Hyundai Santa Fe 2008 Owner's Manual
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WARRANTIES FOR YOUR HYUNDAI VEHICLE
Please consult your Owner's Handbook & Warranty Information booklet for your vehicle's
specific warranty coverage.A020A01A-AAT
RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAINTENANCE
The maintenance requirements for your new Hyundai are found in Section 5. As the owner, it is your
responsibility to see that all maintenance operations specified by the manufacturer are carried out
at the appropriate intervals. When the vehicle is used in severe driving conditions, more frequent
maintenance is required for some operations. Maintenance requirements for severe operating
conditions are also included in Section 5.
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All information in the Owner's Manual is current at the time of publication.
However, Hyundai reserves the right to make changes at any time as part of our
policy of continual product improvement may be carried out.
This manual applies to all Hyundai models and includes descriptions and expla-
nations of optional as well as standard equipment. As a result, you may find
material in this manual that does not apply to your specific vehicle.
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CAUTION: MODIFICATIONS TO YOUR HYUNDAI
Your Hyundai should not be modified in any way. Such modifications may adversely affect the
performance, safety or durability of your Hyundai and may, in addition, violate conditions of the limited
warranties covering the vehicle. Certain modifications may also be in violation of regulations
established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal or state agencies.A080A01S-AAT
TWO-WAY RADIO OR CELLULAR TELEPHONE INSTALLATION
Your vehicle is equipped with electronic fuel injection and other electronic components. It is possible
for an improperly installed/adjusted two-way radio or cellular telephone to adversely affect electronic
systems. For this reason, we recommend that you carefully follow the radio manufacturer's instruc-
tions or consult your Hyundai dealer for precautionary measures or special instructions if you choose
to install one of these devices.
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SAFETY AND VEHICLE DAMAGE WARNING
This manual includes information titled as WARNING, CAUTION and NOTE.
These titles indicate the following:
This indicates that a condition may result in harm, serious injury or death to you or other persons
if the warning is not heeded. Follow the advice provided with the warning.
This indicates that a condition may result in damage to your vehicle or its equipment if the caution
is not heeded. Follow the advice provided with the caution.NOTE:This indicates that interesting or helpful information is being provided.
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VEHICLE DATA COLLECTION AND EVENT DATA RECORDERS
Your Hyundai vehicle is equipped with many high technology, electronically controlled systems
that help to ensure your vehicle operates properly and provides the performance that you
expect. These systems utilize computers to monitor the operation of various systems and
components and help to control their operation. These computerized system operations are
wide-ranging and involve components to reduce emissions, to continuously evaluate the
readiness of the air bag and seat belt pretensioner systems, to determine when the air bag and
seat belt pre-tensioner systems should be deployed and then to activate the deployment, and
if equipped, to operate anti-lock braking, traction control and electrical stability control to assist
the driver to control the vehicle in difficult driving situations. These systems electronically store
information that is useful to service technicians when they need to diagnose and repair these
systems. Additional information is stored only when a crash occurs that results in the
deployment of the air bags or seat belt pre-tensioners. This type of data storage is done by
devices called event data recorders(EDR).
After a crash event, the air bag and seat belt pre-tensioner computer system, known as the
Supplemental Restraint System Control Module (SRSCM) or Air bag Control Unit (ACU), may
record some information about the condition of the vehicle and how it was being operated. This
information consists of data related to seat belt usage and if there was diagnostic information
in the air bag or seat belt systems at the time that a crash occurred, and if the ACU sensed that
a crash of sufficient severity occurred to require seat belt pre-tensioner or air bag deployment.
To retrieve this information, special equipment is needed and access to the vehicle or the device
that stores the data is required. Hyundai will not access information about a crash event or share
it with others except:
o in response to an official request of police or similar government office, or
o with the consent of the vehicle owner or, if the vehicle is leased, with the consent of the lessee,
o as part of Hyundai’s defense of litigation, or
o as required by law.
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Thank you for choosing Hyundai. We are pleased to welcome you to the growing number of discriminating
people who drive Hyundais. The advanced engineering and high-quality construction of each Hyundai we
build is something of which we're very proud.
Your Owner's Manual will introduce you to the features and operation of your new Hyundai. It is suggested
that you read it carefully because the information it contains can contribute greatly to the satisfaction you
receive from your new car.
The manufacturer also recommends that all service and maintenance on your car be performed by an
authorized Hyundai dealer. Hyundai dealers are prepared to provide high-quality service, maintenance and
any other assistance that may be required.A050A04A-AAT
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
Note: Because future owners will also need the information included in this manual, if you sell this Hyundai,
please leave the manual in the vehicle for their use. Thank you.
Severe engine and transaxle damage may result from the use of poor quality fuels and lubricants that
do not meet Hyundai specifications. You must always use high quality fuels and lubricants that meet
the specifications listed on Page 9-4 in the Vehicle Specifications section of the Owner's Manual and
which also appear in the Service Station Information on the back cover of the Owner's Manual.
Copyright 2008 Hyundai Motor Company. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission
of Hyundai Motor Company.
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A100A03A-AATGuide to Hyundai Genuine Parts1. What are Hyundai Genuine Parts?
Hyundai Genuine Parts are the same
parts used by Hyundai Motor Company
to manufacture vehicles. They are de-
signed and tested for the optimum safety,
performance, and reliability to our cus-
2. Why should you use genuine parts?
Hyundai Genuine Parts are engineered
and built to meet rigid manufacturing
requirements. Using imitation, counter-
feit or used salvage parts is not covered
under the Hyundai New Vehicle Lim-
ited Warranty or any other Hyundaiwarranty. In addition, any damage to or
failure of Genuine Hyundai Parts caused
by the installation or failure of an imita-
tion, counterfeit or used salvage part is
not covered by any Hyundai Warranty.
3. How can you tell if you are purchasing
Hyundai Genuine Parts?
Look for the Hyundai Genuine Parts
Logo on the package (see below).
Hyundai Genuine Parts exported to the
United States are packaged with labels
written only in English.Hyundai Genuine Parts are only sold
through authorized Hyundai
To find the closest authorized dealer
A100A01L A100A02L A100A04LA100A03L
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURES OF YOUR HYUNDAI
DRIVING YOUR HYUNDAI
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
CORROSION PREVENTION & APPEARANCE CARE
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS
CONSUMER INFORMATION, REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS &
BINDING ARBITRATION OF WARRANTY CLAIMS
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INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS