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Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2006 and earlier)



  • hi my santa fe is 2002 and i was driving it while it broke down it sounded like i had a flat tire then we got it towed to a shop and he said that my rear suspension rusted away he said it looks like it could be a recall so i called and they told me my vin number didnt come up i bought this car in 2005 and i looked on the computer and everywhere i look people are having the same problem as mine same year same make so who do i call next because im sick of the lies :mad: :mad:
  • 2002 santa fe on more thing there telling me it wont be covered but yet it was a recall didnt get any paper
  • We had the same exact problem. Turned out to be the left front ball joint, We found out when the tire fell off. please get both checked.
  • I noticed a couple of weeks ago while driving at a higher speed on the highway my sterring wheel felt like it was shaking or shimmy if that is the correct term. Never noticed it before but I have since gone on the highway and it is the same (70+ miles per hour). The roads are being worked on so I am assuming that is the cause? How can I check this out before going to the dealer? Has anyone had this problem?
  • I have a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, V6 with 136,000 miles. I cannot get my car inspected. The check engine light is on and testing indicated a speed sensor problem. I had the speed sensor replaced and I have driven the vehicle over 500 miles in an attempt to reset the computer. The garage cannot continue the emission test for the New York State inspection because the last three monitors have not reset. Has anyone else had this problem? My local mechanic has suggested that I take the vehicle to a dealer. Is this going to cost more than a new
  • manzomanzo Posts: 2
    Does anyone know how I can find out what the code P1167 means on a Santa Fe 2001?
  • Believe it or not, the "speed sensor" reading maybe a ghost in your system. I did have this issue. Try these quick fixes. Service the purge valve on your evaporative fuel system. Disconnect your battery overnight. If this does not clear it. have your rotors checked as a variation between rotars will give the speed sensor false readings.
    If you do go to the dealer get your rear suspension checked as there is a serious safety issue recall relating to rot. good luck!
  • manzomanzo Posts: 2
    This is good info, I will try it...
    Thank you very much
  • hi i have a santa fe crdi 2.2 diesel.. 2006 new model. it has vibrating clutch pedal.. were there any recall on this in uk. 3yr warranty in ireland so they want to charge me €2600 to replace flywheel & clutch... if there were proven cases of recalls anywhere i might be abe to argue the cost with them... any help or advice would be appreciated. tks
  • hi .i have a santa fe crdi 2.2 diesel.. 2006 new model. it has vibrating clutch pedal.. were there any recalls on this in uk. 3yr warrantly in ireland so they want to charge me €2600 to replace flywheel & clutch... if there were proven cases of recalls anywhere i might be abe to argue the cost with them... any help or advice would be appreciated. tks. Looking at the flywhell how could it tell it was damaged by operator error & if it manufacturers fault. Hyundai Ireland said if it needs replacing then it will be replaced with a modified newly designed DMF.. This is almost an admission that old design was rubbish.. My wanrranty is out by 8months. my friends who has same car same year had flywheel replaced under warranty. lucky sod. any advice > :)
  • Wow! I have a 2004 Santa Fe w/116,00 miles on it that has been broken down for over 2 months. Acually it's not broken down because it will start, but I can't drive it. So far, between tows, parts and labor, I have spent over $2,000 on this piece of crap. The transfer case had to be replaced because it was cracked all the way through, which sucks but it got fixed. However, now my engine malfunction light keeps coming on. The computer showed that the throttle position sensor was bad, so I had that replaced. Guess what? It still ran like crap! All of the wiring, connections were checked, and they were all good. So the mass air flow sensor got replaced. Guess what? Still runs terribly. Does anybody have any suggestions? The only code that shows up on the computer is the throttle position sensor, and if you erase the code it will drive somewhat decent for a little while.
  • I have had to replace the transmission seal on my 2004 Santa Fe about 5 times now.
  • falmar1falmar1 Posts: 12
    I had a test on my 2004 SF and it came back as follows: Scan test P0303 misfire #3 perform comp test, #3 60 PSI with no oil, 80 Psi with oil, possible valve issue.
    The dealer said to check this out he would have to take off the cover and send the car to a machine shop to look at the problem, if any,
    What the heck is he taliking about?
    Anyone out there with info would be apprciated.
  • can you tell me if the info for installing a cabin filter, as described in msg 1785, is the same for a 2003 santa fe? thank you
  • falmar1falmar1 Posts: 12
    Does the goodwill repair process work if you are over the warranty period?
    I am the second owner of my 2004 SF. They have to take the engine apart and fix the #3 cylinder and valve.
  • ll7188ll7188 Posts: 1
    Was driving down the road and it suddenly stopped. Would not start again. Had it towed to the house and waited several hours and tried to start it again but it wouldn't start. When I try to start it--it doesn't do anything. I thought it might be the starter but it makes no clicking sound as would a bad solenoid make or a whining noise if the starter was bad. Has 1/4 tank of gas. All lights work. I would appreciate any advice that you might give Thanks
  • Steve or Tidester, can you advise me as to whether or not there is a cabin filter in the 2003 santa fe? and if so, is the same process as changing it in the 2004
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    I don't see anything in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide about replacing a cabin air filter for either the '03 or '04. Maybe it's a trim specific option?

    You could sign up at the Hyundai tech site; the info should be in there.
  • Steve, thank you for the reply to my msg. In msg 1784, on this site, there was mention of how to change the cabin air filter, in the 2004 santa fe, but I couldn't find any info on the 2003. You suggestion to the hyundai tech site, was perfect. the site gave me everything, I wanted to know.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571

    So ... what did you find out? :shades:
  • I found out that the cabin air filter, was never installed at the factory, for santa fes, up to & including the 2004 ( tsb 03-97-003 ) (they also say, it is not a warranty issue, that it is a maintenance issue ) I believe it should be addressed as part of the vehicle purchase ( I bought it new ) I have e-mailed hyundai customer satisfaction, for an explanation.
  • update: hyundai replied that the cabin air filter was not a required item in the hyundai, so it is not warrented. You must buy& pay regular price at a dealer. If you don't install it yourself, the dealer will charge labor.
  • update: since your reply to me back in 05/2009, I have contacted hyundai direct and dealerships (when performing maintanence) and they all kept saying my vehicle (2003 santa fe) was not involved, due to mafacture date. Well last month I received a recall notice from hyundai, to address this matter. Luckily, they said there was no problem with my vehicle & they dod an under coating. I really don't do much inclement weather driving, if at all, so maybe that was a help.
  • rrk1368rrk1368 Posts: 2
    I was just told by my dealer that the ABS pump on my 2002 Santa Fe shorted out. I never heard of this happening to anyone, but i'm not a mechanic. Has anyone ever heard of this? I have 83000 miles on the truck. My brake light come on but no ABS light warning. Also, is it safe to drive? The dealer said it burns the brake fluid, so just replace it every now and then. Any information would really be appreciated! Thnaks. Bob. K.
  • My 2004 Santa Fe GLS AWD V6 has a bit over 70k miles and has recently developed a strange vibration-while-accelerating issue. I first noticed it while driving on the Interstate from Cheyenne to Denver (elev about 5,000 feet) while on cruise-control. It felt at first like a tire issue but I noticed that it only occurs while maintaining speed or accelerating on a level track or while going uphill. (It's worse going uphill, and I seem to have less power than normal.) When I let off the accelerator, the vibration stops. This occurs generally between speeds of 40 and 80mph, but varies a bit. Some times I get it at 35mph; sometimes the problem disappears above 75mph.

    I did recently have the timing belt replaced at a local Brakes Plus. Could the timing be out of whack?
  • otto595otto595 Posts: 4
    I have a 2004 Santa Fe GLS 3.5L that has 253,000 miles on it. Just recently it started running a little rough. My local mechanic read the codes and it said that cylinders 1,3 and 5 have random misfires.

    He replaced all 6 spark plugs (they were due) and replaced the plug wires to the 3 cylinders in question (1,3,5). We could see that one of the wires was arcing and since they were original wires they really needed replacing.

    We also cleaned all the fuel injectors.

    We then replaced the pre-catalytic converter underneath cylinders 1,3 and 5 and the problem is still there.

    The codes are:

    PO300B Random Multiple Misfire Detected

    PO301B Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected

    PO303 Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected

    PO305B Cylinder 5 Misfire Detected

    PO446 Evaporative Emission System Vent Control Circuit

    Any ideas?
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    why change precat if no code present indicating problem there? is it coil on plug or ignition coil, distributor cap and rotor? also - do you tend to give extra gas in tank to top off? you may need a full tune up including fuel filter + cap + rotor if that applies to this model + the evap system may have a problem from overfilling gas tank. charcoal canister may need replacing as well...
  • I am looking to buy a 2003 sante fe with 166k miles for my daughter. They are asking 3995 from used car lot. The car seems to be in good shape and drives smooth. The only concern I have is what I don't know about this car with this many miles. There is a engine ticking sound more than one I heard with a 2003 with only 70K miles. Does this suv have a timing belt or timing chain. What is the cost for repair. Is this engine ticking sound normal for this kind of milage?...Am I going to be looking at some major engine repair?
  • otto595otto595 Posts: 4
    The Hyundai Santa Fe uses a distributorless ignition system (DIS) in all its engine types so there is no distributor cap and rotor to check.

    The precat seemed to be a good place to start since only the 3 cylinders above it were misfiring.
  • nathmaethnathmaeth Posts: 1
    What should I be looking to replace in a standard tune-up? 2003 3.5L V6 Santa Fe w/60k miles. Have check engine light which says mis-fire on cly 4. Would consider spark plugs, wires and what else is reccommended? Also I have to remove intake to get to the back plugs and wires?

    Thanks in advance
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