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Tempermental starting after fueling

Our Santa Fe runs smoothly with no problems except immediately after a fill-up, usually from about 1/8 tank. Frequently it is hard to start right after filling the tank but after 3-4 tries does start, but runs rough briefly then smooths out after that. It's kinda unnerving!! Any ideas what's up?


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  • mjb310123 Oct 19, 2008

    I have the same problem. The 2004 Hyundia Santa fe runs fine and starts fine weather hot or cold. I recently had a complete tune up and fuel system flush. It happens everytime I fill the tank it won't start unless I push the gas pedal to the floor, then went it starts I have to keep constantly pushing on the gas pedal for about a minute to make it keep running. After that it runs fine again.

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    I have a 2005 Hyundai Sonata which runs smoothly until I fuel up. I fuel up when it is down to 1/4 tank, then it will crank but not start. When it finally starts, after about 5 tries, it will not continue to run unless I work the gas pedal to keep it running. This takes 2 minutes to accomplish.



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It looks like your fuell tank is puting in to vacuum after filling try to start after you filled up with out closing the tank cap just to see if the problem is there if not its vacuum problem and you have to check your air intake in the tank

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