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#1429 of 1934 2004 Santa Fe Bumps
Sep 25, 2006 (10:10 pm)
Hopefully someone can help me with my car question. I recently bought a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5L with full-time 4WD. It was a dealer demo. Since I bought it in July of this year this has only happened about 4 times. When I am completely stopped with my foot fully on the brake, it will bump like someone lightly hit me from behind. My husband says he thinks it has to do with the 4WD. I am worried it is the transmission b/c sometimes it shifts hard. Any clues to what the problem may be, if it is a problem? Thanks!
#1430 of 1934 2007 Santa Fe Inside Door Panel Problem
Sep 28, 2006 (3:33 pm)
The material beneath the inside door handle on my (1 month old) 2007 Santa Fe has come loose. Seems that their is not enough material used to cover the small section in the middle of the door panel. Dealer said I'm not the first with this problem, and he has had to order new door panels, which I have been informed are "back-ordered". Anyway we checked his inventory and a bunch of 2007 Santa Fes in his stock have the material pealing away just under the inside door handle. You may want to check yours!!
#1431 of 1934 Re: Factory Service Manual? [steve_]
Oct 07, 2006 (12:14 pm)
I signed up for it! It is great, not as in depth as a Hayes or Chiltons, but it works. You need some mechnical know how to use it. But very helpful.
#1432 of 1934 Re: Factory Service Manual? [devious]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 07, 2006 (12:15 pm)
At least the price is right.
#1433 of 1934 Santa Fe radiator coolant service
Oct 16, 2006 (10:04 pm)
I have a 2003 Santa Fe 4 Cylinder with 5 speed manual tranny. This Santa Fe has 30,000 miles and I want to change the Radiator coolant.
The drain valve on the left side of the radiator when opened will only drain one half of the system coolant which totals two gallons.
The 2003 Santa Fe factory service manual does not show where the engine drain plug is located on the 4 cylinder engine. I do all of my own preventive maintainance and religiously keep a accurate log of all work done.
Would someone please advise where the engine coolant drain plug is located. I found a plug on the rear of the engine block which in a logical location for a drain plug but it is difficult to reach. Help with this item would be greatly appreciated. Sparcap54
#1434 of 1934 Re: well, I have front end noise [michaelw2]
Oct 19, 2006 (8:45 am)
I have the same exact problem. Its just a minor nuisance so I am not going to have the dealer try to resolve. Mine is a 3.3 2WD.
#1435 of 1934 02 Santa Fe V6 Ocassional Idle Stall + Shift Issues
Oct 19, 2006 (12:34 pm)
I have an '02 Santa Fe V6 with 102K on it. Until very recently, it was
running very well, never had any major issues or service. Recently had
major service (details below.)
Would really be grateful for suggestions. The powertrain warranty is
good for 120K miles (due to the horespower class action), so I still
have time left for warranty work.
Recently it has been stalling when idling to a stop shortly after after
being shut down for several hours. It doesn't do it every time, but
when it does, it almost always happens in the first 5 minutes after
starting. I'll come to a red light, be idling in "D", and it will very
suddenly stop. It doesn't do a "sputtering stop", it just dies. I can
restart immediately without any issue, and it will generally behave the
rest of the way. It has not aciviated the MIL light in all this time.
(I tried to pull a stored code with a generic code reader, but
Since the "repairs": Some belt (or belts) is squealing (not always, but
often). In addtion the shifting at highways speeds is sometimes (though
not always) rougher than usual, sometimes a "stumble" shift, other
times it races a bit, then jumps into the next gear.
All of the issues are intermittant -- the idle is a once every two or
three days problem, the shifting issues a bit more, although only
blatantly obvious ocassionaly, most often more subtle.
History: (aplogies for length, but want to be thorough.)
As mentioned, until very recently the vehicle was performing quite
well. It had regular service, though not always at the dealer.
Unfortunately about two months ago I learned too late (my wife was
driving at the time) that it was losing coolant, and it overheated.
Long story short, the heads were sent out to be resurfaced, and at the
same time, I had them go ahead and replace the timing belt and water
pump, in addtion to the other major service items (tranny flush,
replace filters, spark plugs, belts, etc.).
Getting the work done was a long, painful 10 day ordeal at the SF
delearship. The day I was due to finally pick it up, they could not get
it to spark, and they spent several hours trying to get it to start. In
the end, I had to return the next day, when they reported back to me
that there had been a sensor problem (unfortunately, I don't
specifically remember if they mentioned the crankshaft sensor.)
When I finally got the SF back, I immediatley noticed the squealing
belts. When I mentioned this, I was given "looks", and asked to wait a
few minutes. Not knowing I was watching, I observed the mechanic spray
the belts with lube. I remeber thinking at the time that this seemed
like fixing a symptom, not a cause, but after not having the car for 10
days, after having to fight them to pay for part of my rental due to
the length of repairs (they admitted to screwing up on ordering parts,
and then delayed sending out the heads due to other issues, I just
wanted to be done with them.)
My wife initially drove the SF afterwards, and complained to me of
hesitation issues. I did notice that ocassionaly (but not regularly),
when giving it "quick acceleration" from a full stop, it would indeed
stumble and recover. However, it was very intermitant, and the dealer
could not recreate the problem to capture on the flight recorder, nor
could I recreate it for them on demand. That problem seemed to lessen
after a while, but the "death on idle" situation seems to have taken
I have not yet taken the car back into the dealer officially, but I did
speak with the service writer. He has already hinted that "I shouldn't
expect much on a car with this milage" and poor service history. When I
asked what that was supposed to mean, he said that they assumed I never
changed the tranny fluid, becuase when the did they tranny flush, "even
when we flushed -- it still came out dark and never went pink."
SO, based on what I have described, any thoughts on what could be the
problem? I've heard/read/gotten the general ideal the crankshaft sensor
can be a delicate thing, and since it sounds like it came up at the
time the heads were rebuilt, might be a likely candidate? I'm thinking
it probabbly is not a fuel issue, based on the "quick" nature of the
stall, and the other shift issues that come up.
My big concern is that this doesn't become a fishing trip for them--
simply swapping out parts, especially non-powertrain (non-warranted)
parts. I'm not very confident in them based on my history with them,
but feel like I should go back to them first, before moving on to
another dealer. Thoughts again?
Many thanks in advance to all who reply,
#1436 of 1934 Re: Santa Fe radiator coolant service [wjaner]
Oct 22, 2006 (5:24 pm)
You don't NEED an engine drain plug. You clean out the cooling system the same way you clean out an automatic transmission or an air conditioning system, you FLUSH it out. The flushing procedure is unique for each system.
#1437 of 1934 Radio Cutting Out?
Oct 23, 2006 (9:59 am)
Anyone else experiencing Radio sound cutting out slightly on a 2007 Santa Fe? It almost sounds that every once in awhile one of the left side speakers just shuts off. Then it will come back. I haven't noticed it with CD yet, but happens on just about any radio station. Thanks.
#1438 of 1934 '04 SF not starting...
Oct 24, 2006 (4:11 pm)
My 2004 Santa Fe has the most intruiging problem! Last weekend, I was running some errands, and after leaving one of my short stops, I discovered that it wouldn't start. The dash lights all came on, and the radio came on, but the engine did not turn over. I called roadside, and while waiting over an hour, decided to keep trying. After sitting for about 60 minutes, the car started up with no problem. I figured that it was maybe just a computer glitch, and didn't think much of it, until I had to run more errands after work on Monday night. The same thing happened! It seemed that I could let the SF sit for several hours after driving it and not have any problems with starting it, but if it was just a short rest between turning it off and then on, nothing. I took it in on Tuesday, and they found some electrical shorts, which they dealt with, but on my way home that day, it happened again. I took it back in on Wednesday, and they have had it ever since (it is now the following Tuesday). They were able to replicate the problem by the end of the day Wednesday, and decided to replace the ignition switch. That then caused the entire fusebox to burn out. They replaced that yesterday, and thought the problem was solved. Today, while it was still at the dealership, it happened again. Luckily, they had kept it an extra day to be absolutely sure it was fixed. What do you think the problem might be? The mechanics seem pretty confused by the whole thing... I have a rental, but I just want my own SF back!!!