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Santa Fe I 2.7V6, 2.0 diesel 2001-2006(Edit)

Full-time all wheel drive. Developed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch. A viscouse coupling locking planetary differential inside the front transaxle splits the drive torque equally between the front wheels, and 60/40 between the front and rear axles.

Figure: Hyundai Santa Fe I Steyr-Daimler-Puch full-time all wheel drive system

Figure: Hyundai Santa Fe 2001-2006 planetary center differential

Figure: Hyundai Santa Fe 2001-2006 rear differential

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Santa Fe I 3.5V6 2002-...(Edit)

Automatic all wheel drive. The BorgWarner TorqTransfer System ITM-I (interactive torque management I). The system uses electronic sensors and microcomputer controls to sense slippage in a vehicle's front wheels and automatically transfers power to the rear wheels. Then, when the front wheels are no longer slipping, the system reduces or eliminates power to the rear wheels.

The reduced slippage increases efficiencies that enhance vehicle handling and traction and improve fuel economy. The ITM-I can work with other systems such as antilock brake systems and electronic stability programs to further enhance traction and stability.

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SantaFe II 2006-..., Tuscon 2004-2009(Edit)

Automatic all wheel drive. The Borg Warner ITM 3e, an electromagnetic clutch-type system that sends 95% of the power to the front wheels—until they encounter a low traction situation, when up to 50% of the power can be apportioned rearward.

Figure: Hyundai SantaFe II/Tuscon electromagnetic clutch attached to the rear differential case.

Figure: Hyundai Tuscon rear differential

Figure: Hyundai Tuscon transfer box

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SantaFe III (2013 - ...)(Edit)

"Dynamax" AWD system by "Magna International Inc."

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Figure: Hyundai Terracan front axle disconnect system

Figure: Hyundai Terracan front differential

Figure: Hyundai Terracan rear differential

Figure: Hyundai Terracan transfer box

Depending on Model Type, there were 2 different 4x4 drive systems available:

A base model Terracan, and top-spec 'Highlander'.

The Base Model (Regardless of additional trim/spec level) came with a button-operated Part-time all wheel drive drive system,

while the Highlander came with a torque on demand automatic all wheel drive system. (Usually rear wheel drive, torque is automatically assigned to front wheels when needed)

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There are 4 comments
April 01, 2013 - 13:50

im working in a santa fe 2008, when i drive it and turn any direction the four wheel s activate (esp) and it doesnt diagnose any sensor, any idea what might the problem???

thanks, marino

February 22, 2013 - 14:10

Hyundai Santa Fe III (2013-> ): "Dynamax" AWD system by "Magna International Inc."
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February 22, 2013 - 14:07

Hyundai Santa Fe III (2013-> ): "Dynamax" AWD system by "Magna International Inc."
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August 30, 2012 - 17:38

the drawings of terracan front differential are very light and unclear

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