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Hyundai Santa Fe Climate Control Questions and Problems

econn1econn1 Posts: 2
I just had my 2003 Santa Fe serviced and the climate control got set to Celsius. I looked in the manual and I only have information for the manual controls, not the automatic. Cna anybody tell me how to set it to Fahrenheit? Thanks.
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  • ejdiffejdiff Posts: 2
    My 2005 sante fe it seems the condensation from the a/c is not draining. I can hear water that has collected when making sharp turns and it drips by our feet in both the driver and passenger seats. anyone experience the same problem? is there a simple solution?
  • ommfommf Posts: 1
    This past month I had to replace my a/c compressor on the 2002 Santa Fe. Within a week the same part broke down and had it replaced. The service manager said it was a fluke that the same part would break down. My question, any other santa fe owners having the same problem. also is there a recall on this part
  • ON MONDAY, 9/11, I WILL BE TAKING MY 2003 SANTA FE TO THE DEALER FOR THE 4TH TIME IN 2 1/2 MONTHS WITH AIR PROBLEMS. THE FIRST 2 TIMES, THE EVAPORATOR HAD TO BE REPLACED. THE LAST TIME IT WAS A LEAK DUE TO THE "o" RING IN SOME VALVE. ANYONE ELSE HAVING ON-GOING PROBLEMS WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING?
  • ON FRIDAY, 9/25 MY 2003 SANTA FE IS HEADED TO THE DEALER FOR THE 5TH TIME FOR THE A/C! ON THE 4TH VISIT, THEY REPLACED A HOSE ASSEMBLY. YESTERDAY IT COOLED OFF, BUT NOT AS COLD AS IT SHOULD BE, ONLY AFTER I WAS ON THE HIGHWAY. BEFORE THAT, IN CITY TRAFFIC, IT WAS BARELY EVEN COOL. I'M FRUSTRATED, AND EVEN THO I LEFT A MESSAGE FOR THE SERVICE MANAGER EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON TODAY, HE DID NOT CALL BACK. WONDER WHY? WELL, I'M SURE I WILL TALK TO HIM TOMORROW. ANY INPUT?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    I recommend turning off your CAPS LOCK. People tend to ignore messages typed in ALL CAPS.

    tidester, host
  • I haven't seen an all caps message for a while. That is nasty!

    Please type in a mixture of lower and upper case(mixed case for lack of a better term)so we all can have a fighting chance of reading your message.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • My 2001 cools when I'm on the road but it blows warm air when I stop in traffic. It goes to cool again when I resume highway driving. It has been to 2 dealers and they cannot find a problem. My warrantee is about to run out. Any suggestions
  • Sorry, Tidester, thanks for the recommendation. I had no intention of being loud or offensive, was just easier to type all caps. After testing at the dealership today, freon was determined to be low, so it was maxed out and a dye was put in, too. I have to take it back next Wednesday and hopefully, they will find the leak, solve the problem and relieve my frustration.
  • Sounds similar to my problem, but not the same. Each time, the problem started with cooling to be insufficient, maybe on the way home from work. The next morning would not be bad because I leave home about 6 AM and the outside air was relatively cool. But, if I drove for lunch, or on the way home, cooling stopped altogether. Sorry, I don't know what to suggest. Don't stop trying to find the answer. Maybe someone can help before your warranty runs out. Will post to let you know what the outcome of mine is on Wednesday. Good luck!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    they will find the leak, solve the problem and relieve my frustration.

    Good luck! I hope it works. Be sure to report back here when you find out.

    tidester, host
  • Hey, I just got finished working on my 02. The AC says it was on, but was not sending 12v to engage the clutch. Freon levels were good, a little low, but not low enough to trigger the low preasure shut off. After some investigation I found that the AC relay was not engaging. There was power to the relay and voltage on the main bus, but the relay was worn out. A $3 replacement from the parts house and we have AC again.
  • Hopefully my Santa Fe has been to the dealership for the last time with the air conditioning issue! It's my understanding, that it has been determined that the evaporator used originally in the Santa Fe has had a number of failures, and a different brand has been installed. It was still working on Thursday (last time it was driven), 8 days after being in the shop. Will let you know if this new evaporator doesn't hold up.
  • We have had nothing AC problems with our 2002 Sante Fe. Infact it is at the dealer right now and they continue to "troubleshoot." I am happy I bought the extended warranty. The problem always starts the same...it starts making a howling noise and within days starts blowing hot hair. They have replaced the evaporator twice and several hoses. After reading some of the prior posts, I wonder if they replaced the evaporator(s) with one of the older brands. Thank you for the posts as it will assist me with dealing the company.
  • I thought that Hyundai changed the AC system in 2002?
    I have a 2001 LX and the AC is barely adequate at best. I had it go south on me twice in all this time and each time my dealer has replaced what was needed and at no charge to me. Well we go in once more this Friday and from the sounds of it the compressor is going bad. Nasty sounds and it all started with a loud hiss and then warm air.
    I have an extended Hyundai warrantee which expires this coming January. I cannot say enough good things about the service I get from my Hyundai dealer in Cocoa Florida.
    Next year we will be replacing our 2001 with a 2008.
    Have to pay off my new Chevy HHR first.

    Best,
    Rich R
  • I have 2002 Sante Fe with the exact same issue. If I stop or idle the AC blows hot. Then a couple of miles down the road it works again. I have already taken it in and was told a hose was leaking. This was replaced and the problem is still happening. I have not made any headway on this but I will let you know if I do.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    if it only gets hot at idle or stop - it may be a problem with the fan - does this car have 2 cooling fans?
  • sanibelsanibel Posts: 9
    I just had my 2003 Santa Fe in the shop for the 10th time week before last with the air problem again. All weekend the air didn't work. I took it to the dealership Monday afternoon (they provided a rental-wow!). They drove it Tuesday and left in running idle in the shop for over half an hour and said there was nothing wrong with it - it worked just fine. I'm in Florida and I definitely know when my air is working and when it isn't. They said they did nothing to it. If that's true, then it repaired itself! Well, I've had it back for over a week and it's fine now. My concern now is how all the times it has been in shop is going to affect trade-in value or my trying to sell it, especially since car fax reports are available showing the problems I've had. Will keep you posted.
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    2007 2.7 awd, ac is not that great, but okay, have to say it's one of less cooling units that I have had
    Not as good as a Fusion or Escape
    Not as good as a Honda Accord.
    Not as good as a Forester
    Not as good as a Camry
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Weak A/C seems to a common problem with most new vehicles. I have a 2005 Mazda 3 with weak A/C. On the highway it is great, but stop and go it sucks especially after the car has been sitting in the sun for a long time, interior heat soaked. With the Mazda it has something to do with the Compressor not cycling often enough and long enough. With short cycling you can feel the air from the vents go from cold to warm. It cycles on for 15 seconds and off for 45 seconds. Mazdas specs is a vent temp of 51F, anything over that then there is a problem. Now tell me if that temp is cold enough to cool down a car? Mazda set the bar high because they know the A/C sucks. When having the A/C checked by the dealer ask them for a vent temp reading or you can do it yourself by buying a digital thermometer from Wal Mart. At a Mazda3 forum there is a poll and 75% of owners think there A/C sucks. There is a mod on the forum which makes the compressor stay on longer in turn creating cooler air longer. My next vehicle will be tested on a hot, humid sunny day to test the A/Cs ability to cool the interior. Not cold no buy....just a note Mazda and maybe other manufactures set the compressor to cycle short to give better gas mileage to meet their miles per gallon requirements.
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Posts: 335
    While not as good as most vehicle's I have owned , the AC in my 3,3 Santa Fe SE is adequate...been in the mid 90's and it is comfortable (we only have 19% humidity which could be a factor)...Good thing the fan is quiet since I have to run it a little higher than my other autos.
  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    I've driven long distances in temps over 100 degrees in my 2007 Limited (3.3 liter) and the A/C has performed very well.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    yeah- to me it seems the a/c is ok - maybe the dual climate function is not top of the line but as far as keeping it comfortable when it's hot - i set it to my preffered temperature and put it on auto and have no worries!
  • bloodclawbloodclaw Posts: 8
    I have had no problems , I live in New Mexico 98' to 100' 10% humidity. after a few minutes I have to turn down the fan speed , it get to cold.
  • I've had my SF Limited for 2 weeks now and am confused by how the 2-zone AC controls switch back and forth.
    I've read the manual several times and it should be as simple as turning off the Auto AC button. Then the air coming out the vents should be fresh air.
    Well, actually if you are in AC mode and you turn it off, everything is off, even the fan. Then I touch the fan speed button, the fan comes on but AC (cold air)comes out the vents. I also hear the compressor cycle.
    I've gotten the system to work right just once. The screen showed the two temperatures that moved simultaneously, which vents were being used, and the fan speed. Then it got warmer outside and AC was needed, and switched over to Auto. A little later in the same ride is when I realized I couldn't go back to just outside air.

    Anyone else have this kind of difficulty??
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Glad to hear the A/C is ok for most drivers, will wait till the temps and humidity here gets a lot higher to check it out..
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    I've had similar problems trying to figure out the different configurations. I can see how the mode button works to operate the face vents,floor vents,defog windshield - I think with dual control ("Auto" off) you have to have the A/C button on as well, then set the temps. for each side.

    I've turned Auto off and the fans blow but no A/C seems to be on, unless I push the A/C button in and it lights up. Everything stops(fans, A/C) if I push "Off".

    I also noticed that the fan speeds are much higher with "auto" setting with the recirc. on than regular dual or A/C mode. It must have a booster for the fan in "Auto" recirc. mode.

    I posted elsewhere asking if anyone else experienced a lag of about 8 seconds or so, when first starting up with the Auto Climate control on. I noticed it doesn't start blowing immediately, even though the engine is running - does yours do that too?.
  • lv2drvlv2drv Posts: 132
    My problem with this system is that if it's about 60 degrees out, and I don't want anything on, their is still a cool breeze coming out of the vents. I realize this is the fan blowing the cool fresh air, but it's too cold. If I push the "off" button, nothing happens. The fan still runs. I also looked in the manual and could find nothing that would help me.
  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    I can't tell from your post exactly what you're trying to do. Here are a few tips:

    When you select "Auto", the system will automatically control temperature (whether heating or cooling is needed), fan speed, fresh air intake vs. recirculation, and choice of output vents.

    If you just want fresh air (without A/C), turn off the A/C button and manually select a fan speed and choice of vents (using "Mode" buttons).

    If you want A/C but want to choose your own fan speed and/or output vents, just make sure the A/C button is on and manually adjust the fan "<" and ">" buttons and "Mode" buttons to your liking.

    That's pretty much it. If the system is in the "Auto" mode, it will come out of "Auto" the moment you adjust fan speed or mode or the moment you turn off A/C.
  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    What if you just turn up the temperature setting?
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