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My 2006 Hyundia Elantra won't start first thing in the

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My 2006 Hyundia Elantra won't start first thing in the morning. It's a stick, and after that initial push start, it will start and function normally. Any ideas of what it could be?
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: They do not appear to be corroded, but it's been a few weeks since I've looked at the battery. Also, everything else seems to function normally, such as the radio, which I turn off for that first start now.
JA: Are you fixing your Elantra yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: If it's not too technical, then yes, I will try to fix myself. I haven't try anything else, yet. This is a relatively new issue. Started last week.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's the only problem I'm having with vehicle. Thanks
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  Amedee replied 9 months ago.

Hello and welcome!

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Expert:  Amedee replied 9 months ago.

When this happens, does the engine crank over and not start or does it not crank over at all?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The engine does not crank.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I do notice it'll make a slight hum sound that I typically don't notice when it starts normally.
Expert:  Amedee replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for that information.

You might just have a bad starter. This is what happens when the starter motor starts to go bad. It will work intermittantly like you are describing.

Have you checked for power to the starter when this happens? If not, this is your next step.

If there is no power to the starter when this happens, we will need to pull a wiring diagram of the starting circuit and check voltage at certain places in the starting circuit. The clutch switch could be at fault, the ignition switch or anything else in the starting circuit could be preventing the engine from cranking over.

If there is power to the starter when this happens, the starter is bad and will need to be replaced.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
That would make sense, but why only in the morning for that first start? Wouldn't a failing starter be more random?
Expert:  Amedee replied 9 months ago.

The starter can go bad in many different ways. Tempature is a huge factor in electronics and how electrical compnents work so it would make sense that it may only act up under "certain conditions". But that is why it is important to check for power at the starter when this occurs. This will rule out any wiring issue or anything in the starting circuit causing this problem.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No, thank you
Expert:  Amedee replied 9 months ago.