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1 5th February 20:30
john fartlington poopnagel
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AND THEY'RE almost impossible to replace and service!

Hyundai DOESN'T want you even try to:

1) Check the fluid level in the cells.

2) Check the body and terminals for corrosion.

3) Remove the old battery and install a new one.

These tasks are almost impossible for the average motorist BECAUSE THE
BATTERY SITS IN AN ENCLOSED, SEALED CASE! You can't see much less
inspect the cell fluid levels. And half of the bolts under the hood
on the driver's side have to be removed to free-up the battery.

See, Hyundai wants you to go to a HYUNDAI DEALER, where a battery
costs $90, plus up to $50 more to install it. And at most Hyundai
dealers I know, you have to leave your car for an entire day -- then
hope it's ready when you return in the late afternoon or early
evening.

"Aw, we're sorry, but you see we got real busy and couldn't get to
yours. But tomorrow!"

AdvanceAuto Parts, AutoZone, Olympic Auto Parts, and Batteries Plus
sell the same battery for $52 to $69, some including free
installation.

Only problem? They can't get a sufficient supply of them to keep 'em
in stock!

And that's what your conniving, inscrutable Hyundai folks want -- to
force you to spend more on a new battery than a normal car owner would
expect. Parts companies list the Elantra batteries as "special." And
that they are!

Additionally, the OWNER'S MANUAL has neither a diagram or instructions
for accessing and servicing your Hyundai Elantra battery. Just a one-
paragraph entry that says, in effect, Be careful when servicing the
battery."

I've had my 2004 Elantra GLS for 3 years and the battery is already
shot. Needless to say, with problems also with the air bags, brakes,
power locks, and engine noise and vibration, I've bought my last
Hyundai product!

My advice to Hyundai? Hold up on building those factories in the
U.S. Too many one-time customers could make for sluggish, then
anemic, sales.
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2 5th February 20:30
irwell
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I agree with most of what you say.

I still have the original factory oem battery in my
2001 Elantra. It has run down a couple of times, mostly when
left for two weeks without starting in airport parking lots.

I invested in an emergency back up starter/battery combo for about
$40, mainly because we get power outages with winter storms, and
coupled with a cheap inverter we can at least have a radio and small
lamp lit.
I keep it in the car and have had to use it once so far, one day I
will have to replace the car battery, either at the dealer, or take
measurements and see what Kragens have.
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3 5th February 20:30
khaj
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I changed battery on my Hyundau Elantra. I bought it from CostCo for
$50 or less and replaced it myself in 30 minutes. The challenge is
gettinf rid of the old battery.
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4 5th February 20:31
hyundaitech
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I missed the part about being hard to find in the previous post. A 24F
battery fits perfectly. When we run out of factory replacement
(Interstate with a Hyundai sticker) batteries, our local AC-Delco supplier
doesn't let us down.
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5 5th February 22:48
rev. tom wenndt
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Not arguing with you, Mr. HyundaiTech (I'm not that stupid). But maybe you
can help clarify something.

I own both a Kia and a Hyundai. For my Sedona ('04), the battery
replacement books DO list a 24F size as a listed and acceptable replacement
for that battery.

But NOT for the Hyundai Elantra (mine is an '02). In two stores (one of
which is an AutoZone), the only listing for the Elantra is for a special
battery which is listed as either 24F-H or 24F-7H. In the few stores where
I have actually been able to find this particular battery (and only one
battery in one of each of the two stores), this battery looks as different
from the 24F as different can be.

Whassup with that? Does this sound right (read, "Am I making sense here?")?
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6 5th February 22:49
vic garcia
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Just replaced my wife 02 Elantra battery, about a month ago.
My local AutoZone carry all 3 types, 24F, 24F-7H and 24F-7H-DL, the 24F
was exactly like the original one, the others were larger (1/4", 3/4")
than the original, but still fit OK.

I went for the biggest one (24F-7H-DL) since for only $10 more it was
more powerful and longer reserve. Any one will do, it's your choice.
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7 5th February 22:49
richard dreyfuss
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I have an 01 elantra and had the same issue finding a battery that fit
perfectly. I'm currently using a Duralast 47-DL from autozone (was about
$60). It's 590 CCA and fits nicely into the existing battery tie-down
flanges.

Just another option.

Ben

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"People often try to express their unique understanding of life in their
sigfile, usually by quoting other people." -Me.
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8 5th February 22:49
rev. tom wenndt
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Somehow, I seemed to remember that a couple of stores listed a 47 number.

Sears has a strange number listing in their "International" section for the
Elantra. It is a good fit, but horribly expensive.

But if the 24F works, that would be the way to go.

My question is, since books sometimes list three or four different number
possibilities for a battery replacement for some cars, why is the basic 24F
not even listed? There has to be a reason - virtually no store out there
lists it.
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9 5th February 22:49
matthew fedder
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Agreed - whoever had my car ('01 Elantra) before me replaced the
battery at Costco; perhaps they have them in better supply than most
places?
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10 5th February 23:48
hyundaitech
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Most Hyundai batteries (for whatever reason) are the 24F size from the
factory. They have one replacement for the Accent/Elantra (don't know the
group number) and the 24F for most of the other vehicles. The fact that
the Elantra original battery is the same size as the larger vehicle
original batteries is how I know that the 24F will work. In fact, for
customer pay repairs, I use the larger battery since we charge the same
price for it.
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