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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

Engine -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 24, 2012

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Hyundai is recalling certain 2007 through 2009 Santa Fe models because the air bag system may not properly detect a smaller occupant in the passenger seat. Improper detection may cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger. Dealers will update the occupant classification software to correct this concern. The Hyundai recall number is 105.

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Brakes, April 1, 2013

RepairPal Expert Overview:

The affected vehicles are being recalled because the brake light switch can fail prematurely, resulting in the loss of brake light operation. Other systems that may be affected include: cruise control, push-button start, gear shifter, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Dealers will replace the brake light switch to correct this concern.

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Questions and Answers

fishyboybarn, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, Evergreen, CO

I am getting ready to change the oil for the first time on a 2009 Hyundai Sante fe 3.3l awd. I looked underneath and I am not sure if the plug is for the transmission fluid or the oil. The plug I...

Ontias, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, PA

vehicle is making a creeching noise from rear and i can feel a slight bump when driving. wheel alignment and tires needed?

lorraine3939, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, Narragansett, RI

Check engine light went on. only 7300 mi. went on at 67mi after fill up. opened gas cap for a few minutes. replaced gas cap. is there a certain # of miles you need to travel for a new reading on em...

SanteFe2009, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, Florala, AL

I remove the while light cover, remove the 2 screws and release the 2 clips on both sides but the light fixture will not come out. Need to replace the enture fixture. How do I remove?

zeus4, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, Mount Pleasant, SC

need to change the cabin air filter. where is it & how do I do it?

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

I have had the same problem with the tires. the dealership blamed me. said i didn't rotate my tires. i took Iy to a different shop and it was out of alignment. trany blew at 40k. Check engine light just went on. gas mileage sucks. i regret buying this vehicle. same noise as others when back windows are down.

I also recently purchased an 09 Santa Fe. Love the vehicle except that when you get upwards of 40 mph and over with the back windows down I also have an extremely loud pulsating noise in the cabin. This does not happen with the front windows open, only with either or both back windows down. If you open a front window, even slightly, the pulsating goes away. My mechanic said it may be an aerodynamic design flaw and suggested that maybe installing a set of wind deflectors over the windows may change the way the air flows over the vehicle. I may try this in the future after I contact the dealership and ask for their input. Otherwise, keep your back windows up or crack the front ones open to cancel out the pulsing. Happy motoring!

Bought 2009 Santa Fe new. Shortly after bumper to bumper warranty expired, it developed a knocking noise that dealer in Fort Walton Beach, FL will not acknowledge. Took it back to dealer in Pensacola, they replaced the axel but, still the knocking noise. It just seems like a cheaply made vehicle overall. We can't take chances, it could be dangerous. We will get rid of it, if we can. We will never buy a Hyundai again.

Purchased my 2009 Santa Fe new Dec, 2009 - I hesitated at first because I do not know about it's durability. I loved it but after reading some reviews, it sorta gives me second thoughts. I had my tires replaced and aligned early this year (read some owners had this same problem) because the inner left side tires were being eaten away. The reason I am on here is because yesterday when I started the engine in the morning, it make a very loud scary squealing noise that seems to be coming from under the hood - the noise have not been repeated yet. Wondering whether anyone had the same problem and knows what may have caused it.

I want to start this post by saying we love our 2009 santa fe. We do a good amount of driving over the mountain passes and we fell in love with it. The all wheel drive handling was the best i have ever driven in the slick snow and ice!
ALTHOUGH, we have been having some problems with it.. The stereo volume turns up and down on its own once in a while or just no sound at all, the only way to cure it is to turn the vehicle off and restart, that usually works.
The ESC light and a few others come on out of the blue and again the only instant cure is turning off the vehicle. No driving issues have been noticed then this occurs!
Totally agree with the rear window issues, we fixed alot of the problem by installing vent visors.
Once again,we feel very safe driving but if
anyone has experienced these problems please let me know!

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