Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Omaha, Ne
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe V6 2wd
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2002 Santa Fe running poor
I just completed repairing bent valves and a broken timing belt in a 2002 Santa Fe. It started up immediately, but it appears to be not firing or bad compression on at least one cylinder and had low power. Even when I put my foot in it and it shifts down/revs up, power is still low.
A little history. I have never driven this car before the repair. I picked it up for $1000 knowing it had at least bent valves. This is not my first head/valve/timing belt replacement, but my first time with a V6 with dual cams, so there was a little learning on this, but I never felt uncomfortable with it. It IS possible that I got chains or belts off by a tooth one way or another, but I suspect i would have much worse performance if that was the case and not just the dead sound I am hearing from what sounds like a missing cylinder.
Also, the check engine light has come on since I first started it, so I need to get the codes checked.
What are my first steps to troubleshoot this? Any thoughts are welcome.