2001 SF Clutch won't disengage

01-03-2005, 09:37 AM
I've got a 2001 Santa Fe, 4 cyl, 2 wheel drive with a 5 speed manual transmission and a bit over 75,000 miles. Over the last year, I've noticed that when I'm coming off the freeway on an onramp, my transmission won't allow me to downshift from 5th to 4th. I can downshift if I force it, but I know that this is not good for the transmission. I've concluded that the clutch is not fully disengaging when I press the clutch pedal in by noticing:

a. if I keep the clutch pedal pushed in, the engine revs track the speed
b. if I keep the clutch pedal pushed in, as I'm slowing down (coasting) to about 40 mph, I hear and feel a "thunk" and the clutch disengages, the revs drop to idle and I can shift nicely.
c. or, I can keep the clutch pedal pushed in, rev the engine and I hear/feel the same "thunk" - after that, I can downshift just fine.

This only happens when I've been driving at freeway speeds and am slowing down. It never happens upshifting...just downshifting.

Of course, I've had it to the dealer numerous times...the usual "unable to recreate problem" answer. Anyone have this problem or know about a fix?

01-04-2005, 09:39 PM
Welcome to the forum,
The only thing I see on Hyundai Webtech (http://www.hmaservice.com/webtech/default.asp?recent=7&source=home)is TSB 04-40-007 (Damper Clutch shudder (http://www.hmaservice.com/webtech/iindex.asp?id=394895148#_394895148)at 38-42 mph) problem, but according to the tsb, it only happens to 2.7L automatics.

TS out

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