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Old 08-09-2010, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been getting a 2006 Santa Fe GLS A/T back on the road for friend who let it sit for almost 2 years because the bumper had gotten knocked off. I charged the battery to get the car to start and it started up OK, but the front brakes were shot completely. I then proceeded to replace the front brake pads and rotors, and when I went to start the car again I noticed something peculiar.

The car wouldn't start, or even attempt to (didn't here it cranking at all). I know the battery is good, and all the other components in the car turn on when I turn the key to A/C setting. I have the shift lever in what would seem to be Park, but the light on the console shows it is Reverse. It shows the car is in reverse when I have it in Park or Reverse, and shows Neutral when I have it in Neutral.

Before I did the brakes (which I don't believe to be related) it was being a bit fussy about switching gears and going into park, but it was definitely working.

Does anyone have any suggestions? My experience with cars is mostly in older Toyota's and Subaru's.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My bet is that the sensor that tells the transmission what position the lever is in went out. And because it thinks the car isn't in park, it won't start. Annoyingly, they won't start in neutral, either...only park.

I would not recommend trying to start it anyway...not until you drain the old gasoline out first. Old gas, [b]especially if it has ethanol, will break down over time and can cause a world of hurt with the fuel lines and pump.
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OK, so after some fiddling with it, it started in Neutral and I was able to get it to engage into Drive. It still won't register that its engages park though, which I find really odd.

Also, I actually did drain the old gas out before started any work on the car, once it starts it actually runs very nicely.
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Glad to hear you got it started and drained the fuel before attempting to do so. I figured that being so mechanically inclined you would know to do that but it never hurts to say anything.
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OK, so now I've gotten it to the point where it reliably starts in Neutral, but not in park, and goes into drive (though sometimes its a little tricky). I still can't get it to register that its going into park.

What is the best way to determine which component is the culprit. From my understanding it can either be the mechanical linkage that operates, or the electrical sending unit that instructs the cars computer to tell it what gear is selected.

Thanks again, I appreciate all the help.
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OK, so I noticed the transmission oil is in terrible shape. I am going to flush it and see if that helps with the issue. Does this sound like it could be a mitigating factor?
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I changed the Transmission oil yesterday only to have the problem persist. The car will not show (on the dash) that it is in Park ever, though I do believe it is engaging into park. The bigger issue is that it will not go into drive unless it has been run and warmed up for a 15 minute duration or so. This is making me think it is the mechanical linkage that is at fault.

Where does the linkage connect to the transmission, and does anyone know the procedure for checking its operation?
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OK, I found where the linkage connects to the transmission below/next to the air filter assembly. The linkage is definitely binding. When you try to change gears between Park, Neutral, Reverse Drive etc the support before it connects to the actuator is bending/straining implying that it is not wanting to actuate.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Bumping a month old thread, but I'm actually I'm having this problem right now after letting my santa fe sit for a couple of months. Shifter won't go into park (Santa Fe doesn't engage in park, I have to put the emergency brake), but does into reverse, neutral, and drive (though this takes some effort). The shifter is tight to move.

Did you ever figure out or fix your shift?


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Ok I replaced my neutral safety switch and that seems to have solved the issue. I found a lot of rust between the switch and the bolt it attached to. Cleaned it off, replaced the sensor, and everything's working great (for now).
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