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Starting problems with my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

I have been having a hard time with starting my car, it takes a long time for it to crank on. I have spent so much money only to be stuck with the same problems. When I first go out in the morning to leave for work, it has a hard time cranking over but once on it runs just fine and smoothly. Then when I go home from work, same problems, wont crank over. I have been all over trying to get diagnositics done with zero luck. I went to one garage and they said I was getting now pressure from my fuel pump so I spent $300 for a new pump only to find out it did no good.

It has a hard time cranking over in the morning but once started runs fine. If I go into a store for say 15- a half hour, same thing, wont crank over smoothly. But, if I start it let it run or drive it, come home turn it off then immediately crank it over to start it again, it starts up just fine! I am at a loss here and dont want to or should I say cant spend anymore money trying to figure out the problem as I am going broke here. HELP!!! Also my check engine light has never came on at all through all this.

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  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I have an 03 Hyundai Santa Fe as well and I had the same problem .I took it to the dealer (via tow truck)when the car wouldn't start at all one day. It was the "crank shaft poition sensor". The problem went away. I am not saying this is your problem but maybe????

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Sounds like vapor lock. See that the fuel lines are not close to anythng warm and consider insolating then from heat sorces like exhause manifolds or tailpipes.. Worth a try.



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I have an 03 Santa Fe as well and just had the exact thing happen to me. One day, it just wouldn't turn over at all and I had to have it towed to the dealer. They replaced the "crank shaft position sensor" and now the car is fine. I am not sure if this is your problem but it might be worthwhile asking someone to check it out.

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To me this dose not sound like a battery or vaper lock as it happens when it is cold
what i would say is if it is cranking slow then it would be your starter motor if it was a fuel pump then it would still crank at the same speed just not start
hope his helps

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It could be the starter, or battery.

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