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Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 33 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
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.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
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 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 3
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 4
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...

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 10
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 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 11
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 12
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 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 13
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 14
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???.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 15
Failure Date: 05/17/2013

When going up a hill the engine lost power and had no throttle response, I got it off the road and parked and shut off the engine, waited a few min. And restarted the engine and drove home with out any more power loss but the check engine light was on and engine was surging, took it to the dealer on 5-21-13 for repair, left dealer and drove home, on 5-23-13 the check engine light came back on with power loss and no throttle again, shut off and restarted and had throttle response and power but engine light is on, now today 5-24-13 the same thing happened, check engine light came on and no throttle, I called dealer and now have an appointment for Tuesday due to the holiday, if this would happen in traffic there could be an accident and someone could get hurt. This will happen anytime when the check engine light is on, and the dealer states its ok to drive.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 16
Failure Date: 05/16/2013

On 5/15/13 I had my stop lamp switch replaced per recall campaign 110. The following day, I noticed cold engine fluctuation and surging. This has happened regularly, with the engine sometimes fluctuating up to nearly 2000rpm while the car is in park. Gradually, the issue progressed to difficulty accelerating and a shaking/hesitation feeling while downshifting that feels like the engine is going to stall out, but it does not. This began 6/20/13. Also on 6/20/13 my check engine dash light came on, and the "esc off" light was illuminated, even though I had not shut the esc off. Additionally, the awd system light was flashing. Upon restart, only the check engine light remained on. I brought my vehicle to grismer for diagnostics. They found error codes: c1513, c1611, p1295, p2106, and p2135. I revisited my local Hyundai dealer (voss Hyundai) and they state that they believe the stop lamp switch is working properly and that the throttle positioning sensor needs to be replaced. They refused to cover this cost due to being outside of the warranty. I was told by grismer that the tps issue is directly related to the stop lamp switch issue. I believe that what I am experiencing also relates directly to service bulletin #TSB-09-FL-003-1.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 17
Failure Date: 05/02/2013

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe had complete power loss on interstate while moving at 65mph in the left most lane. Engine shuttered, check engine light came on and engine power went to idle rpm. There was no throttle responce and steering became heavy. Managed to cross two lanes and get the vehicle to the shoulder. Shut vehicle off and restarted it. Check engine light stayed on and engine appeared to function normally. Accelerated from shoulder into traffic. Drove for 1/4 mile and incident again repeated itself as described above. Fearing for my safety, I parked the vehicle and had it towed to dealer whom I purchased vehicle from. I called (on 5-2-13) the dealer and told them what was happening. The next morning (5-3-12) I called them at 9am to find status of repair. They stated it was already repaired. They stated it is related to the trottle position sensor. They stated they were well aware of the problem. They stated they were having many of the same issues with this type of vehilce. They stated there was a TSB on the problem. Does someone have to be injured or killed before a manufacture has the obligation to correct a known problem that repeats itself? look at all the other reports and complaints! I have a wife and 2 children that ride in this vehicle. What now?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 18
Failure Date: 03/18/2013

This complaint is similar to a complaint I already filed in December 2012 and is a recurring issue. On 3/18/13, was traveling approx 55 mph up a steep hill when the check engine light came on and immediately the gas pedal ceased functioning as well. The engine remained running, however pressing the gas pedal did nothing. This created an extremely dangerous situation as the traffic behind me was not aware my vehicle was slowing down and I had no ability to safely pull over to the side of the road. I brought the car to a stop, turned off the engine, waited a minute, and restarted it. At this point the gas pedal was functioning as expected, but the check engine light remained on. Went to the dealer, however they indicated the fix for the issue (technical service bulletin, #12-FL-004) had been applied after the 12/2012 incident and they found nothing new wrong this time. On 3/22/13, the exact same issue happened twice during one commute to work. The vehicle is currently at the dealer who has no idea why this is happening. This is a major safety issue and from other reports seen online, a recall should be investigated.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
Failure Date: 12/22/2012

While traveling approx 55 mph, I hit a fairly significant pothole. The check engine light immediately came on and, at the very same instant, the gas pedal ceased to function. The engine remained running, however the gas pedal had no affect - e. G. Pressing the gas pedal did nothing. I immediately pulled onto the shoulder and brought the vehicle to a complete stop. The engine continued to idle and, after letting up on the brake, the vehicle moved forward on its own at approx 20 mph, more than expected under normal idle conditions. This condition lasted for approx 5 min until I could pull into a parking lot. I shut the engine off, waited a moment, then restarted it. At this point the gas pedal was functioning as expected, but the check engine light remained on. The vehicle was repaired at the dealer who notified me of an existing technical service bulletin, #12-FL-004, from Hyundai. They also indicated this was a "known issue" relating to the "ecm software. ".

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 20
Failure Date: 09/17/2012

This is the 6th engine stalling during driving. The engine light, engine oil pressure and charging system lights were on. The dealer could not diagnose or fix it.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 21
Failure Date: 03/23/2012

The engine stalled while driving. I was driving at a low speed and making a right-hand turn, and the engine shut off. The check engine light illuminated. I lost power steering and wound up on the opposite side of the road; fortunately, there was no oncoming traffic or it could have been an even more dangerous situation. I was able to restart the car and continue driving. The dealership did not see a diagnostic code recorded. They were also not able to recreate the problem. No repairs were made. This incident happened again at approximately 9,000 miles, and most recently at 24,184 miles. In all cases the scenario is similar: driving at a low speed, either turning or on a curvy road. The vehicle has restarted without incident, but the complete loss of power steering and braking makes this an incredibly dangerous defect. The dealership was unable to find a diagnostic code for the most recent incident.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 22
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

When slowing down for traffic lights, turns or merging into traffic lanes, when the brake is released and the accelerator is pushed, at random times the car hesitates and all power is lost momentarily. The vehicle seems as if it has or is in the process of stalling out. At first, it feels as if all power has been lost and that the vehicle should be steered to the side of the road. However, then the engine suddenly re-engages and the vehicle lunges forward. The engine warning light does not come on, and the engine apparently does not "die," since there is no requirement for an ignition re-start. The problem happens sporadically (about once or twice a week--but sometimes once or more in the same day). The vehicle starts well, idles well and otherwise performs in an okay fashion. The dealer cannot find anything wrong. The car did not do this for the first 20,000 or so miles. On at least two occassions, this "stalling out" has almost created an accident situation.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 23
Failure Date: 06/28/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate, especially when driving uphill. The check engine light was illuminated and the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic several times where numerous repairs were performed but to no avail. The failure mileage was 119,000 and the current mileage was 122,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 24
Failure Date: 06/07/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The tachometer read zero and the vehicle violently jerked and then restarted itself. The failure would occur intermittently and often times, the check engine light would illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where he was informed that the crankshaft position sensor had failed and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer advised there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 132,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 25
Failure Date: 03/01/2010

Check engine light came on and it would not go over 20 miles per hour. And had to towed to dealer and it come to be the same problem Toyota is having with the gas pedals.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 26
Failure Date: 02/19/2010

While being in park - engine will surge - rpms jump to about 6,000 and accelerates like it wants to go. I will put car in drive and rpms come down but still wants to accelerate. This same thing happens even at stop sign - with foot on brake. Car unintentionally accelerates on its on once foot comes off brake. Check engine light may or may not be on. Very scary situation and almost scared to drive it. This happens every now and then but lately it has been going on for several days. Noticed the problem about 3 months ago.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe 27
Failure Date: 12/29/2009

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe. Consumer requests reimbursement for vehicle repairs for engine damage the consumer stated the engine light illuminated and the engine began knocking. The consumer took the vehicle to goodyear and the mechanic informed her the engine was covered in sludge and advised her to take the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer informed the consumer the engine would need to be replaced due to the engine being neglected due to not having proper oil changes. The consumer stated she had proof of all the oil changes. Hyundai refused to honor the consumers warranty.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 28
Failure Date: 09/28/2009

Started my car, it didnt feel right, pulled out of my driveway and started to drive when the car started to stall but didnt and between 1 st and 2 nd gear the car was jerking. I pulled over shut car off and try it again, same thing. I drove for a few blocks seem to drive better after 2nd gear. So I drove it to the dealer to have it checked out. The check engine light was on. I was told there was a recall on the 2002 Santa Fe regarding the crankshaft position sensor which would cause a engine stall and the sensor would need to be replaced. But I was told that my 2002 Santa Fe did not make the recall list. Why wont they fix the problem that was recalled ? but they will fix it if I pay for it.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 29
Failure Date: 08/09/2009

2003 Santa Fe stalls at highway speeds but immediately starts again. Stalling has also been noticed at lower speeds and while idling at stop lights. This occurs sporadically and with no indication that anything is wrong, check engine light is not on so a diagnostic scan is useless. I have seen many other complaints about the same problem with no solution from Hyundai. Also recalls on 2001 and 2002 for the same problem.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 30
Failure Date: 07/31/2008

While driving at 30mph (2001 Santa Fe), I felt a big jerk which I never felt it before with this car. After that I made a right turn and my car suddenly stopped and check engine light comes on. When I re-started the car, it started fine.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 31
Failure Date: 06/17/2006

Suspension /check engine light /lower ball joint: dealer replace @54,353 miles, lower arm in 2004 and 8/2006 replacement is needed I have taken my 2001 Santa Fe to dealer 8 plus times for check engine light and was told found tether on gas cap not letting cap close tight enough /moved tether and ran evap test and check out ok . I was told cap loose 8 plus times this problem is on going. Return to dealer for jerk transmission issues I have to push the accelerator pedal to the floor and it takes off slow and once gets power the car jerks starts as if the gears or not switching over. Dealer said do the pressure in gas cap and gas cap not closed tight enough eval test was done. Back at dealer after road trip my car was running after begin parked with a/c running and I turn car off and car would not start thought may battery check and no water was in battery I put water in battery and let car sit for about hour and car restarted back at dealer explain this issue my battery was replace I was told factory battery wasn't strong enough was for Santa Fe this is 3rd battery with in five years.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 32
Failure Date: 10/30/2005

The contact complained about several problems. The first problem was the traction control, which allowed the front wheels to slip in the snow. The electronic accelerator cut in and out when the traction control was on. The dealer was contacted, and they suggested turning the traction control off. The contact tried the dealer's suggestion. And now, only one wheel will turn in the snow, the engine idled low, and the vehicle did not move forward. The second problem occurred on normal road conditions the vehicle lurched forward after a complete stop. The last problem was the check engine light which intermittently illuminated. The dealer replaced the dps valve sensor and reprogrammed the computer software. The contact had only driven the vehicle once since the repairs were completed, and did not notice any difference in the performance of the vehicle.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 33
Failure Date: 01/16/2005

While driving, the check engine light came on. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and the engine cylinder was found to be defective. Vehicle came out of the factory with defective cylinders. It took 5 months for the engine light to come on.

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