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Check Engine Light On Problems of Hyundai Santa Fe - part 1



Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 47 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
Failure Date: 10/19/2016

Faulty gas gauge. After filling up to a full gas tank, gas gauge will go up and down and eventually stop at an incorrect reading. This happens whether the vehicle is stationary or in motion. I never know how much gas I have which is incredibly unsafe and dangerous!!! when the gauge gets below half a tank, the check engine light will come on. This has been happening for months and now the check engine light will not turn off at all no matter how much gas the car has. Then, car started to smell like gas inside when driving on the highway. Took to Hyundai dealership to fix and was quoted over $1,000. This vehicle should be recalled, the gas gauge issue is a safety issue because someone could run out of gas and be stranded.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
Failure Date: 05/03/2016

1. Starter gear had to be replaced and the dealer ship and was told many of these cars are having the same issue. 2. When raining and driving down city streets, or highway my car will try to stall out and the check engine light comes on then it will lose steering, rpms will fluctuate. When checked it said it was the absolute pressure sensor.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 3
Failure Date: 03/30/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the check engine and the esc warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and the check engine warning light remained illuminated. In addition, when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the esc warning light illuminated and the brakes engaged independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

I exited a toll and proceeded to enter the NJ turnpike, suddenly, the steering became tight. I noticed that the power steering was out, along with the engine. The engine just turned off. Thankfully, no traffic, I proceed to pull to the feeder of the entrance. Put car in park, and the car restarted. I am not sure what happened, and fearful that this could happen, with trucks behind me, unable to pull to the side and risk serious injury. No check engine light warning was indicated. I recently had two knock sensors replaced at the Hyundai dealership.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
Failure Date: 09/22/2015

This has happened on 4 separate occasions, both while driving in town at slow speeds and on a highway at high speeds. The check engine light will come on and the car will cut off, no power at all. On each occasion I put the car in neutral and restarted the car immediately and it resumed it's normal driving capacity. It is very scary to be driving along and then all of a sudden the car cuts off for no reason. The last time it happened I was in the middle of a sharp curve, so not having power steering at that point was not very safe, as I ended up in the other lane but thank goodness there wasn't a car coming in the other direction at the time.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 6
Failure Date: 04/28/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the check engine light, battery light, ecs light, and abs light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was determined that the crank shaft position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 83,100.


car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 7
Failure Date: 04/21/2015

My Santa Fe awd 2008 was bought in June 2009 and now has ~99k mileage. I had four or five similar incidents with my Santa Fe starting on 4/21/15, which led to significant power loss and speed loss of the car on the road. The first time, I was driving on a local road at ~25 mph. Suddenly I felt the car lost the power and began to slow down. I stepped down on the accelerator, but the car could not accelerate (the speed dropped to ~10 mph). I saw 3 system indicator/warning lights the esc off(electronic stability control) and check engine indicators had a steady light and the awd system warning light was flashing. I pulled off to the side of the road, shut off the car, waited ~1 minute, and then restarted the car. The check engine light stayed on, but the other lights went out. Then I drove the car to continue to my job. The 2nd incident occurred on my way home. The same scenario except that I was driving at ~40 mph at the time. The sudden power loss caused the car speed quickly dropped to ~10 mph and probably led the car behind mine to make a sudden stop to avoid a crash. Again, I pulled off to the side of the road, shut off the engine, and then restarted the car with the check engine light staying on. The other times I was on the cresent city connection (bridge) in the center lane. I had to work my way over two lanes to turn the vehicle off to restart to continue on my way to or from work. After the 5th time, I did some research online and found an article stating that this problem was on the TSB (technical safety bulletin). Maybe someone somewhere should be aware of more than one vehicle having this problem. . . . . . .

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
Failure Date: 03/17/2015

I was driving to work and my 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe started to "jump" persay. It jumped from 1 rpm to 5 rpm, when I tried ro brake it acted as if my gears were grinding, and it thrusted me forward. This is a very scary incident that has happened alot, but up til this morning, there was no check engine lights on. The check engine light came on so my husband disconnected my battery in hopes it would reset. After about thirty minutes we hooked the battery back up and took it for a drive, and the same thing happened. I almost crashed this morning on the way to work while I was doing 55mph I came to a curve and my car jumped to 5 rpms and I almost lost control of my car. . . . This car is dangerous, something has to be done!!!.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2014

Yesterday while decelerating at about 30 mph and coming to a stop sign, the car completely shut off. The check engine light illuminated. The car was restarted and continued to operate normally. The car check engine light did not illuminate again. I took to my dealer today (next am) due to my concern. I contacted Hyundai and asked to extend my warranty and mentioned my car had similar problem description mentioned in the online 929 Hyundai campaign. The dealer said no code history or code is showing and nothing can be done but to wait and see if problem reappears. I am concerned that this car if again completely shuts off while in operation could become more of a fatal result. Would like Hyundai to extend the online 929 campaign to my vehicle which is same year and model or some other way to check this problem thanks.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 10
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

Driving on interstate 1 hour east of asheville, nc in heavy traffic. At approximately 230 pm on 8/20/2014 the check engine light came on, the car shuddered and lost all acceleration. Complete loss of power managed to coast to the side of the road and turned car off. Restarted and drove to Hyundai dealership in asheville, nc about 30 miles away. They performed a software update and stated problem was resolved. Continued driving on highway (traveling back to dayton OH), and within 1 hour check engine light came on, at about 700 pm, a complete loss of power and no acceleration, and had to coast to the side of the road, restart the engine, etc. Again, incredibly dangerous situation on a busy interstate. The same exact situation happened 2 more times on our way home on the interstate, until we could finally take it to our dealer where they replaced the throttle control assembly and did another software update. This was incredibly dangerous, could easily have resulted in a very bad accident and merits investigation. Please contact me if I can provide additional information. Thank you for your consideration.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 11
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

Safety issue: failure of the fuel sending unit permanently turns on the "check engine light" which denies the use of the "check engine light" for other serious conditions. Many consumers have previously reported the failure of the fuel sending unit. These units cost between $800 to $1200 to fix so most drivers do not fix it and instead use the odometer reading to determine when fuel is needed. Unfortunately, driving with the "check engine light" on at all times prevents the driver from seeing the "check engine light" illuminate when a serious condition exists. Therefore, this is a safety issue. Considering the number of consumer reports already sent to NHTSA regarding failed fuel sending units, Hyundai should immediately issue a safety recall to fix these units.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 12
Failure Date: 07/11/2014

Highway driving at 55mph, complete and total loss of drive train and engine power, check engine light illuminates. No throttle capability. Engine reduces to idling speed, but transmission stays engaged. Vehicle slows down and driver pulls off road. All electronics appear to work. Gas pedal has no interaction with engine throttle. Required tow off highway to Hyundai dealer. Hyundai dealer repaired problem with computer revision update. TSB unknown.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 13
Failure Date: 07/06/2014

My Santa Fe limited awd 2008 was bought at the end of Feb 2009 and now has ~44k mileage. I had two similar incidents with my Santa Fe today (7/6/2014), which led to significant power loss and speed loss of the car on the road. The first time, I was driving on a local road at ~45 mph. Suddenly I felt the car lost the power and began to slow down. I stepped down on the accelerator, but the car could not accelerate (the speed dropped to ~20 mph). I saw 3 system indicator/warning lights the esc off(electronic stability control) and check engine indicators had a steady light and the awd system warning light was flashing. I pulled off to the side of the road, shut off the car, waited ~1 minute, and then restarted the car. The check engine light stayed on, but the other lights went out. Then I drove the car to continue my grocery shopping (several stops, ~30 miles in total). The 2nd incident occurred on my way home. The same scenario except that I was driving at ~40 mph and going uphill at the time. The sudden power loss caused the car speed quickly dropped to ~10 mph and probably led the car behind mine to make a sudden stop to avoid a crash. Again, I pulled off to the side of the road, shut off the engine, and then restarted the car with the check engine light staying on. After got home safely, I did some search online and found several similar incidents reported on Hyundai Santa Fe suvs before (see the attached links below). So I decided to report this serious issue. The link of websites with similar incidents reported: 1. . Read more...

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 14
Failure Date: 06/19/2014

Engine shuts off after taking foot off gas, slowing down and then applying gas to accelerate. After a short pause aproximately 15 to 20 seconds, the engine will restart and resume normal operation. No check engine light appears. The engine has three times in the last 14 months. Car was brough to dealer after first time and no codes or issues could be found. I will bring car back to dealer now after the third time. This is last stall resulted in a close call in heavy traffic.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 15
Failure Date: 03/28/2014

Once my car has gone 200 miles on a tank the check engine light comes on and the fuel gauge is not accurate. The fuel gauge will show completely empty and then change to more than 1/4 tank and back. Once the tank is refilled the check engine light goes off and then comes back on and acts the same after again going 200 miles. The dealer said the warranty is only good to 60000 or 5 years on the fuel sensor but reading online this is a problem that a lot of Hyundai Santa Fe owners are having after reaching 60000 miles. I had the check engine code checked and it listed p0 464 - fuel level sensor a circuit intermittent. With the amount of complaints on this part Hyundai should recall and fix this problem at no cost.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 16
Failure Date: 01/02/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the fuel level sensor circuit was providing erroneous fuel level readings. Additionally, the check engine warning light was illuminated. The dealer and manufacturer were both notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 02/27/lj.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 17
Failure Date: 11/04/2013

Upon turning the engine on, my gas gauge showed empty when I knew there was more gas than that. Then it started to fluctuate up and down . I checked my range indicator and it was blinking the word "range" (which normally doesn't) and the numbers were dashes only. As I continued to drive my check engine light came on. It showed quarter tank then empty and back to some gas. The range indicator started going up and down in numbers as well. I put gas in just to see if it helped but didn't, showing about 30 miles fluctuation in the range indicator. I checked some forums and apparently it is a very common problem for Santa Fes 2008 right as they reach 60,000 miles (as the warranties end and it costs over $600 to repair!). It is a dangerous issue that should be a recall , as it poses a very dangerous problem if a car runs out of gas on a highway or anywhere due to the faulty gas fuel level indicator!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 18
Failure Date: 10/10/2013

At a slow speed while turning (either direction, as incident has occurred now 3 times in 10 weeks) vehicle loses all power to steer and brake. Feels like the car has died, however the battery and check engine light are on. When it resolved, the engine was still running, brakes and steering restored. First two times the power failure was momentarily. Third time the vehicle lost power for 3-4 minutes and stranded me while turning onto major road from my neighborhood with oncoming traffic. Had car towed to local Hyundai dealer who kept insisting they would need to see the vehicle fail in order to know how to repair it. I said not good enough, they need to find another method to trouble shoot and refused to pick up vehicle. Now the dealer is blaming the power loss on worn front tires and the esc system cutting power to the engine, steering and brakes due to it sensing slippage. I'm not buying this explanation from the dealer, especially because of (1) the slow speed (no slipping tires in these three instances), and (2) tires have slipped on quick acceleration before without esc system cutting power to brakes & steering, and (3) if this were the case, I would think esc would be potentially dangerous and not designed to save lives! will file complaint with Hyundai America but I don't have much faith that they will be of help.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
Failure Date: 10/02/2013

While driving at slow speed 10-15 mph and braking the car completely stalled, once while turning left and once while going straight. Loss of power steering and power brakes and narrowly avoiding hitting another vehicle. No check engine light came on and no codes stored.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

Had just left the house and was a few blocks down the road when check engine light came on and engine lost acceleration power. Engine had idle speed and was able to make it back home under idle speed. Turned engine off and when I restarted the engine it seemed to have regained acceleration and drove around the block with a little more power but check engine light is still on. This is the 2nd time in the last two months for the same problem. Taking it to the dealer when they open tomorrow, but last occurence they stated carbon build up on the injectors as the problem. Wife is now scared to drive the car as this problem creates a dangerous driving situation if it happens during heavy traffic.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 21
Failure Date: 08/09/2013

While driving our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe sport 4cyl. On the mass. Turnpike, 200 miles from home, the engine suddenly started to run very rough. My son bought the car into the right hand lane and onto the shoulder of the road. The car was turned off as he investigated the problem. No damage was visible. As the car was restarted, the check engine light came on. The car continued to run very rough and shook. With the assistance of the mass. State police, the car was removed from the turnpike to await roadside assistance. The car was towed to a nearby Hyundai dealership. The following day the service manager called to say that the problem has been found. A spark plug in cylinder 2 had broken, with the broken piece missing. Therefore, the engine has to be dismantled and inspected for additional damage until the loose part is found. We are very disappointed in our recent purchase and wonder if the repair or replacement of the entire engine in a 3 1/2 month old car with less than 4,500 miles on it is a car that we will feel safe in again. There has been minimal contact with this dealership as they are still "working on it" our local dealer that we bought the car from has also been of very little help. Hyundai assistance states that they will paid for the repairs and cost of our rental car after we submit our receipts.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 22
Failure Date: 07/16/2013

While driving on the highway, the car sputtered and then lost the ability to accelerate. The car did not shut down,but the check engine light was on. I was able to pull the car to the side of the road without incident. The car, even after being shut down and re-started, would not gain the ability to accelerate, so the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated the car needed a software update, which was performed. Two days after picking the vehicle up from the dealer, the same circumstances occurred. This time, however, after turning off the vehicle and re-starting, the car was drivable, however the check engine light remained illuminated. Heading back to the dealership tonite. As I do all highway driving, and this is a clearly unsafe situation.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 23
Failure Date: 07/14/2013

I was coming off the highway on the off-ramp and coming to a stop at a stoplight. When the light turned green, the car wouldn't not accelerate pass 10 or 15 mph. It seemed like it wouldn't shift to a higher gear but would be stuck on 1st gear to accelerate. I had to pull off the side of the road and get it towed back to the dealership. Before getting a tow truck, I attempted to turn it off and on several time. The check engine light would come on and any attempts to restart and accelerate the car would produce the same results; the car wouldn't accelerate. Also, after turning off the car, the car would not come on without a lot of engine cranks. The car only as 823 miles on it. I've only had it for 2 weeks. Extremely disappointed with the car and the company. Will try to return it. Not worth the risk of it causing inuring to my family.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 24
Failure Date: 06/27/2013

As noted in other complaints, my check engine light came on and my fuel gauge will not register the amount of fuel, it fluctuates from empty to a 1/4 tank to 3/4 tank. The fuel sensors are bad. There should be a recall for this. This is a known problem based on NHTSA complaints but yet it appears that Hyundai will not take action. This problem began right after I hit the 60,000 mile mark.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 25
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

Thankfully I was not on the highway. . . Was traveling about 40mph and the check engine light came on. So I did what appears everyone else has done - pulled over shut the car off for a few minutes was able to restart the car with power to the accelerator (light was still on). Made it to work - called the dealership to bring the car in that afternoon. Of course the light goes off on my way there. The dealer runs diagnostics to tell me that the computer just needed an update. . . Wth??? an update causes me the ability to accelerate???.

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