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2002 HYUNDAI SANTA FE

PARKING BRAKE LIGHT CAME ON AND PARKING BRAKE IS NOT ENGAGED AND THE BATTERY LIGHT CAME ON AND MY CAR RADIO AND LIGHTS WENT OUT AND NOW THE CAR WILL NOT START. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM??

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  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    I had the same problem with a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving to work as I pressed on the gas the brake and battery light would come on. When I applied the brake, the lights would go off. When I got to work I turned the car off and then tried to start it, nothing. The car made a funny sound while running and I could smell somethig smoking. I replaced the alternator and all is good again. When removing the alternator the bottom lifts off the mounting bracket, you cannot drive the bottom bolt back through the mount as I tried to. Simply remove the nut on the bottom bolt and remove the top bolt, then lift the alternator out.

  • momslife Oct 31, 2008

    Funny I have the same problem and I brought my car to the Hyundai dealer today 10/31/08 and they said it was the alternator but they also tried to scam me and say it needed a new brake light switch and a new battery (although the car had not died on me yet)! I know that it is just the alternator because I have read MANY people say it is the alternator because they are both on the same light. Did any of you guys have to pay $1000.00 for the alternator, brake light switch, and a battery or did you just change the alternator?



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  • msm3 Feb 08, 2009

    I had the exact same problem today. Battery is brand new. Smelled the smoking and everything. Got the parking brake light and battery light.

  • msm3 Feb 08, 2009

    Exact same thing happened to me today, smoking smell, parking brake light and battery light.

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    Today....Same thing.....battery light and brake light with somthing burning smell. After it was parked for a while I was able to drive home. Guess I better check it out tomorrow.

  • johnmanchest
    johnmanchest Mar 25, 2012

    Same problem today in my 2001

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    brake lights don't work hyundai santa fe

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    brake lights inoperable

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I had the same problem with a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving to work as I pressed on the gas the brake and battery light would come on. When I applied the brake, the lights would go off. When I got to work I turned the car off and then tried to start it, nothing. The car made a funny sound while running and I could smell somethig smoking. I replaced the alternator and all is good again. When removing the alternator the bottom lifts off the mounting bracket, you cannot drive the bottom bolt back through the mount as I tried to. Simply remove the nut on the bottom bolt and remove the top bolt, then lift the alternator out.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

I experienced all the same problems with the brake light and battery light coming on. I replaced the alternator and all is good again.

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It's the alternator. This happened to me a couple of months ago. Auto Zone has reasonable rebuilt alternators.

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

  • richardmorse Dec 05, 2010

    my hyundai santa fe the alternator is a 110 v for 109.99 but the 95v is 197.99 i thought that was really weird but auto zone is the cheapest i will always go there this site is awesome i would recommend it to anyone

  • larry small Feb 16, 2013

    just check the 140 amp fuse up near the battery when this blows the alt and brake l

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