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Suspension Noise Problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 11 problems related to suspension noise (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
Failure Date: 04/05/2013

Driving home from work, on a major local interstate, my check brake light appeared on my dashboard. I pressed the brake pedal to slow the car down, but found out that the brake pedal had gone soft and I ended up having to push the pedal all the way to the floorboard to get any resistance. I managed to drive it to the Hyundai dealership a mile away where they realized that the brake fluid was empty due to a ruptured seal in the brake caliber on the passenger side. Upon further inspection, they found that both front suspension coil springs were damaged. The passenger side coil had literally snapped in half and the driver's side coil was dislocated and broken. My car had just been in the same dealership one week prior having a new transmission installed in it (under warranty). As no loud bang or noise occured as with the many others that have had this happen to them, I can only assume the coils broke or shifted during the transmission replacement when the weight of the car was on the lift, and not on the suspension. The gross negilence that neither of these coils were found broken at that time has me incensed. The fact that a solid steel coil that takes 4,000lbs to compress can break in half like that is disturbing. I assume that without the suspension, due to the broken coils, the brakes suffered damage and the above incident occurred. I was very lucky indeed that nothing worse happened, but as this is a recurrent issue with the Hyundai coil suspension and it should be addressed through a recall. Pictures are avaialble of the damage, as are the suspension coils (we saved everything).

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
Failure Date: 11/15/2011

Second set of tires cupping. First set replaced at 23000 miles. Current tires bad at 58000 miles. Have no reason for this. Tire rotation done every 5000 miles. Tires not over-inflated. Not alignment issue, although alignment was done and bolts replaced at 23000 miles. Sounds like a Hyundai suspension problem.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 3
Failure Date: 11/12/2011

While backing out of the driveway I noted a crunching sound from the rear of the vehicle. After driving approx one mile I inspected the rear suspension. I found the driver's side lower trailing arm had rusted to the point that it had collapsed. This vehicle has been kept in a garage in northern virginia since new. Up through Dec 2008 it was used for one winter trip to eastern pennsylvania and northern new jersey. Since I was aware of issues with the rear suspension of this vehicle I had inspected the lower trailing arms approx four months prior to this incident. At that time I found only a half dollar sized circle of scale/rust and some scale/rust on the welded seam on the driver's side trailing arm. There was no indication of an impending failure. I surmise the component rusted from the inside out and thus a visual inspection would not be effective to give a warning of possible failure. Owners should be advised that visual inspection, at least to an untrained eye, may not be effective to indicate impending failure. The last dealer maintenance prior to this incident was a rear brake job in October 2010 at 111,000 miles. Pictures of the failed component are available.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

My air bags light is always on and will not turn off. The suspension is horrible, I took it to a mechanic and he said" there was nothing he could do. And sometimes when I turn my vehicle on the engine revels up and sounds as if the acceleration is stuck. Scares me to death.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
Failure Date: 03/01/2010

A couple of years ago, I saw the recall on the rear suspension on 03 Hyundai Santa Fe. So I went to two dealers around my area and asked them to check the condition. One of them did not even responded to my question and returned the car, and another one said they are fine and not need to be either treated or replaced. Then a few days ago, just web surfing the web and found the symptoms of the problem of the rear tailing arms recall. My car has all that symptoms right now, but Hyundai is telling me that my vehicle is not equipped with the faulty trailing arms, and my vehicle is not qualify for the recall. My car swing when I make turns weirdly. It feels like you have a loose trailer in the back. Also the height of the car had been lowered, and also when I go over a speed bump, I hear creaking sound. I have replaced the front struts, strut mounts, and rear shocks so they are not coming from those.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 6
Failure Date: 02/27/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the driver heard a loud noise; both trailing arms fractured due to corrosion. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic. The contact called the manufacturer who informed her that recall 09v123000 (suspension: rear) was in effect. The rear suspension was repaired and the rear axle replaced according to the recall. Since the repair, the vehicle shakes, shimmies and rattles. The check engine light was illuminated at all times and the vehicle was hard to steer as it pulled from left to right. The current and failure mileages were approximately 129,000.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 7
Failure Date: 01/19/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 30 mph under normal conditions the contact heard a loud noise and began losing control of the vehicle; however, he was able to regain control and shut the engine off. The contacts mechanic drove the vehicle to his repair facility where he found that recall 09v123000, suspension rear was the cause of the failure. The local dealer and manufacturer advised the contact wait several weeks to have the vehicle repaired or travel to a dealer which is 30 miles away. The current and failure mileages were 150,000.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
Failure Date: 10/24/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at speeds of 25 mph, she heard a squeaking noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic test was performed. The failure was contributed to corrosion on the rear suspension arm. The contact verified that she had previously received notification of NHTSA recall campaign id number 09v123000 (suspension: rear) and was advised by the dealer that the failure was directly related to the recall. The dealer stated that the parts needed to make the recall repairs were not available and that the vehicle was deemed as unsafe to operate. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000 and the approximate current mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 9
Failure Date: 07/06/2007

I was driving my 2001 Hyundai sante fe eastbound on interstate 275 in wilder kentucky at approximately 65 miles per hour at approximately 10pm , when I heard a popping sound and suddenly lost control of the vehicle. My wife and two children ages 8 and 11 were in our SUV with me. The car swerved over three lanes of traffic and the median strip veering wildly from lane to lane. The vehicle almost tipped over several times. Fortunately, no other cars were nearby and I was able to bring the vehicle under control. The car was towed to the newport firestone store on carothers road. 859-491-1400. The wheel was turned out approximately 10 degrees. The shop found that the suspension trailing arm had rusted through and had almost completely separated into two pieces. We could easily have been killed or seriously injured. I saved the part. The wheel was literally hanging on by a thread. The repairs costs approximately $800. I called Hyundai customer service and they were completely unresponsive. This is not what a consumer would expect from a six year old vehicle. I am concerned that other cars out there are ticking time bombs.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 10
Failure Date: 06/29/2007

The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 65 mph, the contact heard a loud cracking sound coming from the passenger side rear wheel. The contact lost control of the vehicle and became worse when he depressed the brake pedal. The vehicle began to fishtail, but gradually decelerated to a complete stop. The contact noticed that the passenger side rear wheel looked as if it were turned at a 15 degree angle. The vehicle was towed and the mechanic stated that the suspension trailing arm was rusted and cracked. The current mileage is 103,000 and failure mileage was 13,000.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 11
Failure Date: 10/03/2003

Noise in front suspension. We have gone 3 time in less than a year for service and the noise keep coming back . They change many parts but they have not fix the problem. We do not feel safe any moore in the car. I have call different places but all they tell me take it back for repairs, how many times do I have to take it back? or they are just waiting for us to have an accident to do something. I need help. Thank you.