Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

Correct Maintenance of Timing Belt on Hyundai Santa Fe

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 110,627 (13,799–210,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6, 3.3L V6, 3.5L V6
10 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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when I start the car it makes a noisein the engine get louder when I push on the gas pedal
After replacing the timing belt by a qualified dealer two weeks later a bolt broke causing the engine to need replacement. Grrrr!!!
I was driving, everything was normal then with no warning instead of shifting into the next gear my car just started slowing down. I didnt push it. No solution yet, it came with horrible timing pun intended
the engine check light begun to go on last week and stopped.Today it came back again . I was informed by mechanic that cylinder #2and #4 are misfire (the replacement of the coils did not help). The car was not fixed as yet as they not sure what is causing the problem. They suspect that might be caused by stretched engine chain.
April of this year my timing belt prematurely snapped damaging engine. Had to have intake valves replaced and sealed...I love stick shift Santa Fe but now at just 114000 check engine light came on again this time saying po101 Mass air flow which was also just changed within the past year. starting to feel Hopeless at 114000 I should be able to go another 100,000 ~ Jenny Melgar
Replaced all belts in November of 2013 and recently was driving it a couple days ago when the check engine light snapped on and stranded me along side the road. Found out today my engine is shot and we need a new one. Frustrating.... very frustrating!!
Squeaking engine for 6 months... Hundai did not find any problem each of the four times car was taken in. Now at 56,000 miles, timing and drive belt needs replaced. Not covered by warranty.
car just shut down while driving, lost compression. took out 16 of the 24 valves. cost 2200 bucks to fix. new belt and components, rebuilt heads, all required gaskets. GIANT pain in the ass.
Engine stalled and mechanic said it looked like a birds nest in there. Replace top of engine.
1st Belt was replaced at 79,000 than my belt broke while driving 110,000 now engine is destroyed