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2.4 Hyundai Sante Fe Cranks No Start – P0335 Code

Hyundai Sante Fe 2.4 – Makeshift Camshaft Holding Tool

I recently worked on a 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe, 2.4 Liter four cylinder DOHC (Double Over Head Cam) with 88,000 miles, towed in to our shop with a cranks but no start condition. The engine cranked over normally and sounded like it had good compression, indicating the timing belt was good. If the engine turned over too fast and sounded like it had weak compression I would have suspected a bad timing belt. Also when cranking it over, I noticed that there was no RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) reading on the tachometer.

This usually means that the crank sensor is not providing the RPM reading to the ECU (Electronic Control Unit). After doing a quick scan for fault codes with my scan tool, I found a P0335 CKP sensor (Crankshaft Position Sensor) fault code. A quick check on Identifix, showed that there were several confirmed fixes with the Crank Sensor solving the problem. Replacing the CKP sensor is no quick job, labor time shows 3.1 hours.

The long CKP sensor wire makes this a pain to change

The sensor wire on the Sante Fe four cylinder is behind the lower timing cover and the wire harness is routed behind the PS (Power Steering Pump), it travels up the side of the engine, underneath engine covers by the fuel rail and connects near the throttle body. Needless to say since the timing belt was due to be changed at 90,000 miles anyway, it made since to change it at the same time I installed the new crank sensor.

This brings me back to the makeshift camshaft holding tool rig that is pictured at the beginning of this post. When installing the new timing belt and trying to line up the timing marks, the cams would not stay in place, they kept springing out of alignment. And out of all my thousands of dollars worth of automotive tools, I didn’t have a cam clamp or cam holding tool in my tool box. Luckily, the tie straps, two 17 mm wrenches and my trusty vise grips did the trick though. Looks like I’ll have to add the Lisle 36880 DOHC Lock Tool to my tool shopping list, so I’ll be better prepared for the next time.


September 27, 2008 - Posted by | Auto Repair Tips, Auto Scan Tool Use, Automotive Tools, Auto Specialty Tools | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Fantastic Makeshift Camshaft Holding Tool. Very creative and affective as well. The ingenuity of mechanics is often overlooked by the general public. I will be sending my newsletter subscribers a link to this page so they can see the perfect example of overcoming problems that may not have an obvious solution!

    Comment by Diy auto mechanic mark | September 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. This is what I like to call “Engineering OJT”.

    Comment by automotivetools | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. Just a quick question? How long do you think it would take to do a 2.4 to 2.4 engine swap in one of these? I have a friend who needs to do a swap. I have done many engine swaps on other vehicles, civic, nissan altima plus many others.But i am wondering approximate time involved on a Hyundai Santa Fe Front wheel Drive 2.4 L.

    Comment by Steve | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. Pretty much the same job as in a Honda or Nissan. I could do it all in one day if uninterrupted. It’s best to allow yourself enough extra time in case you run into unsuspected problems though. I would estimate book time would be approximately 14 hours (long block), but if you work fast and have everything you need (correct tools and parts) it could be done in around 10-12 hours. Consider replacing seals, gaskets and timing belt before installing the used engine – it’s much easier while the motor is out of the vehicle.

    Comment by automotivetools | November 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. Had the excact same problem today.. thank god for zip ties.

    Comment by Ralph | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. hey bud i got a 2004 sonata just did the timing belt but that is dead on i had to use the 17 mm too lol but luckly i had a partner to help, anyway so the timing is good and the crank position sensor is brand new. the car started and i went on a test drive nd it died out same code keeps poppin up p0335 witch we know is the sensor but its new so then we did some test saw we were getting no fuel so we changed the fuel pump and now we got fuel but no spark……..if you have any clue on why the car wont turn over please let me get your opinion cuz im stumped and customer needs her vehicle lol

    Comment by mark | February 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. good hand tool there! I’m currently working on a Santa fe 2.4 for the same problem crank sensor and timing belt replacement. In order to get the timing on the santa fe I had no make my own tool as well using a crew with a couple of washers and a bolt. That solved my problem of cams moving around.

    Comment by chris | March 12, 2013 | Reply

  8. hiya there, i got a 2002 santa fe td and started stalling a few days ago, now kind of intermittent, starts when it wants to, stalls everytime after driving for a few moments. any ideas? i was thinking crank shaft sensor but really not sure. already replaced high pressure pump as that was leaking.
    mandy xxx

    Comment by mandy | January 26, 2014 | Reply

    • Intermittent problems are difficult to diagnose sometimes. I would check for fault codes and go from there. Good Luck.

      Comment by automotivetools | January 31, 2014 | Reply

  9. Hello, man!!!! You hit dead-on and that is exactly the same problem I have currently with my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.4L; but want to do both the timing belt & sensor replacement myself, but, I don’t have the money to get the work done. I currently still drive my vehicle, it keeps cutting-off and I keep pulling over to start the engine up. Man, it’s crappy!

    Comment by James Bekele | July 14, 2014 | Reply

  10. Bought a 2003 Sonata with a 2.4 engine. Female owner was tired of dumping money after the initial repair. Bought relatively cheap. Engine was very rough with severe revving and missing problem while driving. Lack of power and occasional stalling too. Upon initial troubleshooting, noticed the following had been replaced with new; timing belt kit, rollers-pulleys, crankshaft and cam position sensors, coils, plugs and wires. Upon some observation discovered the problem was an incorrect/poor installation and routing of the crankshaft sensor harness. It was improperly routed and the timing belt had chewed/shaved the harness heat protective cover, the wire(s) insulation and the 14-16 gauge wire copper strands. It was not an easy in-place wire soldering and heat shrink and electrical tape insulation fix. What was certainly difficult is that there is no suitable room or safe route to install the harness to prevent the timing belt to shave it. Certainly is a weak Hyundai engineering design or is purposely made for that problem to happen. Hope this help other 2.4 engine Hyundai owners upon crankshaft position sensor replacement or possible scanner fault code.

    Comment by El Chacal | July 30, 2014 | Reply

  11. Hey guys did the timming in my 2003 2.4 engine and the cam shafts timming marks will not line up any ideas i check this page on and off so please reply

    Comment by Jeff | February 28, 2015 | Reply

  12. it’s a Hyundai Sonata I forgot to put what kind of car it was

    Comment by Jeff | February 28, 2015 | Reply

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