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#143 of 151 Unexpected acceleration 2009 Santa Fe Limited
Apr 14, 2013 (12:20 pm)
My wife and I just experienced our third incident. About a month ago I had the Santa Fe in for the 30000 mile service. I have all service done at the dealership. After the service I was taking an exit to home. The car was at full temp after 40 miles of interstate driving. As I disengaged the cruise and slowed down the accelerator stayed down at about 35 mph. I put on the brake and stopped and pulled up on the accelerator with my foot.
The next morning my wife took the car on the short commute to work and the accelerator stuck again at 35. She was frightened and the car stayed at high RPM and stayed that way until she turned it off.
I went to the dealership and told them of the incident and they checked it over and we went through the list of items. The floor mats, etc. They make some adjustments electronically and the car was fine. They could not find the cause and though courteous they thought it was just a high idle and or the floor mat. I have been driving for 40 years, I know what happened.
Today, April 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with the outside temp at 40 degrees fahrenheit the most frightening incident to date happened. Again we were on the interstate heading home from Madison with the cruise engaged I accelerated to pass vehicles in the center lane. We had driven around Madison for a time and had been on the interstate for 30 minutes. When I accelerated the Santa Fe kept going faster and the pedal went to the floor. The brake did not help and we kept accelerating. Traffic was heavy and we were increasing speed to almost 85 when I put the car in neuteral and turned off the ignition. I then restarted the vehicle at about 65 and the gas pedal went back to its original possition. We were about 15 minutes from home. I turned off the cruise and the car was operating normally when just as we turned down our street the accelerator stuck at about 20. This time I put on the brake and it returned to normal.
It is not a high idle, it is not the floor mat and my wife and I were scared to death. I do not want my wife to drive the vehicle any more until this problem is fixed. I am afraid that again the dealer will not be able to replicate the problem and we will need to update our will. From your experiences however I am concerned that I will be courteously ignored.
#145 of 151 Full throttle 2002 Santa Fe
Jun 21, 2013 (5:57 pm)
I stumbled on this by accident but have to share my experience. I was turning right onto a 2 lane road when my Santa Fe began accelerating and the RPMs were in the red. Braking didn't work, I popped it in neutral and that didn't work either, still accelerating. I turned it off and coasted into a parking lot. I tried re starting a few times and each time the tachometer maxed out so I called a tow truck. My mechanic told me that the crimped end of the cruise control cable had broken allowing the cable to extend fully and open the throttle all the way.
This was 2008 and I had just left a job after 20 years and was going back to school. In fact, I was on my way to my first day at an externship when this happened. Showed up late the first day in a tow truck, great impression! What I'm saying is I never pursued this as a possible common problem that I should report, I was too busy. Now I wish I had reported it. I figured that I had just gotten one of those random, defective parts.
I loved my '02 Santa Fe and continued to drive it without the cruise control until I traded it on a new 2012 Santa Fe last year. That was honestly the only problem I ever had with it until the A/C started leaking last year. I must say that the quality of the 2002 was much better than that of my 2012. But I still love it!
#147 of 151 Accelerator Stuck! Greensboro, NC
Jul 22, 2013 (1:58 pm)
I loved, loved, loved my 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, but this afternoon that all changed. I was on the highway going about 55, pressed the accelerator to pass another car at 60, and the car quickly accelerated to 70, I braked and nothing happened, and speedometer was hitting 80 when I put the car into neutral and pulled to the side of the road. Even in neutral the car was revving at 70,000 rpms. Turned the car off. Took a breath. Turned the car back on and it revved again. Put my foot under the accelerator and was able to nudge it back towards me, which stopped the revving. It was clear to me then that the accelerator had gotten "stuck" - but not under a mat - just stuck. Drove very carefully back to my hotel and will be taking it into the dealership to be looked at. But after reading other posts, I have grave doubts that the dealership can permanently fix the problem. It makes me sad, because I was planning to drive this car for at least 150,000 miles. Not any more. And I will be logging this incident with the National Highway Safety folks.
#148 of 151 Re: Faulty TPS found in 2008 Santa Fe [stannards]
Aug 06, 2013 (7:07 am)
Trying to find a way to email you.
#149 of 151 Re: Faulty TPS found in 2008 Santa Fe [blueyes554]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 06, 2013 (8:01 am)
Emails may get you personal help but not help others. Please don't ask for "personal" help via email. We all benefit when a problem is discussed on the open forum. Thanks.
#150 of 151 Re: Accelerator Stuck! Greensboro, NC [ljromano]
Aug 06, 2013 (8:56 am)
Hi I am so sorry this happened to you . It happened to me with my elderly mother in the car. I was able to avoid a collision and went over a curb and it finally stopped. I got a lawyer and Hyundai said everything was fine. It is so frustrating because when this happened the car was brand new and now it has been 11 months since the incident. They sent someone from Hyundai California to check out the car and they said everything is fine. I am wondering if they fixed the TPS or cruise control. The car has not had any problems since the original sudden acceleration. There are too many people having this problem and is NOT due to floor mats!!!
#151 of 151 Re: Accelerator Stuck! Greensboro, NC [ljromano]
Sep 21, 2013 (7:14 am)
Happened in 2007/8 with my 2003 Santa Fe and to my teenage son at a Stop sign. Thank goodness nobody was hurt and our small town garage was just around the corner. First the throttle body was cleaned and it worked well for a few weeks. Then the unasked acceleration happened to me. Another visit with the local mechanic who ordered up a new throttle body and replaced it quickly with no big dealership costs. I think it was about a $150 job. Never happened again.