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Hyundai Santa Fe Noises and Sounds



  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    The rear suspension creak went away on it's own, presunably as the bushings "wore in". I had it stripped down twice but to no avail - having been told twice it was fixed, it came back again. I suspect big speed bumps at apartment/mall parking lots are the culprits, and I learned to drive real slow over them.
    The other factor is the stiff sidewalls on the Bridgestone Dueller Tires, which makes for stiffer recoils over bumps.

    Interestingly, the '07 S.Fe. owners got a recall notice about the door label, correcting the maximum weight on the front and rear axles. It was correcting wrong info on the original label. I therefore suspect that the specs were changed at the last minute.
  • Even though yours went away, some of the others you were conversing with had lived with it for a long time with no solution. I notice it making turns and especially when turning into a parking lot while experiencing the bump as you travel across the uneven surfaces between the road and sidewalk - even doing it very very slow. As for speed bumps - primarily if only one wheel goes across the bump. The torque of the frame seems to display the creeking noise more. I choose not to get upset about it, but I am certainly not happy with it, especially since the car was 11 days old with less than 500 miles on it.

    Another question for you or anyone is how do you know when the spare tire is tight. I turned the nut and it seem to clack like the gas cap and it keeps twisting - I assume this is normal. I stop tightening right before it would start another clack noise. Also, if the spare tire is removed and used, does the flat tire get put in the same spot as the spare was, or just placed in the back of the car? If in the back of the car, what gets done with the nut and parts beneath the car/ do they get tighted up or removed? I have not removed the tire yet, but I did try to tighten to eliminate it a source of the suspected suspension noise.

  • jimsistjimsist Posts: 62
    hyundai just sent a service bultten stateing noise fix. it takes a whole lot of work to fix the noise probleam. seems to be a body issue.go to hma service and sign in and you will see that they have to take the whole back side apart and do some drilling and prying up on the body to fix this probleam.
  • Great find, but not good news. The repair is quite extensive. First off it really pulls apart the interior which opens to almost guaranteed cosmetic damage, and when put back together will probably introduce some additional noises. The wedging apart they describe will most probably introduce a few small dents on the outside of the vehicle. Some of the trims that are glued will probably never stay put properly after removal.

  • What does the designations SM and CM after "SantaFe" mean?
  • There is a TSB dealing with the issue of a creaking noise in the Santa Fe 2007-2008. It can be found by looking up "hmaservice" and logging in. the model effected says - 2007 & 2008 Sante Fe (CM). What is the "CM designation? There is also an SM designation.
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Posts: 88
    The first generation (2001-2006) of the Santa Fe was the SM, the 2007+ redesign is the CM. I don't know if they really stand for anything, they may just be model codes used by Hyundai.
  • I researched the hell out of my Santa Fe and never caught this. Now with a new set of eyes I notice that there are other forums where this item is mentioned by several people - it seems to be referred to as a suspension, even by a professional reviewer who noted the SF has more suspension noise that he would like to hear. The creaking noise was not present for the first 11 days of ownership (until August 19, 2008). During a simple left turn I heard something in the rear of the car, it was a sliding noise (not a creeking noise); later that evening it turned into a creaking noise as I pulled into a gas station. This might imply a break of a weld joint, allowing the rubbing described in the TSB. Thanks again for your informative response. I cannot see myself letting a dealer do the work described in the TSB. It will be interesting to see what the dealer has to say - the car is literally brand new - 500 miles.
  • lyndaplyndap Posts: 1
    I need to get new tires for my 2003 Santa Fe. Question: Presently I have Long Trails with about 62000 miles. At about 20-25,000 miles I had horrific road noise. It went away until about 55,000 miles. Is this typical of that particular tire? Is there a quieter alternative?

    Also - Can the roof rack be adjusted? I'd like to move the cross-bar back farther to try to reduce wind noise but can't figure out how.

    Thank you.
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    The TSB refres to a creaking noise specifically from the drivers side rear compartment below the tail lights ( what a messy and involved fix just for a rubbing bracket - I'm pretty sure it will create more fit and finish problems than it's trying to solve!) My noise was coming from the passenger side suspension - hence the bushing diagnosis which seems to have worn itself in.

    As far as the spare wheel release nut, I cannot say. As long as the wheel is tight underneath and doesn't move when fully up , then all is OK.
  • That is the problem causing the creaking noise. It was enough of a pain that I let the dealer perform the repair, but not without trying to get them to replace the vehicle since is was only a couple of weeks off the lot - no luck. The creaking stopped, but I now have significant wind noise in the rear. The dealer is ordering another weather strip for the rear hatch. The dealer thinks the wind noise was always there, and not caused by the repair. The reason he thinks this is because it was primarily crosswinds caused in Ft. Lauderdale by Hurricane Ike that caused the wind noise. We drove a new SF to compare it - there was almost no wind noise at all in the new one. This is a hassle. I actually brought the TSB is to show the service manager. I did there work for them. I wonder if it would have been better to not show them, let them treat it as a suspension noise and hope that the problem would not be readily discovered - allowing me to involk the Lemon Law.

    Thanks again for your input.
  • See my previous post #121
    My squeaking problem turned out to be a hung up right side break pad. I seems the bottom of the outer pad was stuck. Only the top of the pad was moving. This caused the pad to ware at weird angle. The back plate of the pad was rubbing on the rotor, causing the noise. When the parts were replaced by the dealer, the problem has gone away, and not came back.
    Hope this helps.
  • did they replace the parts under warranty?
  • Yes, it was all warranty work.
  • cool - i have sqeaking brakes - i think the rear and it is unusual for the rear to go 1st so i have to get it checked - hope i get that deal!
  • dawnsfdawnsf Posts: 1
    Does anyone have a problem with high pitch squeal/noise coming from the wheels of the santa fe? This happened in my first one, a 2002, and of course, I had to have the breaks done and rotars too. I thought with the new model- a 2006, that I would not have it. But after a year, it started again. It is a very high squealing that seems to be coming from the back wheels, that when I tap or put on the breaks, the noise goes away. I took it in and they, Hyundai, told me something about rusty springs due to dampness and fixed that and something else that cost me some money. They also noted that they were not able to replicate noise. A few weeks later the noise appeared. It is so loud that I can hear it above the radio, and I am sure that it brings dogs within a hundred miles to their knees. It is very frustrating since I thought the problem was fixed and of course, being a woman, the service people really do not give me credit. I have already had a run in with them in regards to something else, that they blamed on me but was really a defective fuse! Any suggestions or anyone else have this problem.? When I pass other Santa Fe owners I just want to stop them and ask!
  • I had the same problem with my 02 AWD Santa Fe last summer. It was due to rust from the springs getting on the back brake pads and rotors. I had to take it in twice and had them call the brakes. It sounds stupid but that what is was.
  • My 02 AWD Santa Fe has 191K miles. I just noticed a high pitch whine when I have my foot on the gas. When I take my foot off the noise disappears. The noise starts about 30 mph. I thought it was a wheel bearing but the is no noise when I turn

    Any suggestions?
  • just purchase a 08 santa fe limited awd, i currently have 1500 miles so far, and i notice a clunk noise on the rear passenger side whenever i travel over consecutive pothholes, the strange thing is that when the wheel drops in the pothhole is when you hear the clunk, has any one experience anything like this? i am planning to bring the vehicle back to hyundai, but before that i just want some idea of what can cause that noise. thank you
  • I have an 02 and was told that all Hyundai's do that from the dealership. If you can live with the noise that is great because they, with my experience, will not fix it.
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    It could be a few things - (presumably, you've checked the spare tire for looseness, the tool compartment at the back, loose number plate..... mine does not make that "clunk" noise but does make a squeak occasionally). i would have 'em check it anyway to see if there has been any suspension damage.
  • Hi Leemetal, did you ever hear anymore on the clunking from your brakes when they are wet. My Santa Fe Limited exhibits the exact same symptoms you mentioned, perhaps it is normal?
  • I have an '07 Limited and have had a rattle noise coming from the glove box area for a while. When I open the glove box and re-close it, the noise stops for a bit, but it always comes back. I also have a ticking noise from the driver's side window, and another vibrating rattle around the B-pillar. The ticking noise is there all the time when I am driving, and the vibrating rattle is usually cause by anything on the radio that has much bass in it at all. I am thinking that noise is probably the seat belt height adjuster but I'm not sure.

    The suspension on this thing sure is noisy when I'm going about 40-45 mph too. I took it to the dealer and they told me that a bolt on the frame had worked its way loose, and it was rattling. The suspension is still really noisy. Is this normal?

    None of these noises are that hard to live with, but they do get annoying as I spend so much time in my car. Anyone else have either of these noises/issues?
  • The longer you go the more annoying those sounds will be, depending on when you purchased your 07, (I believe the warranty states one year for squeaks and rattles and that is all) you still may be able to get them taken care of.
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    Yes - I had similar problems on the susupension on my '07 S.Fe Limited and strangely enough the same types of rattles and vibrations you have , too.

    I had a control arm bolt SNAP on the drivers side - it started to pitch and yaw all over the place before I took it in. I couldn't figure out what had happened - As i was coming off of the freeway, I heard a loud clunk underneath as something hit the underside. It turned out to be the control arm bolt.

    It also caused the muffler to detach from the rubber hangar and caused it to bang against the underbody. They fixed it under warranty, and the Tech said the pass. side bolt was also a "little loose".

    - he also said the all the wheels were way out of alignment and had to be adjusted. I would insist they checked all the bolts and wheel alignmnet due to the vibration. The suspension sucks on S.Fe's. I still have a squeaking suspenson on my rear pass,side occasionally going slowly over speed bumps.They took it apart twice and still couldn't find the problem.

    Check the drivers' door jamb label to see when and where the vehicle was made - if it was Jan. '07 at Alabama then they seem to have more issues. The Korean ones are made much better, also fit and finish wise.
  • Hey, you're not just hearing things... I have an 08 limited with same issue. A pronounced thud coming from the right rear wheel. It sounds like it happens when the suspension extends. My dealer checked it and said everything is tight and they can't simulate the problem. It would bother me less if it was happening on both sides, but it is'nt. I checked all the obvious things (jack,spare tire) and nothing there is loose. If you resolve your issue I would like to know about it.
  • After much deliberation and contemplation (not to mention anxiety), I had the dealership implement the corrective fix for the creaking sound in the driver side rear quarter panel.

    This problem is documented in TSB 08-BD-008-1. The documented fix involves boring holes into the sheet metal around the storage area and adjusting the welding between two panels, essentially prying one panel away from another.

    To my relief, the fix has addressed the problem without causing additional issues. I was afraid such an invasive procedure would result in additional noises from the rear of the vehicle.
  • JT1603JT1603 Posts: 1
    Purchased an '08 Santa Fe in September. Have just over 2,200 miles on it. There are several annoying noises. I have a constant "ticking" or "clicking" noise in the glove box area. Sometimes it sounds like plastic. When the glove box door is shut, it's fine. When you close it, the noise comes back. The filter was changed as it was full of leaves, etc. Techs can't figure out how to fix this. Very annoying. Also the passenger door on the right and back seat door were both out of alignment; however, they still rattle. Anybody have any ideas to help me out. Right now, I'm not very happy with my purchase.
  • I have an '07 Sante Fe. There is a bouncing clunking noise from underneath that I hear. I'm not sure where it's coming from. I took it to the dealership to be looked at. They said that there was a memo about the ball joints so they replaced them. Now the car makes a whining noises at times. I didn't hear the clunking noise for a week and it's back. It's not a squeak or rattling sound. It's more like a bouncing bumping clunking sound.

    Does any one have any idea what it could be or have you experienced the same situation?
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    I have it too - it's probably the aerial cable or wire hitting the radio inside the dash. If you trust them enough, You could ask them to remove the radio and check it.
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