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Old 03-03-2010, 07:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You're in good shape since your car is so new, and you had the oil changed at the dealer. I think they'll fix it, but it might take some time. You'll just have to be patient.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I find my 3.3 somewhat "knocky" for the first couple of minutes of cold weather driving. Even after it warms up, I can always detect a faint diesel-like clatter when driving with the fan and radio turned off. Nothing that concerns me, in fact probably quite typical given all the other comments I've read here.

Definitely check with the dealer regarding that TSB if it bothers you, and definitely stick with Hyundai oil filters. Beyond that, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Well I just did some more searching and spoke to a friend of mine who is a mechanic, he described the problem I am having as "Piston slap" and that it's very common in new vehicles. I actually had read about it being noticeable for many Santa Fe's and that it's just normal especially since it goes away so quickly before I bought it and just never thought. So it may be just that, although, if so I would be surprised that it was not the concensus at the dealer.

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I agree with all the other responses its normal for Hyundai's to make this noise when cold either piston slap or lifter noise but I dont think its the timing chain. Besides when you look at the TSB and the level they have to go thru to repair your asking for even more trouble but that in my opinion. Please let us know what line the dealer tells you.
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Well my official answer is that they don't know, they said to bring it back if it get's worst otherwise to keep driving it. So I guess that's that.....for now anyways. I don't really care about the noise personally if it's normal, I was just concerned that there was something wrong. So we will see what happens I guess if it get's worst or not.

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Hi Everyone,

I also have a 2009 Santa Fe GLS, 2.7 engine, also 5 months old. There is no knocking or other noise at start up. In fact, I've listened for it and expected it due to lack of oil for a couple of seconds until the oil gets circulating. But there has been nothing like this. The cold start is smooth.

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Ditto with my 3.3L in my '08. I've never heard a sound like that, even on a cold morning, and would be somewhat concerned if I did. It'd be tough to convince me that this sort of sound didn't also imply an increased degree of mechanical wear during startup - one of the nastiest moments in the life of many engines to begin with.
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QUOTE (steveH @ Mar 4 2010, 12:33 PM)
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I agree with all the other responses its normal for Hyundai's to make this noise when cold either piston slap or lifter noise but I dont think its the timing chain. Besides when you look at the TSB and the level they have to go thru to repair your asking for even more trouble but that in my opinion. Please let us know what line the dealer tells you.
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He doesn't have a timing CHAIN. Only the 3.3 and 3.5 have timing chains on the CM Santa Fe.

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Ditto with my 3.3L in my '08. I've never heard a sound like that, even on a cold morning, and would be somewhat concerned if I did. It'd be tough to convince me that this sort of sound didn't also imply an increased degree of mechanical wear during startup - one of the nastiest moments in the life of many engines to begin with.
Is yours parked indoors, Canderson? Mine is noisy only when parked outside overnight in sub-zero weather. Otherwise it is very smooth at startup.

It is common knowledge that cold starts account for most of the wear and tear on an engine, but I'm not sure that noise detected by the human ear is necessarily indicative of how much wear is occurring. If it was, then diesel engines wouldn't last more than a few months.
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Is yours parked indoors, Canderson? Mine is noisy only when parked outside overnight in sub-zero weather. Otherwise it is very smooth at startup.

It is common knowledge that cold starts account for most of the wear and tear on an engine, but I'm not sure that noise detected by the human ear is necessarily indicative of how much wear is occurring. If it was, then diesel engines wouldn't last more than a few months.
Typically yes, it is parked indoors in an (unheated) garage, but not always. As an example, I took it to the airport a couple of weeks ago to take a vacation down in Playa del Carmen -- decided that warm was better than cold, and we weren't seeing any warm around here. Returned from Playa after a week (plenty of time for leakdown of oil, too, if that were going to be an issue) to a car covered in ice and sub-zero (in C terms) temperatures. Fired it up with no noise whatsoever, and then got down to the (ugh) business of scraping the ice off the windshield. Not a fun homecoming after those sunny beaches!
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