The Hyundai Santa Fe is an SUV that Hyundai has offered since 2000. While there is nothing specifically wrong with the Santa Fe, all models have their common problems. Here’s the top 5 most common Hyundai Santa Fe problems of the 3rd generation, years 2013 to 2018.
Top 5 Issues on the 3rd Generation Hyundai Santa Fe (2013 to 2018)
1. Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure
Symptoms of Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure
- Random engine stalling
- Santa Fe will crank but won’t start
How to Fix a Bad Crankshaft Position Sensor
Located behind the engine, the crankshaft position sensor reads where the engine is positioned so the computer knows when to add fuel and spark for combustion. If the crankshaft position sensor is defective, replace it.
2. Turbo Boost Control Actuator Failure
Symptoms of a Bad Turbo Boost Control Actuator
- Lack of engine power
- Poor acceleration
- Check engine light with a code P2562
How to Fix a Turbo Boost Control Actuator
Replace the actuator. There’s a rod on the turbo with an actuator connected to it that goes to where the wastegate would be. With the actuator off, check if the rod for the turbo charger moves. If the rod can’t move, chances are it’s frozen on the turbo charger and needs to be replaced.
3. Back Up Camera Problems
Symptoms of a Broken Back Up Camera
- Camera doesn’t work. When shifting in reverse, the screen is blank.
How to Fix Back Up Camera Problems on the 2013 to 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
The back up camera is located on the rear lift gate. Usually replacing the back up camera fixes this issue.
4. Front Hub Bearing Assembly Failure
Symptoms of Bad Front Wheel Bearings
Sometimes the bearing assemblies loosen and may emit a loud grinding noise. The pitch may change when turning.
Causes of Front Wheel Bearing Problems on the 2013 to 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
Wheel bearings wear out from use. Grinding and high pitch sounds from the wheel when turning are usually from worn wheel bearings on the 3rd gen Santa Fe.
How to Test Bad Front Wheel Bearings
Grab the top of the bottom of the wheel and shake it. Significant play in the wheel means the hub bearing assembly is worn and needs to be replaced.
5. Knock Sensor Failure
Symptoms of a Bad Knock Sensor
- No drivability issues but a check engine light for code P0326
How to Fix a Knock Sensor
Try clearing the code with a scan tool. Most likely the knock sensor needs to be replaced.
3rd Generation Hyundai Santa Fe Model Years
- 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
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