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Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 25 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
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 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 3
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 4
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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
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 6
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 7
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 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe 9
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

This happens more often than none now. I can be pulling out into traffic of just crusing along when I press gas to go whenall of a sudden the car jerks, looses power! like its going to stop and stall in one quick second and throws me forward even with my seatbelt on it jerks me I only had it stall one time, so far. If I let off the gas and press it again it seems to help and power comes back, sometimes. I almost got hit pulling out into traffic because the car lost power and wasn't going anywhere when I had gas peddle pushed. When all this happens the engine light will come on and than go off, sometime now the engine light comes ons and stays on for a few days and the car has a lot less power or feels like its going to stall, than the light will go out on its own. I had it checked out and they told me I needed an alternator so I baught one when my son and my neighboor was going put it in they checked the alternaor and battery and they were fine and have been checked several times and are fine. Also at night when I press the break to stop or slow down the head lights will dim and I can feel the jerking of the care just a little bit. I am so afraid to drive this care sometimes or on the beltway because I am afraid its going to stall/shutdown or shut off that its going to get me killed and I am also afraid to drivge my grand children because of the same reasons. Please help me! I can't afford to keep getting it looked at when it doesn't happen all the time they can't find anything wrong with it. What can I do to fix this problem. When this happens I have no sterring or control of the car for that split second and I am an emt/firefighter I know that split second can kill me and anyone else in my car. I had baught the car used last year and it was doing it just a very little bit at first and I called the used dealer and he said its bad gas.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 10
Failure Date: 05/21/2013

2003 Hyundai sante fe GLS - drove through a 2 inch deep puddle. Lost power steering, battery light and brake light flashed then a rubber burning smell started. Drove the car for two additional days after the repair shop couldn't find anything. Then driving home from work, airbag light turned on, brake light turned on battery light turned on, all analog instruments failed, tach failed, braking became inconsistent and engine started missing. I drove directly to repair shop, as I made my final turn into the repair shop the power steering failed then the car shutoff. Early report from mechanic is a failed alternator - my third one in the last year. I think I have a larger electrical problem with the car, fans fluctuate in speed for the past couple of years and every time it rains I get flashing brake and battery lights. Losing the power steering twice in three days is a little unsettling. . . ## VIN failed ##.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 11
Failure Date: 12/01/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 70 mph, the engine seized. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who diagnosed an oil leak that damaged the alternator, battery, and computer chip. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

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Failure Date: 09/19/2008

I took my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe in to the dealer to replace the alternator. I was told that their is a rust hole a little larger than a golf ball in the cradle where the right front control arm bolts into the cradle. They told me it could be a safety hazard! and I should seriously consider replacing the cradle to the tune of 1700 dollars!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 13
Failure Date: 01/28/2008

During winter driving in snowstorm wiper control arm on driver's side just fell off - making the vehicle impossible to drive due to snow buildup on windshield. It was later discovered that nut holding that arm got loose and was lost. Second issue was the windshield that developed a crack in the bottom with no obvious reasons - nothing was hit/ vehicle is always driven with care. Dealer refused to fix it under a warranty though it was quite clear that the windshield was defective and crack was getting bigger. 3-rd issue - during wet weather/warm-up the brake light and alternator light are on. Took it to dealer 4 times - they could not find the reason - charging is ok/ brakes are fine - the last time the alternator was replaced with new one, but the lights are still on. 4-th issue - brake caliper on rear pass. Side is sticking that causes a constant noise and early wear of brake pads/rotor on that side - it was replaced twice already and vehicle only has less than 40k miles on it.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 14
Failure Date: 06/27/2005

While driving car with ac on the batter dies brought back to dealer said nothing is wrong with car this has happened 4 times now no one will admit there is a problem with the car.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 15
Failure Date: 08/25/2002

Vehicle would not start when leaving from dealership after purchasing, cause according to dealer was defective battery. Battery was replaced. Eleven months later I experienced engine had slow cranking to start and lights dimmed when air compressor engaged and the car was at low rpms. Radio then turned off lights went out, and vehicle almost stalled. Turned off air, radio and lights (luckily it was sundown not dark yet) and proceeded home. Contacted dealership and once again problem was attributed to defective battery. Battery was replaced. It should be noted that Hyundai had increased the output of the alternator in the newer Santa Fe models to 110amp output. It would seem that they have noted the inadequate output of the earlier alternator. I would think this would warrant an investigation into the retrofitting of earlier vehicles to the higher output alternator. Also discussions with other Santa Fe owners that have this make and model have in some instances obtained a replacement for the upgraded alternator through warranty.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 16
Failure Date: 08/16/2002

Battery charge indicator showed a long term "low" charge level, and during very hot weather, battery failed to start vehicle due to alternator not keeping battery charged up properly.

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Failure Date: 08/12/2002

Will like this resolved by hyunday America as soon as possible. No safety defec tlisted.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 18
Failure Date: 08/01/2002

Occasionaly as I drive at night the headlights will dim, clock will flash, and the windshield wipers will slow down because the alernator will not charge the battery. Occasionaly when I stop and turn the car off I will come back out to restart the car and it will not start because of the battery being dead and not being charged by the alternator. I have already had the battery and alternator replaced once on 7/26/02 and it is starting to do the same thing again. . Read more...

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
Failure Date: 06/05/2002

I had the same problem with the electrical system lights dimming wipers going slow radio going off also when I went through a puddle in the rain something got wet in the engine and started to smell . I went to Hyundai in manhattan and they fixed the problem. So far so good keeping my fingers crossed.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 20
Failure Date: 05/01/2002

The first time it happened, we were stopped at light and the radio started to go out and the clock light dimmed. We took it to the local dealership and they replaced the battery (it sat on the ship too long and drained the battery). About a month later, the same thing happened and they said that the connections to the battery were corroded and that I must clean the connections every 3k miles. . . Yeah right! another month went by and the dome lights began fading, the car was very slow to turn over, and the a. C. Would barely work. This time they replaced the alternator. Finally, this weekend, the stupid thing wouldn't turn over, leaving my wife and 4 month old child stranded in 95+ degree texas heat. The dealership has left me a message right at business end today stating that the "new" alternator is expected in on Wednesday but that they have "interesting" news to report on this problem. I anxiously await to see what this might be. It is very frustrating to have our entire life rearranged 4 times, especially since this is a new vehicle. The worst part is that I love the way the Santa Fe drives, feels, looks. Just wish I didn't have to use the stupid warranty this much. Just hope this is not happening to every Santa Fe owner as I know these cars are big sellers! thanks for the opportunity to vent!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 21
Failure Date: 12/05/2001

Hyundai will not replace alternator with higher output.

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Failure Date: 11/17/2001

The car "misses" so badly it will not accelerate. In addition, it periodically dies while idling. This vehicle has had numerous electrical issues. Hyundai has replaced the alternator and the battery with higher output equipment and the problems have worsened.

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Failure Date: 10/03/2001

Alternator/battery problems: lights dim, windshield wiper delay changes speed, electric windows slow at times.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 24
Failure Date: 07/01/2001

When the problem happened the first time, the radio started turned off by itself. I was in the parking lot of a store. I went in and did my shopping and then went to another store. When I got done at the 2nd store, the car wouldn't start. I had someone give me a jump start as the road side assistance was going to take 3 hours. I drove the car to the dealership and dropped it off. That was a Saturday and they were already closed. By the time they looked at it on Monday, the car started. The 2nd time it happened, I was on my lunch break. The radio started to go off by itself again and the interior lights began to dim out. I drove it again to the dealership so they could see what it was doing. They said it was the alternator. They replaced the alternator and 5 days later it began again. I was stopped at a stop light when my radio turned off and the lights dimmed out again. The car was wanting to stall out again. When I turned it off, it wouldn't start again. They replaced the battery. Another 5 days later, it happened again. They replace the alternator and the battery. It was in the shop a total of 4 times. They said the upgraded alternator and the gel battery they installed will keep it from happening again, but said the texas heat in August had some effect on it. We will see what happens again in August. So far so good. I just wanted to report it and just found out where to do it.

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Vehicle dash brake and alternator lights come on when vehicle splashes through water puddles. On all occasions I also lose power steering constrol. The dealer's response to the problem reported is simply not to splash water while going over puddles. This is very difficult to do during thunder storms for which tampa bay is well known. Water is obviously getting into the alternator and wetting the power steering system. On one occasion I lost power steering as I was negotiating a right turn. Very dangerous situation. Mr.

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