I just purchased a new 2005 Santa Fe (2.7L, V6) and noticed almost
immediately a burning smell. I thought it could be a defective serpentine
belt since my wife heard a squealing sound. I called the salesman
immediately and we arranged for a time to drop off the car.
I took it to the dealer and they informed me that the problem is a
crankshaft seal that was improperly installed at the factory, allowing oil
to leak out onto the exhaust. They are replacing the seal today, but it
sounds like it is quite an extensive repair. In addition I think they are
replacing the timing belt. I have the feeling I am getting rebuilt engine
rather than a new one. The car has less than 500 miles on it.
Does anyone have an idea what's involved in replacing the defective seal? I
am prepared to make an issue out of this if necessary, but I also understand
that they are making a reasonable effort to fix the problem quickly. I'm
also assuming that not enough oil was lost via the leak to cause undue