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Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2006 and earlier)



  • billtungbilltung Posts: 255
    My odometer read 39,000 Km now.

    Air-cond's fan motor defected again (making noise) 2 months ago, of course later replaced by a new part. The 1st time was happened 1 week after I bought the SF.

    There is occasionally brake squeezing noise when applying brake in slow speed. Have checked the brake pads in shop but still have 40% in fronts & 80% in rears. Will go back to shop after x'mas to make sure Hyundai fixs those noise which is very annoying!

    Have performed No. 7 "oil change" 2 weeks ago. But the last 2 times was just using regular 10W30 oil, compare to Synthetic 5W30 before.

    Besides the brake noise problem, my SF is still very smooth, lots of power(air-cond off, using Shiftronic).

    Still think SF styling beats New Honda CR-V & Jeep Liberty.
  • I have a 2001 GLS with 26,000 miles on it. I notice a sound while breaking. Is this just the way the brakes sound? Also when I bought this vehicle it had the windshield replaced and now I notice distortion in the lower 1/8 of the visual field and reflection of the defroster air vents. Anyone else had this experience?
  • I am just starting to experience the thumping sound from my 2001 AWD .I have read of this problem on the board before. it sounds like a hollow thump from the front end while going over any bump in the road no matter how small it is. it doesn't matter what position the steering wheel is in. any thoughts or up dates. Thanks
  • fax1fax1 Posts: 11
    Well, it was an unfortunate experience i had that ended my membership with the hyundai family. Being my 4th hyundai i was use to superior service and concern from the hyundai company, when my 01 lx 2wd 4cyl 5speed suddenly started to act as a fired up bank mule and nearly putting you through the windshield i took it to the shop, after 3 weeks of them telling me there was no problem with the car, i traded it today for a crew cab chevy s-10 i really hope you guys get the service you deserve from hyundai, i sure didn't, everything was my responsibility. Hyundai is now a bad word in my household. and as for the thumping, have them replace the struts..had that problem 2 times in 3 months. As for the rough start, thats a normal hyundai thing, all 4 of mine had that problem.
    good luck
  • mastrvmastrv Posts: 16
    Hey fax1, how is your heart? I mean, to quote another of your posts from the Kia forum:


    with hyundai...I REALLY NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS!! where can i find info about first new car was a 1997 accent gs...i crashed airbag didnt deploy for amost 10 seconds..long enough to pull my head back through the windshield...and because i had just pulled my head chest was touching the steering wheel..and when the airbag deployed it damaged my heart..resulting in 3 heart attacks at 19 years of i would really like to learn more about the time it takes the airbag to deploy?


    Let me get this, you were 19 in 1997 and have owned 4 Hyundai's and 1 Kia. I hope your Daewoo is doing fine too. That's 6 cars in 4 years. And, you had 3 heart attacks at 19 years of age due to an airbag deploying...after you pulled your head back THROUGH the windshield. Good one. LOL. I wish you well with your Chevy S-10 and think that you deserve that fine piece of work!
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    "Engine failures hit Hyundai SUVs"

    "Company says 290 Santa Fe models have experienced problems with cylinder liners, but it has no plans for a recall."

    January 8, 2002


    The Orange County Register


  • harry31harry31 Posts: 128
    >"Engine failures hit Hyundai SUVs" by phonos

    Lets see... That was in 2000. This is 2002. Can you say, "Old news"? I KNEW you could. =;-)
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    Ok, won't post anymore regarding Santa Fe on this board.

    Bye --
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    is this statement from them in the news release referenced below:

    "Halper said...Hyundai did not report the problems to NHTSA because the company doesn't believe it is a safety issue."

    Now mind you this regards hundreds of Santa Fe engines suddenly and without warning breaking down 100% and needing a complete engine swap.

    Let's say you were on the highway or freeway... driving your family with the wife and two small infants (The Twins) plus Grandpa and Grandma... both with heart conditions...and your Santa Fe dies at 70 mph in the middle of the the middle of nowhere at the freezing cold and rain and what'sHyundai's official response, considering the fact that they KNEW THE ENGINES were defective? -

    "Don't worry, it's not a safety issue."

    Of course, you have their 100k drivetrain warranty - so why worry?

    Great reading:

  • harry31harry31 Posts: 128
    Yeah! To be REALLY safe we should buy a REAL sport ute, with a REAL engine made by a REAL auto company. Like the Ford Explorer. That was the vehicle that Ford said, "...had no safety problems." =;-)
  • I have to be a petty smart@$$ for a second here. I didn't figure anyone would mind since it seems to be a common problem (for a few people, at least). Hey Jeffmust2, in your little "you, your wife, the Twins, Grandpa and Grandma" scenario was Grandma strapped to the roof? She'd have to be since the Santa Fe seats FIVE and "you, your wife, the Twins, Grandpa and Grandma" add up to SIX.
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811

    Grandma and Grandpa each are holding one of The Twins.

    Guess you just don't get it -- "It's not a safety issue" according to Hyundai.

    So why bother using seat belts the right way, eh?

    Although I like your idea of strapping Grandma to the roofrack - but doesn't that have a max capacity of 100 lbs or so?
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    Actually, Sante Fe rack is rated at a mere 75 lbs so grandma better be 4'-6" tall and thin as a rail!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    This conversation reminds me of a classic urban legend. Anyone got any problems or fixes to report?

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  • harry31harry31 Posts: 128
    No Hyundai problems here but how about that 100 mile per gallon carburetor that Big Oil bought up and took off the market .
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    I'd be interested in how you were treated at the dealership as to loaner cars, time to fix, etc.
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    Check this out - Santa Fe owners might want to join this lawsuit:

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Funny link, jeffmust2. Lots of "possibles" and "maybes", and "we'll forward your claim to a lawfirm." Biggest surprise is that there's no claim page for Toyota sludge - they seem to have every other potential claim listed for a "potential lawsuit." Only in America :-)

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  • My husband and I have a 2001 4-cylindar (I don't know any other numbers) SF that has been wonderful for about 65,000 miles. (We drive a lot.) However, two weeks ago we were driving in town when the crazy thing just wouldn't move anymore. The engine was running with no funny noises. The gears would shift from R, N, D, etc. but the brake pedal was hard (wouldn't go down when pressed on). We had it towed to the dealership who found nothing wrong with it the following day. The day after we picked it up, however, it did the same thing again. We had it towed again, and it's been there for one week. Since it seems to only happen when the engine is good and warm -- after at least 30 miles of open-road driving -- the service manager has been driving it back and forth to work (12 miles one way). It has been fine since he's been driving it. I encouraged him to take it on a longer trip, but he said, "I don't want to get stranded somewhere!" Tell me about it! He also claims that he's never heard of this happening before. I figure he ought to know since he's the service manager and all, but does anyone have any ideas about what's going on?
  • Unbelievable............A website dedicated to free class action suits. And believe it or not, there is a suit against Toyota for sludge. So....Jeffmust2, you may want to yank a valve cover off your Lexus to see what you can find. You might be able to get in on that suit against Toyota !!LOL For those of you interested in a class action suit, be prepared to get your final answer in about 5 years. Now on to some real problems...please ? LOL
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    I don't even know where that engine thingy IS!

    Yank a Valve cover? Is that gud ole boy code for doing something nasty?

    And what does my Lexus have to do with Toyota - they're different companies, right?
  • SamsdadSamsdad Posts: 17
    Steve what is it your talking about with toyota and sludge? I had a t-100, which tubed due to "sludge". scored crank and all. Had oil changes every 300 miles, but was out of warrenty at 60k. Toyota wouldn't even look at it.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Engine Sludge? (Discussion Re-Opened) is one of our most contentious, er, popular discussions. Seems mostly smoke and no fire. Enjoy!

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  • Hello All - I live in Fairbanks, Alaska. I've noticed that my ambient temp does not read below minus 22 degrees farenheit. I know that seems cold enough, but when it's minus twenty degrees or colder, you take certain precautions before and when driving... Is there a temp range on the readout so that it can't go below minus twenty-two degrees?
  • I dropped my SF off to the dealer to have it checked for a knocking sound in the back. Every time I accelerate after a complete stop I get this noise coming from the back right. Anyone else experiencing this problem????
  • Every time I accelerate after a complete stop I get this noise coming from the back right. Anyone else experiencing this problem????
    Thats Grandma on the roof rack, she is getting cold! ;-)
  • When I last left this conversation (early December, I think), there was thoughtful discussion of problems with the engines of the Santa Fe. Over the last month, the "dialogue" seems to be mostly sarcastic little comments with very little useful information. Anyone out there with more substantial information about the performance of the 2001 Santa Fe (or, for that matter, the 2002)?
  • When I first got my Santa Fe in March of last year. I was having problems with HIGH idling. I had to wait for a reprogramming card to come in. Which they were suppose to call and let me know when it came in, but they didn't I went up there after I got back from a trip to Florida so I could get my first oil change and have the cap put back on the top rack that blew off on the way down to Florida. While I was there I ask them about the reprogramming card. The guy told me they had them in but I had to make an appointment to have it put in. So I tried to make an appointment and the other guy told me they didn't have them in yet but that they would call. Well, I waited to months and they didn't call I had to call them about it again. Well, I got that fixed but I had alot of problems arise after that one.

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    jcstoker Apr 13, 2001 1:12am
  • I received to sets of keys. When I purchased my Santa FE.
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    nogginbump May 9, 2001 1:04am
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