The manual will tell you what HAS to be done. Most of the stuff is
"inspect" rather than replace. Some dealers will have a list of services
done at certain mile points. Ask what they will do and compare it to what
Hyundai says needs to be done.
My dealer has a list of (suggested) things to be done and the charges, but
if you go in for an oil change they do most of them anyway for free. Much
of the rest you can do yourself.
Keep in mind, service is a profit center. The difference between what the
dealer wanted to do and what needed to be done was $2200 over the 67000
miles I had the car.
Thanks Ed.... I had a feeling.. I agree, most reads 'inspect'... which was
done at the oil change anyway, as well as rotate tires.. I replaced the
airfilters myself, Cabin/engine... never found the 'gas tank air filter'...
I would have to believe that by follwing the manual, all s/b ok... I was
hoping there wasn't anything I might have overlooked....something really
Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Just looked at my dealer's "menu" for the 30k service and it is $495. The
4WD SUV is $595. It is an oil change, tire rotation, engine coolant, trans
fluid, air cleaner, pcv valve and wiper blades. Everything else is just
Regular oil changes are fairly priced at $35.95 but the 7500 mile service is
$89.95 and amounts to paying $50 for tire rotation and a couple of more
inspections. I don't do tire rotations myself any more , but by itself, it
is $30 and most shops would charge that amount.
Easy, actually. Two ways to do it. You can drain the radiator and re-fill
it and call it a day. Not perfect, but in reality, sufficient. It is the
additives that wear out, not the ability to protect from a freeze Or you
can drain, flush, fill, a bit more time consuming and takes more fluid.
There are kits for doing so. I've never done it that way especially with
the newer longer lasting anti-freezes. Of course, I've only been driving
cars for 49 years with no cooling system problems so I may be wrong.
Thanks Ed... I was thinking of the drain and refill method, being careful
for the dogs.. Firestone does the flush job for 79 (less 10 coupon) which I
was also considering as I price around..
Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Given the amount of stuff that comes out of the cooling system during a
flush, I would not recommend skipping this step. Prestone makes an
inexpensive kit that allows you to attach a garden hose to the heater
hose line and do a decent flush, though most likely not as efficient as
a dealer power flush. Back when I was doing my only coolant service, I
would also use the Prestone radiator flush per their directions. Doing
a drain, flush, refill with the Prestone flush detergent, drive a while,
drain, flush again, and then refill with antifreeze took the better part
of a Saturday morning. I am at the point in my life now where I am more
than happy to throw $80 at a dealer in order to have my Saturday morning
Excuse me for jumping in but my '07 Santa Fe just rolled over 40K
today. I was checing my owners manual and I see the tranny fluid
scheduled for 75K and the coolant at 60K. Also it requires the valves
be adjusted at 60K. So, do we have different manuals?
On my PT when I needed the coolant changed I visited a VOIC who did it
for around $40 and actually connected a contraption that sucked on one
end and fed new coolant on the otehr and it tool about 5 minutes while
I sat in the car and watched. Besides being more convenient is was
far less expensive than the dealer charges.
Later - B
Which is pretty much the question I started with.. the manual seems to have
the minimum service needed... a few places have told me that beyond 30k,
antifreeze components break down.....50k for tranny.. the million dollar
question is always 'who's right..'...
I tend to err on the side of caution and change most fluids according to
the severe service schedule. For example, the normal schedule for my
Sonata never requires that the tranny oil be changed, however, the
severe service calls for changes every 60K. I have changed the
gear/transmission oils in my past vehicles at least every 50-60K and
will do so with the Sonata. It may not be necessary, but it is pretty
cheap insurance and I keep my vehicles a long time unless they are
lemons. My 94 Chevy pickup is going strong at 16 years and 120,000
miles. My 03 Dodge Grand Caravan has nearly 130,000 miles and my "new"
vehicle is my 06 Sonata which now has 61,000. That is if you exclude my
07 BMW K1200LT which has nearly 18,000 now.
I figure a few extra bucks over the course of 15 years and 200,000 miles
isn't that much of a waste even it is really isn't absolutely necessary.
Hyundai's service intervals for the newer cars such as your Santa Fe
are 5 years/60k miles for the original coolant replacement and 2 years/
30k thereafter, and 7 years/15k miles for the automatic transmission
I always had difficulty recommending coolant services based on
mileage; what bad things happen due to pumping it through the engine?
Similarly, I always had difficulty recommending transmission services
based on time; what happens to the fluid while it's sitting there
I just had my 06 Sonata in for the $60K service, well part of it as I do
my own oil and filters, inspection of fuel system, suspension, etc. I
had the dealer do the coolant flush and fill and transmission oil
(standard shift). My owner's manual also called for an inspection of
the AC, valve clearance and electronic throttle. When I asked the
service manager to do these he looked at me like I was from Mars. He
said there is nothing to inspect on the AC, not even a sight window as
some of my cars have had. He said if it is blowing cool air, then it
passed the inspection. He also said there is nothing to inspect or
adjust on the valves. He said they can check the throttle transducers
with the scan tool, but there isn't more to it than that.
It seems the owner's manual has some fiction in the maintenance
schedule. Mine also called for replacement of the charcoal canister,
gas tank air filter and something else at 47,500 or some odd mileage
like that. When I asked the dealer about that, he said they never
replace those unless there is a problem and they didn't even have the
parts in stock. And, they were quite pricey in any event.
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