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My 02 Hyundai santa fe has trouble starting after I get gas and now in the mornings since it's started getting cold.

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  • unprincess05 Sep 27, 2008

    I have the exact same issue with my 2001. Only after (and every time after) I fill the tank, it won't start or stay running. Help?

  • pbemer Oct 05, 2008

    I also have trouble starting my car after getting gas 2002 Hyundai Sata fe.

  • jama1120 Oct 09, 2008

    my 02 santa fe is in the shop right now as i speak for the same problem!! 

  • WisdomNeeded Oct 20, 2008

    Did you ask about this?

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with your problem.. but in 2002 there was a recall on the 01 & 02 santa fe's w/ the 2.7L engine for improperly manufactured crankshaft position sensors and internal gaps within the cases allowing epoxy to contact the printed circuil board, which resulted in cracking of the printed circuit board capacitor. A damaged capacitor could result in engine stalling. Recall campaign number 03V030000

    I'm going to pray about waiting to address the problem when it actually breaks or if I should continue to put for the effort/money now to have it resolved. Thanks for the comments!

  • telo62 Dec 28, 2008

    this just started happening - to me, at least. It's my wifes car so it could've been happening for a while and she probably thought it as just a car getting old. I'm taking it to the dealership for a fix and will let you know what happens. However, I've read other posts that say that even when the "computer" told them this was the problem it didn't fix it. Crossing my fingers.

  • jballen Dec 31, 2008

    We have the same problem and dealer says he needs to replace the charcoal canister, canister close valve, purge control valve and canister filter. There is also an (unrelated) question with the air flow meter and for all of this he is quoting us $980 in parts and labor. Seems high, but I don't really know. Just curious if this sounds right and if it will fix the problem. He says it will get worse if we don't get it fixed, but it doesn't seem to have changed in the past 4 months or so.

  • br1234 Jan 12, 2009

    Mine is 2005 v6 and i have the same problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Yesterday my Santa Fe would only start in Neutral. This morning it started normally in Park. Then this afternoon it only started in Neutral again and was hard to shift

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    stopped moving while driving

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    engine temp normal after start but once shut down will not start



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I'm not sure if this has anything to do with your problem.. but in 2002 there was a recall on the 01 & 02 santa fe's w/ the 2.7L engine for improperly manufactured crankshaft position sensors and internal gaps within the cases allowing epoxy to contact the printed circuil board, which resulted in cracking of the printed circuit board capacitor. A damaged capacitor could result in engine stalling.  Recall campaign number 03V030000 

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