Santa Fe going in for electrical service

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by LlamaLarry, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. LlamaLarry

    LlamaLarry Guest

    I am having the Santa Fe alternator/battery problem that seems so prevalent.
    Any magic words I need to drop to ensure that they replace the alternator
    and installa larger battery and not just dump me off and defer the solution
    to the next time?
    LlamaLarry, Sep 23, 2003
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  2. look up the TSB for this issue, I'm sure there was at least 1 if not more
    R.G. Saunders, Sep 23, 2003
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    Jknomail Guest

    I am having the Santa Fe alternator/battery problem that seems so prevalent.
    Do yourself a favor, and take it to a shop you trust, or do the work yourself,
    if you're able. My Sante Fe's battery died just after its first year. When I
    took it in, they replaced the battery, and some kind of 'fuse link' they said
    was part of the scheduled maintenance. If they meant the fusable link, I've
    never heard of one being on a maintenance schedule. All I wanted was a battery.
    When I picked it up, the radio and interior lights didn't work. When I picked
    it up the second time, they said the radio had been plugged into the wrong
    place on the fuse block, and it blew a fuse (it's a factory radio). I noticed a
    few days later that the rear-window defogger doesn't come on.
    I should have replaced the battery myself.
    Jknomail, Sep 23, 2003
  4. LlamaLarry

    LlamaLarry Guest

    I got my car back and thankfully everything seems to be working. They
    switched out the battery but did not want to budge on the alternator and had
    no explanation why the battery would die other than "sometimes you get a bad

    LlamaLarry, Sep 25, 2003
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    norelpref Guest

    You do sometimes get bad batteries and sometimes bad electrical
    systems can shorten the life of a battery. I had an oversized stereo
    in my Mustang for years and the longest I ever had a battery last was
    14 months. I started getting Sears Diehard Golds with a 2 year
    replacement warranty. I figured this was my best bet for the
    nationwide 2 year replacement warrenty. Problem was when the battery
    died, I'd have to push start the car or jump it everytime until I
    could get to a Sears store. They always wanted to check the entire
    electrical system out before sticking another battery in the car. Of
    course it always checked out good and I'd have to wait for hours while
    they checked everything out and finally replaced the battery. I would
    sometimes be charged for terminals or cleaning the battery tray or
    something stupid for roughly $15 to maintain the warranty. At that
    point I started buying whatever Walmart had. Decent warranty, I could
    take just the battery in and pick up a new one at any Walmart, or
    simply buy another one for $36. They lasted just as long as the Sears
    batteries for $79 and it was much more convienent to swap out. That
    stereo is now long gone (probably in someones elese car now as it was
    stolen) and I havent had to replace my existing battery for almost 3

    I don't really know what my point is here, just sharing a battery
    story I guess...
    norelpref, Oct 2, 2003
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