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#1 Old 09-20-2009, 05:49 PM
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While driving last night the Sante Fe just died on me. I was able to get off the road and this morning we determined the alternator was bad (took it off and had it tested at Auto Zone). We replaced it and the car still won't start. We tried jumping the battery and still no luck. It turns over and sounds like it wants to start but won't. The battery is less than a year old. Any suggestions?
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You need a trouble code scan to see if it stored any trouble codes.

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This is a tough one because the initial cause of death may or may not have been related to the charging system (alternator). Can you hear the fuel pump buzzing away before and as you are cranking the engine over? Is it possible something got jostled or disconnected during the alternator R/R?

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You need a trouble code scan to see if it stored any trouble codes.
An alternator failure or trouble won't store trouble codes, nor will a starter motor problem. Using that as an answer isn't a cure-all, nor is it an excuse to raise your post count.

To the OP, I concur that it is important to check out the fuel pump. When you turn the ignition to 'ON' (without starting the engine), listen for a rumbling and the sound of rushing fuel. If you hear this, the fuel pump is fine. I would have the battery double-checked and if it comes out okay, check your grounding straps (to chassis). If neither of these solve your problems, I blame the starter motor.

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QUOTE (lovemysantafe @ Sep 21 2009, 05:02 AM)
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An alternator failure or trouble won't store trouble codes, nor will a starter motor problem. Using that as an answer isn't a cure-all, nor is it an excuse to raise your post count.

To the OP, I concur that it is important to check out the fuel pump. When you turn the ignition to 'ON' (without starting the engine), listen for a rumbling and the sound of rushing fuel. If you hear this, the fuel pump is fine. I would have the battery double-checked and if it comes out okay, check your grounding straps (to chassis). If neither of these solve your problems, I blame the starter motor.

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Sounds like the car died due to other reasons than alternator or battery. Unrelated problems.

He replaced the starter, motor turns over, but no start. If motor turns over then but won't start, then he needs to find out if he has trouble codes stored as the next logical step. If no trouble codes, then that rules out a lot of things.

Could be a fuel problem, but my money is on other things.

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The trouble codes are usually only stored if the MIL is on, LMSF is right.

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The trouble codes are usually only stored if the MIL is on, LMSF is right.
He can't get it started, how is the MIL supposed to be on?

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QUOTE (jsinton @ Sep 21 2009, 09:09 AM)
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He can't get it started, how is the MIL supposed to be on?
Well, had it towed to the garage and, although the alternator was bad, it is the fuel pump that is the culprit with the no start. Thanks to all who replied. I appreciate the help!
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Good deal. Did it get covered by warranty by chance?

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QUOTE (jsinton @ Sep 21 2009, 09:09 AM)
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He can't get it started, how is the MIL supposed to be on?
You're the one who told him that he needed to check the trouble codes. And you can still pull trouble codes from the ECU if they were already stored as they remain stored until there have been 3 consecutive trips without the malfunction which is causing the trouble codes to be generated.

OP's issue has been fixed either way.

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