2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

Engine May Stall or Fail to Start Due to a Failed Crankshaft Position Sensor

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

Rough Idle Due to Faulty EGR Switching Valve

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.

Poor Shift Quailty of Automatic Transmission

Prior to replacing the automatic transmission fluid (to improve shift quality), make sure that the transmission fluid level is correct. Also, make sure the computer that controls the transmission has the most up-to-date adaptive programming information. When servicing these transmissions be sure to use fluid approved by Hyundai.

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Questions

What would cause timing belt to shred and seize engine (2 answers)

Had timing belt replaced at 123000 miles and at 129000 it shredded and caused engine to lock up

selector difficult to move from park to drive must put into n to start (1 answer)

shifting problem hard moving selector must start in neutral then move to drive difficult at times if not impossible. reverse only at times
just slightly over 50000 miles

engine light on. No acceleration. Smokes a little. (1 answer)

Just started

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls

Front Coil Springs May Break Due To Corrosion

The front coil springs may corrode and break, which can result in front tire damage and loss of vehicle control. This is most likely in areas where road salt is used. Dealers will inspect and replace affected coil springs as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

ABS May Activate At Lower Speeds

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.

Recall 03V520000
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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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Rated
based on 34 customer reviews
Not very good at engine broke down its a 2.4 litter at 140.000 miles
For the record....BEWARE!!! We purchased this LEMON OF a car in 2013. It was out of commission for 2 stinking years, beginning 2 months after purchase. Engine problems...seriously dangerous...just plunking out in the middle of busy traffic. Out mechanic tinkered with it for 1 year plus....he had a stroke. To another friend mechanic...he had another Santa Fe pulled apart...piece by piece...mirro...
I bought my 2004 V6 2.7 in 2011 at 80,000 mi. It now has 167,700. Not positive if I am the second owner. I love my Santa Fe and will purchase a newer model when I'm done with this one. I have maintained regular maintenance and up till now no serious . Only issue was tail light burninig out frequently. It appears to have had some body work before only noticed when i took the light off to replac...

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