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2005 Hyundai Tucson Stalls

I recently purchase a used 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The very first week I took for a clean air check and it did not pass as they vehicle did not communicate with the computer. Took it to the dealer and they told me that the battery only had surface charge and needed to be replaced. After that started a series of engine stalling. First, the engine will stall at stop lights but would fire up on a re-start. Last weekend I was traveling on a highway and all of a sudden the check engine blinked and the engine died. Tried to restart it for around 2 hrs. Had to tow it home. As soon as got it off the tow truck, the engine fired up. Took it to the dealer and they kept it for four days. First they told me that it was because of some loose connectors and they have cleaned them up and everything should be alright. Next morning I received another call from the dealer that they tried to test drive it and the check engine came on again and hence they recommended replacing spark plug assembly, including cables and a surge gasket. They told me this should fix the problem. This weekend to Chicago and the engine died again three times in the middle of heavy traffic. I do not want to take it back to my dealer as I think they do not have a clue as to whats going on? Its getting scary to drive around in this piece of **** with my pregnant wife and a 2 and half years old daughter.
Any suggestions/recommendations from anybody as to what might be the possible fix? I noticed the engine getting a little heated up though the temperature gauge is well below the half bar.

Please please please help me. Thanks in advance.

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  • deskashyap May 31, 2009

    Yeah! the Tucson has 96K on it. So the warranty is done. I will consider taking it to the same doctor one more time, though it would be my fifth week in a row. @ Maile, thanks for the prompt response. They have already cleaned all the terminals and it did not work. I have never heard a clicking noise during start after stall. Though they did not provide the code on the invoice they mention they found misfire pending codes and that is why they decided to replace the spark plug and the cables. The check engine light just flash as it would on a startup and the vehicle stalls. So you think it still could be the alternator? I can call them also again to ask for the exact codes. I am not sure they disclose it or not? The only thing I found under the CODE section in the invoice is SSI. I dont know wether this is a code or it is discription of the supplies they used. I really apprecuate your help and value your feedback.

  • deskashyap May 31, 2009

    Thanks Richard for getting back. I did a stupid thing when I bought the Tucson. To buy it I went a little over budget so can not afford warranty (which would have an extra $600). So this is sold "As is". So i do not know whether the lemon law still protects me or not? I am in Merrilville, IN. May be you are right but they told me they changed at least the spark plug cables. Will call them tomorrow to find out about the codes. I really appreciate your help.

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    Dar May 11, 2010

    Maybe when you pick it up you should give them a post dated check, or rip a couple of hundred dollar bills in half. Tell them if it works, i'll bring you the other half.

    I wish i could tell you it was idle contol system or mass air flow sensor, or a vacuum leak, but there are few clues here, and if the engine light came on, they should be able to get it right. In fact, if i was you, i'd give them the spare key, and just take it without paying at this point. Good luck, and letme know how you make out.

  • Dar
    Dar May 11, 2010

    I think if i was you, i'd take it back to the same place. They kinda know what's going on, and will know what not to try next. It's like going to the doctor. You go in with a stomach ache, and prescribes some drugs for indigestion. It doesn't work, you go back. He thinks maybe it's an ulcer. More differnt drugs. You go backa third time, he tests for a tumor. It's not that ... so you go to a different doctor. He gives you drugs for indigestion...

    I suppose the warranty is done, right?

  • Danish Danishh
    Danish Danishh May 13, 2018

    I have tucson 2005 GLS v6. I have same issue as yours. it stalls at low speed. if you keep pressing gas paddle it wont stall. being said put in neutral/park and press gass paddle to keep more than 3000 rpm.
    i brought to canadian tire. paid $400 with no solution . they said there is no code. may need mass air control sensor. they cleaned throttle . i took it to local mechanic with a hope after. he said it may need a new battery. he installed new battery and cleaned headlights for no reason. he charged me 300 dollars.
    finally i went to the dealer. they said it needs crank sensor . they changed for 325. stalled again. again dealer said need tps sensor. changed for 195. then idle air control $175. bought mass air sensor $124. still stall spent over 1500. bought code reader, current luck. now throwing it in scrap yard. no one one the problem. everyone has different view. it doesnt worth spending more on this car. no one want to buy this scrap even for $500. such a waste of time and money



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Check your intake manifold gasket and your MAF sensor. Problem will be solved. I had the same problem. Use only Felpro gasket on Hyundai Tucson cars. no other gaskets or you will have problems.

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Check the obvious, if the battery has corrosion on the terminals clean it off with some coke. It could also be your alternator. If you hear a clicking noise when you try the key to restart after a stall it might be your starter motor. Or just tell them to pull the code at the dealership and it should greatly narrow the problem. Thats standard at the Firestone I go to.

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  • maille_man May 31, 2009

    The clicking noise when a start with a key is usually indicative of a starter. There is also the lemon law. If you have to take a car back in for problems three times you have legal rights to have them take it back and get you another one. I believe you have the right to see all paperwork on the car. If you can get the reason code when they pulled it, you can research yourself what the problem is at the Hyundai website. I am surprised that a dealership cant do a more difinitive fix. They sell the cars and the mechanics are all supposed to be ASE certified to service those same cars. What city do you live in. Tell me and I can see of there are any listings in Janeslist for satisfied customer recommendations. Sometimes those smaller places are more knowledgable. I would have to hazard a guess that your problem will probably turn out to be a wire issue. Problem is you have to be able to know which wire and where it is. That's where the code would come in handy.


  • maille_man Jun 01, 2009

    You might want to spend the $20 and go to your auto parts supply store and get the Chiltons manual for your car. They sometimes have a set of codes in the back. I somtimes wonder at the lack of creativity some folks have. I thought mechanics could think outside of the box.




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