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Category: Hyundai
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Experience:  Master automotive technician ,ASE master certified,associates degree in automotive technology
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I have a 2003 Hyundai sante fe. I had to change the starter.

Customer Question

I have a 2003 Hyundai sante fe. I had to change the starter. Someone tried to steal the car by insenting a screwdriver in the ignition switch and damaged it. I have replaved the ignition switch and module and now it will not start .. Some of the lights will come on but not all.
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: the dash panel lights
JA: Are you fixing your Santa Fe yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I have put on a new starter. new battery new cylinder lock on idnition where the key goes in
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  Eric replied 10 months ago.


Ok, did you have the new ignition lock cylinder coded to your original key, or did you install a new cylinder that had its own key?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have replaced the starter, battery, and lock cylinder where the key goes in. The cylinder had a new key
Expert:  Eric replied 10 months ago.


Ok, does yours have factory immobilizer/antitheft system?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
R u there
Expert:  Eric replied 10 months ago.


sorry, computer froze up.

Ok, I am 90% sure that the key will need to be programmed to the immobilizer control module, but I am going to open this back up to other experts so if one has differing information, they can provide it for you

Expert:  adamfeather replied 10 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'll be happy to assist you! I have an associates degree in automotive technology, ASE certified with 15 years in the field. Sorry to hear your having problems with your new key. Let me gather some information to help. I'll send it as I find it in the next few minutes.

Expert:  adamfeather replied 10 months ago.
Ok. Like most 2000 and up model year vehicles yours does have a "chip" or transponder I. The key that requires programming. Generally it is done by the dealer or a shop with capable programming equipment. Here is the document to give you an idea of what is involved.
Expert:  adamfeather replied 10 months ago.
Also I found this if your curious as to how the rest of the system works. Good news is likely you just need to have the new key programmed for it to start.
Thanks and hope this helps answer your question!
Expert:  adamfeather replied 10 months ago.


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