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#1730 of 1931 Re: USELESS WARRANTY REAR WINDOW WIPER NOT WORKING [rcalver]
Jan 23, 2008 (8:51 pm)
I own a 2001 Santa Fe; have only kept it this long because of the expense of replacing it, after many long years of having the car in the shop for numerous problems. Some were covered under the highly touted warranty, but many were not. 500 miles into ownership of my new vehicle, the evaporator stopped working. Thus, no A/C in September in South Florida. Even after receiving a replacement evaporator (so they claimed), the A/C never worked properly until the car went thru a very major check up/tune up. At 12,000 miles a new alternator went in. The window motor burned out. Something in the steering column went. A fuel sensor failed and nearly killed me during entry onto the highway. I had just received the recall notice for that, but not soon enough as my car shut down while I was entering traffic on the interstate. Then the locking mechanism failed on my rear door latch and anyone could open the hatch w/o setting off the alarm. It may have been weeks before I discovered it and I park on the City street. I was fortunate that time. Then another alternator burned out. The left brake light has had the bulb changed many times and it keeps burning out shortly thereafter. The latest mystery, at 80,000 miles, is with the radio, which was allegedly an upgraded model (one of those "mandatory options" that came with the vehicle) that could never seem to pull in half of the stations that my husband gets in his little Toyota Corolla. The radio switches back and forth between CD player and radio, without any help from me, and this without any CD in the mechanism. If I turn it off, it turns itself back on. Honestly! Over and over again, as if it were haunted. The only way to stop it is to turn off the ignition, which is not very convenient when I'm out driving. See what I mean? No more Hyundai for me, no matter how cosmetically appealing the vehicle may be.
#1732 of 1931 catalytic converter
Jan 24, 2008 (10:13 am)
Ok, so my girl has this 02 Santa Fe... goes to the dealership for every scheduled maintenance that it needs... around March of last year the catalytic converter at the exhaust manifold goes out... The dealership does not replace it but does replace the secondary cat.
Two weeks later the blown out guts of the primary cat clog up the new secondary... this time a Non-Hyundai dealership replaces the primary, but not the secondary, a muffler shop does the honors.
Three months down the road and the primary goes out again...
She goes back to the Hyundai dealership... they replace it...
Again it goes out... it's under warranty... (aftermarket)... it's replaced...
Now... January 2008 and the primary goes out once more.
A local shop replaces it... but can't find a reason as to why it keeps failing.
The car has over 100k on it... at the onset of this problem it had 90k.
Other than this the car runs find... gets better than 20mph.
But at $500 per cat... to replace, we are at the $3k level.
#1733 of 1931 cam position sensor
Feb 04, 2008 (5:42 pm)
Just had my sf repaired and was told it was a cam position sensor valve?
In laymens terms what is it?
Aslo I was told I should have a de-carb fuel service clean done. I did not do this, should I have?
#1734 of 1931 Re: cam position sensor [falmar]
Feb 06, 2008 (8:21 pm)
can't recall exactly what it does - tells computer the position of cam - can't recall what that translates into as far as car function.... but the decarb - should be done every 15k miles - it's a total fuel system cleaning to get all the built up carbon out uf the car engine internally...
#1735 of 1931 Re: cam position sensor [somedai1]
Feb 07, 2008 (10:30 am)
Thanks for the info. All I can say is that the engine light came on. So naturally I assumed it was the gas cap. After a few weeks it would go on and off (the light) so I just did not pay attention to it any more. That is until I broke down on the highway. I should have known because my gas milage started to drop a lot in the last few days before the break down.
I will go back to the dealer and get the de-carb.
#1736 of 1931 Santa Fe Maintenance and repairs
Feb 11, 2008 (1:41 pm)
Does anybody know where I can download details of how to service and carry out repairs on my Santa Fe 2.4. I have tried to contact Hyundai directly without success but as my car is now 6 years old I want to start repairing it myself,especially replacing brake pads. Santa Fe's are not that common in England and bookstores don't stock any technical manuals. Please help.
#1738 of 1931 Re: Santa Fe Maintenance and repairs [stuarth]
Feb 12, 2008 (1:45 am)
Go directly to the Hyundai website and you can get the only factory service manual that there is for $80.00 US. It's the only shop manual!!!
#1739 of 1931 Re: Santa Fe Maintenance and repairs [gojuiceguy]
Feb 12, 2008 (8:58 am)
Is there a way to remove the windshield wipers for replacement. Just the rubber part not the entire arm. I have done my other cars in the past but I can't seem to remove the original wipers for replacement in my Santa Fe? The clip or holder seems to be tight.