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Hyundai Santa Fe Electrical Problems



  • Hello to all am new to this forum and will appreciate ANY help you can give me... my headlights stopped working yesterday, I checked all fuses & found none blown, I then started playing around with different accessories to see if any would trip the headlights on; none did but I did learn that my high beams still work! Anyone have a similar experience or know of a solution before I spend $$$ for a (possible) non-answer from my mechanic?
    Thanks again,
  • Purchased a 2010 Santa Fe in May. 90+% of the time the turn signals do not automatically disengage regardless of degree of the turn. On the rare occasion that they do disengage, the four ways flash. Drives my husband insane and if it's repairable I'd like to do it while the warranty is still in place.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    foolish nonsense! if the dealer doesn't want to take care of it under warranty - put them on the news!
  • "foolish nonsense! if the dealer doesn't want to take care of it under warranty - put them on the news! "

    Holy hostility, Batman! I'm no fanboy of car dealers, but where did OP mention even telling the dealer about the problem? Did I miss something?
  • Sorry for the confusion. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same "problem". I thought maybe it was just a Hyundai thing, and no, I would rather not deal with the service department where I bought it if not absolutely necessary.
  • lvtentlvtent Posts: 1
    Recently, the check engine and air bag lights have come on in my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The gas gauge also quit working. This all happened at the same time. Any ideas as to what this could be?
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    I've experience the gas gauge issue in my 07 limited awd - think the float/sensor is defective - haven't fixed it yet but that's what everything points to... some say it can be corrected with fuel system cleaners - hasn't worked for me yet... not sure about air bag light - was any work done on the car recently?
  • Hi there! =D
    Just found and read this message board. I wasn't able to relate to anyones post, though...
    SOOOO im posting here and have hopes of getting some answers so I don't go into the repair shop w/a blindfold on and my arms crossed. :)
    My car is jumping--bad! The crank shaft sensor was replaced about two yrs ago so im HOPING and THINKING it's not that. *I think this current problem is something to do w/another sensor.
    When driving, my car will ride smoothly and then the RPMS suddenly go sky high (4-5rpms whether im driving 20-70mph. I have noticed it happens more so on the street vs freeway). At times while driving on the freeway I'll make it from point a to point b running what I call "rich" since the car seems like it's being forced to drive. RPMS will stay at about 4-5 the entire time.
    At times when stopped at a red light my car takes a long time to get the "umph" and GO! So again, the same sorta issue as mentioned above w/the jumping.

    Also, I have smelled a burning smell on occasion. Not all the time but it's there. This 'issue' may have nothing to do w/the accelerating problem but at the same time it may.
    Pls forgive my long post.
    Anyone...!??! Thanks a ton for any input in advance
  • I recently bought an 03 SantaFe. It has seemed fine. I last drove it ten days ago. Then I went to start it and it was totally dead. I figured I left a light on so I took out the battery and charged it. Now almost nothing is working. The only things that do work are the light on the dash for my after market alarm and the red lights inside the doors. The dome light comes on when I push the button on the light, but not from the doors being opened. But the door ajarlight does light up on the dash. It is the only thing on the dash that does light up though. Nothing else electrical seems to work. Has anyone come across similar issues or have any idea where I can start to fix this? I do not have the money to tow it in to a shop.
  • clmendezclmendez Posts: 1
    Just had the exact thing happen with my Santa Fe. Any solution? I would hate to have to spend buku $$ just to find out that there is something simple that can be done. :(
  • 2007 hyanudi santa fe air bag,check engine,gas gage light and gas gage stop working. what is this problem , i need help and iis it alot of money.

  • mario31mario31 Posts: 1
    Hey,What Did You Do For Your Hyundai To Work?
  • fmarchfmarch Posts: 1
    I have an 04 and suddenly my tail light stopped working so I checked the bulb and it was fine so I changed the fuse and it was blown, so I changed that, the fuse keeps blowing out. I disconnected the harness then replaced the fuse again and it blew out also, so I know its not the tail light or the harness so does anyone have any ideas of where this short or whatever could be coming from?
  • We have a 2004 Santa Fe that frequently would not start. Sometimes it would with a jump, sometimes not. Won't turnover, no elec power.Today we stumbled on something that may have something to do with it and wanted to share with the group.
    Seems if you take it out of Park and put it back in Park, it will start and all elec power is restored.
    Anybody experience that or have any thoughts concerning it? We have had it in for service several times. Battery and ignition system check out fine.

  • carcapcarcap Posts: 5
    edited August 2011
    gas gauge goes to empty, radio comes on when going over bump, speedometor goes to zero while diving, have to play with fan for it to go on properly. All these things just started happening. Was wondering if it is one sensor that is going bad. Does any one know?
    2002 sante fe gls model.
  • I have a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and have been told my engine wiring harness has been chewed/cut. Everything works except the TPMS light is always on and the AC does not get cold (so check engine light is on), looks like the wire to the compressor.

    Does anyone know what parts I need and the schematics/steps to replace this, the dealer is quoting like 2 grand to do otherwise.

    Thanks in advance
  • Hi, I was wondering why I feel when I use my turn signals other drivers do not seem to notice the blinking red signal? Is it just me or do others find this to be true? I believe the turn signal red light is not bright enough to stand out from the red tail lights. I also believe the dedicated space for the signal is too small and set too high and more to the side of the car. It is frustrating many times when i need to change lanes and other drivers do not seem to notice my turn signals, therefore I always feel I will get into an accident. I would like to change the turn signal to a yellow color. Is it possible to change something whether it is the entire housing of the lights, light bulbs or glass to make it happen?? Cheers!
  • My dash and tail lights have been flashing periodically for 2 years. You can hear a relay clicking from the fuse block. I've changed 2 relays and the problem still existed. Hyundai could not fix the problem. A couple of days ago the lights flashed when I changed the steering wheel position. I held the release lever and moved the wheel up and down --lights/relay were flashing rapidily. I took the column cover off and noticed a bunch of wires covered in a yellow case leaning up against a nut on the column. There was a good dent in the yellow casing. I pulled this yellow bunch away and taped it to an adjoining wire group. The lights have not flashed since either on their own or with changing tilt positions....
  • We are having the exact same problem with my parents 2007 Santa fe. Did you ever fix it? It keeps blowing By the 3rd of 4th use. The hazard would still work but then after using them for about 1min they blew too.
    Please get back to me ASAP so my parents can make their 7 hour drive home safely. Thanks
  • I have the same issue with my 2006 Santa Fe. My mechanic can not figure out what is wrong. I swear that this only seems to happen when I have the a/c on. I ran through a puddle and it was fine.. went around the block and hit the same puddle with the a/c on and lost power to the car. The second I shut off the a/c the car came back to life without turning the key. I am going to bring all your reply's to my mechanic and hope he can figure out if what has helped you will help me.
  • We fixed it!!! Turned out the exhaust had burned through the towing harness. So the blinkers worked great when we were sitting but as soon as we were on the road and the exhust vibrated it would touch and short out the blinkers blowing the fuse.
  • I just bought a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe and it is being so weird. When I turn on the car the radio turns on and it goes back and forth between radio and cd player so I turned it off. I turned the corner and went over a speed bump and the radio came on out of no where. Also when you roll down the passenger window and roll it back up the the driver side window will roll down by itself. I want to know if anyone has had this problem, what it was and how much it cost to get fixed?
  • I have a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The illuminators on the climate control knobs are not working, so I can't see the knobs when driving at night. If I want to adjust the heat or air, I have to turn my overhead light on in order to see the knobs.
    Has anyone else heard of this problem or know how I can fix it?
  • I have a 2004 Sante Fe that I've only had for about 3 months now. I was driving and it out of no where shut down on me. After pulling over, I tried restarting it and it is turning over but not firing. I was told it was most likely the fuel pump so that was just replaced and it is still doing the same thing. Now I'm being told possibly the ECU? Anyone have similar issues or know what it could possibly be? Thanks for any replies :)
  • filas4mefilas4me Posts: 1
    Think we got a lemon!
    We bought our 2011 V6 AWD Sport in March 2011 and I have 12,000 km on it March 2 2012.
    4 times the battery has been dead when we go to start it.No reason we can find/light left on/door ajar.Anyway.It happened again on Wed. I put the charger on it and finally got it to start.
    I had lights flashing on the dash/chimes & bells going off.I shut it off and restarted.Each time I did this, less lights would come on or different lights would come on.By lights I mean the idiot lights on the dash. My check engine light was flashing but after another restart it went solid.
    I needed to go to town a 64 km round trip but my gas gauge was showing empty and range was blank.I had just filled up on Monday and had only driven maybe 150 km.There was a strong smell of gas. As I was driving, the engine light would flash intermittently.The gas gauge started to move up* but my range remained blank.I called my dealership and they towed it in.I am still waiting to hear what codes if any it gave them.All they have said is that I have several issues. This was said before they had it in the shop
  • I have a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe (which I really like). When I have my headlights on, all my brake lights come on, too (I have been pulled over by state patrol with a warning). When my headlights are off, everything is normal. Can I fix this myself? Thank you for the responses. :cry:
  • pouchkapouchka Posts: 1
    About 1 month ago my fuse for the Cig lighter and charge blew. Figured it's 9 years old and it's the first fuse to blow, so wasn't a big deal. Now it's blown again, should I be concerned it's something more serious? I use a TomTom GPS, but haven't noticed any problems until recently.
  • 1234693212346932 Posts: 31
    I have a 2003 santa fe gsl. today, the airbag idiot lite came on when I started the vehicle and stays on continuously, while operating the vehicle. can any one advise me on what the problem may be? thank you.
  • I have a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The air conditioning works only intermittently. My regular mechanic replaced a faulty pressure relay switch but warned me that he didn't believe that would resolve the issue as during the diagnostic phase he noticed a current break somewhere near the control panel. I took the car to my local Hyundai dealer where they performed their own diagnostic test on the a/c and corresponding electric system, yet found found no problem. The dealer said they added a 1/4lb of freon and told me they were "confident they fixed the problem". Drove the car home with the a/c working, parked it for a couple of hours, got back in the car to go to the store and again the a/c stops working. The air blows cold for a bit then warm then back to cold. Any ideas? Anyone else having an issue with a/c?
  • randys42randys42 Posts: 5
    I have the same problem with my radio. It happens the most when the day is hot. The display may not work and station won't change but often when I'm listening to the radio, it switches to the CD player. I also get spurious characters on the display. The problem is getting worse. Now my gas gauge will suddenly go dead and drop to E and the fuel light comes on. Then it will go back to where it should be.

    It sounds like similar problem with slightly different symptoms. It doesn't show up in their diagnostics which makes no sense. It's probably just a bad board.
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