When I drive thru a puddle on the passenger side, my 2005 sonata shuts off. All dash lights come on, squealing sound, then I have about 10 secs. to pull over before power steering, etc goes. Have taken it to 3 diff. mechanics and told that no shields are missing and the belt doesn't need to be replaced. Help please?

Asked by Oct 15, 2014 at 01:11 PM about the 2005 Hyundai Sonata GL FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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How deep are the puddles are you going through? Water is getting into the engine compartment from somewhere.

Not very deep at all. Maybe 4 or 5 inches or so. If I creep slowly thru I'm fine but if I go thru at say anything over 25 mph I look for a quick place to pull over.

Might even be a little less deep than 4 or 5 inches. One mechanic tried to recreate by putting the car on a lift and spraying profusely with a water bottle, but it didn't yield the same results.


4-5 inches is a pretty good sized puddle. There has to be a cover or should missing or not connected right. A spray bottle is not going to come close to the spray that a big puddle at 30 MPH will create. Have him spray it with a garden hose at least.

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If there are no shields missing and the belt is fine, then the tensioner probably needs to be replaced. Try to avoid those puddles too.

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Thanks for the input. I may have exaggerated the depth of the puddles that put me in peril. Now that it's downpouring here in Western Mass, the puddles I avoid appear to be much less deep than I originally thought. I'll ask for the tensioner to be checked out next. On the plus side, I have become an extremely strategic driver!

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