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Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2006 and earlier)



  • dhkhthdhkhth Posts: 3
    I went to get my fuel filter replaced @ 60,000.00, and they did not do, because they said it was an internal fuel filter. They did not tell me anything more then that. I have recently have had 2 instances where I would give it gas, and it would hesitate for 2-3 seconds, almost as if it wasn't getting gas, and would stall. Does anyone have any info on an inline fuel filter? Or has anyone had any hesitation problems? Allso has anyone had problems with the rear latch for the back hatch being stuck open. I had the entire lock system replaced, and it was fine for a while, but it keeps getting stuck open. I live on a dirt road, and figure it may be the reason for the trouble.
    thank you,
  • teacher447teacher447 Posts: 21
    I have a 2004 fwd Santa Fe. with 25K. How do you change the coolant in the radiator? There is a plastic cover under the bottom front of the engine, is this supposed to be removed or is there an easier way to get to the radiator pet cock? In order to flush out the coolant.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Although there is a sock filter over the fuel pump inlet and the pump is in the fuel tank there is also an external fuel filter somewhere between the tank and the injectors. I do not know its exact location but it is there. Any dealer should be able to tell you where that filter is and how much the part costs and a price to install it. And yeah, at 60K miles it is about due for change...especially since you drive on unpaved roads. Well, to tell the truth the fuel system is closed and I'm not too sure if driving conditions have much of a bearing on the fuel filter. But since I am on filters and dirt roads the air filter needs more attention than normal also
  • rick42rick42 Posts: 9
    I keep reading reviews (yahoo, msn, that the 2006 Santa Fe Limited has rear hvac ducts. I own one, but where are they? I have no idea where this has come from. Anyone know anything about it.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Pretty sure there are, and have been for years, rear seat heat ducts under the front specific ducts for AC though. The new redesigned 2007 Santa Fe does have these features though.
  • survivor93survivor93 Posts: 25
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    see post # 1251
  • survivor93survivor93 Posts: 25
    Thanks for your help.
    I will give it a try. :)
  • blerner2blerner2 Posts: 47
    Greetings all,

    I am a new Santa Fe owner as of this past week (2006 GLS 3.5L).

    I must have missed it on the test drive, but whenever I brake between 35-40 mph, the steering wheel begins to vibrate/shake rapidly. It stops once below the speed falls below 35 mph.

    I only have about 250 miles on the vehicle, so I'm not sure if it's a brake pad "break-in" temporary issue or there is something amiss with the brake rotors. Is this steering wheel vibration normal for this vehicle?

    Has anybody had any similar experiences?
  • vjhibbsvjhibbs Posts: 3
    I have a problem that I have not seen on the Forum. While traveling at a variety of speeds (15 to 45 miles per hour) My Santa Fe (which I have loved to this point) has been suddenly (seemingly) shifting into either first gear or reverse. This has happen 3 times in the last month.

    I can't really say this is what is happening, but that is what it feels like. The car nose dives, starts to stall (but doesn't) and the check engine light comes on. I have to pull over, turn the car off, wait a few minutes, start and it seems fine. My dealer's service people can't repeat the problem and the check engine lights are pointing to ridicules things.

    I need help with this (as does my dealer). It is dangerous as it really puts the car in harms way by stopping so suddenly.

    Thanks for your time. :confuse: :sick:
  • dhkhthdhkhth Posts: 3
    thank you for your help. I do have my dealer check airfilter every 3000. As far as fuel filter, my dealer said at 56,000.00 when I had money to spend on changing the fuel filter, said because it was enclosed that I didn't have to do it. I was very surprised because that is one of the thing at 60,000. to do in the maintenance book. Thank you for your help targettuning.
  • nyyhoonyyhoo Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me if the transmission and transfer case on a 2002 Santa Fe v6 AWD are two separate compartments with reference to lubrication? and if so where is the fill plug on the transfer case? I ask because I have a slight leak from the seal on the passenger side front axle and I want to make sure that I'm not loosing oil from the transfer case and can't see the level dropping when checking the level in the transmission itself.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    more than likely it is not randomly shifting into a lower gear especially reverse. At 15 MPH it may be already in 1st or 2nd but at 45 MPH it cannot shift into either low or reverse. If these episodes have happened several times and the check engine light illuminates each time the dealer doesn't need to duplicate the problem(although it would be nice to do so)because the codes for that failure should be stored and with an OBDII code reader they can be read and evaluated.
  • this has happened to me twice in 10 months, both times the dealer replaced the output speed sensor. mine was an 01 4 cylinder.
  • kazeejkazeej Posts: 3
    Today, my '02 Santa Fe decided it wasn't going to blow air any more. The compressor runs, but no air come out the vents. I pulled and checked ALL the fuses (under the hood, and under the dash), but they all checked out ok. I checked for voltage at the fan, and there was nothing there. There has to be a selenoid or switch somewhere that I don't know about. Any ideas on where else to look?
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    how about the switch for the fan? Voltage to the input of the switch....failed switch... no voltage out... no fan.
  • kazeejkazeej Posts: 3
    I took it to the shop this morning. They found the fan was locked up, which burned out the switch. When they called the local dealer for parts, they were told this was a fairly common problem on the Santa Fe.
  • vjhibbsvjhibbs Posts: 3
    The check engine lights are false. The dealer says that they come on because of the jolt. This problem is random and very dangerous. It happen to my daughter tonight and she was so upset she called me to come get the car. Any specific thoughts on what might be causing this problem.

    thanks :lemon:
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    I am afraid I don't believe what your dealer is trying to tell you. A severe jolt will not, in of itself, trigger a check engine lamp. On the other hand whatever caused the jolt may or more probably WILL trigger a check engine. I would absolutely take the car to either the selling or servicing (the one where you bought the car if purchased new) dealer and flatly state you feel the car is unsafe and you are going to leave it until it the failure is experienced and verified. State that you would like the service manager drive the car daily (home and back) for however long it takes and you would like a loaner car in the meantime. If that doesn't fly with them I suggest you seek another close Hyundai dealer and go through that routine with them. I or anybody else who would like to suggest something meaningful "long distance" cannot do so because modern vehicles are simply so complex a guess is probably not useful. In spite of everything you have experienced your dealer with their trained techs. and specialized equipment is your best bet...if you can convince them you feel the car is unsafe and you refuse to drive it until repaired. Beyond that contact Hyundai of America and tell your story to them and they may light a fire under your dealer. Check back and good luck.
  • kazeejkazeej Posts: 3
    I guess it's OK to reply to your own message. :)
    The parts are supposed to be in, so we're bringing the SF back to the shop tomorrow. In Florida, you can request that the old parts be returned to you. I'll be making that request. I've had fans go out before, and they have never burned out the switch. Seems to me, if the fan wouldn't turn at all, a fuse should have blown.
    Has anyone else seen this before?
  • bcuddbcudd Posts: 1
    I bought a 2002 Sante Fe new and have owned it for four years. For the last three years I've had the same problem with the AC fan. It just stopped again today and now the local Hyundai dealer is trying to make it sound like it is a different problem. The first repair was under warranty. The second cost me almost $500. Now I've got to get the thing repaired yet again. Has anyone had any luck with Hyundai stepping up to the plate and taking care of what appears to be a trend??
  • Same thing happened to me on my 05 Santa Fe about 1000 miles in. It ended up being that my rotors were out of round. They fixed it for me, even though it took 3 hours, but I didn't have to pay. Hope this helps
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    we had a 2003 sonata that did almost the same thing. after having to bring it back to the dealer 5 times we called customer service. the transmission was finally replaced. we had the input-output sensors replaced 4 times.The dealer was excellant and went out of there way to try to fix it. It would work for awhile and then do it again. they told us to call customer service to see what could be done.good luck. we got free loaner cars while they fixed it each time.
  • I need your help! Right now my 2003 Santa Fe is once again in the dealers and they are telling me they can't find anything wrong with my car. As I am driving down the road and speeds from 15-45 mph the car will act like the transmission is slipping or the car hesitates going into the next gear and jerks ahead that it almost feels like you ran something over. The check engine light does not come on. I also was driving down the interstate in traffic, going about 15 mph and the car cut off. It did turn back on after a few attempts. I am sick to death of the service manager telling me it doesn't do it for him or that there isn't a code for the problem. Help me please. Does anyone know what the problem can be? Thanks, Patty
  • karenekarene Posts: 1
    Patty, I have an 03 Santa Fe and am experiencing the same exact problems. A clunking noise in the transmission as it feels like it is slipping either accelerating or slowing down. A couple weeks ago it stalled on me as I pulled into my parking spot at work. I do not have any lights come on either. I have not spoken to the service manager yet about this problem, I thought I would check online first. I will definetly let you know when I contact the service manager and let you know what happened, may be next week. Karen
  • joykeljoykel Posts: 1
    The same things has happened to me. I have a 2003 Santa Fe, which has been an angel up until 2 weeks ago. I noticed the problem while driving on the highway. The car seemed as though it was having problems changing gears (it's an automatic). It happened again today. I was getting off the highway, decelerating and the car seemed as if it was having a problem, it "skipped a few beats". It also turned off on my husband and started up ago after a few minutes. I called the dealership and they had no clue what I was talking about. I am bringing it in Monday and they have to have an answer for me and a way to fix the problem. Has anyone had the problem fixed on their car? Please help!!! :confuse: I will let everyone know what the dealership says.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    These types of problems where the auto trans doesn't seem to be shifting correctly can sometimes be attributed to a faulty VSS or vehicle speed sensor. It is external to the transmission and can be replaced relatively economically.
  • 1234693112346931 Posts: 17
    what is faulty part in message #1333
  • 1234693112346931 Posts: 17
    what are tranny parts (out put speed--in put speed sensor?) is there a way to tell if they are bad? are they warranty items?
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    It is a POTENTIAL faulty part and it is the vehicle speed sensor. How do you know if it has failed? take it to a Hyundai dealer who has the OBD II scanner and the means to decode the fault codes stored in the engine management computer...if any are stored.
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