The crankshaft position sensor may fail, causing engine stalling or a failure to start. Replacement or the failed sensor will commonly correct this problem.
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems
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.
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.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls (Recent)
Summary: 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.¿Learn more »
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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.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Questions and Answers
air bag light stays on, it is outside of warranty, local dealership tried to rip me off about a leaking power steering hose that Jiffy Lube, 2 other garages and neither of my company fleet truck me...
does any other items have to be changed when the timing belt is changed like the water pump,ect.
Needing torque specs for head bolts, cam bearing caps and lower intake? any info would be appreciated.
What is the Cranking Amps
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews
My 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe GLS (with V6 3.5L engine). Is still going strong and has 412,000 miles on it! This is the truth. Actually, it doesn't belong to me anymore I gave it to my daughter at 372,000. Its still only costing her the regular maintenance costs battery, rotors, starter, belts, and now tires. I love that car - I wish I'd bought another one. All you have to do is keep it lubed and it'll rung forever! I was trying to get it to 500,000 miles.
This vehicle seems to have been made of no name poor quality parts. Premature failure of timing belt causing crank position sensor to fail before total destruction of engine. Too many ball joints tie rod ends and wheel bearing failures until I installed quality brand name parts. Now with new timing belt, tensioners idle pulleys, water pump, etc, there is a engine bottom knock. Seem like a main or counter balance bearing. All this with only 135,000 miles. The vehicle is very functional and I gave Hyundai a try because I wanted a standard transmission. The vehicle is very practical and I really like its ride and roominess but Hyundai missed the boat on RELIABILITY. For 2004, this vehicle is a terrible value.
Brought it new, now have 166k miles oil change every 3500 miles, transmission services as scheduled, timing belt changed out at 100k. my only problems to date has been power steering pump at 165k dash clock and some paint on the hood and back hatch. I see the paint problem often and will be writing Hyundai a letter to see if I can get paint out of them.
I currently own 4 Hyundais. All dealer serviced and very happy with all of them
Bought My 2004 Santa Fe 3.5 about 6 months ago.. No complaints on the car at all.. Most reliable car i have had... got it with 280,000 miles on it, and it now has 288,000 mils in it.. I bought it from my mechanic, the original owner bought it new, had it serviced at my mechanics shop every time.. oil changes on time and kept it clean.. people see my car and think it is like a 2010 how clean it is.. i had it in another mechanic shop to do the oil change only because mine was on vacation, he told me he has never seen a Hyundai with 284,000 miles on it, with an engine in such great shape.. i will be doing the timing belt soon just to have it replaced,.. but i love the car... they say they can last up to 500,000 miles :) hope every one else likes there's..
I bought this vehicle (2.4L 4cylinder, front wheel drive) used with 29,000 miles 2 years ago. It now has 53,000(4/17/2012) miles. The only repairs made so far were because of the mechanic at the Subaru dealership not installing parts correctly, total cost of repairs were less than $200. I hand wash and vacuum the vehicle every other week. So far no maintenance cost other than what I said above. Just oil changes and tires. Outside trim still looks great, inside shows wear but not too bad. This vehicle has never left me stranded or stuck off road anywhere, very reliable. Only problems right now is the popping sound coming from front suspension every now and then (probably needs new gas shocks and struts), nasty smell when first turning on A/C, and after putting in drive after not driving for a while the transmission or something has a jerk to it. Ive had the transmission fluid changed and looked at and no problems with transmission.