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Hyundai Tucson Maintenance and Repair

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  • jappijappi Posts: 2
    Just got my 2WD 2006 GLS. I love it but have a question. The owner's manual says there is a button for the traction control, but I don't see one anywhere. The salesperson told me that when I was I trying to pull out of snow, I should turn off the ESC.
    Does anyone know where the TCS button is?

    Thanks,
  • guyfrguyfr Posts: 55
    The ESC button is on the left. I spent a whole winter in Quebec with a 2WD 2005 Tucson and never turned it off. It enhance traction by braking a spnning wheel, transferring power to the wheel with some traction.

    I would never turn it off to pull out of a snow bank....
  • kmorsekmorse Posts: 1
    My daughter has a new 2006 (I believe)6cyl. Tucson and has had it less than a year and the #5 cylinder is not functioning. She took it in to be repaired and the dealership is not repairing it without her paying for it saying that "bad gas" was the cause. How can this be? If bad gas WAS the cause- which I don't believe it was-how can that affect only one cylinder and not all 6 of them? And the dealership can't give her any proof that it was bad gas that caused this problem. They tell her that WE can have the gas tested--$300 out of OUR pocket--but that they will not uphold the warranty on the vehicle. How should we handle this situation? Right now the charges for a new cylinder is $800. Do we have any recourse here on this warranty fiasco? Thanks for anyone's advice here.
  • Call Hyundai Customer Service at 1-800-633-5151. This is just a blatant case of a dealership trying to hassle you. I would certainly report this to Hyundai and express my extreme dissatisfaction in the matter. How can they possibly determine that it is "bad gas" without any proof from tests?

    Good luck and best wishes. Let us know how you fare.
  • Hi guys,

    I just bought my '06 Tucson in August. It's been great so far. My only complaint is the stereo, which goes to a deep, bone-shaking hum/static when I pass under a bridge, under a gas station canopy, or at a car wash, particularly so when I'm listening to an AM station.

    I pointed it out to the service department when I went in for a check engine light and was told that this is normal and that all cars do this. This is my sixth car now and the first to ever have this particular problem, so I'm not sure what I should do about it.

    Is this typical of Hyundai? Am I getting the run-around? Is there a fix?

    Thanks.
  • Hi Guys, wonder if you can help.
    One of the prongs of my cup holder got pushed inside the centre floor console / armrest on my Tucson. I tried to remove the console and found 8 screws but still couldn't get the console out. I think I need to remove the power outlet at the back somehow.. any advice would be greatly appreciated, cheers.
  • I have noticed comments on the tucson and santa fe's about what seems to be transmission dragging. I felt that same thing a year ago on the new 06 tucson which I didn't buy. It seems to me that this will lower your gas mileage. Is this common on all of them I wonder and why?
  • My GLS Tucson is 18 months old. A few weeks after I bought it, I noticed that drag. The dealer said they could not find anything. It was like I had a manual trans and when I took my foot off the gas it stated to slow quicker than you would think. All other cars I drove in my lifetime seemed to just glide normally when you do that. It was like trying to down shift thru the gears. Anyway, I just got use to it. A few weeks ago I started to notice a vibration at times. Almost like when it needed to change up to the next gear. More noticeable around 40 to 45 MPH. Took it in this morning, they just called back and told me I needed a new trans. I just knew something was not right whit it.
  • After my Tucson sits for two days, the battery goes dead. I took it to a Hyundai dealer and they showed me the Technical Service Bulletin for the Sonata, Tucson and Azera. The Bulletin number is 06-90-015, dated March 2006. The Bulletin states, "If the vehicle has to be stored for a long time, the power connector should be disconnected to prevent battery drain." I told the service manager that the car had only sat for two days, not for a long time. Their remedy was to pull the power connector (short connector) which is a 30amp fuse, located in the relay box passenger compartment. I would like to know if anyone else has this problem?
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    On another board I frequent, one Tucson owner had the same type problem you are describing. In his case the problem turned out to be a problem with the factory radio. Maybe your dealer should check that out. At the very least they should be able to determine what devices/accessories are still drawing current when the vehicle is off.
  • Thanks for the info, I'll remove the fuse from the radio and see if that solves my problem!!
    Then see the dealer again.
  • guyfguyf Posts: 456
    Just had my rear brake pads replaced at 15,000 miles on a manual fwd 4 cyl my daughter uses. Front pads are fine and the dealer had no explanation on why the rear pads would wear so early.

    My 2004 Volvo XC90 at 4400 pounds and with my faster driving style is still on the original pads at 45,000 miles!

    Its the second Hyundai in my fleet and I can tell that they are cheap to buy but expensive to keep on the road....More so than the Volvo's. (I've got a 2004 S60 too)
  • The other day the TPMS sensor came on in the car. I took it in to a shop where they said it the tire pressure has to be within so many pounds of pressure from eachother. I drove it when they were done and it was fine. It just came on again. None of the tires look low. Does the cold weather effect the sensor? Thanks for any help.
  • I am having the same problem. I bought my vehicle in April and have been to my dealer twice of the 4 times this has happened. All they do is replace the battery. They aren't dealing with the problem. I have sent a letter to the Manufacturer and my dealer about this. So thanks for your comments and others. It tells me that there is something electrical that is the problem.
  • dziakdziak Posts: 5
    Similar problem. 2006 Tuscon with approximately 10,000 miles and owned for 6 1/2 months. Within the last four weeks we have had the battery go dead three times. After the first time, we took it to the dealer and they said no draw on battery, so they charged it and sent us on our way. A couple weeks later it went dead again so we took it to the dealer and they said it was an intermittent thing that couldn't be traced through a normal check of what was drawing current from the battery, but they said they heard from a rep that there had been some problems with the radios drawing current. But, since it was an intermittent thing they would never know when it was drawing current so they replaced the radio. Three days later the battery went dead again and we took it to the dealer and they said that the battery we had was defective because nothing was draining the battery. So they gave us a new battery that has more "power" saying that this should solve the problem.

    Personally, it seems they are not addressing the real problem and buying time with the new battery. Time can be a real factor in the lemon law in the state of Ohio. If this new battery goes defunct 6 months from now, which is how long the other battery lasted, then this fourth trip to the dealership for the same "problem" would be over the one year period described in Ohio's law, should this come to pass, we will let you know. Please keep us posted on any progress you guys have.
  • dziakdziak Posts: 5
    Similar problem. 2006 Tuscon with approximately 10,000 miles and owned for 6 1/2 months. Within the last four weeks we have had the battery go dead three times. After the first time, we took it to the dealer and they said no draw on battery, so they charged it and sent us on our way. A couple weeks later it went dead again so we took it to the dealer and they said it was an intermittent thing that couldn't be traced through a normal check of what was drawing current from the battery, but they said they heard from a rep that there had been some problems with the radios drawing current. But, since it was an intermittent thing they would never know when it was drawing current so they replaced the radio. Three days later the battery went dead again and we took it to the dealer and they said that the battery we had was defective because nothing was draining the battery. So they gave us a new battery that has more "power" saying that this should solve the problem.

    Personally, it seems they are not addressing the real problem and buying time with the new battery. Time can be a real factor in the lemon law in the state of Ohio. If this new battery goes defunct 6 months from now, which is how long the other battery lasted, then this fourth trip to the dealership for the same "problem" would be over the one year period described in Ohio's law, should this come to pass, we will let you know. Please keep us posted on any progress you guys have.
  • airflyteairflyte Posts: 9
    Just to update you on this problem; after the car sat for several days the battery would go dead. The dealer installed a new battery and it went dead again. We told the dealer that we removed the fuse for the radio and the battery did not go dead. But as usual, they don't listen to the customer, and did not troubleshoot this problem. I took the car back to the dealership and talked to the general manager. I told him that this was unacceptable, that their mechanics couldn't find the problem. I had a local mechanic check out this problem and he found it immediately. He did a simple draw test on the audio system. The repair manual stated when the radio was turned off the current draw should not exceed 3.8mA. The system was drawing twice that amount. Finally, I convinced the general manager to replace the radio, which he did reluctantly. After letting the car sit for ten days, it started right up. I think Hyundai should put out a recall, if they have any customer loyalty, to solve this problem. I would also suggest that people not buy from Hyundai if this is the way they treat their customers. I know I'll never buy another one!!!!!
  • andil1andil1 Posts: 97
    For about 2 months now, I've been noticing my check engine light coming on, not right after I've gotten gas, but a week or two later. Sometimes it goes away after I've reset the gas cap, sometimes it doesn't. But it definitely does go away after I've gassed up. After observation, I've determined that the light is going on when the gas tank goes down to about 1/2 full. My question is, do I need to wait until the check engine light is back on before I take the car in? If so, I would have estimate when it will come on again and make a date in advance at my dealer.
  • Is it true that not having the "scheduled maintenance" done at the required mileage will "voide my warranty" and if so, why don't they point that out when you buy the vehicle? I told the salesman it was my 1st ever NEW vehicle purchase & that the reason I wanted a new one was because of the warranty. Of course, I read over the info when I got the Tucson, but I never say the words "void wanrranty."

    I am near my 30,000 mile mark & took my vehicle in for an oil change & some other stuff. When I went to pick it up they said that since I was so close they went ahead & did the 30,000 mile maintenance & charged me over $500!! I wasn't prepared to spend that much this week. If I had known I would've taken it in when I was prepared! Help! :(
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,441
    Your warranty probably says something like scheduled maintenance is required to maintain the warranty in force. If something breaks then the dealer may try to deny warranty coverage. Then it's up to you to show that either you did the required maintenance or that the failure isn't related to the maintenance that wasn't done. For example, failing to change your oil shouldn't affect the warranty on the CD player, but a sludged engine claim would be denied.

    This FTC link may help.

    Most states require a shop to prepare a written repair estimate - the requirements vary, and the law may not kick in until a certain dollar amount is reached (for example, $350 in North Carolina). If this is the case in your instance, most states have a consumer protection office you can call for advice or help.

    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will estimate what the 30,000 mile service should cost for your zip code.

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    Need help navigating? stever@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • engelh59engelh59 Posts: 2
    I have been having the same problem with the battery going dead. I would like to know if you have had any problems since you had your radio replaced. I have been through the charge, replace battery stage and will have to take it over this week again. I would like to be able to tell them that the new radio has solved your proble of battery drain!
  • dziakdziak Posts: 5
    As of now, the car has worked fine. After the radio was replaced within the week it went dead again. We took it back to the dealer. This time they put in a new battery that had more power. From what my husband said that the technician said that Hyndai will not replace the battery until they go through a checklist of other problems first. So, with the new battery we haven't had a problem. But who knows. I like the car very much and hopefully, the newer higher powered battery was the problem.
  • engelh59engelh59 Posts: 2
    I had the battery replaced with a bigger battery back on March 12, 2007.
    It looked like everything was going to be ok...then on July 7th went to start the car and it was dead! I am going to make an appointment for it this week, but for now the charger is on it now.
    I can understand sometimes after not driving it for 2-3 weeks, but it was last driven on the 3rd...
    I like you love the Tucson, but not this problem! I will keep you posted if I find anything out this week.
  • tyreetyree Posts: 3
    Re Battery Drain 2006 Tucson (kat)
    The 2-days sit with no start is identical to my issue - then we would jump it and it would be fine. After 3 trips to the dealer, they discovered a batch of defective stereos were installed. They produce a drain on the battery. Stereo was replaced. It requires removing the dash.

    Now less than a month later, I have no air conditioning in the upper vents, and a ticking noise when the car is started or when I switch to different venting on the ac. I am in my 4th rental in the last 3 months.

    I bought a new vehicle for reliability... does all this repair time make me eligible for the lemon law/replacement?

    Tucson owner, Tucson az
  • bblm20bblm20 Posts: 3
    I have a 05 tuscon bought in Oct. 07 had only 8500 miles has been in and out of the shop
    since then as the battery goes dead on the 3rd day if not driven. They have replaced the
    battery and a module but now it is in the shop again. They can not find the problem
    and they keep it for days and will not give me a loaner. I have since been in touch with
    Hyundai consumer repairs and after threats the are giving me a rental for 3 days only.
    I suguest that :sick: you call them also if you they can't fix your car. This has been a real
    problem for many Hyundai owners. Have they found your problem? Good luck!
  • bblm20bblm20 Posts: 3
    Hi,
    My 05 tuscon does this and is now in the shop for 6th time and they can not fine the problem and the Hyundai corp. is aware but will not do anything about it. I think it should be a recall on this as it is a large group. Let me know what happened with you. I think all of us who has this problem should write lemon on it and park it by there dealership!
    This might get their attention! :mad:
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    I cannot speak to the radio issue, but I do know that Hyundai received a shipment of defective batteries at the Elantra plant. Mine lasted < 18 months and then had almost no cranking capacity. The battery was replaced and I have had no further problems.
  • strakerstraker Posts: 7
    Having engine problems with my 1&1/2 year old of Tucson. Overheating problems from crack in cylinder head.Dealer trying to replace part but should I be having these problems with practically new vehicle?
  • Obviously not but can you disclose which motor you have - 4 or 6 cyl?
  • We also have an '05 Tucson and the battery goes dead after it sits for 2-3 days. The battery has been replaced twice (maybe 3 times), along with numerous jump starts that haven't been reported. We are very frustrated, as the dealership has denied any problem with the car....said it's "normal" to have the battery drain if the car sits.
    We need a more reliable car than this!! We like many things about this car, but unfortunately, this battery problem will probably keep us from buying another.
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