Hyundai Santa Fe: Exterior features / Power Liftgate

Hyundai Santa Fe (TM) 2019-2024 Owner's Manual / Convenience features / Exterior features / Power Liftgate

Power liftgate operating conditions

The power liftgate operates when the gear is in P (Park) with the engine running. However, the power liftgate will operate regardless of the gear position when the engine is off. Also, the liftgate can be opened only when vehicle speed is below 1.8 mph (3 km/h).

For safety, before attempting to open or close the liftgate, make sure the vehicle is in P (Park).


  • Never leave children or animals unattended in your vehicle. Children may operate the power liftgate. Doing so can result in injury to themselves or others and can damage the vehicle.

Make sure that there are no people or objects in the path of the power liftgate or smart liftgate prior to use. Serious injury, damage to the vehicle or damage to surrounding objects (for example, walls, ceilings, vehicles, etc.) may result if contact with the liftgate occurs.


  • Do not close or open the liftgate manually. This may cause damage to the power liftgate. If it is necessary to close or open the liftgate manually when the battery is discharged or disconnected, do not apply excessive force.
  • Do not operate the power liftgate more than 10 times continuously when the engine is not running. Use the power liftgate with the engine running when the power liftgate is used repeatedly to prevent battery discharge.
  • Do not leave the power liftgate open for a long period of time. This may drain the battery.
  • Do not apply excessive force when the power liftgate is operating. Doing so could result in vehicle damage.

Do not grab or hold on to the liftgate support struts at any time. Damage to the liftgate support struts could result. Deformation of the liftgate support struts may cause vehicle damage and personal injury may occur.

  • Do not modify or repair any part of the power liftgate by yourself. This must be done by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.
  • Do not operate the power liftgate under the following conditions. The power liftgate may not operate properly.
    - One side of the vehicle is lifted to inspect the vehicle or change a tire
    - Parking on an uneven road such as a slope, etc.
  • Close the liftgate completely and lock all doors and liftgate using the central door lock button before using an automatic car wash.
  • Do not spray high pressure water directly on the power liftgate outside open/close button. The liftgate may open unintentionally.


  • If the liftgate is not fully closed and vehicle speed is at or above 3 km/h (1.8 mph), a warning will sound 10 times. Immediately park the vehicle at a safe place, close the liftgate, and check that the liftgate open warning on the instrument cluster is turned off.
  • In cold and wet climates, the outside power liftgate open/close button may not work properly due to freezing conditions. If this occurs, remove the ice before using the outside power liftgate open/close button or use the power liftgate open/close button on the smart key or the instrument panel.
  • Operating the power liftgate more than 5 times continuously could cause damage to the operating motor. If this occurs, the power liftgate will not operate to prevent the motor from overheating. If any of the power liftgate buttons are pressed to try to open the liftgate, the chime will sound 3 times, but the liftgate will remain closed. Allow the power liftgate system to cool for about 1 minute before operating the system again.


Opening the liftgate Make sure the vehicle is in P (Park) and set the parking brake. Then do one of the following: 1. Unlock all doors with the Door Unlock button on your remote key or smart key...

Operating the power liftgate

Power liftgate open/close button (Smart key, Instrument panel) Press the power liftgate open/close button for 1 second. The liftgate opens or closes with a warning sound...

Other information:

Hyundai Santa Fe (TM) 2019-2024 Owner's Manual: Setting the power liftgate

To use each feature, you must select the opening speed or opening height from the settings menu. Deselect the settings when you do not want to use the feature. Power liftgate opening speed To adjust the power liftgate speed, select 'Setup -> Vehicle Settings -> Door/Liftgate -> Power Liftgate Opening Speed - > Fast/Slow' in the infotainment system (Default setting is ‘Fast’...

Hyundai Santa Fe (TM) 2019-2024 Service Manual: Components and components location



Electric Power Steering (EPS) warning light. Charging system warning light

Electric Power Steering (EPS) warning light

This warning light illuminates:

When you set the ignition switch or the Engine Start/Stop button to the ON position.
- The electric power steering warning light illuminates for about 3 seconds and then goes off. Whenever there is a malfunction with the electric power steering.
If this occurs, have the vehicle inspected by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

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