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Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2006 and earlier)

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  • drhiestdrhiest Posts: 2
    Hyundai Santa fe 2002 basic model 85000 miles. Pulled into the garage yesterday and smelt smoke. Opened up hood and there was faint smoke dissipating from deep. All routine maintainence has been done. Engine was not overheating. Didn't notice anything really out of the ordinary. Now it won't start. It turns over but won't fire up. Replaced battery last year and lights work ect. Is this something serious or simple?

    To complicate matters...

    I am looking at buying a 2008 Santa fe and wish to trade in my 2002. I am hesitant to take it to the same dealership I would potentially trade to in the event that they exaggerate the extent of the damages and do an ultra low-ball on me. Any suggestions?
  • drhiestdrhiest Posts: 2
    Hyundai Santa fe 2002 basic model 85000 miles. Pulled into the garage yesterday and smelt smoke. Opened up hood and there was faint smoke dissipating from deep. All routine maintainence has been done. Engine was not overheating. Didn't notice anything really out of the ordinary. Now it won't start. It turns over but won't fire up. Replaced battery last year and lights work ect. Is this something serious or simple?

    To complicate matters...

    I am looking at buying a 2008 Santa fe and wish to trade in my 2002. I am hesitant to take it to the same dealership I would potentially trade to in the event that they exaggerate the extent of the damages and do an ultra low-ball on me. Any suggestions?
  • baj9407baj9407 Posts: 1
    Hi all, I just had my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe towed home due to clutch burn out. After reviewing the postings, it's unbelievable that Hyundai has so many problems with the clutch on the Santa Fe. I currently have 48K miles and in all the years I have driven manual transmissions, I never had a clutch to burn out. I would think this is a manufacture defect :lemon:. I drove a 1990 VW Jetta for 13-years and never burnt out the clutch. Before that, I had a 1978 Honda Civic that the clutch wore out (it did not burn out) after 100K miles.

    I am still under the 5year warranty, but I did purchase the 10 year 100K mile warranty, but if the dealership does not honor the repair under warranty do anyone no of a reputable mechanic in the Oakland, CA area that specializes in Hyundai repairs? I will not allow Hyundai to benefit (receive $) for repairs that should be honored under the warranty on a car that doesn't have that many miles.
  • shivelytshivelyt Posts: 46
    My 01 Santa Fe has been having a front end problem for the past yerar. Going over bumps or entering driveways etc you get a clunking noise under the front end. Dealer tells me the struts have to be replaced, including mounts, tothe tune of about $900. Says the problem will only get worse. They always do. Has anyone had this problem or only me? Any ideas on how to fix this short of $900? Thanks
  • littbarnlittbarn Posts: 1
    Hello there, my santa fe 2.0 td had the flywheel replaced under a recall from hyundai uk there was a serious problem so all flywheels were replaces free in the uk on any vehicles showing symptoms, the main one being a vibrating clutch pedal when you pressed your foot on it. Hope this helps
  • Warning to owners of 01 Santa Fe's , next service stop , have your dealer check your lower control arms on rear suspension for rust thru . i own an 01 model GLS 4wd 2.7v6 130+ miles all trouble free . Major maintance was done by dealer till warr ran out. been doing own maintance after that . But never past a thought about this issue. driver side control arm gave out while driving. Had just left work, still in parking garage when happened, luckly not out on major road or highway. That could have been really bad ! The presure from the spring caused control arm to snap in half. There must be a design flaw , there are no drain holes for water to escape from control arm. Looks like a bathtub where the spring seats to control arm. This is a major repair and can be quiet dangerous if it happens while driving !
    Has anyone had this happen to them or do you have any idea of what i should do ?
  • afyafy Posts: 1
    Hello All,
    I have a Hyundai Santa Fe 2003 , 34200 miles only and right now within five years of purchase. IT had a check engine light ON and used to give some starting problems and stall at traffic lights, making unusual sound. I took it to a Goodyear shop for diagonistics and they said that one of the ignition coil is gone bad and a spark plug. But the estimate to replace it is $1200. which includes labor and parts (1 ignition coil, 6 spark plugs, gasket, fuel induction kit /service ).

    My question is,
    1) Will this be covered under warranty from Hyundai Manufacturers.
    2) Do you think the estimate is right?
    3) Any other suggestions.

    Please respond

    Thanks
    Afy
  • Why don't you bring it into a Hyundai dealership and have them check it out? If the Goodyear shop is right and didn't clear out the codes, then the dealership should be able to tell you if it is covered under warranty.
  • craigercraiger Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Santa Fe and have had the same problem with it since it was brand new. Told Hyundai dealership about it years ago and they said nothing was wrong with it. Fortunately, it has never gotten any worse, but no better either.
  • I have a 2004 santa fe hyundai and I need to give it a tune up but I cannot find all of the spark plugs how do find all of them
  • argalargal Posts: 2
    I have an '02 SF. I am having 3 problems which i feel are related

    1) The engine occasionally revs up to 2000 rpms, and sometimes more. It will do this at anytime - when I'm sitting at a stop light, sometimes it will just kick in -- if i put it in park, it will continue. This will happen for several minutes then it will stop.

    2) sometimes, it won't start. If i just sit for a while, it will eventually start. Sometimes within 5 minutes, sometimes 45 minutes. I usually smell gas when this happens (after trying to start it)

    if the engine is revving when i stop somewhere, i will not turn the key off until it stops revving --- in my mind, i just think maybe if it is turned off while it's revving, then it won't start when i come back to the car due to being flooded -- I'm probably completely off base, but that's my reasoning--

    but still it keeps happening (won't start)

    it seems to be worse in the summer months (when i run my a/c) -- this has been going on for over a yr -- but through the winter, it didn't happen very much-- over the past couple of weeks since i have started running the air, it has happened 3 times

    3) occasionally, it will die (or try to die) when taking off from a red light -- this is actually how all the troubles began - before the revving (or at least before I noticed it) and before it would not start --but the dying thing has only happened 3 -4 times over a couple of years

    a friend who works on Fords changed a part out for me -- he thought it was causing the revving -- however, it did not help -- i can't remember the name of it (alot of help i am!)

    anyway -- if anyone could give me a clue, I'd sure appreciate it!!

    thanks bunches!
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    no svc eng light on?
  • argalargal Posts: 2
    no lights are on.
  • needhelp17needhelp17 Posts: 1
    D :confuse: Does anyone have an answer for argal's problem, my car is doing the same thing.
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    I think there have been posts before about throttle sensors being replaced - the accelerator on the S.Fe is not the old fashioned wire type - it's all electronic now. However, I would imaguine ther would be an error code on the OBD computer readout if that was the case.

    If it is suddenly deciding to rev up then that would seem the culprit, or maybe the oxygen sensor. Either way the whole fuel system needs to be checked by the dealer, including vacuum leaks and fuel leaks if you are smelling gas.
  • jodie3jodie3 Posts: 2
    My 01, same model, etc., well maintained with only 85K miles is currently in the shop for replacement of both rear lower control arms. I had just gotten off the turnpike when the drivers side went---thank goodness it didn't happen doing the 75+ mph while on the highway. The dealer gave me a price of 2K+ to fix---that is when my husband politely took the phone from me and took over. We had them complete the items that were under warranty, and took the car to our local mechanic---along with the list of things that the dealer stated needed to be fixed. He went over the car top to bottom---and stated that it was extremely odd that the control arms rusted out, and found the same thing you did---there is no drainage. Needless to say, many of the items that the dealer listed are clearly not needed---so the price to replace the control arms and a few other things dropped to approx half of what the dealer wanted. (Our local dealer is known to state that other items are needed when they aren't....and they are always not covered under warranty.......hmmmmmm).
  • jodie3jodie3 Posts: 2
    Be it front lovwer control arms or rear----there is definitely a problem with the suspension of most 2001 Hyundai models. In completing add'l research, there are 40+ complaints registered with add'l 2001 Hyundai models for the same problem on the NHTSA website. Although they are stating that it seems to mostly be occuring in what they call the 'salt states' on the east coast---there are many more posts from other states with the same problem. Plus, being from a winter prone area, the cleaning of your undercarriage due to salt etc. is the same as cleaning the exterior---it is a no-brainer. I just had mine repaired (not under warranty......(let the fight begin), and my mechanic could not believe the amount of rust contained, and has saved the parts for review of anyone who wants to take a look. Paper thin is not my idea of a safe vehicle. In addition to the complaints already registered for other models, I have registered a complaint for the 2001 Santa Fe (#1022945). Reimbursement for my costs of course would be great, however, this is such a dangerous defect---it is more important to have it acknolwedged by Hyundai.
  • tjg00tjg00 Posts: 5
    Ok heres the deal. My 03 Santa Fe recently got a timing belt changed at 62K miles. Didnt need it but read it was a good idea with these vehicles. I also had them check my cluster due to the fact that my speedometer was going crazy wether I'd be on the highway or back roads it will tell me I was going 0mph. Not a good thing..They stated that they hooked it up and could find nothing wrong with it. This was checked along with the timing belt that was changed in May. I have had no problems with the speedometer at all now it is the gas gauge telling me I am empty even after filling up. This seems to only happen if it is running and in park or sitting at a red light for a few mins. Hmmm? Not sure what this is.

    Recently drove about 400 miles to beach and back. Drove the suv all week and no MIL light. Drove to work and from work today no MIL. Pull into sitters to pick up kids, put suv in park (leaving it running) come back out and the MIL light was on. Checked the gas cap since got gas yesterday and it was tight. Left it sit for 3 hours. Took kids for a ride and it was still on...Anyone think this could all be a cluster problem? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated..
  • eterrieneterrien Posts: 2
    I had the battery replaced just a few years ago, but I'd had trouble starting the car about 7 months ago. So in January of 2008 the Hyundai dealer said even though the battery was still under warranty and supposed to still be good, it wasn't. So they replaced it. The starting issue went away for about a week and then the trouble began again. I just lived with it for a while, but then others (friends and such) started to notice my car had trouble starting.

    I went back to the dealer and got the timing belt changed last week (July 2008) at 70,000 miles. It started fine at the dealer, even though I told them it was having trouble and it smelled like gas when it did have trouble starting with me. They did a "diagnostic" and checked the fuel line and said all was ok.

    I left the dealership and the next day it had trouble starting again.

    Every once in a while you'll turn the key and it starts right up. Most of the time you turn the key and then engine tries to turn over for about 3-5 second before it actually starts.

    What should I be asking the dealership to look for????

    Thank you,
    Elizabeth
  • kreuzerkreuzer Posts: 113
    '04 Santa Fe 3.5l FWD. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the digital clock will sometimes just not show up and then suddenly reappears? This has happened a couple of times and I thought that maybe it was the heat in the car doing this, since it is Summer. I also have a problem with the CD player not ejecting the CD. It will flash " Check CD" and the only way I can retrieve my CD is to be very quick and grab the CD edge when it begins to eject and right before it tries to reload it. I just bought this vehicle used and it's still under the 30 day warranty from the dealer and is also under the 60,000mi warranty. Should I take it back to the dealer or to a Hyundai dealer since it still is under the 60,000mi. warranty? Any suggestions? Thanks everyone.
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