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#1362 of 1931 Re: Frequent Serpentine Belt Replacement 2002 SF [targettuning]
Jul 22, 2006 (7:51 am)
The car refused to make any peculiar noises for the dealer's service manager. I went to the dealership. I took the car for a drive myself. I drove it about 20 miles. No jingling! It's not making the noise at the moment. I drove the car home (just under 45 miles). No problems, although I did think once or twice I heard the jingling quite faintly. When I arrived home, I left the engine running while I walked around the car. Didn't hear anything unusual.
While the dealer had the car, I had a bunch of routine maintenance services performed, due but not overdue: oil & filter change; air filter change; lube; wheels rotated, aligned, and balanced, annual inspection; Hyundai's 24-point check; wiper blades; radiator flushed and refilled + anti-freeze... all the 'usual stuff.' They also reprogrammed the oxygen sensor (recall issue).
They did not replace the serpentine belt or any idler pulley bearings. The belt still looks brand new, as it probably should after only 2,500 miles.
I can't fault the dealership for not finding the problem I have experienced. I honestly believe they tried their best. If the noise wasn't present for them, I understand they couldn't possibly diagnose the cause. They know I'll bring the car back in a heartbeat if the noise recurs... and we both expect it will. Since the car has such low mileage and only 10 months of the 60-month warranty remains, I'm going to request a warranty extension for this specific issue.
Although this problem is on-going and annoying, I am delighted with my Santa Fe and with my dealings with Rowe Hyundai in Auburn, Maine. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Hyundai in the future.
Many thanks to all who provided input on this issue for me... especially you, targettunning.
#1363 of 1931 Re: Frequent Serpentine Belt Replacement 2002 SF [jpanozzo1]
Jul 22, 2006 (8:05 am)
Yes, Joe... others have heard the noise in the past. I admit to being crazy... but not stupid. My mental attitude is intact and doesn't need validation. Your post gave me a chuckle.
The 'voices' aren't telling me there's a problem with my car.
The sound is definitely not like loose marbles in a tin can.
At the first recurrence, the car will be back at the dealer's. I will leave the car running while I go to the service desk, take the service advisor by the hand, and bring him to the car.
Thanks for your input and have a fun weekend!
Linda in foggy, but cool Maine
#1364 of 1931 Re: Frequent Serpentine Belt Replacement 2002 SF [seasmoke14]
Jul 22, 2006 (10:07 am)
I am not sure how Hyundai handles extensions, but they do have a program for extending the 5 yr bumper to bumper to 10 years when the vehicle is new. You might still be able to avail yourself of that insurance. If available, assure that the policy is through either Hyundai or the most reputable outfit you can find. If you can only get the dealer's insurance, be aware they can go out of business leaving you with a worthless piece of paper.
Depending on your time frame to keep the vehicle, it can be $ well spent, especially as the vehicle gets older.
Joe in sunny and hot as hell Texarkana
#1365 of 1931 Re: Problems with my Santa Fe [astone11]
Jul 22, 2006 (7:32 pm)
Ihad a similar problem, with my 03 santa fe---15000mles ( I was getting a "jerk" at times, when the vehicle was moveing or standing still. ) see essages 1339 & 1441 in his forum. hope it helps. Rich
#1366 of 1931 maintanence inquiry
Jul 22, 2006 (7:48 pm)
I have a 03, 2.7, santa fe, with 16000 miles, on it. Is there a recommended MUST time for a transmission fluid & filter change? or a tires alignment-balance? The dealership is hounding me on these items.
#1367 of 1931 Re: maintanence inquiry 
by steve_ HOST
Jul 22, 2006 (8:53 pm)
Check out the Edmunds Maintenance Guide for what the manufacturer recommends for your car and how much it should cost for US zip codes.
Note the fine print there:
*This Total Estimated Cost includes the preventive maintenance items recommended by Hyundai. The facility that services your vehicle may perform different, greater, or fewer procedures that can affect the cost you incur.
And check out the Maintenance Tips page at Edmunds as well as the Dealer vs. Manufacturer Maintenance Schedules article.
#1368 of 1931 Re: maintanence inquiry 
Jul 23, 2006 (6:58 am)
A fluid change schedule should be in your owners manual. Attention to tires should be more related to rotation every other oil change, which can be done at a less expensive place than the dealer if you so choose. Just keep your receipts.
Alignnment and balance requirements are more due to the vehicle pulling to one side or the other or abnormal tire wear. Alighnment and balance can be needed more often if you drive rutted roads. On the other hand I drive almost 100% highway or well paved roads and my Camry got over 70K on the first set of tires with NO ALIGNMENTS OR BALANCING, only rotation.
Steve's tips above are very good; just thought I would throw in my 2c.
Joe in Texarkana
#1369 of 1931 LOCATING ETACS MODULE TO PROGRAM NEW REMOTE
Jul 24, 2006 (8:30 pm)
I purchased 2 remotes, along with the instructions to program the remotes. Unfortunatly when I removed the lower panel on the dash, I couldn't locate the etacs module in order to switch it to set it to program. Please, anybody help me locate the etacs module so I can program my remotes.
#1370 of 1931 maintanence inquiry
Jul 25, 2006 (9:15 pm)
many thanx joe & steve for your explanations. I purchased the vehicle new & use the owners manual for mantenance, from day one, but as I previously stated, I have been hounded by the service departments, during the last 2 oil changes, to change the tranny fluid & filter. when I ask if something is wrong, they say no, but the service should be done, at the 15000 mile point. My inquiry was due to my wondering, if there was more I should know besides the manual, To furthur help my understanding, the manual says "inspect" (i.e. tranny, etc.) can you enlighten my as to what the manual means by inspect? thanx again for yor help. Rich
Jul 25, 2006 (10:44 pm)
I have a 2001 SF2.7V62WD, I just hit 90,000 with no problems. Ironically, 30 miles after the 90,000 mark my check engine light came on (first time ever) and my transmission would not transition correctly. I have noticed that my car has been acting sluggish the last couple of weeks. When I drove it later, the engine light went off and the transmission was engaging normally. I used the shift-tronic also and it was working well. Do you think my transmission is going out? What should I have checked/changed and or serviced? Thanks for your help.