Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2007+)



  • mpuzachmpuzach Member Posts: 635
    My Limited AWD was built on 4-12-07 (a Thursday) and so far it's been nearly flawless. The only problem that's surfaced was that the parking brake wouldn't hold the car stationary; a cable adjustment that took my dealer 15 minutes to perform corrected it and the problem hasn't returned. After 3.5 months and 3500 miles, I couldn't be happier with this car.
  • kdahlquistkdahlquist Member Posts: 130
    Mine was built May 11, 2007 (a Friday!) in Alabama.
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Member Posts: 88
    Thanks for the advice, I took the SF into the dealer today and had them check the brake light switch. It failed the test, and they ordered a new one for me today.
  • somedai1somedai1 Member Posts: 416
    did they give you a loaner or rental while they fix the brake switch?
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Member Posts: 88
    The switch is actually working OK right now, we just had it act up one time last Saturday. We're still driving it until the new part comes in next week.
  • nateman7ahcnateman7ahc Member Posts: 14
    I picked up my 07 SF yesterday and driving it to the office, the TPMS light came on. I had read about dealers leaving too much pressure in the tires, so when I stopped and checked, there was a range of 36-40 psi in the tires. I let air out leaving about 32 in each tire. The TPMS light didn't go out, and this morning I took the car back to the dealer (I owed them some paperwork from the trade-in) and they reset the light. The light was out for a while, but then came back on. Anyone else with experience on this? Bad sender unit or receiver perhaps or would the high pressure be causing the problem. No lights are showing where the tires would be indicated, just the TPMS on the dash.

    Any help is appreciated. I'm afraid the dealer will just want to reset the lamp again when I return to have this looked at.


  • somedai1somedai1 Member Posts: 416
    i believe there is a tsb on this issue.... ask your dealler to check if there is a TSB and if your problem falls under that category... if may be a factory defect...
  • skierbri10skierbri10 Member Posts: 32
    Sometimes when you pass an area with high radio transmissions it will come on. For example, last week I passed a certain railroad crossing known to have high radio transmissions and it came on. It went off after about an hour of driving. That could be the problem, since the transmitters in the wheels send the information via radio transmission. You should still check up on that TSB and let us know what happens.
  • nateman7ahcnateman7ahc Member Posts: 14
    There is a TSB on the TPMS light. Here is a cut'n'paste:
    This bulletin provides information regarding electromagnetic interference with the Tire
    Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
    The TPMS malfunction indicator lamp may be illuminated if the vehicle is moving
    around electric power supply cables or radio transmitters at police stations, government
    and public offices, broadcasting stations, military installations, airports, transmitting
    towers, etc. The TPMS malfunction indicator lamp generally turns off after the vehicle is
    removed from such interferences.
    If the TPMS indicator lamp is ON, and all four wheel sensors are checked and are
    working correctly, external electronic devices connected to the vehicle's power outlets
    (notebook computer, seat warmer, massager, coolers, etc.) may be the cause of this
    Please request the customer to not operate external electronic devices that cause this

    I do have a universal charger from Igo that I have plugged in. I'll try removing it and see if it goes away. I'll also double check the actual pressure in the tires.

    Thanks and I'll keep you posted.

  • nateman7ahcnateman7ahc Member Posts: 14
    Here's another cut'n'paste:
    If a customer comments that the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) tire pressure
    warning lamp is "ON" for the first few miles of driving after a cold start or stays "ON"
    continuously, particularly in cold ambient, please be sure to inform the customer that
    the system is operating correctly to warn of a low tire pressure condition, and a
    system diagnosis may not be required. The customer should be made aware of the
    • This condition may be caused by low tire pressure if the tire pressure falls below
    the low warning threshold for any reason including low temperature effects.
    NOTE: For vehicles equipped with the TPMS, the threshold pressure limit is 25%
    below the vehicle's recommended cold tire pressure, shown on the
    placard located on the driver side B-pillar.
    • Recommend to the customer to inflate tires when they are cold (if possible) or
    compensate for being hot by setting 3 to 4 psi above specification.
    NOTE: The tire pressure will vary with temperature by about 1 psi (6.9 kPa) for
    every 12°F (6.5°C).
    • Recommend to the customer to check and adjust all wheels' tire pressures,
    including the spare tire, once a month. (For additional information, request the
    customer to refer to the vehicle owner's manual).

    Will advise if I find anything further.

  • skierbri10skierbri10 Member Posts: 32
    I really hope that it isn't your Igo.....That would be crazy.

    I have a Sirius Sat radio connected and haven't had a problem.
  • nateman7ahcnateman7ahc Member Posts: 14
    I checked all tires (except the spare--which now I'm wondering if it has the TPMS on it or not) and they were all still at ~36 psi. I lowered them cold to 30 dead on. Light is still on.

    You mention you are running a Sirius. I too am a subscriber, and am not sure what I'm going to do here. I don't like the way XM has their stations named--it makes no sense to me the difference between Fred and Ethel. I'm hoping they will merge and provide one block of solid, good programming and the receivers will become universal. So far, I haven't been asked my opinion, though. :shades:
  • skierbri10skierbri10 Member Posts: 32
    Strange, I guess you better have it checked then.

    I don't like XM either, but I do like a couple of their stations. I too and looking forward to the possible merger. I would love to add those two stations on XM that I like and get NHL back. Though my life will go on if they don't
  • angel20angel20 Member Posts: 22
    Regarding the reflash... don't really know if it worked or created other problems..driveability issues but different reasons.. I think what the dealer fooled with maybe the issue now. I just have no confidence that they fixed anything at all. I did see the engine light flash once this week but then turned off again. Next morning I started it up and it acted like it was a cold engine- except it was 85 degrees out..I don't know anymore. DO WE ALL REALIZE WE BOUGHT BRAND NEW VEHICLES NOT USED ONES?
  • somedai1somedai1 Member Posts: 416
    i can't say that i ever had so many problems with a used car - but hey - maybe when it was new it did and by the time i got them they were solved and well broken in? I haven't seen any svc eng light return yet - did they replace your oxygen sensor bank 2 as a TSB?
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    Perhaps you have a check the lemon laws to see if they apply to yours. My 07 has been flawless (oh oh...that was probably the kiss of death....
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Member Posts: 88
    I didn't get the replacement brake light switch installed today, it is on backorder. Appears there may be a lot of problems with this part!
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    Thanks for that info...I am concerned about that switch (mine is ok right now) and wonder if it is being remade with a recall coming or......time will tell.

    If there is an inherent issue, it would be dumb for them to replace the switch with the same one...SAFETY ISSUES COST BIG TIME FOR A MANUFACTURER! Not to mention possible liability issues if they know and do nothing about a badly engineered part.

    Please keep us posted. Lets hope that the delay is due to a newly designed part.
  • pelican19pelican19 Member Posts: 323
    At aprox 14k the Check Engine light came on. Stopped by the dealer on the way to work just to pull the code to see what was up. Turns out the O2 Sensor went south. Had it replaced a few days later.
  • somedai1somedai1 Member Posts: 416
    which o2 sensor did they replace for you?
  • dezman1dezman1 Member Posts: 16
    Okay, finally had the trans replaced as of yesterday. Took awhile to bring in a new trans overseas. It took 2 1/2 days in the shop, due to some minor issues encoutered. After driving it around for the past day on long quiet road, it is absolutely quiet without the grinding noise. Now only time will tell and hopefully it doesn't occur months down the line.

    The shifting feels much smoother but could be my imagination. All covered under warranty. I crawled under the front end to inspect everything and they mechanic did a good job of wiping down everything so barely a sign of trans oil down there.

    I am preparing to write a letter to Customer Relations about my concerns and see what they reply with. :)
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    Sounds good to me...I hope this will solve the problem. You obviously got their attention as well as their backing the warranty and that is a good thing.

    It is interesting that the tranny had to come from Korea since they have the US plant in Alabama....oh the world of corporate decision making and policies...Hopefully you can now get on with enjoying your SF.

    Side note: just returned from a rather upscale party...lots of lexus, mercedes, and acuras there. My SF was the center of attention and the general remarks were "what is that" looks nice. When I said Hyundai...there was a lot of jaw dropping!!!! When i told one guy who much...I thought he was going into cardiac arrest! :shades: a good feeling was had by me!
  • angel20angel20 Member Posts: 22
    Lemon it may be.... I have contacted a lemon law specialist about 2 months ago.. they are working on it.I am glad I did, cause the results of repair have been horrible. I will keep you posted
  • somedai1somedai1 Member Posts: 416
    so you got a loaner/rental to drive while you wait for tranny? what lead them to believe the tranny is the problem?
  • bkirk1bkirk1 Member Posts: 21
    They Checked mine out again this week and the still say its a tire noise and all the Santafe's do it?
    Was your noise a whine from 35 mph to 45 mph and if you slow down it was an old truck winding down. after 45 mph it all blended in but the radio had to be turned up as you go faster.
  • pinebeltpinebelt Member Posts: 8
    I purchased a Santa Fe SE FWD yesterday and am quite happy with it. However, today I drove it for about 20 minutes, parked it in the garage and noticed 6 hours later that the engine was still quite warm. Is this normal? I never noticed it in our other vehicles but I don't usually touch the hood of a parked car. It is rather hot here, in the mid-90s, and the garage was closed which probably didn't help the cooling process. Should it really take that long for the engine to cool down? :confuse:
  • mpuzachmpuzach Member Posts: 635
    Sounds normal to me. I wouldn't sweat it. Enjoy the car!
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    yep, I have had my SE since Feb 07 and it has the 3.3L engine as well...the engine in it also stays quite warm in the summer quite a while after you turn it off (still in the 90's here too and garaged as well). 6 hrs is a long time...but I never timed mine. Running temps appear normal and the gauge is always a little below the halfway mark no matter how hot it got this summer(100's).

    In the winter BETCHA it cools down fast! Also if it smells bad that will also gradually go away is some type of protectant they use on the engine that TAKES A WHILE TO BURN AWAY! major el stinko!!!! :D will love it
  • pinebeltpinebelt Member Posts: 8
    Thanks, now I might be able to sleep . I mailed the same question to a car dealer I know and he basically lambasted all Hyundais, saying how rotten they were - but then, he works for Nissan. I'll watch it tomorrow and park it outside for a while. It may cool down quicker if the air circulates.
  • dezman1dezman1 Member Posts: 16
    No loaner or rental, but I didn't ask as they have a shuttle which drops off and picks up customers so it worked for me.

    I am no mechanic but do many of the basic maintenance work on my cars and know enough what goes on when something just is not right. The sound was coming from either the engine or trans based on the gear-like noise it was making. If you can remember many years back, guys with the old hot rods that messed around with their gears, their cars always had this gear whining noise. Actually pleasant to the ears of those who apprecaited it back then. But anyways, I can't really describe it but as you pick up rpm on the Santa Fe, it got noticeable around 25mph and got louder as you went faster. The only obvious component was the tranny which the service dept guys pinpointed it to also.

    They then told me that they confirmed the location of the noise and Hyundai USA authorized replacement of the entire trans rather than tear it down and search for the problem. That was all good by me. By the way, the trans was shipped in from the mainland not Korea. Took almost week and a half to get here.

    After two days, I truly appreciate not having to hear the noise and the car feels like it is running smoother too. Almost like if you had respiratory problems and have a wheeze then after treatment, you can breathe easier again. Will see if the fix improves my mpg to a more respectable number than 13-15mpg. I have strong feelings that somehow the tranny problem had some bearing on my low mileage even after 4,000 miles.

    Happy driving all!
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    I really would not let it worry you.. :shades: When I first noticed the heat lasting, I even tried leaving the hood open for a while in the garage just for the hell of it....Engine just retains heat I guess.

    A bit off topic but as it gets colder outside and you begin your driving day, a lot of folks (including me) have noticed a hesitancy in the transmission shifting during a cold take off. This is apparently a normal reaction to the engine/tranny, reaching operating temp. had me concerned a little when i bought it in the winter but it is apparently quite normal as well

    One thing I definitely noticed watching the trip computer, is that gas mileage is WAY DOWN until the engine reaches proper temps....Just anticipating some questions you may experience as we change temps on the way to winter!

    Again, enjoy it and not to worry...That warranty and this forum were major factors in even getting me to a hyundai dealer in the first place...glad I did so far!! :)
  • pinebeltpinebelt Member Posts: 8
    Thanks, I appreciate the info. This is the first car I had to buy "all by myself" since my better half is currently deployed and the decrepit transmission in my old van wouldn't let me wait until he returns. While I don't have buyer's remorse, I do/did feel a little uneasy but this forum has helped me out a lot.
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    You did very well and your other half will be happy ...especially when he sees what you got for your $$$$ LOTS!!!!

    I shopped pretty carefully, and the Hyundai SF just seems to give you more bang for the buck compared to honda, toyota and nissan. Hyundai learned very quickly and the SF and Sonata at least, show it! I have had almost all of them inc Mini and far my SF is the least problematic of all of the new ones especially considering the new platform it sits on. I usually wait a couple of years when they chg platforms, engines etc, but for some reason, after driving it a few times... I just wrote a check. I will admit that the GLS w/ 2.7l engine just did not do it for me considering the relatively minor premium you gave for the SE engine and goodies that came with it!!!

    Only suggestion is make sure your fluid (brake, coolant, oil, tire pressure etc) are at proper levels like any other car, do regular required service (suggest you stay away from the "added: not required service items they usually try to sell you" and be happy you got one of the best warranties in the business that i can see. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND KEEP AWAY FROM THOSE JIFFY LUBE TYPE PLACES...they don't have the Oil filters yet anyway) for the few $$ you may save, it will come back to haunt you IMHO! At $30-32 per are not being raped like alot of the other maint items and if anything happens regarding a lube have the ammo! (I never said that before since dealer oil changes usually were a bunch and I like the idea of doing it myself to insure it was done properly.

    many people that have problems that are not repaired properly have poor dealers. With all the computers in autos is amazing they run at all! :) Of course like all cars there are lemons but your sounds quite normal from what you say.

    IMHO, Also it pays to establish a good relationship with the service dept, and for $30 I even have them chg my oil since it keeps them happy...used to do it all myself....Now just sit back and enjoy...NO REGRETS! There are always problems with cars today so just relax and drive your socks off...5 yr Roadside assistance gives you peace of mind anyway!
  • sdseabreezesdseabreeze Member Posts: 9
    I had the same problem when I went to fill up my 07 Santa Fe and it was at a Costco. I called my dealership and they said that customers have been reporting this problem and it only seem to be with Costco - they said it was something to do w/ the design of the gas tank. FYI, we also had a 05 Honda Odyssesy and it did the same thing. If we take it to other gas stations, we did not see this problem.

    BTW, my husband noticed that if you tilt the end of the nozzle down, it seem to fill up much better. Hope this helps.
  • stelmoqnstelmoqn Member Posts: 34
    My Santy is less than a week old and I want to provide the best possible care for the interior. Toward that end, I have just had my carpets and cargo area treated with a scotchgard type product and will be putting down Weathertech Floorliners in the carpeted areas. However, I'm not sure what I should do to protect the leather seats, so I'm asking for suggestions...

    Anybody care to share what they have done?
  • jiminyintxjiminyintx Member Posts: 49
    stelmoqn, I echo your question too about the leather seats. This is my first car with leather seats. I have also ordered the Weathertech floorliners -- I got black to go over my light gray carpet. Am anxious to get them, as after driving my new Santa Fe for only 6 days, the mats are already very dirty! Has anyone put dashboard mats on their 2007 Santa Fe? I apologize if I am posting this in the wrong forum....didn't check to see if their is an "accessories" or "add-on" forum.
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    1st use a GOOD quality PH neutral leather cleaner (mild)

    FOR THE ULTIMATE IN LEATHER conditioner (Rolls Royce recommends) Connolly Hide Food conditioner...a bit pricey but you wanted the best! :D

    You may find it cheaper, but this is the stuff....

    Actually the trick is to keep the leather clean , protected from UV and conditioned (moist)
  • reemoereemoe Member Posts: 15
    I know the GLS has a timing belt and the SE/Limited have timing chains.

    Does anyone know which one (if either) have hydraulic valve lifters, rather than solid lifters?
  • mpuzachmpuzach Member Posts: 635
    I believe they both have hydraulic.
  • i360i360 Member Posts: 74
    I used Meguiars Gold Class Rich Leather Spray on my 07 Santa Limited seats. Works well removing dirt and gives the leather a nice texture, also includes UV protection. It's not greasy at all when applied so no worries of slipping off the seats. I would suggest using this since its a spray, easier to apply and won't get inside all the holes in our seats like a paste will. Most automotive stores carry it and it's not that expensive.

    Link to product used:
  • jiminyintxjiminyintx Member Posts: 49
    Thanks for the recommendation and tip, i360. Is this a product we should use on our new vehicles right off the bat for UV protection, or do you think the leather has been treated at the factory?
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    For UV protection. I have had great luck with 303 Protectant as can get it at RV and Hot Tub stores...pricey but it works! Good for dashs oily or streaky residue either. I live at about 5000 ft above sea level and UV is a major problem!
  • jiminyintxjiminyintx Member Posts: 49
    Thanks for all the tips on leather and dashboard care. My next question concerns paint. I have to admit, I am one of those people who basically just washes their vehicle and never does anything special to the paint. I've never ever waxed a car I've owned. Could this be a "female" thing? My husband does not take the time, and I just don't know the first thing about it. First, is it absolutely necessary? Second, if I were to start doing it on my new Santa Fe, what is the easiest way and what product is dummy-proof?

    Thanks in advance for your help. I love this forum!
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Member Posts: 335
    1st things 1st...You must learn how to properly wash the SF....!!!!

    Waxing for dummies...any of the better quality cleaner waxes AFTER A GOOD WASH. like mequires, mother's etc will do fine.

    Most of the swirl marks, fine scratches etc, you find in autos today were put there by well intentioned Washers using the wrong materials, dirty water etc...This a a HUGE to Google it. IMHO micro wipes are the greatest things since sliced bread!

    Waxing is the easy part, but hard physical work. The biggest decision on waxing is whether to use a cleaner wax, pure carnuba wax, or synthetic. I only wax 2 times a year, but use a porter cable dual random action polisher to get the wax off!...I am getting too old for this stuff. Must admit waxing for me today is more a matter of paint protection against the damaging elements...
  • mpuzachmpuzach Member Posts: 635
    I agree 100%. If you wash the car properly from the beginning you'll never have to worry about spiderwebs and swirls. I have a great system that I've used on all 3 of our vehicles since they were new and none has a single spiderweb or swirl. Click on the link to see what I do (post # 96):


    As for waxing, I've had great success with Meguiar's NXT. I use a damp microfiber-covered sponge (one of the round ones) to apply the wax and a clean microfiber cloth to remove it. Be sure to keep the sponge damp and do only a section at a time. My "sections" are 1/4 of the hood, 1/2 of a bumper, 1 front or rear fender, 1/2 of a door, 1/4 of the roof.

    Follow these procedures and your car will look great. It will also be one of only a very few on the road with no spiderwebs or swirls.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    I like the post right above yours in that link, Mpuzach. :shades:
  • jiminyintxjiminyintx Member Posts: 49
    Okay, I bought the Mr. Clean AutoDry carwash kit at Walmart today (only $14.97). When I give it a try I will post back. Walmart did not have any of the Meguiars Gold Class leather spray, but they did have the Meguiars Gold Class rich leather cleaner/conditioner wipes. I will give these a try on my seats.
  • mpuzachmpuzach Member Posts: 635
    Excellent! Here are a few tips to help ensure great results:

    Never wash the car in direct sunlight.
    Wash wheels, tires, and inside wheel wells first; a bucket of plain warm water with liquid dish soap is fine.
    After washing the above areas and before starting on the rest of the car, dump the leftover warm soapy water, rinse the bucket thoroughly, and refill with warm clear water. Use this for rinsing your washing cloth between car sections.
    For washing the car, use a clean microfiber cloth only. This will ensure that you don't put any spiderwebs or swirls into your new car's finish.
    Before washing each section, rinse off surface dirt and dust thoroughly using the clear water setting on the Mr. Clean.
    Wash and rinse just a section at a time, starting with the roof, then the hood, front grill & bumper, windows, fenders, doors, and rear hatch. It's basically "start at the top and work your way down".
    After you've washed and rinsed the entire car (a section at a time), give it a final thorough rinse with clear water (through the Mr. Clean) to be sure there's no remaining soap.
    After that rinse, go ahead and "paint" the entire car (top to bottom) with deionized water from Mr. Clean (exactly per the instructions).
    At this point I usually blow off most of the water with an electric leaf blower although it's definitely not required. As long as the car isn't in direct sunlight it should air dry just fine with no spots.

    Hope this helps. Please let us know your results!

    - Mike
  • stelmoqnstelmoqn Member Posts: 34
    Jiminy, Just got my Weathertech floorliners in my vehicle this morning. Fit like a glove and know it will be a worthwhile investment into keeping my beige interior clean. My cargo liner didn't come in with the liners, but suspect it will come in a day or two. I have two dogs (Golden Retriever and American Eskimo) so I have dog hair to contend with in addition to a husband who likes to haul stuff in my vehicle periodically.

    Now I need to work on protecting the leather and I should be good to go.

    I'm LOVING my new Santy, even more than I loved my 2001 Santy!
  • jiminyintxjiminyintx Member Posts: 49
    Not sure if I am opening up a can of worms....but actually I want to hear various opinions from folks who may or may not have chosen to buy an extended warranty. I am looking at a 10yr/100,000 mile Hyundai HPP Genuine Warranty Platinum Plan with $0 deductible for $1281 (this includes a Sept. discount of $340). This is at an online site, and I am not sure if the price quoted is just for Texas residents. _Fe&state=TX

    One of my concerns is that the warranty is "accepted at Hyundai dealerships in the USA." What if I break down somewhere and there is no Hyundai dealership? Is there a better plan out there that covers repairs by any repair shop? Am I better off with a Hyundai warranty?

    Just FYI, we typically keep our vehicles for 9-10 years, and I always worry about repairs after the initial bumper to bumper factory warranty is up. We just sold our 1998 van and had a $1200 body control module replaced shortly beforehand. Just that one component alone would have paid for an extended plan.

    Thanks for any opinions and suggestions!
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