Rear Seat Problem - 2002 Santa Fe

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by jim, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. jim

    jim Guest

    Don't have a fix for you but I can tell you we had the same problem with our
    2002 Santa Fe. It was on the driver's side.

    jim, Jul 4, 2008
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    Greg Guest

    Jim, I may have solved the problem. I did some exploratory surgery
    yesterday evening and it's working good now.

    I removed the driver's side rear seat (found the instructions on the
    HMA site). It's just four big bolts and the entire unit can be pulled
    through the door. The HMA site indicated six small screws securing
    the plastic pan to the seat frame needed to be removed but that might
    be optional.

    Anyway, with the seat out I removed the plastic cover panels on both
    sides of the seat (the outboard panel has the adjustment lever) and
    then just removed the springs, cleaned the teeth on the gear with a
    small wire brush, lubricated the sliding mechanism with WD-40, and put
    it all back together.

    My guess is the crud in the gear teeth was keeping the locking
    mechanism from fully engaging.

    Good Luck with yours,
    Greg, Jul 5, 2008
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Good stuff Greg. One suggestion though, in case you have to do this again -
    do not use WD40 as a lubricant. It's not a lubricant. It has no lasting
    properties that lubricate once it evaporates. Use a white lithium grease or
    the likes.
    Mike Marlow, Jul 5, 2008
  4. jim

    jim Guest

    Thanks for that info Greg. I attempted to correct the problem but did not
    find the info you found. Took some of it apart and then decided to put it
    back together so I wouldn't tear things up.

    Seldom had anyone in the back seat and just warned those entering.

    Traded the 02 off for an 07 two years ago this month. (You didn't buy that
    used in Daytona Beach did you?)

    Great info tho.

    jim, Jul 5, 2008
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Seen a few. Fixed by replacing the recliner mechanisms (two on each seat)
    Typically, the gears were stripped
    hyundaitech, Jul 7, 2008
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    Greg Guest


    No - our '02 was bought new. It's been handed-over to our youngest
    who will be using it to do his high-school thing. Funny how it's
    easier to experiment on a car that's no longer your primary mode of

    We've been well pleased with the Santa Fe - it looks like you thought
    enough of them to buy a second one yourself. Even when I tinker with
    ours I come away pretty impressed with the build quality.

    Mike had a good point about the right way to lubricate my seat fix. I
    probably needed more of a solvent than a lubricant given the slop in
    the locking mechanism, and the WD-40 will probably attrack more gunk.
    Maybe brake cleaner or electronic parts cleaner would be the best

    Take care and happy runnings with your '07.

    Greg, Jul 10, 2008
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    Jim White Guest

    Actually the tradein was for my wife. She has that 07. That was in July 06.
    I bought one for me in Sept 07 so we now have two.

    So yeah, we emjoy the Santa Fe's.

    I agree with your assessment that it is easier when the vehicle is no longer
    your primary mode of transportation.

    Take Care,

    Jim White, Jul 10, 2008
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    Greg Guest

    Our 2002 Santa Fe's rear seat recline mechanism no longer locks the
    seat back firmly in position. This is the mechanism that allows you
    to lay the seat all the way down or lock the seat back at a few
    different angles.

    It acts like the gears are stripped or something - if you lean against
    the seat back it reclines on its own. Anyone else seen or better yet
    fixed this problem?

    Greg, Aug 3, 2008
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    Feb 21, 2022
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    Hello, I have the same problem on my 2002 Santa Fe. Where can I get the parts to replace the recliner mechanisms?
    Thank you,
    TAO, Feb 21, 2022
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