Im sharing this to caution you about parking your car on the grass
during an extended rainfall.
Statistics : 2002 SantaFe , 2.7 litre, 36,000 miles. Almost full tank
It rained fairly steady for the past two days where i live in Northern
Illinois and i had parked my SUV on some fairly tall (6" high) grass .
After the rain had ended, i went to start the SUV and it cranked fine
but did not start, nor did it sound like it was firing (I didnt touch
the gas pedal) . I tried it a couple more times to no avail. Popped
the hood and had a look around, nothing looked abnormal. I waited
another 15 minutes
and it still didnt fire yet still cranked fairly fast. I tried it a
total of about 10 times before i gave up and called Hyundai Roadside
Service toll free phone number. Within 30 minutes, they had a local Tow
Truck at my house. I explained what i did so he gets in the SUV and
tries cranking it...and after about 2-3 seconds...it fires up ! I was
numb ! It blew some black smoke out the tailpipe for a few seconds. We
let it run for 5 minutes then shut if off and tried restarting it. It
fired right up.
He told me this : 'Sometimes when you park a car on the grass when it
has rained heavily for some time, it will affect the ignition system and
you can flood the engine ; dont park on the grass unless the conditions
are dry outside' .
I found this pretty hard to believe as i was sure i had parked on the
grass before during rain... and was sure there was something still wrong
with the SUV...perhaps an intermittent problem still lurked. So, after
he left, i took it for a 30 minute spin to see if it was going to act up
, and, if it would restart. I had no problems and havent 2 days since.
If HyundaiTech is reading this, could you please shed your thoughts on
this situation described ? Have you experienced this with Hyundais ?
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can take the necessary
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