Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Hyundai Santa Fe - part 1

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 44 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Hyundai Santa Fe based on all problems reported for the Santa Fe.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
Failure Date: 02/08/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. While stationary and driving various high speeds, the vehicle shook and stalled without warning. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the alternator failed. A dealer was not made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The failure mileage was approximately 160,000.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
Failure Date: 01/15/2018

There was a recall on the valve cover gasket as its poor design caused it to fail and leak into the alternator causing the alternator to eventually fail. I've had it replaced twice and the third gasket has failed and is leaking into the alternator once again. Hyundai has failed to create a permanent solution to this issue and should continue to replace the gasket and alternator if necessary until they do.

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Failure Date: 07/10/2017

I actually have 2 issues occurring. One of these was deemed to have been fixed by a previous recall (campaign 105/110 - fixed /closed Jun 23, 2014). However, my esc off light and abs light are again lighting up. I have (luckily) not yet had loss of engine power or control. The second issue is in regards to campaign 936. I've had the front engine valve gasket cover fixed, along with my alternator replaced (after my husband and I did it ourselves after losing all power on christmas eve in the middle of road before barely coasting into a nearby parking lot where we were able to sort of park out of the way). We changed my oil this weekend, have had no other work done on the car since (except oil changes) and my husband noticed that the alternator is again covered in oil. Between the 2 issues, it is most likely a matter of days (if I'm lucky) before my car loses power in some form and I am potentially in a wreck with my family in the car. I don't know how much the dealership wants to "re-fix" the first 2 campaigns that should have already been fixed, but for just the valve gasket work, it would be at least $500, not including the alternator that will need to be replaced when the car does go out. Apparently the gasket that is leaking this time isn't the front one, it is the rear one. My personal thoughts on this are that if the front one is faulty, then it's not a stretch to get to the rear one being faulty. My Hyundai dealership even warned me when replacing the front one that my rear one would most likely need to be done too (for $500+). If the dealerships know, it makes me wonder why the recall didn't include both valve cover gaskets or a new one hasn't been issued for the rear one. Hopefully, both of these issues can be re-addressed. The date below is of first warning lights. The lights come on from park or while driving.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
Failure Date: 02/09/2017

There is a gasket leak that drips oil on to my car's alternator, affecting its ability to work. Last year, this problem caused my car not to start, and completely drained my new car battery (when I thought this was simply a car battery issue). Last year, it would not start for me at all - I discovered this problem too late. This problem with the gasket leak is occurring again and causes my battery light to come on while driving. While I was able to drive it to the dealership for evaluation and repair, I was by Hyundai's car dealership to not drive at night and to not drive while it's raining.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
Failure Date: 09/19/2016

The check engine light came on because of the gas gauge. Now I have no clue how much gas I have because the reader on the dash keeps going up and down. A month ago, I had the alternator and gas line replaced because of the last recall/service announcement. These electrical problems stem from that replacement.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 6
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

When driving and you hit the breaks, the vehicle attempts to stall, or if you use the high or low breams the radio shuts off and the gps turns on or you loses it all, while on high way way if you use your high or low beams the engine starts to stall then keeps going causing the vehicle behind you have to break quickly to avoid hitting you as you loose all power for a matter of seconds this happen while moving or parked, I mhave installed two new alternators in the past three weeks and the problem coniinues.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 7
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

I am having the issue with the gas gauge, where a short time after filling up the tank, the gauge drops to empty and then the check engine light comes on. I believe this problem was caused by the same issue as a recent recall, where oil was dripping on the alternator. Just a couple days after I received the recall for that issue, I began having electrical issues. My radio came on and off, my windows rolled up and down very slowly. On my last drive home, my electronic brakes stopped working, the steering was hard and the transmission began shifting up and down before I was finally able to pull over and have the car towed. Upon my drive home from the dealer after the recall repair, I noticed that a headlight was newly burned out. In less than a week, the other headlight burned out. On the same tank of gas I had since getting the car back from the dealer, the gauge first dropped to empty before the tank was empty. I believe something was shorted out in the gas gauge system, just as the headlights and all the other electrical issues that resulted from the alternator not working. Hyundai should repair the gas gauge issue since it was caused by the issue of their last recall.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
Failure Date: 09/22/2015

I received a service campaign notification re my 2007 Hyundai sante fe auto to inspect (& possibly replace) the alternator & replace the front valve cover gasket. I made an appointment with the van nuys CA service department. After persisting to get an answer as to how long the service would take, I was told I could expect 2 days. I need transportation to & from Hyundai. I was told their shuttle would only take me 6 miles. My home is 8. 2 miles away. I was told I could rent a vehicle for $30+ per day. It it appropriate that such a notification should cost me upwards of $60????? what agency oversees automobile safety or to whom should I complain about this?.

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Failure Date: 09/16/2015

Fuel gauge has been faulty and check engine light would turn on and off after replacing what I thought was a bad battery one month ago. One week ago while driving, all lights on dashboard came on (battery, check engine, abs, esc. . . ), engine started to rev, electrical and power steering failed, and car had to be turned off in the middle of the road and towed home. This has happened twice while driving now. Issue is from a failing/failed alternator caused by oil leak from front valve cover. This problem is identical to issues with '06-'12 veracruz, recall #121.

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Failure Date: 07/02/2015

I lost power steering and power brakes while stopped at a stop sign going up a very steep grade. I was unable to shift into park so that I could turn my car off. I had to lay on the brake with all my weight to keep from rolling backwards into cars behind me. There were no warning lights. After a minute, which felt like much longer, I was able to shift to park and turn my car off and back on. The second time I lost all power, was a couple months later. I was going about 40 mph on a curvy hilly road. I was unable to steer, accelerate, decelerate, or apply the brakes. There were cars behind me and I was terrified I would end up off the road or heading into oncoming traffic. The vehicle finally came to a stop when it didn't have enough momentum to make it up a hill. I was able to shift into park and turn the car off and back on. Both times my infant was in the car with me. Thank goodness both of us were unharmed, because we could have very easily been hurt or hurt others. I was in a several thousand pound vehicle which was out of control. I had it towed to the dealership the next day as I refused to drive it. They didn't seem to think it was a big deal and said I needed a new alternator. Luckily, I had purchased an extended warranty which covered the alternator replacement.

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Failure Date: 05/01/2015

Hyundai dealer informed me that valve cover gasket is leaking onto alternator which will cause it to fail. Estimated out of pocket cost to repair is over $700. This is the same problem that caused the recall on the Hyundai vera cruz. I'm afraid that the alternator will fail at speed causing loss of power and diminish braking and steering capability.

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Failure Date: 02/26/2015

Warning light came on while driving vehicle indicating an electrical problem. Was able to drive home, but next day car would not start due to drained battery. Battery was then recharged and car driven to local firestone store for diagnosis. Was determined that the alternator was not working properly due to oil that had leaked from the front valve cover gasket. The alternator was heavily caked with this oil/grime. After installing new valve cover gasket and alternator today, car now runs fine. This problem seems to me to be identical to that described in Hyundai's recall number 121 which covered certain veracruz models (NHTSA campaign number 14v415000) and therefore I believe that the recall should be extended to cover at least my car and probably others.

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Failure Date: 01/28/2015

I had a new battery installed two days earlier and car was running fine. Driving on the freeway, my battery light came on and the the esc and brake warning lights. This was about a mile from my intended exit. After the exit more lights came on and the engine started running rough. If I stepped on the brake, the tach and temperature gauges dropped to zero. As I pulled into my driveway, the engine died. I looked to see if I had broken a belt but saw it was intact. I did notice that the alternator seemed to be shiny from oil. I went online and searched for the symptoms and found that there was a recall for the veracruz with the very same symptoms caused by a leaking valve cover gasket. The recall is NHTSA campaign 14v415000. As others have stated, if it's the same engine with the same issue, it should be covered by the recall and the repairs covered.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 14
Failure Date: 01/08/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving, all warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not able to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that gasket leaked oil into the alternator and the alternator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure, the failure mileage was 82,000. The VIN was not available. Kr.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 15
Failure Date: 12/28/2014

Gasket leaks oil onto alternator causing it to fail. Hyundai has a recall on the sister car Hyundai veracruz for this issue, but not the Santa Fe. I have spent alot of money on this repair and think that I have the same issue again.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 16
Failure Date: 12/01/2014

Leaking oil from front valve cover and causing alternator to fail, just like all the other Santa Fe and varacruz.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 17
Failure Date: 11/26/2014

After engine start and while driving any speed the battery light and seatbelt light on the dashboard flashes intermittently. I searched this online and it looks to be an electrical charging issue, namely the alternator is bad. I searched more and found the reason for this is the front valve cover is leaking oil and dripping onto the alternator causing it to malfunction. A recall has been made ( #121) on the 07-12 veracruz for the same issue.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 18
Failure Date: 11/14/2014

Exactly as per Hyundai recall #121, the valve cover gasket leaked oil onto the alternator and destroyed the alternator: but Hyundai dealer is telling me my auto is not covered in the recall. This does not seem fair or right to me. Please help!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
Failure Date: 09/09/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated while driving 25 mph , the vehicle was driving strangely which led the contact to coast over to the emergency lane and shut the engine off. After multiple attempts the vehicle would not restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for a diagnosis and the mechanic observed that there was an oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket and there was sufficient amount of oil on the alternator. The leak had caused the alternator to damage the charging system and to become inoperative. The mechanic had thought the vehicle was under NHTSA campaign 14v415000 and later gained knowledge that even though the failures were adjacent to the recall,the vehicle was not the correct model to service under the recall. The vehicle was repaired with individual expenses. The manufacturer was notified of the failures and they also informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign 14v415000. The approximate failure mileage was 65,271. Gb.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 20
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

While travelling on expressway at 65 mph our 2007 Santa Fe suddenly lost all power and we had to pull over to the emergency lane. A defective valve cover gasket leaked oil on the alternator causing it to short out and be damaged beyond repair. Hyundai have a recall (#121) on the 2007-2012 veracruz for the exact same problem. Clearly the Santa Fe needs to be included in the 121 recall. My family and I were placed in danger as we were in the left lane on a busy expressway and had to quickly merge over to the emergency lane on the right side while quickly losing speed. Additionally, the cost of repair was $750 for the alternator and gasket cover replacement.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 21
Failure Date: 08/18/2014

While driving on I-95, the charging system warning light came on followed by a loss of engine power and then engine stopped completely. Was able to safely make it to the road side. Dealer diagnosed a defective valve cover gasket allowed oil to leak which dripped on and into the alternator causing it to fail. Second identical failure on vehicle in two years. V-6, automatic, 2wd. Found manufacturer just issued a recall on veracruz model which shares the same platform for identical symptoms and failures.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 22
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

2007 Santa Fe limited 6 cyl 3. 3l. Oil is leaking from valve cover gasket killing the alternator and battery and the motor. Lights flash on dash seat belt light, battery light, esc , tpms. Replaced battery in the dark at first. I saw the same issues with a new battery. Then researched and saw similar issues pointing to valve cover gasket leaking oil onto alternator. I checked the valve cover in the light and saw the leak immediately and the alternator covered in oil. If the 2007 vera cruz is getting a recall for this exact same issue as of Aug 1st 2014, then the 2007 Santa Fe should as well as other years of Santa Fe's. Dealership wants $900 plus tax to fix this. Also had to replace the fuel sending unit -that was $700 in Jan of 2013 and there are tons of complaints about that one too. I still smell gas when I fill the tank full and the check engine light comes on due to this. I can and have proven it using a obd code reader to reset the code, fill the tank and bingo code is back like the fuel cap is loose but it is not and the interior smells of gasoline till the fuel level is reduced.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 23
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, I was driving on the freeway in my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe with my family and children on board at 60 mph when all of the warning lights on the dashboard flashed on at the same time. The vehicle started to shake, the engine stalled and both the steering and brakes suddenly became very heavy to operate. Luckily I managed to veer off the freeway before it completely shut down on a live high speed lane and ordered a tow truck from my auto club. The Hyundai dealership technician advise that the cause of this breakdown was an oil leak from a valve cover gasket onto the alternator, causing it to fail. The battery was also affected by chain of event. This cascading chain of breakdown is a systemic failure and this defect is not particular to only my car but is rampant with the Hyundai Santa Fe owners. Any internet search with " Santa Fe 2007 leaking valve cover gasket " will turn up countless results. It is also the same type of failure that has already been recalled from another Hyundai SUV, the veracruz as it was built on a Hyundai Santa Fe platform. I was lucky that I didn't come to a complete dead stop without warning on a live freeway lane at a high rate of speed as the result would have have been catastrophic for all involved. Link to Hyundai veracruz recall with the same problem. . Read more...

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 24
Failure Date: 06/28/2014

While traveling on the interstate at speed (70 mph), car stopped responding to throttle with no warning. As I merged to right lane, car died completely and I had to maneuver to shoulder with no power. Stuck here with wife and 2 toddlers until towed to mechanic. The alternator was dead and had to be replaced. One year later, same thing (luckily not on interstate this time, and warning light did come on this time). Alternator replaced again. Later in 2015, Hyundai announced a maintenance campaign (#936), and I was reimbursed for initial 2 events, and local dealer completed the required maintenance in Nov 2015. 2 years later, same thing: warning lights, oil on alternator, etc. Local dealer again completes the work (thankfully at no charge to me). As of today, oil is on the alternator again, and I feel it is only a matter of time before the issue occurs again. As my wife is typically driving the kids around in this vehicle, I do not like the thought that it could cut off at any moment. I am hoping Hyundai will announce a permanent fix or recall. I am reaching out to them for advice on the latest recurrence. Initial event: 6/28/14 (mileage: 61020) 2nd event: 6/1/15 (mileage: 79800) Hyundai campaign completed: 11/19/15 (mileage: 89512) 3rd event: 08/30/17 (mileage: 119929) Feb 2018 (mileage: 127177) - notice oil building on alternator again.

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Failure Date: 06/25/2014

The dash lights started flashing, the wipers stopped working in the middle of a down pour, the lights went dim. The traction system started detuning the engine. All dash lights on. We find that it is a leaky value cover gasket. Drips on the alternator and causes it to go bad. The service manager said "they are all starting to have this problem and it's $700. 00. If I was the orginal owner Hyundai would replace the gasket, but I would need to pay for the altenator. $600. 00 uhgg!!! now for the fuel guage. Two sensors under the back seat and good as new. $200. 00.


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