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#1 Old 12-15-2008, 11:56 PM
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I'm very sure that this is NOT an alert to you good Sante Fe owners who love your car as much as I do but you should be aware of the situation that I have encountered. This may be just a one vehicle fluke. Please contact me if this has happened to you.

My car: [b]NEW 2008 Sante Fe Limited, full package beauty with only 7500 miles driven.

Last week while on my way to a job, doing about 40 mph I noticed that there was no response when I pressed on the accelerator pedal. There was no power!?
I was still coasting and hitting the pedal but NOTHING! I looked again at the instrument panel and saw my 'check engine' as well as oil pressure lights on and realized that the engine was dead so I coasted to the roadside. You know, that engine is so darn quiet that I could not even tell that the engine was not on.

I tried starting the engine. It was turning over easily but would not start. The fuel gauge registered just less than 1/4 tank full and I believe the digital "miles left' for the gas stated something like 50-60 miles. I thought I had fuel and was worried about something other than an empty tank. After calling AAA club which was a mistake....NOTE: CALL HYUNDAI'S ROADSIDE SERVICE!!!... The tow driver shows up after 10 minutes and already had a car being towed on his truck but he said he would just try to give my car a little gas just in case. I argued the fact saying, "look at the gauge and miles left display. I have fuel! He said, "let me try this", and he poured in about a quart of gas. He then told me to turn the key to ACC, wait 15 seconds and try to start. MY SANTE FE STARTED RIGHT UP!!!

So here's the issue and I hope no one here has this problem but again, if you know something about this please contact me because even my dealer doesn't have a clue.
My car went back to the dealer and because I put in a full tank of gas before driving there they could not do anything other than a diagnostic which came up as "working". After picking up my Sante Fe from the dealer I was told to come back when the gauge reads 1/4 tank again so they could try to duplicate the situation.

This is most disconcerting and I feel like I'm driving a timebomb waiting for it to go off. I just don't know if I'll get stuck somewhere and when this will happen again.

Thank you all.
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#2 Old 12-16-2008, 04:36 AM
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I'm very sure that this is NOT an alert to you good Sante Fe owners who love your car as much as I do but you should be aware of the situation that I have encountered. This may be just a one vehicle fluke. Please contact me if this has happened to you.

My car: [b]NEW 2008 Sante Fe Limited, full package beauty with only 7500 miles driven.

Last week while on my way to a job, doing about 40 mph I noticed that there was no response when I pressed on the accelerator pedal. There was no power!?
I was still coasting and hitting the pedal but NOTHING! I looked again at the instrument panel and saw my 'check engine' as well as oil pressure lights on and realized that the engine was dead so I coasted to the roadside. You know, that engine is so darn quiet that I could not even tell that the engine was not on.

I tried starting the engine. It was turning over easily but would not start. The fuel gauge registered just less than 1/4 tank full and I believe the digital "miles left' for the gas stated something like 50-60 miles. I thought I had fuel and was worried about something other than an empty tank. After calling AAA club which was a mistake....NOTE: CALL HYUNDAI'S ROADSIDE SERVICE!!!... The tow driver shows up after 10 minutes and already had a car being towed on his truck but he said he would just try to give my car a little gas just in case. I argued the fact saying, "look at the gauge and miles left display. I have fuel! He said, "let me try this", and he poured in about a quart of gas. He then told me to turn the key to ACC, wait 15 seconds and try to start. MY SANTE FE STARTED RIGHT UP!!!

So here's the issue and I hope no one here has this problem but again, if you know something about this please contact me because even my dealer doesn't have a clue.
My car went back to the dealer and because I put in a full tank of gas before driving there they could not do anything other than a diagnostic which came up as "working". After picking up my Sante Fe from the dealer I was told to come back when the gauge reads 1/4 tank again so they could try to duplicate the situation.

This is most disconcerting and I feel like I'm driving a timebomb waiting for it to go off. I just don't know if I'll get stuck somewhere and when this will happen again.

Thank you all.
I think what happened to you may have been a fluke. That's not to say something isn't wrong with your vehicle gauge, but as compared to most of us, a fluke, never the less.

I've driven my Santa Fe many times to the very low fuel level. I mean, nearly empty. According to my gauge and miles left on the computer, it has always been spot on after I get to a gas station and fill it up.

Now that fuel prices have dropped here, I tend to keep it filled up and at least I know my computer is accurate.

Getting back to the subject, it sounds as though your computer/fuel gauge needs to be inspected very closely and possibly replaced.

This is not a common problem with the Santa Fe.

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Sounds to me like your gas gauge got temporarily stuck, possibly due to some gunk jamming the float in the tank. It happened to my Nissan, although I was lucky enough to notice that the gauge had stopped moving. Simply filling the tank got things working again, and the problem never recurred.

Other than maybe carrying a spare gas can for the next couple of tank fulls, I wouldn't worry about it. Good luck!
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Although a somewhat different situation, but felt compelled to share. My '08 SE/AWD now has 2500 miles, but when I first picked it up from the dealer the gauge only indicated a 1/2 tank of gas. I'm saying to myself WTF as they were supposed to fill the tank on every new car purchase, so I mentioned this to the salesmen and he said they did. After signing all of the paperwork, I promptly went to the gas station less than a mile down the road. Was able to add another $10! Unbelievable, anyway at this point it was decided to let the tank get to near empty and top it off again. This time, the needle went to the full position. My guess is the float may have got stuck and driving it a bit probably loosened it. I would suggest carrying a small gas can in the car and driving to near fumes if you can, take note of the fuel gauge and digital mileage estimator. They should be close. If not, then the dealer has to replace the float, sending units or both! Best of luck either way.
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Thank you for the good words.
Dealer actually called me this evening and has asked me to bring the car in to service day after tomorrow.
This is actually for the trailer hitch recall but they want to have my car now that it is at the 1/4 level again so they can run it down and retest the gauge.
Well, I'm chancing it! I'm going to drive it tomorrow before going to service and see what happens. I'll take a spare can of gas with me just in case.
I'm hoping it was a fluke and a one time stuck float.
I can tell you that I have run my car down to near zero before and I do rely on the digital gauge mileage indicator as well just as was commented here. It is extremely reliable.
I'll post more in a couple of days.
Thank you all.
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That is strange... I've never heard of anyone else on this forum or elsewhere experiencing that particular problem. I've actually run mine down several times to the point where the low fuel warning light comes on and never had an issue. The gage always seems to be right on...

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Well, here's the last on this issue that I WAS having.

I took the Sante Fe in to my dealer as requested but I had actually run the tank even lower than he had asked me to. I still had to get around so I still had to put gas in the tank...but at one gallon increments as I was tooling around waiting to make my appointment there. Turns out that the gage was NOW performing just as it always has before the incident. It now goes below 1/4 tank, the light does come on, and the digital read out was spot on as before.
All because I had refilled the tank then ran it down like usual?
My dealer took the car in for the harness recall and because of my comments on how the gage was now working they could not perform any work. I was told that unless there is an existing issue that they can diagnose while it is in play, they cannot do anything because Hyundai will not pay the technician.
So, here I am praying that this was a fluke and that I won't get stuck in the streets of Los Angeles.
Thank you for reading and answering my posts.
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This is in response to an old post but I've just recently spoken with a good friend who has a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe--Top of the Line--So the problem is still occurring. We both had the exact same experience with the engine just shutting off. I was cruising along I-95 about 70+ MPH when I felt my 2008 Santa Fe Limited lose momentum. I immediately pressed gas pedal to accellerate thinking that I had inadvertently cancelled cruise control. NO RESPONSE!!!! Luckily I was in the right lane and very little traffic and I limped to the side of the road. I had plenty of fuel---tank displayed 3/4 full. There was no engine light or indicators that a problem was present. I contacted first the State Police--sitting on the side of I-95 in rural North Carolina, I felt that I needed company and secondly called Hyundai Road Side Assistance. They towed the vehicle to Fayetteville and in speaking to the Service Manager found that this was not a rare instance. Some sensor....and they knew immediately how to repair.. [b]It was not a gas gauge reading error in my case.
VERY, VERY Frightening......To lose power with no warning. However, I love this vehicle....
New problem----Now the problem is transmission fluid does not show on dipstick....Dealer says I have no fluid but do not have a leak...Go Figure...My gas mileage gauge which I swear by, was getting 28=29 MPG highway....dropped to 14 MPG--Dealer says those guages are not accurate and were never meant to be used as an indication of a problem. Yes, gentlemen I do know how to use this gauge, but am thoroughly confused by a prof. telling me it would be to my benefit to fill up write down your gas mileage, and then fill up again and do the math......I do this on my old Ford pickup but that is what the new gauges are there for---If they are not good for anything-then let's do something useful with them,,,,maybe a photo album or air freshner....I am so tired of the run around by [b]some of these guys. Any suggestions????
Thanks, GJ
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Exact same thing happened to my brand new 2011 Santa fe yesterday!

I owned the thing barely a week, and was still on the first tank of gas that it came with!

The dealership seems quite puzzled. They couldn't figure out why it wouldn't start, until they looked at the fuel (since I had told them it was reading 1/4 tank when it died on the highway)

I dont really know what to do, I have a feeling they will never really be able to confirm that it is ok or not, and we are going to drive paranoid with jerry can at all times...

any advice?

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Read through this thread...

Fuel sensor problem

Good Luck!
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