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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Hyundai Santa Fe Confirm Latest Software For Transmission Control Module and Correct Fuild For Proper Shift Quailty
Hyundai Santa Fe Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
Average Mileage: 77,200 mi (11,000 mi - 130,000 mi)
Visitor, 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, 4WD, 104,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, Automatic Transmission, 35,000 mi
initially hesitates when going from stop to go (stop signs, red lights etc)
Visitor, 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2WD, 130,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2WD, 17,400 mi
Harsh shift between 2nd and 3rd. Usually happens on longer trips
When things have heated up good. Next morning, shifts perfect!
Visitor, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2WD, 115,000 mi
Hard shift when taking off, hard shift down to 2nd while in 3rd, shift out of drive while going down the road
Visitor, 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2WD, 87,800 mi
Shifts into Drive very roughly.
I have the same issue, but I haven't taken it in for repair. When I find something conclusive, I'll share it here. Thanks and good luck out there.
Visitor, 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2WD, 64,000 mi
transmission a thump niose when shifting only when cold ....not in warm weather
Visitor, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2WD
shift problem from neutral to drive to reverse vice versa..