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Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Problems


Hoping someone may help me with this.

My SUV has had hesitation at about 45mph. Today, @45mph my car starting lurching & check engine light came on. As I slowed down, the lurching stopped and the light went out. I parked my car & will have it towed to the shop in the morning. Any idea, is this something major? It has 104000 miles on it.

Thanks for all your help!


  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    possible need of tune up

    maybe o2 sensor problem

    what state are you in? maybe i can help for less $$$ !
  • Thanks for the reply.

    In FL.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    did it ever shut off on you?
  • No. I was in traffic, going from 60 down to 45. Once it went below 45, I would step on the gas and it felt like it wasn't going to go any faster and it was starting to "shake" I stayed below 40 for about a mile(lots of road construction) before I was able to pull off.

    I'm just hoping it's nothing too major.
  • It is speculated that the Santa Fe base engine will be the 2.4 liter Theta II which has estimated horsepower of 175-180 plus hp

    should the 2.7 liter V6 be replaced by this engine Yes or no?

    The 2.4 in my opinion has great advantages like timing chain, plus better fuel economy, easier to maintain.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    I think Hyundai should.

    Here is what I would like to see:

    Fact: the next coupe will have 2.0L turbo four (rumored around 223hp) and 3.8L V6 (300hp+) (2.7L V6 removed)

    Speculation: the Tuscon redesign should come with 4 cylinder only (2.7L V6 removed)

    Speculation: I know Santa Fe's 2.7L V6 is there mainly to keep the price low but I think Hyundai should offer only the 3.3L V6 on the SF.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    they could go to an 8cyl too! and have a 4x4 optional driveline with the 8...

    300hp is nice on the 6 tho'!
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Not a chance, at least in the crossover lineup. If anything, it would be Veracruz, but the diesel variant is coming over to the North American market in a few years.

    I can see the coupe with V8 but why when the V6 produces upwards in the 300hp range. Hyundai could, however, with 400hp output in the coupe :-)
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 251
    The Santa Fe needs a diesel. I understand that the Elantra and Sonata will get a diesel option for '09 or '10. Why not the Santa Fe?
  • the rav4 has a 4 cylinder why can't the santa fe, which are competitors.
  • The shop changed the plugs and filter. So far works great!
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    yeah - 4cyl engines really react badly even if only 1 plug goes bad...
  • The Elantra and Sonata are getting diesels in '09/'10? It's expensive to have a diesel engine that passes emissions (around $5000), and both the Elantra and Sonata already get good mileage. EPA rates Sonata as the best mileage Large car and the Elantra gets 25/33 mileage, the best in its class for a non-hybrid. Adding a diesel to a larger SUV makes sense, but for these? Not so much! :D
  • j craigj craig Posts: 4
    In the AM when I start the engine immediately revs to 2000 rpm and stays there for at least 15-20 secs. ( I can just feell the metal on metal inside the motor). It slowly falls back to a fast idle as the motor begins to warm up. My dealer just says "they all do that" and there's no way to adjust so just forget about it. Since a lot of wear can happen during this start up period does anyone have any comments on their experience on start up. (Lucas additive?) Thanks
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    it is typical for a car to rev high and then settle to its normal rpm with no action from the driver. whether or not that is too high - i'm not sure... but it seems normal. if it does not settle back to it's normal rpm then there is a problem or if it stays high for an extended period of time. if you actually feel grinding then there is a problem. if you are just concerned for the wear of your engine - i would suggest using synthetic oil all the time - possibly royal purple. Lucas is good but it may not be necessary. Hyundai says not to use additives. oil companies say their oils have all the additives they need already in the oil. if friction concerns you you can try all the different advertised stuff to see what works for you. if you have that ticking noise in your engine CD2 helps but it will not repair any major problem.
  • bbawtbbawt Posts: 3
    My service dept just told me the clacking sound when accelerating when the engine is cold is likely "piston slap" - very rare but occurs. They said they may need to rebuild the engine or replace the engine. The SF is just under 2 years old and 24k kms. I really don't want a "new" rebuilt vehicle, even the new engine makes me nervous. Any advice or thoughts on how I should be handling this?
  • jnojrjnojr Posts: 5
    Did this get handled to your satisfaction? I just bought a Limited with the 3.3L
  • allan1966allan1966 Posts: 1
    My 2004 Santa Fe made a noice and then just stopped. I got a 04 Santa Fe with 3.5 L the water pump locked up going down the road. It never overheated. the Auto repair shop also replaced the timing belt. The mechanics told me that the engine would have to be replaced after they started it up. I think that they might have gotten the timing belt off a tooth. Like I said earlier the vehicle never overheated it stayed just around 210 degrees never did smoke. The timing belt wasn't that bad just frayed on the edeges. The engine has only 51k miles & frequent lof's. I am not sure if I trust this mechanics dianosis . He first said the engine seized and then when a mechanic friend talked to him the auto repair mechanic said it started but it made a noise and he shut it off quick. The said this was a common problem with 2004 engines. i been trying to look it up on internet and i do not see that this is a comon problem (I am I wrong). I think something fishy. The story keeps changing and I said i was taking it to another mechanic. They only charge me for the cost of the parts but did not finish the job (did not hook up the altenator or wires) and I afraid to take it out of the shop and blame it on the next shop (who happens to be owned by a friend of a friend). What do you think or know about known problems with 2004 Santa Fe engines or could youmake any suggestion how to handle this problem?
  • santafe10santafe10 Posts: 1
    edited September 2010
    On April 24.2010 I purchased my Santa Fe 2010 Limited AWD V6 3.6L, with 6 speed automatic transmission.
    On August 20.2010 with 4222 miles on the odometer The Hyundai Technician diagnosed "main bearing failure" need to replace "short block".
    As of today September 6.2010 I'm still without my Santa Fe.
    I've contacted the Hyundai Corp. for a replacement engine to no avail.
    Has anyone experienced engine problems on the new 2010 3.6L engine?
    Thank you,
  • chaliecchaliec Posts: 3
    edited November 2010
    Engine on my 2002 Sante fe just shut down while driving! Mechanic can't find whats wrong with it. Plugs r getting spark & fuel but car will not turn over, starter just turns & turns. Did computer diagnostics with the ecu, but nothing showing up either. All fuses & relays appear to be good.

    Can anybody help?

    Chalie C
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    how many miles? timing belt done?
  • chaliecchaliec Posts: 3
    edited November 2010
    Thanks 4 you reply!

    It has 191000 and no the timing belt hasn't been changed. Compression test was done on the 3 right side cylinders and their all pushing 120. No noise when starter is engaged trying to turn over engine, so I don't think valves were bent. Fuel & spark are getting to plugs. Gone to try the crank sensor next, even though they didn't get that error code. Do you know where that is located on the 2.7 Delta?
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    wierd - no codes at all? not sure of location for crank sensor. if crank sensor there should be a code... how was fuel pressure tested and how full is tank?
  • I almost have the same problem as the above post but upon restarting my engine does turn over and starts but roughly 4 to 7 seconds later it dies again...? Any possible causes and/or solutions would be much appreciated. OK - first thing first I have a 2004 Santa Fe (4 cyl 2.7 L FWD) with only 42,000 miles on it. Coming from home work roughly doing 25 - 35mph my car all of a suddenly stalls - coasting to a stop (while crossing a very busy intersection I might add). After putting it in park I try to restart it - the engine cranks over as usual and starts but roughly 4 to 7 seconds afterwards it stalls again. I did this 4 or 5 times again with the same results. I'm almost positive the check engine light is on. The next day I popped the hood to see if the belt broke but its fine so I tried to start it again (same results engine starts but after 4 to 7 sec. stalls again). Before this engine trouble I haven't had one ounce of trouble from my Santa Fe. Not to be funny but yes there is a half a tank of gas in with all fluids filled as they should be. After some research I kind of think its the Crank-shaft sensor (seems to be a problem with them in the Santa Fe's). Does anyone have the same issue and/or solution before I finally take it in to the dealership...? Thanks in advance......!
  • I've had 2 incidents now where it seems that my 2009 Limited AWD Santa Fe (auto transmission) has lost power while driving. I was not driving in AWD with either incident. I have about 48K miles on the car.

    The first time, I was driving on the expressway at 65 mph and suddenly I lost the ability to accelerate. I would push down on the accelerator, the RPM dial would increase, but the car would not accelerate and started slowing down gradually until I pulled off to the side of the road. 3 lights came on -- The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and Check Engine (Malfunction Indicator Light) had a steady light. The AWD System Warning Light flashed. I pulled off to the side of the road. Shut off the car, and then restarted it without problems. The check engine light stayed on, but the other lights went out. The next morning I took the car into my local mechanic (the check engine light was on as I drove it there) and of course by the time they looked at it, the check engine light was off. They kept the car for a couple of days, test drove it several times and couldn't reproduce the problem.

    The 2nd incident occurred about 3 weeks later...same scenario except that I was driving about 40 mph at the time. The check engine light stayed on when I used the car a couple of times over about a 16 hour period, but then went off. I'm taking it to a local dealer this weekend for them to check it out.

    Has anyone else experienced this, or have any suggestions of what to look for?
  • genvpgenvp Posts: 1
    That sucks. I had an Hyundai Sonta 2010 GL @ 50K KM. It had main bearing failure too. It's been 3 weeks. No loaner car nothing. Hyundai Canada nor the dealer won't give a loaner. Really sux.
  • cm2120cm2120 Posts: 1
    This exact thing just happened to me yesterday, same make/model & same mileage. I am going to call the dealer today to have them take a look but I am wondering what the final outcome was of your issue?? I am actually out of town on a family vacation so this is putting quite a dent in our plans...I would be most interested in hearing back from you as to what the root cause of the issue was, what the repair consisted of and the approximate cost.
    Thank you,
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