Common owner problems with the Hyundai Santa Fe include premature wear of the timing belt, stalling engine, failure of the fuel gauge, rough idling and failure of the transmission control module. Other problems include faulty airbag, loss of engine power and failure of the brake light switch.
An overheated engine or oil leakage from the engine can cause the timing belt to wear out prematurely. A faulty crankshaft position sensor, a leak in the Hyundai Santa Fe’s vacuum system or an obstruction in the car’s fuel system can cause the engine to shut off while driving. A short in the wiring between the fuel gauge and the sending unit, or a resistance in the sending unit can lead to failure of the fuel gauge to read fully.
A defective Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)switching valve may cause an intermittent rough or unstable idle engine. A worn out spark plug or too much air in the system can result to rough idling. A voltage overload, vibration and thermal stress can result to the failure of the transmission control module.
A defect in the crash sensor or improper detection of a smaller occupant in the passenger seat can result in the failure of the air bag system to deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger. A defective right front axle or failure to apply parking brake when a Hyundai Santa Fe is being parked can lead to loss of engine power to the wheels. A breakdown of the copper metal contact strip can cause premature failure of the brake light switch.