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#84 of 138 Coolant system engine drain plug
Nov 06, 2006 (12:54 pm)
I would love to get a reply from one of you maintainance engineers out there in Hyundai land. I have a 2003 santa fe 4 cylinder. I desire to change the radiator coolant. I have the factory maintainance manual but it does not show an engine drain plug for the coolant.
The coolant capacity is two gallons total. When I drain the radiator only one gallon will drain out.
I found a plug on the rear of the engine block in a very inaccessable area so I want to be sure before I start the attack strategy.
I know someone out there in Hyundai land can come through and help me. Man is great, man is powerful and man can do it. Please don't let me down Man!!
#85 of 138 2004 oil sensor switch
Nov 06, 2006 (2:59 pm)
I just had my 2004 Sante Fe in for an oil change (not at the dealer) last week and they old me that the oil sensor switch is leaking and I need to take it to the dealer to get it fixed under the warrenty. Before we could get it to the dealer my daughter took it for a weekend out of town trip. On the way back the engine started making noise. It sounds real bad now. There is oil all under the body and the back window of my car. I had it towed to the dealer today and am afraid that since I didn't have the oil changes there and may not be able to produce all the receipts, I may have a problem. Anyway, was wondering if anyone else has had a problem with the oil sensor switch.
#86 of 138 5W20 Motor Oil
Dec 09, 2006 (11:14 am)
My wife has a new Tucson and I am in the process of buying a new 2007 Santa Fe.
Understand both vehicles call for 5W20 oil.
Was wondering what brands people are using.
I don't use the quick lube places and normally have the dealer change the oil but may start doing myself with Hyundai Oil Filters?
About the only place you can get the cartridge type filter that the 3.3 liter engine uses is the dealer.
#87 of 138 Re: 5W20 Motor Oil [srdriver]
Dec 09, 2006 (9:01 pm)
Since the dealer price on oil changes are not much more than quick lube I wouldnt change unless your in a hurry. Reputable Hyundai dealers do much more than change the oil. They give your vehicle a quick inspection to make sure all is ok. Many times an issue with the car may not require a re-call but does require the dealer to inspect and correct if needed. For example, my wife has the Entourage, although there was nothing wrong with her brake lights when I brought it in for an oil change I noticed they were under the dash. Finding this a strange place to be for an oil change I questioned it. Turned out some wiring could rub the brake pedal over time and short so they were correcting the problem before it became a short.
#88 of 138 Re: how to remove the name on the back of the SF [pvalery]
Jan 02, 2007 (1:13 pm)
Use a hair dryer, keep it moving and SLOWLY remove any of the emblems (except the large "H" in the chrome circle, it will leave a hole).
#89 of 138 Re: Touch-up paint [poohbear8]
Jan 02, 2007 (1:14 pm)
The dealer has it, but it's a little pricey, same as their duplicate key, at least the car is reasonably priced.
#90 of 138 2007 Santa Fe, 6 cyc. AWD..Anyone changed oil & Filter?
Jan 02, 2007 (1:23 pm)
The 2007 has a "drop in" oil filter, which is reached under the top plastic shield/plate on the engine. Has anyone changed their own oil with this filter. Any tricks or tips. Also, where do you get 5-20w oil? Thanks very much.
#91 of 138 Re: 2007 Santa Fe, 6 cyc. AWD..Anyone changed oil & Filter? [mrmagoo1]
Jan 04, 2007 (9:00 am)
I plan on 3,000 mile changes. Have just over 1,000 miles on my 3.3 Liter 2007 Santa Fe now and plan on using the same 5W20 oil that we use in my Wife's Tuscan.
Had thought about changing my own oil but now the plan is letting the dealer do it.
I will furnish the oil and will be using Motorcraft 5W20 Semi-Synthetic oil that one can buy at Wal-Mart, or Havoline 5W20 oil.
Have read good things about Hyundai oil filters.
If your dealer has 5W20 oil, you can let him do everything including furnishing the oil.
Many dealers use bulk 5W30 or 10W30 oils and that is the reason I bring my own oil.
Being retired we make quite a few short trips around town and that is the reason I will stick with 3,000 oil changes.
Plan on going on a 2,500 + mile trip next month and will have the oil changed just before heading out.
I never go to the quick lube places + they will not have the oil filter for the 3.3 liter engine.
At least here we find oil and filter changes cost less at the dealer too.
#92 of 138 Re: 2007 Santa Fe, 6 cyc. AWD..Anyone changed oil & Filter? [srdriver]
Jan 05, 2007 (3:35 pm)
You say "Many dealers use bulk 5W30 or 10W30 oils and that is the reason I bring my own oil." This is interesting since the manual recommends 5W20 and I would think that dealers would use the recommended weight. Also, you mention supplying the oil yourself. I don't know of any dealer, service station, or jiffylube where I live (Maryland) that will allow you to provide your own oil. They make part of their profit by charging you $3 a quart for oil they buy for 50 cents.
#93 of 138 Re: 2007 Santa Fe, 6 cyc. AWD..Anyone changed oil & Filter? [edmac1]
Jan 06, 2007 (8:02 am)
Dealer here has no problems with you furnishing your own oil. The 3.3 liter engine takes a special cartridge filter which as far as I am aware, is only available at the dealer.
If you change your own oil, you can buy the filter at their parts department along with the O rings and crush washer that you need.
I am operating under the assumption that the dealer will charge approximately the same rate for the service whether you furnish your own oil or not?
Don't think you will find any of the quick lube places that have the cartridge filter + I have read that the OEM filters get great reviews.