hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,000 miles

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

May 112015

Santa Fe

  • miles


While driving home with family in vehicle the control arms broke, ball joints broke and the sway bar broke.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 012006

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
On three separate occasions since 2006 the lug nuts have come loose on the driver side front wheel. Each time there had been someone different rotating the tires. Owner, dealer, tire shop. Every time it has been the front driver side. None of the other wheel positions have come loose. The last instance was 12/7/2011, the last time the tires were removed or replaces was 4/19/2011 at the Hyundai dealership topeka.

- Baldwin City, KS, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008

Santa Fe

  • 99,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe in the evening on the southern state parkway (55 mph, left lane, pkwy traffic heavy but moving well), steering suddenly began to shimmy, followed by grinding noise emanating from right front wheel. Assumed a flat, pulled foot off gas pedal, put hazard lights on and began to pull over to right lane. Steering almost impossible to control as steering wheel was whipping from right to left, grinding noise increased - as I slowed enough to pull onto dirt shoulder, right front of car collapsed, right front wheel broke off and bounced across 3 lanes of traffic before landing on opposite shoulder of parkway. That the wheel didn't fly off while driving at full 55 mph and when it did fail, that it bounced between oncoming cars, and did not hit one of them and cause an accident, was astounding. This occurred without any prior hint of a problem, my car is well maintained and serviced on a regular basis. According to my mechanic, the wheel literally rusted off - he has never seen anything like this. Mechanic states 3 other wheels have more rust than he has ever seen on a vehicle, however, he didn't feel there was danger of an immediate failure.

- Baldwin, NY, USA

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