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Randall C
Randall C, ASE Master Tech
Category: Hyundai
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Experience:  ASE Master Tech, L1 diagnostics, 32 years. Electrical expert
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Where is the starter locaated? nothing, 2004 Sante Fe, yes,

Customer Question

where is the starter locaated?
JA: When you turn the key, do you get a single loud click, or a series of rapid ones?
Customer: nothing
JA: What is the model/year of your Hyundai?
Customer: 2004 Sante Fe
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes, turn the key on and nothing. no sound or click
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: battery good
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 month ago.

Hello, which engine does your Sante Fe have?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
3.5
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Car was working fine yesterday with no problems. Shut it off at Dr. office and when we went to start it again nothing happened. All we got was one click.
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 month ago.

Hello, is anything working with key to On position? wipers? blower? headlights? etc etc ?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
all of the above are working
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
where is the starter located on this vehicle?
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 month ago.

2 things come to mind, you could have a bad connection at the battery, I would remove BOTh battery cables, clean and put them back on, Even if other things work? you can still have bad connection because start is higher draw of amps. so do the cables first, then? one click and full charged battery? be 100% on that then yes, starter is likely the problem, It si mounted on left side of the engine, down low, left side is between engine and radiator, 2 bolts hold it, Here is a picture of the starter,

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It has a cover over it and is by exhaust system
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 month ago.

yes, but the bolts are in the front going into the face of the starter. Hyundai does not give full details on how to change it but 2 bolts, What I would do is get a long bar and have someone try and crank and hit hard on the starter where you can with the bar, It may have just stuck that one time. here is a picture of how the bolts go in

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