Santa Fe transmission problem

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by Jim Fisher, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Jim Fisher

    Jim Fisher Guest

    I've got an '02 Santa Fe (6 cyl) with about 75k on it. Transmission is
    acting weird.

    Occasionally, when I first put it into "drive" the car will lurch forward
    (as opposed to a smooth transition from neutral to drive). When it does
    this, when I accelerate the car will change from 1st to 2nd smoothly enough
    but lurches into 3rd gear.

    After it lurches from 2nd to 3rd, the check engine light comes on the tranny
    will not shift down to 1st again nor will it shift up to 4th (manually or
    automatically). It seems to be stuck in some sort of "fail safe" mode where
    it will only operate in 2nd and 3rd gear.

    I can occasionally make it work again by turning the ignition off then crank
    it up again. Usually not, though.

    The problem seems worse when the ambient temperature is hot. Everything is
    usually (but not always) fine until afternoon when it gets hot (in Alabama).

    So, anyone have any guesses as to what the problem is? I've got a theory
    but would sure like some advice before I take it in for repair.

    I'm the 2nd owner so warranty doesn't apply. I'm trying to decide between
    taking it to a dealer or taking it to my very experienced mechanic that
    isn't too familiar with Hyundai's.

    Jim Fisher, Jun 21, 2004
  2. Jim Fisher

    Zotto Guest

    ???? Why should not?

    Zotto, Jun 21, 2004
  3. Jim Fisher

    Bob Guest

    The 10 year/ 100,00 mile warranty is not transferable to a 2nd owner. Only
    the 5 year/ 60,000 mile is transferable.
    Bob, Jun 21, 2004
  4. Jim Fisher

    hyundaitech Guest

    Take it to the dealer. At this point the problem could be as simple as an
    input speed sensor or some similar issue. It's possible you could be
    fixed and rolling out for a couple hundred simoleons. Your dealer will
    have at least one technician specifically trained by Hyundai in automatic
    transmission diagnosis. Going to an outside shop on an issue this
    technical, especially if they're not familiar with Hyundai, increases the
    likelihood of a misdiagnosis.
    hyundaitech, Jun 21, 2004
  5. Jim Fisher

    ED Guest

    I had a problem with my 99 Sonota that put it into this mode. The
    shift when it detected this problem was definitely harsh.

    I borrowed an OBDII code reader, looked up the reported code on the
    tech web site. The web site also helped in locating the sensor that
    was reported as being a problem.

    This was after talking with the dealer. I was told that sensors were
    not covered after the 60K bumper to bumper was past.

    I replaced the sensor which solved the problem.

    It could be as simple as that.

    Good Luck
    ED, Jun 22, 2004
  6. Jim Fisher

    Jim Fisher Guest

    Thank you.

    There are at least three dealership equidistant from me (all at least 60
    miles away) here in north Alabama. Any suggestions on how to pick the best
    Jim Fisher, Jun 22, 2004
  7. Jim Fisher

    hyundaitech Guest

    Check for recommendations from anyone you know who owns a Hyundai in the
    area. If their customer satisfaction scores are available somewhere, you
    could check that. I'm figuring you won't be able to access this data,
    hyundaitech, Jun 22, 2004
  8. Jim Fisher

    Jim Fisher Guest

    And where would you borrow such a reader?

    I asked a local parts shop if they had one and he didn't know what the heck
    I was talking about. My usually mechanic has some sorta reader but stated
    his software was out of date and couldn't exactly identify what was going

    Thank you for your response, by the way.

    Jim Fisher, Jun 27, 2004
  9. Jim Fisher

    ED Guest

    I knew someone who had bought one from an autoparts store. Some of
    the larger chains such as AutoZone have been known to read the codes
    in hope of selling parts. I am not sure if they still do that

    I toyed with the idea of buying one but the price is still high for
    the ocasional user. I have been giving some serious thought to
    building the unit at

    As long as the reader communicates with the car and you can find what
    the code means in a manual or on the website.

    The sensor I had to replace was a output shaft speed sensor. It was
    $75 at the dealer. I was told that I would have had to pay for the
    sensor even if they had worked on it as they are not covered beyond
    the 60K mile bumper to bumper warantee.

    Good Luck on you problem.
    ED, Jun 27, 2004
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