Engine Belts And Pulleys Problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 26 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (under the engine and engine cooling 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   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
Failure Date: 02/15/2018

The belt that runs the alternater has broken twice and continuously is squealing it wont keep speed when going up hill and wont let battery charge correctly to keep running will stop when it is being ran.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
Failure Date: 01/03/2018

I was driving the vehicle to work and the engine stops and all the dash lights are on. The vehicle will not even turn over let alone start. I had aaa tow the vehicle to my house and after putting a wrench on the crankshaft pulley bolt and physically trying to turn the motor over I realized the motor is seized. I had noticed after draining my oil during all the prior oil changes, the vehicle was losing oil. There is no signs of the engine leaking oil externally so it has to be an internal malfunction on the engine. Knowing this I would check and add oil as needed between y oil changes. The engine had plenty of oil before and after the engine failed. Something was wrong with my engine from day one from the factory. I guarantee this engine failed because of the factory that assembled the engine.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 3
Failure Date: 04/02/2017

My wife was driving at highway speeds on the beltway around DC when the engine seized and the car shut down. She was able to coast to shoulder where aaa then came and towed her to a shop. Shop said it was the engine and we had to take it to a Hyundai dealer. Dealer said it was a battery issues, replaced the battery and charged us for it. Four days later at highway speeds on I-95 north the engine locked up again. The dealer is telling us it is now an engine issue, which was somehow not the problem the first time. The check engine and warning lights did not come on before the failure and all of the fluids are full to standard levels. The dealer is saying they have to replace the engine and Hyundai corporate is saying there is nothing they will do for us. Vehicle was built only 5 years ago, and only has 72,000 miles on it. Because we are the second owner, the original 75,000 mile warranty now only goes to 62,000. She or anybody else around her could have been killed.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
Failure Date: 10/02/2016

My check engine light came on in my Hyundai on Saturday. The next day, Sunday, I took my Hyundai Santa Fe sport 2013 to the car repair for a diagnostic. The tech said the codes were related to a timing belt and that we could drive it short distances and bring it back later before closing (5pm) because the repair mechanic would not be in until Monday. On the same day, Sunday, we drove to pick up a rental car so that my huyndai could go back to the shop for the mechanic on Monday. While driving to the car rental, we pulled into the car rental parking lot and my Hyundai just stopped/shut down while driving. It would not turn back over. I called a tow truck to have it towed back to the car repair. The next day, Monday, the car repair called and told me that my engine had seized and that a new engine would have to be purchased. I had my Hyundai towed again on that same day to Hyundai service center for a second opinion and they said something about my camshaft and that the engine had seized and that a new engine would have to be purchased. My Hyundai had just had a tune-up and it had oil in it. We checked the oil on Saturday. A brand new car with regular oil changes and maintenance does not just decide to go kaput! I am thankful that we were not driving on a highway and that we did not lose our lives on that Sunday.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
Failure Date: 12/28/2015

Vehicle inspection performed by manufacture certified technician. Two issues were recommended by the technician: a) new tires. All 4 tires currently on the vehicle are around 5 years old (based on the dot date of manufacture), and have been driven for over 100,000 miles (based on odometer readings from 2010 and current). B) new rear brake pads and rotors. The inspection revealed rear pads around 3 mm, and rotors showing rust. These are safety issues, which should be addressed before selling the vehicle. Regular maintenance has been performed on this vehicle, but existing records do not specify that recommended fluid/timing belt replacements were performed.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 6
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.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 7
Failure Date: 10/11/2014

Car stalls without warning while driving. First occurrence was over a year ago. I was driving down i5 going 70 mph when the car suddenly died. I lost my power steering and brakes. I managed to coast to the next exit. It started after sitting a few minutes. And I was able to make it home. I've received codes for camshaft sensor, misfires, low catalyst. I've changed the cam and crank sensors, coils, spark plugs, timing belt and assembly, fuel pressure regulator and fuel pump over the past year. Still having the issue. Car drives fantastic for about 10 miles and stalls out. After waiting about 5 min. It can be driven for another few miles before stalling out again. Check engine light does not turn on when it stalls now. Very dangerous when trying to drive in town or attempting to merge into traffic. You never know when it will stall out.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
Failure Date: 08/23/2014

The drive axel broke while the car was doing approximately 5 mph. When it broke, the ball joint pulled out of the right side wheel, a piece of metal flew up and tore the serpentine belt. There is a recall #112 for the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe that the drive axel can break but I was told it does not affect my car. How does the drive axel just break. The recall affects the front right axel. Prior to it breaking, I was going down i70 at 70mph, thankfully, it didn't break at that time.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 9
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   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 10
Failure Date: 05/12/2014

As I was driving is a rain storm, my battery light came on. I lost my window defrosting capability, my lights dimmed and I had no power steering. I am not sure what else was affected at this time as I was just concentrating on getting home alive. When home, I opened the engine compartment and found that the crank shaft pulley had come apart. Lucky, it was laying on a small ledge in the car. This could have fallen off, damaged the engine compartment, fallen to the street and become a rolling piece of metal. If a woman had been driving(this is actually my girlfriends car), this would have been a dangerous situation.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe 11
Failure Date: 03/28/2014

Stopped at an intersection, foot on brake, engine began revving, then decelerated, but revved again, this time forcing my car forward. Another vehicle was approaching from the left, so I steered right. Impact on left front wheel, car careened into a lightweight plastic type fence and stopped. My foot remained on the brake the entire time. I was wearing my seat belt and was not injured. The other driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Both vehicles were inspected by the same insurance adjuster and totaled. I have filed a complaint with Hyundai, but so far, they have not sent an investigator to check out the vehicle.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 12
Failure Date: 07/20/2013

I was a passenger in the vehicle when it crashed into a fire hydrant doing approximately 40mph. The seatbelt failed to lock and the airbags failed to deploy. The car has major damage to the underbody, front-end, the inside of the vehicle dash, the motor mounts, engine and other damages are unknown at this time.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 13
Failure Date: 06/12/2013

When ever the under engine gets wet the car turns off and the brake light and oil lights come on. When it stops I can't turn the wheel and it locks up. I was driving on interstate in the rain and the car started jolting that the car was off then on then off then on again. I had no control of the car in the torrential rain going 60 miles an hour. Whenever it rains or if I go through a puddle of water this has happened again and again. When I took it to the auto dealer that I bought the car from, I was told that normally there is an engine undercover but there is not one on my car nor was there ever one put on by the manufacturer. Having no engine undercover causes the car to stall out whenever water is splashed up onto the engine. This causes the belt to ajar and that stops electrical from flowing to the car and therefore it stalls out at very dangerous times; like driving in traffic or driving on the interstate. No engine undercover is available and therefore the problem can not be fixed. What do I do about this dangerous behavior of the car??.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 14
Failure Date: 07/03/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the serpentine belt failed, which caused the power steering to malfunction. The vehicle was towed to a repair facility. The contact was told that the belt was not under warranty, but the owners manual stated that the belt should last for 67,000 miles. The current mileage was 37,000 and the failure mileage was unavailable.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 15
Failure Date: 11/25/2011

I had my SUV worked on prior to driving it home when I noticed a really loud noise that got my attention. I pulled my car over to a gas station filled up and tried to turn my engine over and my engine had locked up. I had to call a tow company which was difficult since it was thanksgiving morning and wait an hr to get it to the shop. I found out my ac compressor had locked up my motor and I had paid over 3000 in repairs. I had the power steering belt put on and I was not informed the ac compressor could have burnt up my new belt. Ever since I have had issues with my steering wheel feeling loose. The Hyundai dealership didn't inform me they had removed my fuses # 10 and # 30. I had found them lying on my ac compressor cover. This car was running hot and my motor locked up due to the ac compressor, solenoid etc.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 16
Failure Date: 08/17/2010

Purchased as a used vehicle with 30,000 mi. In 2008 from a dealership with owners manual missing. On 8-1-2010 while driving home from work, the vehicle engine stopped running on a bridge on a busy roadway, causing the vehicle to lose power steering and power brakes. Other vehicles in the area had to take evasive action causing a immediate hazardous condition. Upon having the vehicle towed to a repair garage, it was determined that the cause of the catastrophic engine failure was the result of a defective timing belt that was a known issue for this model and make of vehicle. The manufacturer recommended changing of the timing belt was to be 60,000 miles, thus telling me the belt should have been changed in 2007 at the 60,000 mile mark. As you can see, I bought the vehicle in 2008 will 30,000 miles on it (no owners manual). I was told I was to be responsible for the cost of the replacement motor, which of course was a used motor because they redesigned the 3. 5 liter engine in 2005 when this problem was evident and those engines would not fit my 2003. Why was there not a recall then on this for engine failure at that time? they had replaced the belt with a new design timing chain for the newer vehicles. While my vehicle was under repair, another 2003 Santa Fe was also in for the same issue. Fortunately, I was not injured, but the possibility was there. A minute earlier, I was traveling down a steep grade prior to the engine failure. This looks like an inherent problem for the Hyundai 3. 5 liter engine, they had to get my replacement engine from texas. Were used car buyers aware of this problem with the Hyundai 3. 5 liter engine models prior to 2006? this is a serious safety violation. The vehicle engine failed without warning! how about Hyundai reimbursing me $4000. 00?.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 17
Failure Date: 06/03/2010

I own a 2007 Santa Fe Hyundai. My power system went out about three months ago. Luckily, I had just left the grocery store and was still in the parking lot. My car at the time had 26,334 miles on it. At first I thought it was the battery, but I had someone jump start my car, and after I drove it about three feet, I knew something was wrong. I couldn't steer it and coasted to a stop by a wendy's restaurant. I called my son and when he lifted the hood, he saw a round part just hanging there. I had to have my car towed to a dealer in waldorf, maryland. Apparently, the damper pulley came apart. They replaced damper pulley and belt. I was under warranty, but I still worry about it happening again every time I have to drive it on a main highway and in a lot of traffic.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 18
Failure Date: 06/18/2009

I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 09/2007 with 78k mi. In may 2009 I took vehicle to dealership for oil change & asked them to check it out before I went on a road trip. I wasn't having any problems, just wanted to be sure everything was ok. Service tech recommended transmission flush, replacement of timing belt, & replacement of crank sensor. I agreed to recommendations because I want to drive a safe & reliable vehicle. Since may I have returned to service dept. At least 4 times because the vehicle now stalls while I'm driving, no warning, just quits. It starts back up after a few minutes. These events are intermittent. The failures have occurred at speeds between 15 & 55 mph, while a/c on, outdoor temp 80+ & humid. Sometimes failure occurs while accelerating from a stop, other times at higher speed on hwy. Service tech has been unable to duplicate or get a read on the problem. He has even driven the vehicle home & back (60 mi) at least twice, stating he had no problems. Each visit I am told "no problem found" yet failures persist. Hyundai USA has advised me if it happens again, have it towed to dealership so they may diagnose/duplicate the problem. The person I spoke to at Hyundai USA seemed very familiar with this issue. To me, this is a very serious safety issue. So far I've been lucky to avoid an accident. Do Santa Fe drivers have to be seriously injured or killed before Hyundai makes this issue a priority? I have read many similar complaints online, some dating back to late 2003. Almost all mention being told its a problem with crank sensor or related components. Also, Hyundai apparently did recall 2001 & 2002 models with the same or similar problems. My vehicle didn't stall until the crank sensor was replaced, could be a coincidence, but I don't think so. Besides the safety issue, this is a financial rip-off. $90/hr labor adds up quickly. Hyundai keeps profiting from a defect they seem to be aware of, yet refuse to correct.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
Failure Date: 12/30/2008

The vehicle jerked violently and then suddenly stalled several times on the highway at speeds around 60 mph, causing dangerous driving conditions. A few days later the vehicle would not start at all. The vehicle was brought to a repair facility and it was discovered that the crankshaft position sensor was cracked at the sensor end near the crankshaft and timing belt. Replacing the part was labor intensive since several engine components had to be removed to reach the sensor, therefore the repair costs were high. The dealership wanted around $1,000 to replace with the part only costing $90. I brought the vehicle to an independent repair shop and had the crankshaft position sensor replaced, the vehicle now starts. Both the Hyundai dealership and Hyundai motor America refused to cover repair costs while the vehicle was in need of repair and before I brought it elsewhere. Both dealer and manufacturer continue to refuse now to reimburse costs after I had to go to a less costly repair facility. My case # with Hyundai motor America is #3467755. I have also contacted the alternative dispute resolution line at the better business bureau. I notified the representative at Hyundai that this same part was recalled on the 2 prior years models of Santa Fe (NHTSA campaign id# 03v520000) and that numerous complaints were made to NHTSA for the same problem with 2003 crankshaft position sensors. Current NHTSA odi complaint #'s that are near exact matches for the 2003 model are odi id# 10238818, 10176719, 10133625, and 10115680. Similar are #10203556, 10199900, 10195530, 10183323, 10128836, and 10050501. Also see NHTSA campaign id 03v520000 and the epa recall #1791 - mfr# 49. A similar recall was done in canada, see transportation canada recall #2002008, campaign code r33. Apparently the part continued to defective at the point of manufacturer in the 2003 models as well. High speed stalls and violent jerking posing risk of injury and death.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 20
Failure Date: 10/02/2008

Was driving on the freeway doing freeway speeds at 5:30 am going to work when my truck just shut down. Check engine light came on, I lost all power coasted about 300 feet, pulled off on left and engine died and would not restart. Come to find out, timing belt went bad, also had to replace the crank position sensor. I've got less than 75000 miles on this truck and am very upset that this is not covered on the warranty and that the parts they use to put these trucks together are so cheap!.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 21
Failure Date: 05/28/2006

On may 7th my car was towed into the maxon dealership with complaints of clunking noise under the hood and lost of power. The service on my vehicle was completed on may 9th. I was told that I needed to replace my driver belts and a computerized problem was the cause of power. On may 28th (memorial day weekend) while coming home from virginia I suddenly lost steering power on interstate 95 in maryland. I had my three children in the car along with my cousin and her daughter. We were all very scared! my car was then towed to the Hyundai dealership in laurel, MD. I received a call from the service advisor who advised me that when my driver belts were replaced they were too tight which in turn cracked my pulley and damage my power steering pump. He advised me that the both will have to be repaired and that a tensioner will be added. I contacted maxon Hyundai, who simply stated " the repairs will be done under my warranty" end of story. We and my family could have lost our lives in an instant because of the technicians error and for maxon to not recognize that error is a major problem. I was not offered to be reimbursed for the original repairs made, nor did they offer to reimbursed for the cost of the rental, nor did they offer to bring my car from maryland to new jersey, they offered me nothing. My car has been to them on numerous occasions and always seem to go back within two months for the same problem. Do the owners of maxon realize how precious a life is? my life and the lives of my children were spared this time, but what happens to their next customer where they decide to cut corners?.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 22
Failure Date: 03/26/2006

Allstate found that there was 1) water pump failure 2) some form of drive belt failure, and 3) the interference engine had parts collide within the engine leading to a fire. This occurred as my pregnant wife was driving down the road. Hyundai is currently negotiating with me to reimburse me for the total loss. Of course, they are not offering me what I lost on the investment at this point. The dealership was found to not be liable by the bbb; therefore I am communicating directly with representatives at Hyundai motor CO. I am very concerned about the safety of this vehicle, and I am curious about whether we are the only family that this has happened to. I can provide you with the 12 page insurance company report; I lack any knowledge of engines and how they work, but it appears to me that this is an extreme danger to consumers. I believe this should be investigated further. Since Hyundai is willing to settle with me, it can only be recognized that they know this product was unsafe. I have filed a complaint with the NHTSA and numerous other sites. . Read more...

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 23
Failure Date: 02/02/2004

Timing belt replaced in sept. 2003 under warranty. I paid for 3 days rental vehicle during this service. Timing belt discovered to be defective in February 2004, and was replaced again under warranty, but Hyundai refuses to pay for the 2 days rental car, claiming this is a warranty item and (no matter how many times they replace a defective part), they will not coverr a rental.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 24
Failure Date: 12/05/2003

Timing belt failure, causing engine to seize and damaged engine.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 25
Failure Date: 09/29/2003

At 5,980 miles engine started to create engine noise. Dealer said that there's a problem on the vehicle's crankshaft. The consumer began to hear noise in the engine compartment. The dealer replaced many components; crankshaft, transmission, belt tensioner and pulley. None of those repairs corrected the noise. The clock spring failed and caused the horn and cruise control to be inoperative.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 26
Failure Date: 05/26/2003

While driving at low speed and without warning vehicle will shut off due to defective timing belt. This caused consumer to pull over. Dealer notified.

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