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#466 of 1938 Engine Stalling
May 06, 2003 (10:36 am)
I have a 2001 Santa Fe and the engine keeps stalling when sitting still. The recalled crankshaft was replaced last month, but the problem continues. I am very frustrated at this point because the Hyundai service department cannot find anything wrong with the truck - simply because their computer sensors are not detecting a problem. I have researched the Lemon Law, but I have 40k miles on the truck and it is 2 years old. Is anyone having a similar problem????? For the first 1.5 yrs I sang Hyundai's praises, but I am sure that I will never buy another.
#467 of 1938 When exactly does it stall?
May 06, 2003 (12:28 pm)
Is it when you've been driving for a while and then stop at a light? Or does it just randomly die after it's been idling for a while?
Will it start back up and be OK after it dies, or is it hard to restart?
If it only dies after driving for a while and then coming to a stop it may actually be a transmission problem. Most modern automatics have a feature that mechanically locks the engine and transmission once the car is at cruising speed. If it fails to unlock the car will die, just like in a manual transmission car if you stop with the car in gear. Try putting the car in neutral when you come to a stop and see if the problem continues.
Now, having said all that, if your dealer can replicate the problem they have to fix it - it's as simple as that. Many Hyundai dealers have a loaner car program, so if yours doesn't find one that does. Knowing you're racking up miles on one of their cars tends to motivate a dealership to fix yours.
If all else fails, call Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 and tell them about your problems. They've been bending over backwards to help owners. They've worked very hard to improve their image.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.
#468 of 1938 Engine Stalling
May 13, 2003 (11:44 am)
It stalls differently all the time. For example, it has stalled while sitting in traffic for 5 minutes, sitting in stop and go traffic for over an hour, idling at a stop light, etc. There's no pattern whatsoever.
For the most part, it has restarted OK. However, we had to jumpstart the battery a few weeks. We thought that we had left the interior light on, but that was not the case.
As far as service goes, Hyundai has replaced the crankshaft sensor, given me two new batteries and finally an altnernator to no avail. After picking the truck up on Saturday, it stalled on Sunday! Needless to say, my truck is now considered an open case with Hyundai.
I will keep you updated.
#469 of 1938 Engine Stalling [Post 468]
May 14, 2003 (12:09 pm)
I agree with you that Hyundai should either replace your vehicle or quickly determine the root cause of this problem.
I would write a one page letter to the Hyundai VP of Customer Service/Satisfaction. Simply state the facts and do not get emotional in the letter.
Please keep us posted. Good Luck.
#470 of 1938 Poor gas mileage in a 2002 LX
May 16, 2003 (2:54 pm)
V6, AWD. Purchased new 12/01, 8k miles, 14-16 mpg city, 18 mpg highway. Seems a far cry from the 19/23 advertised. Any thoughts anyone?
May 22, 2003 (10:38 am)
john2003, Do you live in a snowy climate? Around here in the midwest the gas mixture changes to prevent the gas from freeezing in the really cold temps, so your mileage does go down...
#472 of 1938 Blown fuse is blowing my mind!
May 24, 2003 (3:20 pm)
I have an '02 GLS with 16000 miles on it, and the fuse that controls the power windows and locks has blown twice in the last month! The first time, I thought it was from our kids fiddling around with the window buttons in the back seats, so we engaged the "window lock", then today as I was driving, I opened the window, it opened part way then stopped, I tried the button again, then all the window buttons and the pwr locks, realized, s***, it blew again! This is a 30 amp fuse that is in the fuse box under the hood, and of course, you can only get the fuse at a Hyundai dealership (last time I had the car in for other work, and they charged $18 labor + the $6 cost for the fuse install). Since its a holiday weekend, will have to wait till Tuesday to take it back in. Should I just buy another fuse from the dealers parts dept, or leave the vehicle to have them check for some other electrical fault? We love the car, but I just read pretty much this entire board and am wondering what else might go wrong in the future...
May 24, 2003 (10:09 pm)
It sounds like you have a short circuit - personally, I'd not replace the fuse until I had it checked out but that's just me!
May 25, 2003 (7:20 am)
Dealers usually cover a repair for a specified period of time, so the last fuse repair/replace should be covered.
#475 of 1938 Blown fuse is blowing my mind!
May 27, 2003 (2:43 pm)
If it was me (yeah, I know!) I'd buy a coupla fuse taps and use those twenty-five cent glass fuses (AGC-30).
Then, when one of your window motors finally decides to die, you've spent two, three dollars on fuses.
Dealers can really milk those intermittants. =;-)