2002 Santa Fe problem after engine wash

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by RPM1, Dec 23, 2004.

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    RPM1 Guest

    I hit a deer last month. The front end was pretty crunched up.
    Took it to be repaired. The auto body shop did a great job
    on the fix BUT, as a courtesy, they washed the detailed the
    car =including= power washing the engine! %$#@! The
    car hasn't run right since. Took it in and they tried to get
    the water out of the engine but it still bucks and runs like a
    pig unless I really drive it hard (5 speed). Getting so tired
    of it I found myself looking Hondas and Toyotas today. :-\

    Any suggestions on a fix? It wouldn't be hard to part with it
    b/c the radio antenna (in the window) has sucked since day one -
    so has the electrical system. Too bad, I thought this was going
    to be a 100K car for me. I don't see it happening.

    Ruth CM
    RPM1, Dec 23, 2004
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Pull the plug wires and look for water in the holes. May need new wires.
    Also check for an arcing coil.
    hyundaitech, Dec 23, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    Also check aircleaner as it may be water soaked. Sell it for this little
    problem????? Just fix it.
    Edward Hayes, Dec 24, 2004
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    RPM1 Guest

    "Edward Hayes"
    Oh, this was just the icing on the cake. From just about
    day one there has been electrical stuff going on due to the
    crappy non-shielded wiring they used. The dealer has
    installed 3 new radios which STILL don't work right. My
    son's hand held electrical toys interfere with the electrical
    in the car for cripes sake! I was hooked on the 10/100K
    (upped to 12/120K due to false sticker info regarding
    horsepower rating) but the thing just isn't worth it. I
    saw a Santa Fe with trailing ground wires today. Gee,
    I wonder why...<sarcasm> That might be an option for
    this car but I'm just tired of the whole mess.

    Honda or Toyota will get my money from now on.

    Ruth CM
    RPM1, Dec 24, 2004
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    John Doe Guest

    Waah Waah Waah.... Sorry, was that my out loud voice????
    What I meant to type was...
    Just keep your water hose out from under the hood and you never would have
    had your current problem.

    If you have other electrical problems it would be unlikely that you will
    improve the problem by adding water!
    I know you are frustrated, so if money is no object, go for the honda or
    toyota. America needs more people like you to boost this economy Go get one
    with all the bells and whistles! Make us all proud!
    Hyundai has taken care of soo many legitimate problems when they are
    presented in a calm, reasonable, rational manner, that It seems unlikely
    that they could or would not fix it. Further if they cannot find anything
    on the OBD2 system It would be rare. RFI from games can be a serious problem
    for everyone's safety. So as for your childs electronic games interfering
    with the elecronics I would be interested in the specifics.

    Good luck with your Honda, I am sure they will take care of you with thier
    John Doe, Dec 26, 2004
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    RPM1 Guest

    "John Doe"
    I've never washed an engine in my life! I barely wash the
    =outside= of the car. The auto body shop, where I had a
    dent repaired, power washed the engine as a "courtesy"
    service. I brought it back immediately when I couldn't
    drive 20 feet without it bucking and spluttering to the point
    of near whiplash for me. They tried to dry it. I was able
    to get home. Now it bucks and splutters in low gears and
    low RPMs (5 speed). I have to rev the heck out of it and
    drive it hard to keep it from acting up - great on gas mileage.

    Ruth CM
    RPM1, Dec 26, 2004
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    Jim Vatunz Guest

    If it helps or makes you feel better i had the same misfortune a year
    ago with my Accent after hosing a bit of crud away.
    The water had gone under the shroud covering the plug leads and
    conveniently filled up one of the sparkplug wells.
    I mopped it up as best i could with a rag but it still took a while
    for it to dry up and run properly. If i had my brain into gear i would
    have used a straw to suck the water out, but i didn't have one handy
    and i had to do a trip that day.
    It was just one of those things that happen. Just like a punctured
    tyre or a broken windscreen, I don't hold it against Hyundai and i
    don't consider it a bad design since it keeps all matter of other crud
    out of the plug wells.

    For a very plain website try
    Jim Vatunz, Dec 27, 2004
  8. "Power" is the key word here. Using High pressure water on anything with
    an electrical system is not a good idea. Engines are designed to handle
    some water, since they're exposed to the elements to some degree, but
    pressure washing forces water into places it normally wouldn't be able
    to reach.
    Bring the car back to them and TELL them to fix it! You have every legal
    right to demand that they do so and they should pay for any damage and
    repair costs that result from their ill-advised "courtesy". They screwed
    up your car and you DON'T have to put up with it.

    As others have said, more than likely there's water in the spark plug
    wells and they may have driven water into the coil packs. THEY are
    obligated to fix it.

    Also, it's NOT the car's fault.
    Brian Nystrom, Dec 27, 2004
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    Jim Fisher Guest

    I'm scratching my head trying to figure out why RPM1 isn't doing this rather
    than wasting her time here.
    Jim Fisher, Dec 27, 2004
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    RPM1 Guest

    RPM1, Dec 27, 2004
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    Jacob Suter Guest

    Because they're either a dumbass or a troll... Yay usenet.

    Jacob Suter, Dec 28, 2004
  12. C'mon guys, let's not jump to any conclusions. Some people just need a
    little affirmation or push to get them moving in the right direction.
    Brian Nystrom, Dec 30, 2004
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    RPM1 Guest

    "Brian Nystrom"
    Thanks. I might be a dumbass but I'm hardly a troll. ;-)
    Went back to the body shop 3 times. It's to a point where
    the car is only having the issue in a very subtle way. The
    body shop 'fixed it' as much as they could trying to dry it
    out and such. It's better, much better but it's still not the
    same. If you didn't know the car before the wash you'd
    say it was fine. It's good enough but it's just not quite there.
    I'm going to have to bite the bullet and bring it to the dealer
    (huge PITA) to have them do diagnostics on it.

    All I can say is don't ever let anyone pressure wash your
    Santa Fe engine. Had I known that it was part of their
    "courtesy" detailing I would have said, hell NO just gimme
    the keys!

    Ruth CM
    RPM1, Jan 5, 2005
  14. Well, it sounds like it's drying out on its own. Perhaps driving it for
    another week or two will do the trick and you can avoid the dealer visit.
    Brian Nystrom, Jan 6, 2005
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    RPM1 Guest

    "Brian Nystrom"
    The guy at the auto body shop said it would surely clear
    up once summer hits. LOL! Two days of ice storm here
    in Upstate New Yawk doesn't have me thinking of summer

    Ruth CM
    RPM1, Jan 6, 2005
  16. True, but the heat from the engine seems to be driving the moisture out.
    The weather shouldn't matter all that much.
    Brian Nystrom, Jan 7, 2005
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