the struts? I'd LOVE to not have to pay MORE. It's the same sound, in the same place :(
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 10:56 PM
Tiny
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The pop/knock still sounds like it is in the same place, however, NOT when turning wheel. It's when I press/release the break and put my foot on the gas. I know my repairs are warranteed, but I am pretty sure they will tell me it's a different problem, not the struts, and want to do more work. COULD it still be the struts? I'd LOVE to not have to pay MORE. It's the same sound, seems to be coming from the same place. No knock when I turn the wheel now. Do you know what I should expect? If it is a break problem, I may want to take it elsewhere. But if it is part of the strut issue, I want the work completed by the first people to touch the car.
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 10:42 PM
Tiny
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You may want to go ahead and have a different shop inspect your brake system and let them know what you are experiencing.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 8:11 PM

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