Aug 062019

Hyundai Santa Fe

I installed new battery on vehicle. Then turned the ignition over several times, only clicked. A small ground wire attached to the top of the motor became hot enough to melt the insulation on the wire.

Sounds like you need a better ground wire and a replacement starter.

First thing would be to replace the burnt wire with a heavier gauge wire. Then check your connections at the battery for being loose and or corroded. Clean them well, both the cable end and the battery terminal. Then check the connections at the stater and clean them making sure they have good contact and are not saturated with oil.

A rule of thumb

One hard click is a sign of a faulty starter. Several clicks (click, click , click, click) indicates a weak/dead battery.

How to replace the starter Hyundai Santa Fe

Jul 242019

Hyundai Sante Fe

I cannot get the hood of my Santa Fe open. The hood release lever on the panel beneath the dashboard does not pop the hood. We removed the lever and plastic panel and tried pulling on the cable that connects to the hood latch in front of the hood and it still won’t open. Help!!

Sometimes the need of attaching a pair of Vise Grips to the cable and then pulling is enough to get the job done. Other times wiggling and moving the hood around a bit at the same time does the trick. Has the car been in an accident? If there is damage to the hood or surrounding areas you may need to seek out a body shop for assistance.


Lastly, if you can see the mounting bolts after you have removed the front plastic cover, remove the mounting bolts on the hood latch itself.

Jun 152019

I heard some cracky sound in my Steering wheel. Even when the road is smooth, I still here that sound randomly.

Steering Wheel Noise

When you hear a new noise in your car it is a good idea to turn down the radio and continue driving normally to try and determine where the noise is coming from, when it occurs, and how to describe it to your mechanic.  Since the steering system in your car is connected to so many things, steering wheel noise can come from lots of different places.  To allow your front wheels to carry the weight of your car, turn, travel with your suspension and deliver power to the ground, there are lots of links and joints that can make noise.


If you hear crunching from just behind your steering wheel you probably have a bad clock spring.  The clock spring in your car is an electrical connection that maintains contact even if one side is rotated.  It consists of a round contact pad on the steering column and a small spring on your steering wheel that makes contact.  If that spring is broken or damage it will crunch as it travels in a circle and should be replaced.


Apr 242019

Hyundai Sante FeI have a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe V6 recently bought. I was told the driver side window master switch needed to be replaced. So I bought a certified used one. Put it in and the windows are still not working. None of the windows will work in fact please help????

Power Window Won’t Work

First thing to do would be to confirm power is getting to the master switch you just installed. The old one may not have been bad either. Battery positive gets tot he power window master switch through a fuseible link and a power window relay. Use the provided power window wiring diagram below for reference.

2006 Hyundai Sante Fe Power Windows Wiring Diagram

2006-hyundai-sante-fe-power-windows wiring diagram

Mar 112019

Do all of these have timing chain tensioner issues?

The majority of them do. There is an updated tensioner that is now available. The New Part Number is 24410-3c300. This is noted in the Technical Service Bulletin #06-20-002

Hyundai 3.3L & 3.8L Engine Timing Chain Tensioner – Part Update TSB# 06-20-002


An updated timing chain tensioner is now available. This part may help reduce timing chain noise. The noise may effect some vehicles during initial 10 seconds of operation after prolonged storage.

Vehicles Affected:

  • 2006-07 Azera 3.8L – Produced through July 4, 2006
  • 2007 Entourage 3.8L – Produced through June 26, 2006
  • 2007 Santa Fe 3.3L – Produced through August 4, 2006
  • 2006-07 Sonata 3.3L – Produced through August 4, 2006

Parts Information:


Jan 252019

Intermittent start in Park. Sometimes need o shift to Drive, then back to Park, then try to start. EBS and ESC lights come on for aperiod of time and then off again.

My guess would be that the starter is causing the issue. Intermittent issues are difficult to diagnose but not impossible. The diagnosis and testing can only be performed when the issue is present. So when it won’t start.

Dec 212018

Battery light is on. Checked alternator, battery and wires. They are working properly. Not sure what to check next

Check the Belt and tensioner assembly. The battery light comes on when the battery is not being charged. This can be from the alternator not working. Bad connections to the battery or alternator.  A bad cell in the battery. If you are seeing that the alternator is charging, my guess would be the battery is faulty or you have a blown fuse.

Aug 302018

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

I have code p1777, PCM out put malfunction.
Where I can start to check? What that code means?
thank you

Code P1777 – OPU Power Control Circuit Failure

Code P1777 is set and sent to the PCM/TCM when OPU detect error into OPU internal power control circuit.

Possible Causes:

  1. OPU Power stack error
  2. EOP stuck error
  3. 3-phase wiring short to VB,GND

OPU Power Control Unit Location

OPU Power Control Unit Location

Code P1777 General Description

The HEV uses the hydraulic pressure that in addition to mechanical main hydraulic pump EOP (Electric oil pump) controlled by OPU (oil pump unit) to take command by PCM/TCM generates oil pressure to operate clutch and U/D brake.

When low speed driving or engine auto stop regardless of driving mode (EV mode or HEV), when hydraulic pressure becomes low because of mechanical main hydraulic pump rotation in low speed or stop, OPU supplies hydraulic pressure on U?D brake by operating EOP in order to protect Friction Element.

When shifting the driving mode from EV mode to HIV mode, EOP supplies hydraulic pressure to the engine clutch in order to use engine power when the driving mode shift is completed (Engine clutch: wet type multiple disk clutch that connect or disconnect the engine power between engine input shaft and transaxle input shaft)

What to check

According to the Manual you are to inspect the terminal and connectors first. Then check the component itself.

  • Thoroughly check connectors for looseness, poor connection, bending, corrosion, contamination, deterioration or damage.
  • In order to check the component, the manual advises to clear the code(with a scantool) after cycling the IG on and off two or three times. If the same code returns, substitute with a known-good PCM/TCM and check for proper operation. If the problem is corrected, replace PCM/TCM.
Aug 152018

Hyundai Sonata

Code P0340. Looking for diagram for plug. Last mechanic broke connector and spliced wrong connector on and crossed wires. Need to know what wires go where on sensor. Don’t want to short out new sensor. Car starts then dies in 3 seconds. Get 2 diagnostic trouble codes both P0340

Code P0340 Hyundai

Description: Camshaft Position Sensor A Circuit (Bank 1 Or Single Sensor)

Probable Causes:

  1. Sensor or solenoid faulty
  2. Connector terminal contact is damaged or corroded
  3. Wire harness – Check harness for correct voltage, open, short to ground or short to voltage
  4. Update control unit software – Check for the latest control unit update
  5. Powertrain or Engine Control Module faulty

Camshaft Position Sensor Wiring Diagram

Camshaft Position Sensor Wiring Diagram