i have just bought the Hyundai santa fe 2003. I noticed an oil leak on the front side near the bumper and on the ground. It looks reddish in color. I also noticed a tapping sound when I started the car, the noise is coming from near the belts on the left hand side if the engine. Help! Have I bought a nightmare
Oil leak and tapping sound on 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe
by klooless in Apex, NC on February 20, 2011
ANSWER by DaveJM on February 20, 2011
You may have bought a nightmare; not entirely sure. Certainly - should have a total vehicle evaluation, preferably before you take the plunge... But, since you're at this point - the reddish fluid leak is probably transmission fluid, leaking at a transmission fluid cooler line. Or the cooler itself. It will need to be inspected to see what will be needed to secure the leak. Could be a simple clamp, could be as complex as a cooler replacement. Tapping sound...really going to need to be heard by a qualified technician first hand. Click on this link to get a listing of some shops near you... https://repairpal.com/directory?address=27539&car_brand_names=Hyundai
It has been a month since i got this car and I can honestly say it has given more headaches in the last month than i have ever had to endure in my life. Brief history: I bought the car from a priva...