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.
Poor Shift Quailty of Automatic Transmission on Hyundai Santa Fe
Average mileage: 103,896 (8,000–200,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
52 people reported this problem
31 people shared problem details
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD104,000Visitor
The Vehicle Shutters from 2nd to 3rd gear. The computer is not showing any codes. The dealer has Flashed the computer system and this has not corrected it. It only occurs when the engine is cold and after it warms up it goes away and shifts smoothly. I had it to a trans repair and he states it's not the trans. It's also been newly tuned up. No one knows what's worng or how to fix this.
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe50,000Visitor
My 2011 Santa Fe hesitates and "jerks" like it can't decide on the right gear to be in when accelerating from a stop. The Hyundai dealer had it in the shop for 1.5 weeks and replaced the transmission, reset the computer code, and put in a new axle. Picked it up last night and it's still doing the jerking thing.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD130,000Visitor
Intermediate jumping and hesitation from reverse to drive and between 1st and 2nd gears. Have read that it is a transmission control module software problem and needs to be upgraded. Is not fixed as of yet.
3rd gear takes a long time to shift to 4th
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD17,400Visitor
Harsh shift between 2nd and 3rd. Usually happens on longer trips When things have heated up good. Next morning, shifts perfect!
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD128,000Visitor
The car was just entering the highway and jerked three times before slipping into third gear(60mph). After that it was driven all day with no other problems.
Transmission failed after 24,000kms. Dealer replaced under warranty. At 40,000kms (25,000 miles) I am having to replace the transmission again. The vehicle is 3 months out of warranty, but the replacement transmission only has 16,000kms (10,000 miles). Hyundai replacing part under goodwill, but making me pay labour - $1,000. Obviously they have an issue with the transmission in that year as I know of 4 other people who have had them replaced at low mileage.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD87,800Visitor
Shifts into Drive very roughly.
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe- Automatic Transmission35,000Visitor
initially hesitates when going from stop to go (stop signs, red lights etc)
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD145,000Visitor
Car slightly jerking in accelaration
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WDVisitor
sometimes have to pull over shut the truck off to get it to start shifting again
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe- Automatic Transmission200,000Visitor
tran slips when shifting
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD150,000Visitor
My Santa Fe is great except for the transmission stutter when you first start it up and put it in Drive. Regardless of cold start or warm ....as you pull out the vehicle will act like its slipping & there is jerking for the first few moments until it goes into 2nd gear and then all is well ! This does not occur again until you shut the vehicle off & then start again.......Fluid level & condition is good but this has been there since I bought it used. The only way to not have it slip, is to very slowly pullout from a start & ease down the road for about 50 to 100 yds. barely above idle until it shifts into 2nd,
Car will not shift into gear from park, or is does shift and the transmission is out.
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD99,908Visitor
when shifting from park to reverse, there is a whining noise.
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD144,487Visitor
I was driving home and engine light come on my car would not pull then it just stopped stalled in the middle of the road
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD155,151Visitor
Low power and hard transmission shifting
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD8,000Visitor
Trans seemingly couldn't make up its computer mind of when to shift, resulting in jerks and hesitations that forwarned of forthcoming damage. My local Hyundai dealer replaced the transmission on both occasions.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD36,000Visitor
Hard shifting and a sort of shuttering when shifting in lower gears. It sounds like the gears are having difficulty gripping. I took it to the dealer, as it is still under warranty, but they run a computer program, then claim it's fixed or say that they can't replicate the problem. So frustrating that they don't want to fix the problem, most likely because it's a warranty fix. Ugh!
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD158,000Visitor
Sputters when accelerating from a stop and from 2nd to 3rd
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