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Old 11-11-2012, 09:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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After reading this thread, I went out and checked mine. The level in the reservoir was at the MIN line. As such, I'd like to top it off. The following is copied from the Owner's Manual-

If the coolant level is low, add enough deonized water or soft water. Bring the level to F (MAX), but do not over-fill. If frequent coolant refill is required, see an authorized HYUNDAI dealer for a cooling system inspection.

I'm now confused. Do I just add deIonized water to top it off? I see the system takes 7.5 quarts total, so maybe a few ounces of water to top it off are inconsequential. Still seems to me that adding the proper dilution of antifreeze makes sense. I guess I couldn't go wrong adding the mixture, but I'd like to hear the opinion of others.

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I topped mine off with 50/50 mix just to ensure I didn't lose any temperature protection.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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What coolant are you guys using? Any green premixed coolant?
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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What coolant are you guys using? Any green premixed coolant?

Yes, generic green premixed from local parts store. Color may not be an issue as long as it can be used with any type of coolant. Check the label it clearly spells it out. My understanding is Hyundai's Santa Fe doesn't require a special type.

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I always keep a bottle of premix around. Costs a little more in theory, but averaged over time it's maybe $1 per year in exchange for a mineral-free solution that's always the right strength and never needs mixing.

Don't be surprised if you have to add a splash once or twice a year. A little evaporation is no big deal.
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wtnlvr, you are wrong. You should have said "check everything BEFORE you leave dealership". Those grease monkeys can screw it up before you even blink your eyes. It is unbelievable the amount of incompetence they have.


Its pretty hard to screw up a PDI, but some of them, yes, are incompetent. Not all of them.
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Dropped mine off at the dealer today with 1100 miles on it to have a look at fuel econ, and gas gauge issues that everyone else is having.. They popped the hood and there was not a single drop of coolant in the overflow. I asked my buddy who is a mechanis if that was normal, he said that he sees it frequently on Mercedes (thats what he works on).
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Dropped mine off at the dealer today with 1100 miles on it to have a look at fuel econ, and gas gauge issues that everyone else is having.. They popped the hood and there was not a single drop of coolant in the overflow. I asked my buddy who is a mechanis if that was normal, he said that he sees it frequently on Mercedes (thats what he works on).
I filled mine up with the Hyundai coolant mixed 50/50 halfway between the low mark and full mark. This should have been spotted on the PDI. Didn't take much to fill up the overflow tank and I could have just used distilled water but I didn't want to dilute it. I'd suggest everyone pop their hood and check this, or at least have it done at the first service/oil change.
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Rule #1 check EVERYTHING when you get home from the dealer. I had a camaro once that had no oil showing on the dipstick when I got it home. Taught me a lesson. Only problem this time was a low windshield fluid level.
My fluids checked out OK, but the tire air pressure was off. Suppose to have 33psi, all 4 had 41.5psi.
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my santa fe sport has 390 miles on it and the reserve is below the low setting. I did notice the reserve is dropping lower and lower at an unusual rate. Will call the dealer to have a look at it.
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I have same problem. The Coolant level is low. I add deonized water to MAX when the engine is cool. I Bought deonized water from CT just $2~3. But the Coolant from dealer is $20+tax.
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