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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Models:

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Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

Engine -- Verified

The crankshaft position sensor may fail, causing engine stalling or a failure to start. Replacement or the failed sensor will commonly correct this problem.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

On the 2.7L V6 and 2.4L 4 Cylinder, a defective exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) switching valve may cause an intermittent rough or unstable idle engine.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If the alternator fails, it should be replaced with an improved design which is better able to replenish electrical power to the battery. The new alternator requires a different diameter drive belt.

Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 21, 2005

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The occupant classification system (OCS) may detect a small child on the front edge of the front seat as an adult. If the passenger front air bag deploys in a crash, serious injury or death could occur. Dealers will verify the vehicle's OCS properly classifies a passenger front seat occupant properly and disable the air bags when necessary. Dealers will also reprogram the vehicle's OCS ECU to provide an increased margin for recognition of small children.

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Body, Interior & Misc., October 29, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 120, ┬┐TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS.┬┐

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Body, Interior & Misc., June 11, 2008

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The certification label on the driver side center pillar lists the incorrect gross axle weight rating (GAWR). Overloading your vehicle may adversely affect handling/braking and could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai will mail corrected labels and installation instructions to vehicle owners. Dealers will install the labels upon request. The Hyundai recall number is 084.

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Brakes, March 24, 2004

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On vehicles equipped with All Wheel Drive and the 3.5L V6, at speeds between 3 and 12 MPH, vibrations from wet brake pads may cause interference with the electronic signal noise with the ABS sensor. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) may activate, which may extend stopping distance and result in a crash. Dealers will reprogram the ABS ECU. The recall began March 24, 2004. The Hyundai recall number is 065.

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Electrical & Lights, March 10, 2003

Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.7 LITER V-6 ENGINES, IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSORS (CPS) WERE INSTALLED. THE CPS CASES WERE IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED AND DID NOT MEET DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATIONS. INTERNAL GAPS WITHIN THE CASES ALLOWED EPOXY TO CONTACT THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, WHICH RESULTED IN CRACKING OF THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD CAPACITOR.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Questions and Answers

mrsmoe, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, Shreveport, LA

I CANT GET THE DOOR OPEN ON THE GAS TANK. IT CLICKS WHEN YOU PULL THE LEVER BUT WANT OPEN

bg49, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, Rogers, AR

is there a factory in line fuel filter
on ths car

samanjono, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, San Diego, CA

Twice in the last month, once repaired, now needs another....
The brake lights, turn signals, seem to have shorted out
and no longer work.... seems the fix did not fix. The hazard light switch was ...

bufon, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, Tama, IA

HI have a problem automatic transaxle is not change speed when is needed sometime does and sometimes dont why?

maru, 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 6 Cylinder, Irving, TX

how expensive is to fix an oil leak on this vehicle and it';s worth it?

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Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

I bought my 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited new in November of 2009. Other than the two recalls I have only had to have it serviced once (covered by 5 year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty), granted the repair was minor, just replacing the gasket that attaches the rear wiper to the window due to it prematurely rusting (I think it was at 10,000 miles or so). I did replace the brake pads myself after 15,000 miles as factory pads were squeaking something awful in all weather conditions, the replacement pads still have good wear even though I live in Chicago & am in stop & go traffic constantly. I too have experienced the vibration effect from the back windows when traveling at higher speeds, it is unfortunate. Also, the cabin filter in the limited model is pricey & a pain to get to behind the glove box. All in all I have been very pleased with the performance & overall bang for my buck that I got with this vehicle, I would definitely purchase another Hyundai in the future based on my experience.

I just get the car and I am having some problem

I have had the same problem with the tires. the dealership blamed me. said i didn't rotate my tires. i took Iy to a different shop and it was out of alignment. trany blew at 40k. Check engine light just went on. gas mileage sucks. i regret buying this vehicle. same noise as others when back windows are down.

My 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe GLS (with V6 3.5L engine). Is still going strong and has 412,000 miles on it! This is the truth. Actually, it doesn't belong to me anymore I gave it to my daughter at 372,000. Its still only costing her the regular maintenance costs battery, rotors, starter, belts, and now tires. I love that car - I wish I'd bought another one. All you have to do is keep it lubed and it'll rung forever! I was trying to get it to 500,000 miles.

This vehicle has cost me for 2 electronic door lock units ,and now a fuel leak on the high pressure fuel pump has been quoted for repair as $4000. this on a vehicle that has only done 80000km .It will be sold as the maintenance costs are just too much