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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe problems- Help!

Just bought this vehicle for my daughter who is heading off to university. First day, vehicle motor surges as if cruise was kicking in- (not on), then jerks intermittantly. Took it in for repair- of course ran fine for them. Took it home and it does it continuously. Vehicle jerks and rpms can rev to 4000 when in park!!! No one seems to be able to fix it because no "idiot lights are on" and it behaves for mechanics only. Any ideas???

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  • Trampnlady13 Oct 15, 2008

    I have a 2004 Santa Fe that jerks intermittantly. I have brought it back to Sansome in New Jersey 6 times to get this problem fixed, hasn't been fixed. I then brought it to Manfredi Hyundai in Staten Island on Hylan Blvd., but was told that they don't even open the hood of the vehicle unless I agree to pay $92.00. At that point I took the car home & made another appointment with Sansome. Needless to say, they didn't fixed the problem once again. I also complained about the passengers front wheel, (being I had a 2001 Santa Fe with the same noise in the wheel) told them to check the bushing, ball joints and or tyroid. They put a tyroid in the rear, still having the noise in the front wheel. Brought it back again Oct 11,2008, they said all it needed was to be greased, WRONG, PROBLEMS STILL THERE. Now they told me to bring the car back again this Thursday, Oct.16, & it will handled by the A1 mechanic, Craig. After all this time of bringing the car back & fourth, why wasn't it checked out by their A1 mechanic before? I travel from Staten Island to Sansome, it costs me $8 to go over the OutterBridge, as well as the cost of gas, what is it going to take to fix this problem? I am ready to drive the vehicle through the showroom stating my frustration from the Hyundai dealership. I can bet that my car isn't fixed tomorrow when I bring it back. I'm sure they will say they can't find the problem unless it happens when they take it for a test drive, but all they have to do is talk to the last person in their shop that worked on it, he felt the problem as soon as he went to take it on a test drive. I also don't want to be stoked, I want the right wheel taken off and fixed properly, not greased leaving me with the same noise. PLEASE, HELP ME. I DID CONTACT CORPORATE ONCE BEFORE ON THIS PROBLEM, CAN'T FIND MY PAPER WORK, CAN YOU CHECK ON IT, PLEASE, AND PLEASE ADVISE ME. The car owner is John Watson, 2 Elmwood Park Drive, he purchased the car for me, Harriet Oddo 1-718-983-0694. My email address is Trampnlady1340@aol.com

  • seinlee Nov 15, 2008

    I have the same problem. I just bought this 2004 Santa fe two weeks ago, and it happened 2 times already! I slowed down to park the car, yet the engine surge by itself and even I pressed the brake hard does't seen to stop the car advance, so, i have to swift the tramission to reverse. Anybody please help?

  • mtrhead Nov 16, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, the dealer in Minneapolis said it is "normal" because there is no throttle cable on this model. When you push on the gas pedal it send an electronic signal to a sensor on the throttle, so there is a slight delay from pedal to throttle. Mine is real bad when the ac is on, or in defrost mode. The rpm's jump when the compressor is engaged and the engine compensates for the additional load. The idle speed is governed by the computer, I would say that has nothing to do with surging while driving.

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    i need help i have replaced the THROTTLE POSITIONING SENSOR twice now, code reader says thats the problem but it is not. i accelerate and car jumps then slows down and engine light stays on. dont know whats going on here, and it will not let me go over 40 mph. can anyone help. email me
    fugitiverecovery90@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    The car revs really high (4000rpm) when in neutral or park.

    When driving it surges making it difficult to drive.



    Mine's a 2002 santa fe V6 GLS.

  • shelli26 Apr 30, 2009

    I've had my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe for about 3 years now, and have had numerous problems, including problems similar to this one. The engine will rev as high as 4000 rpm when in neutral. The engine also turns off while I'm driving. This has happened 2 separate times while driving on the interstate, and each time the dealer says they're similar but separate problems. Several thousand dollars in repairs later, I'm still having problems.

  • sntc517 May 03, 2009

    I have a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe....I have the same problem with the car revving high then the engine cutting off while driving....I also have a problem with the front wheel sqeeking....new tires/new breaks same noise. Not to mention that my gas gage does not read correctly and the rear window (behind the driver) is soooo slow when you try to open the window...To top it all off NO check engine light!! My car has been in the shop for 1 week and yet no answer! Was anyones problem resolved for any of these things?

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    I have the same problem as everyone else! I have a 2004 sante fe. when im at a stop light my car jumps.. when im driving down the road my car jumps!! it jumps constinatly!!!!!!!!! its a money hole. The spark plugs always mess up and kill my engine! ive had to have a new engine in my car put in because i went 1000 miles over a needed oil change! I HATE IT!!!!!

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I have a 2004 hyundai santa fe and i've had the same problems. it's so random when it happens but it seems to be when its a bit warmer outside.. above 70 degrees. it's when i press the gas from a stopped position the car just almost dies. i've pulled out in traffic and thought i was going to get killed. then the car accelerates and the tires squeal and the engine revs super high. the car jerks and its very scary. i bought the car new in 2004 and it started doing it after a few years and it still does it. it's not the gas pedal. it seems like a glitch in the computer or something. it's very dangerous!

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Check the accelerator position sensor on the pedal!

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Bring down the idling setting to 1000rpm

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  • MJMurawski Jul 04, 2011

    My 2004 Hyundai Santa fe has been running well-all of a sudden it became difficult to take it out of park-now it's stuck between Park 7 reverse in my driveway! Is there a cable for the transmission on this car or is it a sensor that caused this? It has about 112, 00 miles on it.

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