hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,417 miles

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2006 Hyundai Tucson electrical problems

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2006 Hyundai Tucson Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 012014


  • 65,000 miles


Battery discharges overnight. Seems to have something to do with the alarm system, as when the vehicle is locked is when the battery is dead the next day. This happens even when a new battery has been installed. Dealership has been of no help, same problem I was having with my 2007 Hyundai entourage.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #10

Mar 092016


  • 4,200 miles
Started in Dec 2015 had problem starting car. All the lights came on then died. Finally started took it to the mechanic for a diagnostic test no problem was found. After a week same problem occurred, I was told to press on the gas for a while. Worked, however three months later, try to start car all lights came on then died. If the manufacturer is aware of a problem inform the customers. Obviously there is a problem. Help us identify and solve the problem. Could you imagine getting ready to go to work but the car you drove yesterday would not start" what is happening? its frustrating not knowing what is wrong. Will my car start today" in addition the light comes on about the passenger airbag is off.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

problem #9

Sep 242014


  • 84,652 miles
Dead battery after sitting for 3 days. Replaced battery. Dead battery again a few weeks later, again after sitting for a few days. Used the car a lot over next two months, so car didn't sit idle more than two days at a time. Then the problem recurred when not driving the car for a few days. Took it to a Hyundai dealer, who couldn't find any problem. Car ok when using it on a regular basis. Then parked it for a few days, and battery died. Took it back to the dealer who still can't find anything wrong with the electrical system. Only solution to the problem seems to be to drive the car every day or keep a trickle charger on the battery when the car sits for more than 2 days.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #8

May 262009

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Battery power lost when car parked for two days or more numerous times. Once while briefly parked for 15 minutes after an hour drive, I parked to make the call in a remote area using car phone plugged into cigarette lighter. No cell service there and had to walk to a local ranch for help and a jump. Battery required replacement frequently. Dealer tested on two occasions and they could not resolve, replaced battery twice. Ive replaced batteries numerous other times at least every two years. Last visit by aaa tested 1 amp high resistance short in electrical system but good relatively new battery. I now charge the battery about three times a year with a battery charger, taking approximately 8 hours of charge when the battery is dead at home. I do not drive very far out of fear that I'll be stranded. I've used up my 3 aloted aaa visits on this problem.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 092013


  • 90,870 miles
The ESC off light comes on the dash. Also when the lights are off and the brake is pressed the dash lights come on. Took the car to the shop today. They replaced, the switch assy-stop, the code was C1513. Problem is not fixed. There is a recall but they are telling me my car is not under the recall.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #6

May 312012


  • 50,500 miles
When turning right on a raining day, loss of power - no steering or brakes. 2006 tuscon would run radio would be on - battery light and brake lights on - 10 seconds after managing to get out of traffics way - car would move. Hyundai foxed the car by replacing sensors and some other work resulting in over a $1000. Prior major service was serpentine belt and chain replacement on service recommendations - had no issues before the chain was replaced. Ever since - the transmission had to reset for hesitation between 20 and 40 mph and the additional sensor work. Hyundai would not give me any warranty work as my 6 years had just expired. I am taking the car back in tomorrow for the same issue. While driving today in a sudden down pour - the first one since I had the car fixed that I have had to drive in and the incident occurred again except this time I was driving and not turning. Water seemed to get under the engine and something is getting wet. I requested a rental car and I am leaving for vacation on Saturday to the shore. If its not fixed this time - I may have to consider a new car and I just paid it off.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 032012

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


I purchased the tuscon used approx. 2.5 months prior to the first incident. After work I went to start my vehicle and it would not crank. I had to have a tow truck come "jump" my vehicle. I went to an auto parts store and was told the battery was bad. I replaced the battery. The next day, when I went to leave work, the vehicle again would not start. I had to have a "jump" a second time. I took the vehicle back to an auto parts store and was told the battery was fine, and the alternator was bad. I replaced the alternator. Two weeks after replacing the alternator, I again had to have the vehicle "jumped." I went to an auto parts store and was told that the alternator, which was brand new, was bad. I contacted the Hyundai dealership and was told they have not heard of something causing the alternators to go bad like I was describing.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #4

Mar 172011

Tucson 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
First incident occurred-when I lived in fredericksburg, va -I was driving on rt 1 going downhill toward a stop light(no vehicle in front of me). As I was coming to a stop at the light the vehicle brakes were press down as far as it could go and I hear a clicking noise on the panel which was the ESC light. I had to turn the car off and put it in park to start it, in order to continue to drive. This has happened a couple other times. Tires have been replaced couple of times and brake pads because of groves and grinding noise. Now I'm having problems with my car won't start - had battery checked at advanced auto and its good. ESC light on with clicking noise when attempt to start car. Now that my vehicle have almost 123,000 miles, I found a recall NHTSA: 09V122000. Called Hyundai customer assistance center 1-800-633-5151 this morning at 08:18 am eastern standard time, I advise the representative that I had been having problem with my vehicle as described in this recall. She said my vehicle is not eligible because it was not in the list of VIN'"?S they had complaints. Should the recall have a cut off because of mileage, is there a determination that the problem was corrected in my vehicle by VIN, does it pertain to vehicle manufactured in a particular region of the us, overseas or defective parts on the vehicle. Second owner of vehicle, purchased vehicle from Hyundai certified dealer when returned from deployment. I'?"M a veteran and the vehicle has a lot of highway mileage to and from the nearest va medical hospital, va community out-patient base clinic, and other medical services.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 052010


  • 65,364 miles
The power windows on the vehicle were not working. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who found a blown fuse. The fuse was replaced, and almost immediately, the tire pressure monitor computer located under the center console started to burn. The mechanic disconnected the fuse and cut the wires to the TPMS module. I then took the car to the dealership to explain the problem. At first they acted like they didn't have any idea what I was talking about. I left the car with them. Several hours later, they advised the TPMS module had indeed short circuited and therefore the module and entire harness would have to be replaced at a cost of $3,000. They could not advise me why this happened. In fact, the service rep could not understand why replacing a window fuse would cause the TPMS module to burn since they are on different circuits. Also, I believe the TPMS module has it's own fuses which should have blown prior to burning. I reported this to Hyundai usa and they investigated. They emailed me to advise the problem was between myself and the dealership. When I tried to reply to them, they blocked my email address completely, so I emailed them under a different email address. They have not responded. I believe this could have been a serious problem result in a car fire had the mechanic not disconnected the system when he did. I am reporting this to you in case others have had similar problems. This may be a design flaw as a fuse should have blown on the TPMS module (a diagram indicates a slow fuse should be present).

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. The driver went to start the vehicle, but it would not start. He observed that the battery failed and had it replaced. The vehicle operated normally after the replacement, but the failure recurred nine months later. He connected the battery to a gauge, which indicated that it failed again. Since the battery was less than a year old, he took the vehicle to a dealer. The contact was informed that when the vehicle is parked for 2-3 days, it causes the battery to drain. The mechanic also stated that the battery fails because the radio is causing it to drain, as if it were still activated when the vehicle was idling. This is why the contact was advised to not let the vehicle idle for more than two days. There was no recall for this failure; however, it could be covered under the three years/30,000 mile warranty. The failure mileage was 16,000 and current mileage was 22,000. Updated 3/5/09 the consumer was informed a tsb had been issued regarding the problem. The remedy was to pull the power connector. Updated 03/10/09.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 092006

Tucson 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that the vehicle has failed to crank start approximately ten times. The Hyundai dealer has replaced the battery three times besides the original battery in the vehicle. There were no warning indicators at the time of failure. Presently, the vehicle fails to crank start again. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 3,600 and failure mileage was unknown. The consumer stated the vehicle failed to start 4 times before 1,489 and 10 times before 3,500 miles. The dealer stated driver side airbag cover replaced. The consumer provided various repair invoices for defect. Updated 07/12/07

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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