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Hyundai Santa Fe Transmission Problems

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  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    If you check on the Transmission Forum page, to the right of Post #442.
    you will find a Header " LEARN MORE, DO MORE"
    There are 6 options below that --- choose" Vehicle Recall Info "
    There you will find several TSB's for the Sante Fe. Unfortunately, most of them refer to a " light staying on "
    This should gave some AMMO for your battle.
    Good Luck!
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    If you go to http://www.hmaservice.com and create an account there, you can login and then have access to all the published TSBs for your vehicle.
  • ccpbccpb Posts: 6
    thanks, found it.
    10-AT-006
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    Just wondering if Kia information can be found here as well? Thought maybe since Kia is part of Hyundai it might be.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    try this and see if it works for you http://www.kiatechinfo.com/
  • My 2010 4cyl auto trannl dropped out on me 600 miles from home... been a week and still waiting for parts then Hyundai expects me to drive 1200 miles to pick it up and get it home Totally UNREASONABLE !!! Sorry I ever bought from this company.. Customer service is missing the service part :mad: BE aware this tranny has a recall but you will not be noyified if you dont take it to them 4 scheduled maintenance.
  • lpn2rnlpn2rn Posts: 8
    I have been dealing with the tranmission "bucking" while downshifting for about 6 months now. I brought it to dealership for the THIRD time two days ago. They tried to fix it with the computer, but it didn't work. I just received a phone call that they are ordering me a factory refurbished transmission. I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I guess I am a little nervous taking on what was someone else's problem before!!!!!
  • lynzaylynzay Posts: 7
    chucko6:

    Say no to the "referbished" transmission and tell them you know of all the problems with the Santa Fe's they are having and you will take nothing less then a brand new one. I luckily did the same thing and made sure that it was brand new and I (knock on wood) have had no further issues.
  • dbqfandbqfan Posts: 16
    I now have 13,000 miles on my Santa Fe and the problems still persist. The dealer is not interested in fixing it and neither is Hyundai. I am taking it to all the area dealers and letting them drive it and listen to the loud banging it makes and I am showing them my service records. I am so sick of the Hyundai service and I will never buy a Kia or Hyundai and I am telling everyone I meet of my problems.
  • mike519mike519 Posts: 16
    Hold their feet to the fire. Accept no less than being completely satisfied, or use the lemon law. They replaced my transmission at 5000 miles with a brand new one, and now at 12000 miles, I still experience THUDS at start up. Not pleased.
  • diamond22diamond22 Posts: 13
    Since my transmission was supposedly replaced in March, I have not had the slamming problem. However, I have noticed that the transmission doesn't shift smoothly. It did lurch one time, but I haven't taken it back to the dealer since they seem to think all the problems are caused when the transmission is cold. I'm glad I don't live in Minnesota. In any case, the transmission seems to not shift smoothly and seems to hang between lower gears when shifting. Also, it lurches when started in park.

    I now have a little over 11,000 miles and will start a long trip next week. I don't thing the original problem has been resolved, but don't feel it is bad enough to take back to dealer yet.

    I just hope it doesn't quit on me while on a trip somewhere. Stay tuned.
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    Seems to be the nature of the beast. You would have thought a new component, ( 6 speed ) when developed, would have been State of the Art.
    Too bad Consumer Reports did not pick up on the problem during their testing or you would have a lot less Sante's on the road today.
  • monkeyboy3monkeyboy3 Posts: 2
    My girlfriend and I have just moved to Seattle and are after a car for moutain biking and getting to the mountains and think the Santa Fe fits the bill.

    We've found a 2003 2.4l 4 cylinder Santa Fe with 137k on the clock that is listed for $7000 (I think we can haggle down to about $5700). The car seems in pretty good nick.

    But I have a couple of concerns that I was hoping you guys could help me with (please excuse my general car ignorance):

    1) The coolant level was quite low (are leaks quite common? as long as we keep it topped up is that ok? or is this indicative of something else?)

    2) There was a small leak of a red transparent oil coming from approximately the middle of the engine and running along a seam (is this the crank case??). Is this just a bit of engine oil or is transmission oil? I've looked at the reviews on this site and most people love the Santa Fe, but the ones who don't have had problems with the transmission. Is this indicative of a major problem, or is small leak ok and perhaps expected in an older car? I had a look at the engine oil on the dipstick and this seemed to be a similar red colour.

    Cheers.
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    A Hyuandi that old and with that many miles should go for 2K tops.
    You must remember that their reputation has only improved in rercent years
    and even that is suspect.
    If you want a vehicle that vintage, you should be looking at a Honda or Toyota.
  • bunkyroobunkyroo Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Santa Fe. I have not been happy with it siince the day I bought it. The day I bought it the MAP sensor needed replaced. Fine. Then a ball joint. Fine. 2 sets of tires..all in 2 years. Now this past Thursday the car died while in a parking lot going approx 5MPH. I lost all power it just shut off. The check engine code was a crank shaft ignition sensor? So, they replaced that along with a timing belt...the car still will not start. Dealer said unplug the battery for a day to let the computer reset itself. That didnt work either. Any ideas...related incidents??
  • dbqfandbqfan Posts: 16
    I has a friend buy a 2011 Santa Fe and he now has the same problem plus he caught the dealer installing a rebuilt transmission to replace the defective one. I told him not to buy it but the crooked dealer told him that the problem was only on a "few 2010" models. He has files suit and wants his money back. His state has an excellent lemon law so his lawyer who specializes in this stuff that he will get a new car or his money back for sure. PLus his dealer has been sued so many times and that will help. I am filling a law suit againt my crooked dealer for not telling me about the problem before I bought my lemon Santa Fe. The dealer is required to inform any potential buyer of any problems that he has been notified about. I checked and the dealer was notified of the defective transmissions weeks before I bought my Santa Fe. The dealer in Dubuque will have one messy suit on his fat hands. He even advertises how honest he is - wait until this hits the papers - he will look like the sleaze bag that he truly is.
  • dbqfandbqfan Posts: 16
    edited August 2011
    My Hyundai is the absolute worst vehicle that I have purchased in my 50 years of driving. Hyundai finds a way to weasel out of warranty work and the crooked dealer is just as bad. They want to sell not service warranty work. I have a campaign going to inform anyone I see and tell them about my defective Santa Fe and the **** warranty service from Hyundai and the dealer. You would be surprised how many people thanked me as they said they were about to look at a Hyundai. My transmission still makes the banging noise and the service tech said it was not doing it when he drove it. Those [non-permissible content removed] do not believe there own customers and they use that ploy to get out of repairing the vehicle. My lawyer has said that will not hold water in court and I am going to find out. I, by law, should have been informed of the transmission problem and I was not so my dealer is going to court and I can not wait. I want to see that fat dealer sit there and sweat. I want my money back as I will not take another Hyundai or Kia product.
  • lynzaylynzay Posts: 7
    Not sure if this will help with any of your issues:

    Recall ID # 20577 - POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT Hide Details
    Recall Date APR 28, 2011
    Component POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
    Model Affected Santa Fe
    Potential Units Affected 6169

    Recall Date:
    APR 28, 2011
    Model Affected:
    2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Summary:
    HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 SANTA FE 2WD VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND 2.4L ENGINES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 15, 2009 THROUGH MARCH 5, 2010. THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT MAY SUFFER FROM NOISE AND EXCESSIVE WEAR DUE TO A MISALIGNMENT OF THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT WITH THE RIGHT SIDE OUTPUT GEAR. CONTINUING TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE IN THIS CONDITION LEADS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WHIRRING/WHINING NOISE AND CAN EVENTUALLY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.
    Consequences:
    DAMAGE TO THE TRANSMISSION MAY CAUSE LOSS OF MOTIVE POWER, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
    Remedy:
    DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE RIGHT SIDE OUTPUT GEAR AND INTERMEDIATE SHAFT FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI'S CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
    Potential Units Affected:
    6169
    Notes:
    HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY

    Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2010/hyundai/santa_fe/recalls/index.html#ixzz1N13- 1G5hI
  • geragera Posts: 13
    Nice to see they're finally recalling the 2010 models. What about the '01 models. I had the transmission rebuilt (with all new parts) last year and
    it has just started bucking again and won't shift properly. Sticks in 1st can
    kind of jump it so it will boost into 3rd, but that's it. No fluid leakage. I've
    only got 8,000 miles on the 14 month old rebuild. Absolutely sucks!
  • lpn2rnlpn2rn Posts: 8
    I got my new transmission, but was back in the shop the next day!! When they replaced my transmission they threw out my alignment ~ front end and rear end! Then they had the balls to try and CHARGE me for it!

    I have 21,000 miles on my car... what a POS!
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