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Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2006 and earlier)



  • bkirk1bkirk1 Posts: 21
    The noise is when you just start out well before the antilock arms. it happens in reverse or forward. It does'nt happen once you get going.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    just a thought... when they drove it and drove it for those 122 miles, what exactly were they hoping to learn, i mean without the vehicle tricked out with instrumentation to somehow capture the event, they had no additional information on sleuthing the problem than they had when you first brought it in...except in my humble opinion to verify for themselves that you were truthful.

    so yeah, they should start replacing stuff on getusmonster's vehicle to see if the problem arises again. sending someone off with a "couldn't duplicate" and no change to the vehicle is a sign.
  • I have decided that every time it dies, i will take it back and get one of their loaners. This way I am putting miles on their car and due to the fact that this is a small dealership, they have to give me a car they are trying to sell as a loaner. So far, the last three weeks, I have out some 600 miles on their vehices. Hahaha. I also call them to tow it every time it dies now, which so far has cost them alot in fuel for their tow truck. They have decided that since They are spending so much money on me it would be cheaper to fix the vehicle so they are going in and just replacing what they think it is, which is the crank sensor. If that aint it they are gonna replace something else until it works.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    well, that is a sound strategy, except you have to incur the inconvenience each time it happens... i would be livid about a vehicle dying in traffic (more than once). sounds like your using your head to get what you ultimately what/need.

    i would think after three fixes, you qualify for lemon law. not sure. but that doesn't seem to be a done deal (arbitration).

    i think if it's happening regularly, then when they do replace something like the crankshaft sensor, you're likely to know if they've properly identified the problem.

    if they do, i suggest you somehow recognize them for the effort (maybe a letter to the dealership or something). this is incase you need additional good will down the road on another issue.
  • Exactly my thoughts on the procedure. I like the idea of the letter recognizing them for their assistance which also might be a bird in the hand later down the road.
  • dezman1dezman1 Posts: 16
    Anyone Please. New to this website but have been tracking all the awesome discussion on just about everything mentionable about this fabulous SUV. Just picked up a 07 Santa Fe, GLS out here in Honolulu, HI.
    My question is whether your 07's horn honk once when engaging security system from the remote sort of alerting you that it the vehicle is locked? The lights flash when I disengage or unlock the vehicle.
    By the way, I had the dealership set the auto door locks the day I picked it up so that works. Wondered since i have no way to know if the horn suppose to sound when you engage the lock.
    Can anyone advise on their own experience? Just would be nice to know that if it suppose to be silent, then it's okay. No biggie. If it suppose to honk, then I got to call my dealership.

    So far, coming from driving a 98' Nissan Pathfinder which is still running fab, have been quite pleased with this Hyundai. Needed a second set of wheels for licensed teen.
    Aloha, :shades:
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Posts: 335
    On my 07 SE, the horn honks after the SECOND push on the lock button...then the red flashing light goes solid. Ist push...No honk but the doors lock. Hope that helps.
  • pelican19pelican19 Posts: 323
    There is an additional feature to the horn honking. If you press the remote once the doors will lock and the system will eventually arm itself. By pressing it twice you identify the doors ( Including the rear hatch are not ajar. It will only Honk if the doors are fully closed. If you dont get a honk on the second press of the remote something is ajar. Pretty cool feature since the truck is so tight, sometimes the driver side front door doesnt fully engage the lock.
  • jimsistjimsist Posts: 62
    also if the dealer did not program he horn to sound then all you need to do is ask them to set the program the same way they did for the door locks.then the horn will sound.
  • jbadjbad Posts: 3
    Can someone outline how to go about doing a tune-up? My Santa Fe runs rough and stalls after heavy rain. Or is there something else that may be the problem? It's due for a tune-up anyway...
  • pelican19pelican19 Posts: 323
    Your correct. My apologies. I chose not to mention it since this feature is enabled by default...
  • The problem with my santa fe turned out to be a faulty air calibration sensor inside of the mass air sensor. It was causing no readings of air and thus made the computer think that it was sending all fuel and no air and shutting off the motor. They finally found he problem because it stalled on them and they had the computer hooked up while driving it. Everything s back to usual though with the santa fe.

    Thanks to all who replied.
  • pelican19pelican19 Posts: 323
    Thats great news. Good luck...
  • dezman1dezman1 Posts: 16
    Thanks all who commented.

    I have to contact the dealer tomorrow to see if their shop can reset the codes.

    Having that feature is nice to have especially at malls so that I can be certain the car is absolutely locked as i am walking away.

    Havbe a good one all.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,559
    First things.
    Is the Check engine light on?
    How many miles?

    If you do a tune up, Use only the specified spark plugs.
    Plug Type
    NGK/Denso PGR5C-11
    Champion RN10PYP4
    These are platinum plugs and are recommended for replacement at 60k miles.
  • jbadjbad Posts: 3
    Yes, check engine light was on. 120,000 miles. I've owned it from 70,000. Did timing belt, crankshaft position sensor, some other small belt under timing cover that I forget the name of at the moment but it smoothes the idle, all at 110,000. Since my original posting, I did take a look under the cover to try and get an idea of what I would need to find that the wires looked like crap. I changed the 2 wires and it seems good so far. Now my question is whether or not the "coils" on cylinders 2 & 4 need changing at tune-ups or should I now just do the four plugs? I'm guessing that they are expensive. I didn't change the plugs as of yet because I needed a quick fix to get by for a couple of days. The 2 new wires that tie 1 to 4 & 2 to 3 plus a little STP Wire Drier and I made it to the weekend.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,559
    No, the coils should not need replacing, unless you damage them for some reason.
    Generally, when they fail, they go completely and you lose 2 cylinders.
  • I have a 2004 Santa Fe 3.5 since March '04. I haven't had any problems performance wise or mechanical. Knock on wood!
    However, a few weeks ago my air bag light came on which after reading about it in the owners manual suggested a weight sensor was or could be malfunctioning. I checked the wiring under the drivers seat and whala! the light went out.....for a few weeks. Now it's back on and wiggling wires hasn't cured the problem. Is there a simple fix or do I need to take it to the dealership for who knows what kind of explanation I'll get. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    it's an '04. the best thing to do is bring it in. i presume it is under warranty. you don't want to be in the position where your passenger isn't protected.

    it could be that the wires in the connector have gone bad. however, i presume the first time you played with the wires, you actually applied weight to the seat while checking. i tend to think it's the sensor.

    i'm just guessing though...

    do you have anything sitting in the passenger's seat? ;)

    try this test: start the car in park with the emergency brake on, and get in the passenger seat. does the light go off when you get in the passenger seat? if that's the way it is supposed to work, the light goes off when there is adequate weight in the seat (this is how it works in my van), and if the light goes off when you are sitting in the seat, then the connector and wiring are working, follow me? the you'd have to suspect the calibration / location / proper operation of the sensor in the seat.

    in my van, a honda, if there is nothing in the seat, the light is off. if inadequate weight is in the seat (child or my laptop and books, or wife's "hand bag"), then the light will go on, indicating the bag is disabled because the occupant is too small to be protected by the system). when an adult is in the seat, the light stays off.
    wish i could offer more. either way - get it fixed.

    hope i didn't confuse you.

    ((my bet is on the seat sensor)).
  • Thanks for the response on the air bag light. I left out one other item of thought. It's also tied in to the Seat belt connection. The manual states that after a few seconds once the seat belt is connected the light will go off. Also, and I'm not sure, I think it is the drivers seat and not the passenger seat. Origionally, I played with the wires under the drivers seat only. Additionally, I didn't give it a thought that this could be covered by Hyundai warranty. We sometimes think only mechanical for warranty. Thanks for the insite. I'll give the dealership a call and inquire.
  • deanov6deanov6 Posts: 13
    I had exactly the same problem but on a different car (not a Hyundai). As you suspect at the moment, in my case it turned out to be the connector under the seat that connects the wires that go to the seat belt pre-tensioners (also considered to be part of the SRS system - normally we only think of air bags). I unplugged the connectors WD40'd them and plugged them all back together and everything was fine from then on.
  • joblackjoblack Posts: 11
    Can someone tell me what buckets are in my Santa Fe engine? Thanks
  • Hi, I'm just bought a used 2003 with 46k and it seems to have a tap/click that comes from the steering wheel when you start out. You can feel it in the wheel itself. Is that similar to your situation and has anyone else had this?
    Bill T.
  • I own a 02 Santa Fe LX AWD V6 and it needs new spark plugs (w/70,000 miles). Is it difficult to replaced the plugs?? Do you need special tools?? It doesn't look like you have much room to maneuver on the bank of cylinders facing the firewall!!

    I'm afraid replacing the timing belt is way out of my league so does anybody have an idea about how much this job should cost at the dealership??

    Thanks -- Rick
  • Just got a quote today (5-7-07) from the Fort Collins, CO dealer re: replacing the timing belt on my 02 Santa Fe. $475.
  • dorvasondorvason Posts: 3
    My 01' that I just bought five months ago, sounds like it has the same problem. Did yours ever dim the lights when you touched any button while driving, or while idling does it just cut out after a a couple mins? I would like to know how you solved your problems, please.
  • I have a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. Occasionally when I attempt to fill up at the gas station the vehicle will not accept the gas. The nozzle will "click off" every time I squeeze it. I either have to put the gas in at an extremely low volume (which takes forever and is very difficult to do), or remove the negative terminal on the battery to "reset" the electronic system.
    Has anyone experienced this problem?
    What is the cause of the problem?
    Is there a cure?
    Please advise...
  • 1234693212346932 Posts: 31
    does anyone know if there is a web site, for a parts manual, for the 2003 santa fe? thank you
  • 1234693212346932 Posts: 31
    wjthompson, thanx for the reply. tried the site, couldn't find a parts manual.
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