my 2009 Santa Fe won't start in the park position.

Asked by Jun 28, 2015 at 11:33 AM about the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have resorted to using break, turn key to on position, shift to neutral then start car.  This
usually works but sometimes it takes several try's to get shifter to cooperate. I was told
by Hyundai service after a $125.00 dip gnostic fee that the shifter cable needs
replacement for $435.00. This still does not answer why odometer light stays on when
car is off. If shift cable is bad then wouldn't the car roll? Daughter and son in law have
same car with same problem ( they live in Delaware), their mechanic (Hyundai), told
them it was a starter lever, cheap fix no problems since. I don't get the difference in
diagnosis with the same problem in same vehicle in two different states? Please, am I
being taken for a ride?

1 Answer


Sounds like the shift lock solenoid is faulty. It recognize's that the car is in park and your able to start it. Find a good local mechanic to repair, you need not have to take it to the dealership for service. The OD light on when car is off might be a separate issue.

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