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#1784 of 1931 Installing a Cabin Filter on a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Jan 12, 2009 (12:52 pm)
This is a repeat posting, but from a different topic. I have a 2004 Santa Fe and I just installed the cabin filter. It is tricky. You have to pull back the fuzzy piece of tape on the outside right side of the glovebox. Then close the box a little and from the inside pull on the plastic piece with the thin cable on it. After you get enough slack to rotate the plastic piece so its end can slip into the hole, push it though so it is not attached to the box any longer.
Next you don't have to undo any screws. All you have to do is press on both sides of the box (it's made of plastic) enough that the plastic post (with rubber bumpers) on each side clears the wall slots. You'll see what I'm talking about. Keep in mind that in cold weather the box will be hard to deform enough so the posts clear. But keep at it. You'll get it eventually. Then the box will rotate down to the floor, exposing the little door of the cabin air filter space.
You'll see the black plastic door with its little rotating lock on it staring you in the face. Rotate the locking handle (there is only one way it can rotate to open the panel door) and pull off the panel door.
You will notice that your filter comes in what looks like two identical filters. Nope, one goes on the bottom and the other on top. Also there is probably an air flow arrow on the front of each. Make sure the arrow points to the left when you install.
The filter with no little nibs on each corner is the one that gets slipped in first. You slide it in all the way and then press it down. It will seat when you are all the way down.
Then you take the other half and the nibs should be pointing down. These nibs engage a slot on each side of the lower filter. The top filter gets pushed straight back...while riding on the lower's top slots. When it is even with the lower filter's front, you are done.
Replace the panel and lock it. Then reinsert the plastic piece with the thin cable through the slot on the glove box after you have lifted the glove box back up. Replace the tape on the outside. At the same time you push the box like you were going to close it and the posts on either side will slide back into the slots on the sidewall. You have completed the installation.
Jan 12, 2009 (10:59 pm)
Hosts, Steve or Tidestar, can you offer any advise, concerning Msg# 1780. thank you
#1786 of 1931 Re: fuel filter 
Jan 12, 2009 (11:49 pm)
You should find the fuel filter underneath the car on the passenger side. It likely has a plastic cover over it held in place with a couple of bolts.
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#1787 of 1931 Re: fuel filter 
by steve_ HOST
Jan 12, 2009 (11:54 pm)
The online repair manual I have access to doesn't say anything about the fuel filter in an '03 Santa Fe.
Try asking in Edmunds Answers if you still can't find it from Tidester's description.
#1788 of 1931 Radio Speakers give out a Thumping Sound
Jan 14, 2009 (7:50 pm)
Is there a way to get to the rear speakers in my 2004 SantaFe? As I drive along the speakers give out this thumping noise. They appear to be loose but how do I remove the rear panels for access?
#1789 of 1931 Re: fuel filter [steve_]
Jan 15, 2009 (12:25 am)
Steve, thanx for your reply. I am at a loss, because the owners manual list a scheduled changed for the fuel filter, but there is nothing in the index, for a fuel filter.
Jan 15, 2009 (12:30 am)
Tidester, thanx, just noticed your reply to my message. As soon as the weather changes, I'll take a look.
#1791 of 1931 Re: fuel filter 
by steve_ HOST
Jan 15, 2009 (1:01 am)
This parts place sells one for the '02-'03 Santa Fe and says it's an OEM fuel filter. If you can believe the site, it fits on the bottom of the fuel pump inside the tank, which wouldn't make it something they'd expect you to change frequently unless access to the pump in the tank is lots easier than it is on most cars.
The Edmunds Maintenance Guide says it gets changed at 52,500 and 105,000 miles.
Any owners lurking who've actually changed out their fuel filter?
#1792 of 1931 Re: 01 Santa Fe with Same Problem - Hesitating; No Power [jmignone]
Jan 15, 2009 (6:30 am)
A new shop replaced both catalytic converters. Problem solved.
#1793 of 1931 Re: I need a little assistance with locating the alarm control module [darocha12]
Feb 10, 2009 (3:11 pm)
did you solve your problem with alarm as i am in the same boat with a 02 santa fe and would realy like if you could help me please. wizardofoz74yahoo.com