definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,357 miles

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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 032008

Santa Fe

  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving various speeds and making a right turn, a squealing noise emitted from underneath the vehicle. Also, the vehicle lunged forward when making a turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician discovered that the steering shaft was bent and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the squealing sound continued to occur. In addition, the failure caused the front passenger side tire to deflate. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 65,700 miles
This happens more often than none now. I can be pulling out into traffic of just cruising along when I press gas to go whenall of a sudden the car jerks, looses power! like its going to stop and stall in one quick second and throws me forward even with my seatbelt on it jerks me I only had it stall one time, so far. If I let off the gas and press it again it seems to help and power comes back, sometimes. I almost got hit pulling out into traffic because the car lost power and wasn't going anywhere when I had gas peddle pushed. When all this happens the engine light will come on and than go off, sometime now the engine light comes on and stays on for a few days and the car has a lot less power or feels like its going to stall, than the light will go out on its own. I had it checked out and they told me I needed an alternator so I bought one when my son and my neighbor was going put it in they checked the alternator and battery and they were fine and have been checked several times and are fine. Also at night when I press the break to stop or slow down the head lights will dim and I can feel the jerking of the care just a little bit. I am so afraid to drive this care sometimes or on the beltway because I am afraid its going to stall/shutdown or shut off that its going to get me killed and I am also afraid to drive my grand children because of the same reasons. Please help me! I can't afford to keep getting it looked at when it doesn't happen all the time they can't find anything wrong with it. What can I do to fix this problem. When this happens I have no steering or control of the car for that split second and I am an emt/firefighter I know that split second can kill me and anyone else in my car. I had bought the car used last year and it was doing it just a very little bit at first and I called the used dealer and he said its bad gas.

- Gibson Island , MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 242009

Santa Fe

  • 42,416 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle was exhibiting a winding sound when turning in any direction. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where both the power steering pump and the rack and pinion were replaced. The contact had to take the vehicle back three times after the repair due to the recurrence of the failure. The dealer replaced the power steering oil pump and the power steering pump was replaced a second time. In addition, the reservoir for the power steering was replaced and the steering gear was replaced. The contact stated that two years later, the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 42,416 and the current mileage was 92,697.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 252011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 52,312 miles
I was traveling on I-295 and approximately half mile from the exit I needed, my battery light, brake light came on. When I neared the off ramp and slowed down to 60 mph, I started to turn the steering wheel and it was unresponsive and I had lost power steering. I was able to slow down adequately, and with both hands continually fighting with the steering, I managed to get the vehicle to an area safely where I could contact my mechanic and have it towed to their premises. Upon his inspection the following day, he called me to let me know that the front engine mounting bolts had broken off in front of the block, and the holes are damaged. I did contact Hyundai, and they seemed very unconcerned by the incident. I wouldn't have thought that bolts breaking at only 52,000 miles without reason would be an issue that they would like to pursue. Even though I had purchased the car used, at the time of the purchase there was nothing in the carfax report to indicate that there were any problems, and of course, the car warranty under Hyundai expired in April. I am not sure if this is a one off incident, or a possible pattern. Thank you for looking into this matter.

- Highland Springs, VA, USA

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