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#1 Old 12-07-2009, 09:15 PM
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Hello,

My Wife's 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe is turning over very weak if at all...

Seems to be worse on quick trips and not so bad on longer trips so at first I thought it was the battery, So I went and purchased a new battery.. installed the brand new battery and the car starter seemed really weak starting the car with the brand new battery in.. So I don't think it's the battery....

I'm starting to think it's the starter.... Since the starter barley turned the engine over with a brand new battery,

I'm hoping a new starter will fix the problem.

I took a quick peek under the hood and did not see the starter, and craw;ed underneath with a flash light...granted it was dark out and I didn't bother to remove the plastic engine cover either.. but I wasn't sure exactly where the starter was located.. can anyone please explain where the starter is and how difficult it is to get to?

Has any one done a DIY on replacing the starter? (pictures are always helpful)

Can some one point me to a DIY on this topic or reply with one?

Thanks!!!!

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Before you go on the Great Starter Hunt :P consider the idea that there may be a corroded connection somewhere. I'm not sure these cars are more prone to ground connections than any other, but there are some on this board who have had problems clear up when the ground connections were cleaned. It's surely less expensive than a new starter.

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I always charge a new battery. They sit on the shelf and discharge.

The starter is on the back side of the motor, under all the intakes, etc. It's a PITA to get to.

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Before you go on the Great Starter Hunt :P consider the idea that there may be a corroded connection somewhere. I'm not sure these cars are more prone to ground connections than any other, but there are some on this board who have had problems clear up when the ground connections were cleaned. It's surely less expensive than a new starter.

Thanks, If Any One has more info on the corroded connection some where, please let me know if this is something you've seen before and how you fixed it. I would be grateful for any advice.. Starter are defiantly not cheap.

Are there any parts that have to be removed to gain access the starter?

I don't have a battery charger so should I drive it around with the new battery installed to see if it gets better after it's had some time to charged up before ruling out the battery as to potential culprit? sounds like it wouldn't hurt... I was going to try and return the battery and use the money toward the starter so I already took it back out.. I replaced the battery about 3 yrs ago and the battery was rated as a 5 year battery so I didn't think it could be the battery but I suppose the new battery could loose charge sitting on a shelve for a while.

Maybe I'll try putting the new battery back in and driving it a little while to see if it improves ...
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Well I drove it to work and back and still did not improve the weak starting/not starting problem.. So I bought a replacement starter at the junk yard for $35 with a 2 year guarantee...

Hopefully this does the trick
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It may correct it only because you will be tightning the electrical connections. The first order of business is to check the condition of the battery. If the voltage drop varies from the norms you'll find your answer.

I'd follow the previous advice and check all the connections first. I somehow doubt it is the starter but one can always be surprised.

I vote for the battery or the connections first. Changing out a starter is not something I particularly look forward to. And I doubt you will either. But on the bright side, getting a used starter probably beats the heck out of a "rebuilt" starter which may only have been cleaned up on the outside. At least the used starter presumably came out of a running vehicle and is probably still good. You could put it up on the shelf if you don't need it or possibly they will take it back. So far you aren't out a great deal of money.

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I changed the starter on the Santa Fe last week...

It seems to have fixed the problem...Only the junk yard gave me the wrong part at first so I had to go back and get the correct Starter the next day...

Once I changed it the problem was remedied.

Here are a few tips/instructions I thought might be helpful to anyone who may be wanting to do this repair themselves.

!. (Location) The Started on my vehicle is located on the bottom of the engine... best plan of attack is from underneath the car... The starter is located near where the exhaust pipe comes out of the engine and makes a 90 degree turn to run along the bottom of the vehicle. slightly off set a little more toward the driver side.

2. There is a heat shield covering the starter so it may not be glaringly obvious as to where the location is just by taking a quick look as the starter is cover up by a metal cover (Heat Shield)

3. Remove the heat shield to gain access to the starter (there are 2 hex screws and a nut holding it in place).. with enough twisting and turning of the heat shield you will be able to remove it with out removing anything else to get it off. It is a little tricky to maneuver the heat shield off because the exhaust pipe is not in the most convenient place and is kind of in the way a little. Tip: Remember exactly how you removed the heat shield b/c putting it back on will take the same crafty maneuvering.

4. Once the heat shield is off you will see the starter exposed and will be able to gain access to it.. Make sure the battery is disconnected before removing the electrical wires... There are 2 wires that connect to the starter. one real skinny wire just slides off the metal post with out any tools needed... The bigger one requires you to remove a nut.. the nut is covered up by a protective rubber boot that is attached to the wire.. just pull this off and slide it to the side. then remove the nut that is holding the the main thicker wire to the starter.. funny thing was when I did it.. all the nuts on the vehicle were metric except the nut that held on the starter cable.. is was a standard size and not metric...weird hunh

5. After the wires are disconnected there are 2 mounting bolts that hold to starter in place. one bolt (the Top one) is actually attached to the starter and just requires you to remove the nut... the bottom one is a stand alone threaded bolt that comes out.. no nut on this bolt as the starter has a threaded hole that the bottom mounting bolt screws in to .

6. Once the nut on the top bolt is off and the bottom bolt has been pulled out... just slide the starter off.. the only thing holding in place that this point is just the top bolt that is part of the starter going through a hole in the engine assembly.. if the nut is off you should just be able to slide the starter right out.

7. Then slide the replacement starter back through that hole and reattach the nut and the bolt.. then reconnect the wires , and put the heat shield back on.. Putting the heat shield back on was kind of frustrating for me b/c I didn't remember exactly how I finagled it to get it off so putting it back on was not the easiest b/c it would only go on one way since the exhaust pipe was in the way. So make sure you remember the twists and turns you did when you removed it b/c it will come in handy later when reinstalling it.


That's it.. all in all not very difficult and not too hard to get too.

hope this helps some one who has never done this before..
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This is a really great how-to on the starter changeout. It's interesting to me because I have a 2001, too. The only pieces of information missing are whether yours is 2 or 4-wheel drive, and if it's a V6 or a four cylinder.

Maybe one of the moderators can "pin" your last post so it will stay at the top of a topic.

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This is a really great how-to on the starter changeout. It's interesting to me because I have a 2001, too. The only pieces of information missing are whether yours is 2 or 4-wheel drive, and if it's a V6 or a four cylinder.

Maybe one of the moderators can "pin" your last post so it will stay at the top of a topic.

It's a 2 Wheel Drive 6 cylinder
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I changed the starter on the Santa Fe last week...

It seems to have fixed the problem...Only the junk yard gave me the wrong part at first so I had to go back and get the correct Starter the next day...

Once I changed it the problem was remedied.

Here are a few tips/instructions I thought might be helpful to anyone who may be wanting to do this repair themselves.

!. (Location) The Started on my vehicle is located on the bottom of the engine... best plan of attack is from underneath the car... The starter is located near where the exhaust pipe comes out of the engine and makes a 90 degree turn to run along the bottom of the vehicle. slightly off set a little more toward the driver side.

2. There is a heat shield covering the starter so it may not be glaringly obvious as to where the location is just by taking a quick look as the starter is cover up by a metal cover (Heat Shield)

3. Remove the heat shield to gain access to the starter (there are 2 hex screws and a nut holding it in place).. with enough twisting and turning of the heat shield you will be able to remove it with out removing anything else to get it off. It is a little tricky to maneuver the heat shield off because the exhaust pipe is not in the most convenient place and is kind of in the way a little. Tip: Remember exactly how you removed the heat shield b/c putting it back on will take the same crafty maneuvering.

4. Once the heat shield is off you will see the starter exposed and will be able to gain access to it.. Make sure the battery is disconnected before removing the electrical wires... There are 2 wires that connect to the starter. one real skinny wire just slides off the metal post with out any tools needed... The bigger one requires you to remove a nut.. the nut is covered up by a protective rubber boot that is attached to the wire.. just pull this off and slide it to the side. then remove the nut that is holding the the main thicker wire to the starter.. funny thing was when I did it.. all the nuts on the vehicle were metric except the nut that held on the starter cable.. is was a standard size and not metric...weird hunh

5. After the wires are disconnected there are 2 mounting bolts that hold to starter in place. one bolt (the Top one) is actually attached to the starter and just requires you to remove the nut... the bottom one is a stand alone threaded bolt that comes out.. no nut on this bolt as the starter has a threaded hole that the bottom mounting bolt screws in to .

6. Once the nut on the top bolt is off and the bottom bolt has been pulled out... just slide the starter off.. the only thing holding in place that this point is just the top bolt that is part of the starter going through a hole in the engine assembly.. if the nut is off you should just be able to slide the starter right out.

7. Then slide the replacement starter back through that hole and reattach the nut and the bolt.. then reconnect the wires , and put the heat shield back on.. Putting the heat shield back on was kind of frustrating for me b/c I didn't remember exactly how I finagled it to get it off so putting it back on was not the easiest b/c it would only go on one way since the exhaust pipe was in the way. So make sure you remember the twists and turns you did when you removed it b/c it will come in handy later when reinstalling it.


That's it.. all in all not very difficult and not too hard to get too.

hope this helps some one who has never done this before..
okay, I think I can help anyone else out there reading this post about the heat shield. If you are changing out a CPS(on a 2.7), you need to remove the heat shield on the starter to see the CPS, so I just did this last week. Like you said, take off the nut and two bolts of the heat shield and then rotate it 90 degrees from where it's at((I think it's 90 degrees clockwise as you are on your back looking up(at any rate it's 90 degrees)) and pull it sideways towards the drivers side. I think that is the only way it will work. After you remove it, give it a good look so that you can remember how it will go back on.

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