Hyundai iLoad Diesel Problems

Are there any problems with the diesel engines in the 2017 Hyundai iLoad?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Sep 2020

Hyundai’s diesel engines are generally regarded as being among the better ones on the market. That’s probably because the South Korean domestic market has been switched on to small capacity diesels for decades and, as a result, Hyundai has been building them just as long.

But, like any modern turbo-diesel, the iLoad’s diesel can be prone to a build-up of black gunk in the intake system, a result of diesel soot and oil mist mixing as part of the vehicle’s own emissions-control systems. The other problem that has cropped up a few times now is a failed turbocharger unit. Generally, this has been the result of a blocked oilway that feeds lubricating oil to the turbo’s bearing. This is a narrow oilway and any sludge in the engine can block it and starve the turbo of its oil. Which is when the turbo itself fails.

That’s far more likely to happen in a vehicle that has not had the correct maintenance with regards oil changes. So check the service handbook before handing over the cash and only buy a second-hand iLoad with a full and correct service history.


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What is the best van for a camper conversion for less than $15000?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Sep 2020

The Hyundai iLoad/iMax is a great buy for what you intend to use it for, as they're big, robust and roomy boxes on wheels. Not especially quiet, refined or car-like, but well suited to a camper conversion.

However, you must ensure that the example you are looking at has a full and regular service record. This is because the well-known diesel engine and turbo failures are connected with lapsed servicing. It seems oil sludge builds up, thus starving the engine and turbo of sufficient lubrication.

But here's the tricky bit. Hyundai recommended that all scheduled servicing was carried out every 15,000km, when actually 10,000km maximum was closer to the truth for vans that were driven regularly or had a hard life. Which is most of them.

So, you need to buy on condition as well as service history, to ensure you get the promised long-life out of the iLoad/iMax. If that's the case, you can expect to hit 300,000km without any major issues. Just get that oil changed regularly!

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Hyundai iLoad 2009: Can I replace the engine?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Nov 2019

I don't believe there is one, but try the Castlemaine Rod Shop (03 5472 2853) as they do a lot of that sort of thing and might have something they could help you with. If they don’t you could have the conversion done by a Vicroads accredited engineer, but it would an expensive exercise and I would think it would be more economical to buy a replacement diesel engine for your van.

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Hyundai iLoad 2009: Diesel filter clogged

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Aug 2013

It's always worth starting with the basics when trying to trace the cause of a problem, and they are fuel and spark. There's no ignition with a diesel, so fuel should be the focus. Good to see mechanics that know their stuff.

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Hyundai iLoad 2010: Turbo issue

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jul 2013

You shouldn't be too concerned about the warranty expiring as the company has an on-going responsibility to fix it beyond the end of the warranty. The loss of performance without the turbo should be huge and easily observed by the dealer, so I would approach the dealer again and ask that someone go with you so you can demonstrate what it is you're concerned about. I would also pick up the phone and call Hyundai to remind them that they haven't honoured their commitment to get back to you. We haven't had any other reports of turbo problems with the iLoad but we are aware of other reports. Have your dealer check that oil is getting to the turbocharger and also check the operation of the wastegate.

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