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#1 Old 06-18-2011, 12:43 PM
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Yesterday I arrived at the airport parking lot after 10 days away, and my 2011 Santa Fe battery was dead. This is the second instance of this happening, and it was just purchased in Feb. of this year (2011). I had two attempts at jumping off which did not work. Hyundai roadside help called a tow truck. (After 3 1/2 hours in the hot sun) the tow truck was able to jump it off from the truck after 10 minutes of charging. My dealership just says I have to start the car every 3 days to keep the battery going. This didn't happen to everyone else in the airport parking lot, and I don't understand why this keeps happening. Something has to be drawing power while my car is cut off. I don't have a car alarm or GPS.
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Sounds like there is something draining the battery abnormally, the dealer should find out why. If not see if they know if this transfer switch is real??

Hyundai Santafe Transit switch


Many companies don't offer it but in our cars, this switch remains even after the car has been prepped and sold. It can be a useful feature for those who find themselves leaving their cars parked for long periods of time while traveling on business and don't want the inconvenience of a dead battery upon return. Follow these steps to remove the transit switch and put your car into quite literally a comatose state.

1. If you are recording your mileage, note the average fuel consumption and speed as they will be cleared once the transit switch is removed.
2. Turn off all electrical loads (i.e. radio, climate control, etc.) and shut the engine off. Wait 30 seconds to one minute before proceeding to step 3.
3. Open the fuse box cover and locate the transit switch. It's a small black plug on the top right of the fuse panel and is larger than your average fuse. Squeeze the release tab and the switch should pop right out. If you make the mistake of doing this at night like I did, be prepared to be plunged into darkness as it controls the dome lights, too.
4. Place the transit switch in a safe place such as the cubby hole in front of the shifter or the top tier of the center console.
5. When returning to your car, install the switch with the release tab on the right side. You will need to reset your clock and if you disabled the 'ECO' light, it will turn back on by default but other than that, all should be normal.

Note: The car can still be started and driven with the switch removed however certain functions will be disabled until the switch is fitted again.
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Start the car every three days? Ha! Baloney! There is something draining your battery abnormally, that's for sure. I've left my car parked for a week in the garage on several occasions and every time it has fired right up. Are you sure you haven't left a dome or map light on?

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QUOTE (Hot in Atlanta @ Jun 18 2011, 10:43 AM)
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Something has to be drawing power while my car is cut off. I don't have a car alarm or GPS.
Sounds like you have a parasite in there, slowly sucking away the juice - or a bad battery. There's NO reason your dealer should have tried to sell you a **** and bull story about having to fire that vehicle up every 3 days. Step 1, find a different dealer.

Moving on to step 2...

Unless something has changed recently, none of the 12VDC cig plug power outlets are live when the vehicle is turned off, so nothing hooked up in that manner should pose any problems. Have there been ANY electronic accessories added to your vehicle since purchase? It's possible that someone has wired in an accessory on the unswitched side of the ignition, and it's slowly draining the battery while you're gone. Even something as innocuous as a little FM modulator for an MP3 player that is continuously powered will eventually get you to a non-start situation. Also, be 100% certain that all of your interior lights are shutting off when you drop the hatch at the airport. Not quite getting it latched and the light off can put you in a no-start state overnight.

The *right* way to determine what's happening is to run a series wired current test against the positive lead of the battery to see how much current is being drawn with everything shut off. If the current isn't excessive, they need to deal with your charging system or battery. If the current is higher than normal (more than enough to keep the clock/radio and a few other tidbits operational), then they'll need to dig in further to see who's on line that shouldn't be while you're away.
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agree, something is probably slowly draining your battery. If they cannot find the answer, at least request a new fresh battery because there is a chance it could just be a bad battery. See if that helps and if not, then get lemon law involved because it is not right. I once bought a new chevy truck in the winter time and it had to be jump started before I test drove it. I told them I'd buy it but make sure the battery tested fine before I took delivery a few days later. At the dealer ready to drive it off the service bay inside of course after they verified battery tested fine and after I signed all the paperwork, I went to crank the engine and deader than a door nail - no power whatsoever. I was **** and had to come back yet another day after they installed new battery. No problems after that though so at least if they cannot find the drain on battery, demand a new fresh battery and that could just be the problem.
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Left my Santa Fe for 10 days at the Plattsburgh, NY airport in the middle of February last winter and the car started right up. Your battery could be drained from too many short trips with all accessories ON during the winter but Atlanta is not very cold so you probably have a battery issue or drain as mentionned above.
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Left my Santa Fe for 10 days at the Plattsburgh, NY airport in the middle of February last winter and the car started right up. Your battery could be drained from too many short trips with all accessories ON during the winter but Atlanta is not very cold so you probably have a battery issue or drain as mentionned above.
Thats nothing. I went on a seven week vacation to the far east and both my 6 year old battery on the santa fe and my other 8 year old battery in the other car were fine.
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One of the things you'll notice that the batteries are only warranted for 1 year on new cars, if at all. Even though a new battery it may be bad. If they didn't do an extended load test on it most auto parts stores will do it for free if you take the battery out yourself. They will charge some amount to check it in the car, but many around here have coupons in the papers to make that free. I just had an 84 month warranted replacement battery in one of my other cars go bad after a year. I too thought there was some gremlin drawing the battery down. . Assuming the battery was ok, I put an ammeter between it and the car, noticed the static current. The clocks, computers, radio, draw a minimal amount, but they do draw something. I then pulled fuses one by one trying to determine the guilty circuit. Turns out it was the minimal drain from the items mentioned above, and time, with a bad battery was enough to kill it when it sat for a week.
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One of the things you'll notice that the batteries are only warranted for 1 year on new cars, if at all.
Unless Hyundai has changed its battery warranty this year, it'd 3 years pro-rated.

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Chuckle. Just noticed that the board's Prude-o-Meter tripped on a false positive above. I wonder if it will work better hyphenated? Guess we'll see...

"There's NO reason your dealer should have tried to sell you a ****-and-bull story about having to fire that vehicle up every 3 days."

Nope. Man, this is over the top...

Try it this way:

"There's NO reason your dealer should have tried to sell you a cockandbull story about having to fire that vehicle up every 3 days."

Parse THAT, you silly bugger.
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