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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

The crankshaft position sensor may fail, causing engine stalling or a failure to start. Replacement or the failed sensor will commonly correct this problem.

The timing belt can fail prematurely; if it fails while driving, it can cause catastrophic damage to the engine. Be sure that the timing belt is inspected and replaced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule.

On the 2.7L V6 and 2.4L 4 Cylinder, a defective exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) switching valve may cause an intermittent rough or unstable idle engine.

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Questions

I just got an oil change and now the oil is leaking in a number of spots across the middle coming from somewhere around the top of the engine. Not sure if the two are related or just coincidental. How much to repair, is it worth it, or is it time for the graveyard?

I was told that to gain access to the fuel lines gong to the fuel tank, I can remove a panel from the hatch instead of dropping the tank? Is this accurate?

Hyaundi Santa Fee 2003 developed a fuel leak. Question is can I use a high pressure plastic line to connect the line after cutting out the bad part? I tryed using what Auto Zone called high pressure rubber hose with clamps and it never worked

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls

HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 83,355 MY 2001-2003 SANTA FE VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLA...

On vehicles equipped with All Wheel Drive and the 3.5L V6, at speeds between 3 and 12 MPH, vibrations from wet brake pads may cause interference with the electronic signal noise with the ABS sensor. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) may activate, which may extend stopping distance and result in a crash. Dealers will reprogram the ABS ECU. The recall began March 24, 2004. The Hyundai recall number is 065.

CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 120, ¿TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS.¿

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Bought new in 03. 165,000+ miles. Keep the maintenance up. Had some issues initially with EGR and rough running, took 3 tries but fixed under warranty. Had power steering fixed twice. Had to replace AC compressor. Windshield washer quit 3 years ago. Having an issue with the dash lights, they go off sometimes, slap the switch or turn the lights off and one and it starts working again. Ov...

OVER ENGINEERED, COMPLICATED, MAINTENANCE NIGHTMARE

This vehicle has been a 9 month nightmare! I purchased new in 2003 everything was perfect until 90 thousand miles. ABS pump failed had to replace. AC compressor pump failed had to replace. Alternator failed had to replace. Power steering leaking from undercarriage....Electrical issue...I'm working on fixing those next month. Now if I didn't have the skill to fix this nightmare known as 2...

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