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Front Suspension Control Arm problems of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe



14 problems related to front suspension control arm have been reported for the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 1
Failure Date: 09/08/2013

Lower control arm rusted through wheel detached from rotor wheel hang off. Wheel not straight.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 2
Failure Date: 09/19/2012

Tl - the contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph the vehicle started to shake and the tires began to make a loud noise. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the control arm was bent into the frame. The contact believed that the failure was due to corrosion. The dealer was contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 118,000 and the current mileage was 118,390. Pmb.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 3
Failure Date: 02/04/2010

The rear lower control arm broke while driving.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 4
Failure Date: 11/10/2009

As I was backing up the 2001 Santa Fe SUV at my parents drive way, I heard a loud thump. I thought I went over a bike or something else, and got out of the car to look. The left front tire was caved inward, and a metal part was broken and hanging down. The car was not drivable in this condition, and a tow truck had to come to our home and load the car onto a flatbed. After discovering there were numerous cases of 2001 Santa Fe control arms rusting out, I decided to file an NHTSA complaint. I am very grateful that this did not happen as I was driving at a high speed. It is my opinion that Hyundai should take responsibility for the poor design of the control arm. Furthermore, in the past two weeks, I have discovered that the left control arm is showing the same signs of rust that caused the failure of the right control arm. It will soon need to be replaced, which will be expensive. I feel it should be part of a safety recall.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 5
Failure Date: 09/15/2009

I bought this car used from car mart less than a year ago. First my steering was very shaky. It got rapidly worse. I went through 3 sets of new tires in one year plus 2 alignments. I recently had trouble again and my car is in the Hyundai dealership in fayetteville. First the bearings were rusted in. Both ball joints were nearly out. The control arm is going out. The steering linkage and the cradle above the driveline is rusted and falling apart literally. The exhaust system the Cadillac converter is rusted apart for the third time. The spare tire holder was rusted closed and had to be broke off to get my spare out. Also the rear seat belt just stopped working . Talk about a bad day.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 6
Failure Date: 08/01/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. During state inspection he was advised that the front motor control arm was loose . A technician from a local repair facility replaced the component at an expense of $190. 00. After the repair he received a recall notice for the rear trailing arm. The dealer was not contacted . The failure mileage was 120000. The current mileage was 126000.


car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 7
Failure Date: 02/05/2009

My wife and daughter were on their way home and went across the railroad tracks when my wife heard a clunk and thought a chunk of ice fell off the car. She said the car then handled as if it were on black ice all over the road. I pulled the car in the shop and found the left rear trailing broke next to the spring mount towards the wheel. Not having dismantled any components, using a visual inspection the part had only a few spots that had been holding judging by the rust on the broken part. The car is still in my shop and I will be calling Hyundai Monday to find out about this part. My concern is if this would have happened going down the road at highway speeds, my wife and 17 month daughter could have been seriously hurt or killed. Please review this problem. I have never seen trailing arms, control arms or major suspension components break like this one did without having been in some type of accident. This part failed from the top down.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 8
Failure Date: 11/29/2008

The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While making a left turn at approximately 20 mph, the contact felt the tires rubbing against the frame. Immediately following, the vehicle became difficult to control due to the steering column vibrating uncontrollably. The vehicle was driven to a tire shop and the mechanic stated that the rear driver's side control arm and ball joints were rusted and cracked. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic also advised the contact to have the vehicle towed to a local repair shop or her residence because it was unsafe to drive. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was 104,800 and failure mileage was 104,785.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 9
Failure Date: 09/06/2008

2001 Hyundai Santa Fe lower control are completed rotted out on the left side of my vehicle. Called Hyundai they said they were aware of the problem and save the control arm which I did. The cost of repairs were $500+. Now the right hand side is rotted and will need to be replaced in a few months. My mechanic said this should not happen.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 10
Failure Date: 08/04/2008

My 2001 sante fe was making " creaking" noise by the passenger side rear tire. I made an appointment for it, but before the appointment I heard a loud thud and lost control of the vehicle. Fortunately I was only going 35 mph and was able to skid into a driveway. The rear control arm snapped off due to an excessive amount of rust. The other side is almost rusted through. The repair shop had never seen anything like it before.


 
car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 11
Failure Date: 05/24/2008

Returning from 2 hour highway trip, turned into development, heard loud snapping noise. Took to dealer next day, informed driver side rear control arms rusted through and broken, passenger side well on way. Axle would also need to be replaced. Only axle under warranty--had dealer replace such. Took vehicle to regular garage for remainder of repairs. Garage extremely surprised at amount of rust contained in rear suspension----paper thin. Have saved parts for anyone wishing to look at them. Have noted on-going complaints about 2001 Hyundai elantras with same problem--must be a Hyundai issue--as mine is a Santa Fe. This is a very dangerous condition and could cause major accidents and/or deaths should control fail during normal driving conditions. Was told control arm is defective, as there is no holes for any water/condensation to drain, therefore water sits and rusts them out.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 12
Failure Date: 04/08/2008

Our 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. . . Going along the highway we heard a thunk and the SUV almost went out of control. . . Fishtailing. . . Finally brought it to a safe stop and towed. . . . My mechanic couldn't believe how thin the rear control arm was ( which is what broke) stating it was completely rusted out, mainly because there is no place for the water to drain causing premature and dangerous conditions. . . The other side was ready to break through too he observed. Luckily there was traffic that night and we were not going that fast, had that happen at 65, the truck would have been apt to roll over.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 13
Failure Date: 02/28/2008

As my wife was backing up the 2001 Santa Fe SUV at a local park, she heard a loud thump. She thought she went over a pothole, and got out of the car to look. She didn't see a pothole, and got back into the car. As she drove down the road, a rhythmic screech became very loud from the right rear side. She stopped the car, and again got out to take a look. The right rear tire looked normal. She got back into the car and continued to drive home, slowly. The screeching became louder and louder. When she got home, she looked at the right rear tire and was shocked to see that it was caved inward, and a metal part was broken and hanging down. The car was not drivable in this condition, and a tow truck had to come to our home and load the car onto a flatbed truck and take it to the local Hyundai dealer. The Hyundai mechanic discovered that the center of the right rear control arm had fully rusted out and the suspension had broken through. The right rear control arm, the lateral link, the abs sensor, cam volt, and nut had to be replaced to fix the problem. The total cost was $1,549. 22. The dealer told me that this was not covered under the warranty of the car. I thought this was an isolated case. However, after discovering there were numerous cases of 2001 Santa Fe control arms rusting out, I decided to file an NHTSA complaint. I am very grateful that this did not happen as my wife was driving at a high speed on the tollway. It is my opinion that Hyundai should take responsibility for the poor design of the control arm. Furthermore, in the past two weeks, I have discovered that the left control arm is showing the same signs of rust that caused the failure of the right control arm. It will soon need to be replaced, which will be expensive. I feel it should be part of a safety recall.

car   Front Suspension Control Arm problem 14
Failure Date: 10/24/2006

Traveling on the highway about 65 miles per hour the vehicle suddenly turn to the right and lunged downward to a point the vehicle felt as if it was going to flip over. I brought the vehicle to a repair shop and found the right rear lower control arm had rusted completely through. I have pictures of the part if needed. When the repair shop called the Hyundai parts department the person answering the phone said this type of problem was common problem with Santa Fe suvs. That next thing that made me think this was a problem that Hyundai was aware of, was that the replacement part had be redesigned and now has weep holes so not to retain water or moisture. The repair shop tested the remaining control arms on the vehicle to find the left rear lower control arm was almost rusted through. The repair shop said that this vehicle has the same degree of rust on these parts that a ten year old car would have. This vehicle is only six years old and has been garaged during this time. Hyundai seems to be aware of the defect due to the redesign of the part in question and that Hyundai parts department is aware of the number of failures. Is Hyundai waiting until there is a serious injury or a death?.