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Old 07-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just took in my 2011 Santa Fe Limited for its 22,500 mile service (oil change). I was informed that it had an "oil leak under the front cover," and it needs to be fixed before it ruins the alternator. I will have to drop it off again for a whole day to have it fixed under warranty. The service rep also told me that this was not uncommon. I did a search of the forum but didn't find anything where other Santa Fe owners have had a similar problem. A little disturbing.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just took in my 2011 Santa Fe Limited for its 22,500 mile service (oil change). I was informed that it had an "oil leak under the front cover," and it needs to be fixed before it ruins the alternator. I will have to drop it off again for a whole day to have it fixed under warranty. The service rep also told me that this was not uncommon. I did a search of the forum but didn't find anything where other Santa Fe owners have had a similar problem. A little disturbing.
It has been reported here before. Mine is leaking over the alternator too. My valve cover bolts were loose, although I'm not 100% sure that was the problem. Will mention it when my 'Fe goes in for the airbag recall.
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My 09 Santa Fe was leaking too. I tightened the valve cover bolts quite a while ago and the leak did stop. FWIW, I probably over tightened them a little but the leak did stop. I check it often to make sure it stays dry, the alternator won't last too long soaked in oil. My dealer is a real pain to deal with so I'm glad the leak stopped.
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Just took in my 2011 Santa Fe Limited for its 22,500 mile service (oil change). I was informed that it had an "oil leak under the front cover," and it needs to be fixed before it ruins the alternator. I will have to drop it off again for a whole day to have it fixed under warranty. The service rep also told me that this was not uncommon. I did a search of the forum but didn't find anything where other Santa Fe owners have had a similar problem. A little disturbing.
Search for alternator failure due to oil leak, I had the problem and they found that the rubber gasket sometimes isnt put in right or gets kinked right at the point above the alternator. This was a known problem and should be fixed under warranty. Funny havent heard it happening on the 2011 I thought they might have changed the gasket material or at least had better quality control. If the alternator has a coating of oil on it put up a stink they should replace it as well as fix the gasket under warranty.
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they found that the rubber gasket sometimes isnt put in right or gets kinked right at the point above the alternator. This was a known problem
In that case wouldn't the leak start right away when the vehicle is new?

Most of the posts I've read - and indeed my own experience - suggest that the leak begins after 3 or 4 years of service. Like wymi I discovered loose valve cover bolts at that time, but I am not 100% sure that snugging them down has stopped the leak completely.
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It goes in Monday, for the whole day so I'm assuming that it is more than a valve cover gasket but a shaft seal perhaps. I'll post more when it is done. Glad it is under warranty, not so glad for the annoyance of having to take the care in again.
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Snugging didn't stop my leak. so I changed the gasket.

Valve Cover Gasket ?
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I'm on my 3rd alternator before they figured out it was the valve cover gasket. Pretty common problem. Redesigned gasket has seemed to fix problem recently though
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Hi all, just got my 2011 santa fe back from dealer about two weeks ago,had oil leak at timing chain cover and valve covers they had car all day, but work covered under warranty.I could not find anything on oil leaks on timing chain covers so i hope this is not going to be a on going problem.
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Just an update, the dealer is having problems finding the leak, so they still have the car. They suspect a shaft seal...just lovely
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