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Have 2007 Santa Fe which I love - problem: Drove thru puddle about 3 months ago - Battery light came on & lost power steering, but after 1 minute, batt light off & steering fine... Then, on very wet road 1 month later, same problem which cleared within seconds... Today, bad thunderstorm & very wet road - Same problem, battery light on & no power steering BUT no resolution - did not lose any other power except steering - had to drive 30 miles to service station - Guy pullls of "crank pulley" and says the entire rubber gasket stripped and I'm lucky I didn't lose all power as everything runs off this belt!!! Car has 38,000 miles - I was 200 miles from home [in upstate NY] & had to rent car as the part was not immediately availble anywhere except Columbus OH and have to wait 2 days - Yikes! Is this common with Santa Fe [crank pulley/steering] during wet weather?

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The crank pulleys (also called a harmonic dampener) on these vehicle are a fairly common failure. as they begin to break apart, the pulley will begin to have a wobble as the engine runs, causing the drive belts that power your alternator, power steering, etc to loosen off. when the belts then get wet, combined with being loose, they will slip, causing your accessories not to work. hope this was helpful!

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

Testimonial: "Thx ottawa tech - that makes sense... My major concern was that part was not readily available-Is that common? Also car is "young" - problem?"

  • Geoff Walton Apr 28, 2010

    the failure is a little premature, but not unheard of. the availability of the part depends completely on where you are, how good the guy is at the garage is at hunting for parts, etc. but i do believe it is a dealer only part.

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