Poor Shift Quailty of Automatic Transmission on Hyundai Santa Fe

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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Average mileage: 103,514 (8,000–200,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
12 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
49 people reported this problem
28 people shared problem details
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD104,000
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.
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- 2WD159,345
when i drive my Hyundai down the road it shift okay until it comes to third and fourth gear it take awhile before shifting from one gear to another. I change the fluid and i did a timing belt change on it to that's when everything started to acting up. I don't know if there's a filter inside the pan, but i need to know so that i change it
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe- Automatic Transmission35,000
initially hesitates when going from stop to go (stop signs, red lights etc)
3rd gear takes a long time to shift to 4th
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD130,000
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.
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD17,400
Harsh shift between 2nd and 3rd. Usually happens on longer trips When things have heated up good. Next morning, shifts perfect!
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.
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe- Automatic Transmission200,000
tran slips when shifting
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD145,000
Car slightly jerking in accelaration
Still not fixed... They say I a leak in the line but I don't think that's the problem... Haven't found anyone to fighting the line... And now if I slam on brakes it cuts off what is that... I have her this car since February and have had the most problems...
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD87,800
Shifts into Drive very roughly.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD8,000
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.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD128,000
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.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD36,000
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- 2WD158,000
Sputters when accelerating from a stop and from 2nd to 3rd
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD130,000
Same gear shift problem
sometimes have to pull over shut the truck off to get it to start shifting again
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 2WD160,859
every time i drive down the my vehicle shifts from 1to4 than when i step on it for the passing gear to kick in it doesn't work, what could the problem be
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe- 4WD133,000
Shifts Hard between 2nd & 3rd Gear
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