Hyundai Santa Cruz Owners & Service Manuals

Hyundai Santa Cruz: Ignition Switch / Key Ignition Switch

[A] : LOCK, [B] : ACC, [C] : ON, [D] : START

Whenever the front door is opened, the ignition switch will illuminate, provided the ignition switch is not in the ON position. The light will go off immediately when the ignition switch is turned on or go off after about 30 seconds when the door is closed. (if equipped)


  • NEVER turn the ignition switch to the LOCK or ACC position while the vehicle is in motion except in an emergency.
  • This will result in the engine turning off and loss of power assist for the steering and brake systems. This may lead to loss of directional control and braking function, which could cause an accident.
  • Before leaving the driver's seat, always make sure the shift lever is in P (Park, for automatic transmission vehicle) position, apply the parking brake, and turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position. Unexpected vehicle movement may occur if these precautions are not followed.


Never use aftermarket keyhole covers. This may generate start-up failure due to communication failure.

Key ignition switch positions

Starting the engine


  • Always wear appropriate shoes when operating your vehicle. Unsuitable shoes, such as high heels, ski boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc., may interfere with your ability to the accelerator and/or brake pedal.
  • Do not start the vehicle with the accelerator pedal depressed.
  • Keep your foot on the brake when shifting out of P (Park). Make sure the engine rpm is at idle before shifting. The vehicle may move suddenly when the brake pedal is released if the engine RPM is high.

1. Make sure the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) is applied.

2. Make sure the shift lever is in P (Park).

3. Depress the brake pedal.

4. Turn the ignition switch to the START position. Hold the key (maximum of 10 seconds) until the engine starts and release it.


  • Do not wait for the engine to warm up while the vehicle remains stationary. Start driving at moderate engine speeds. (Avoid hard acceleration when the engine is still cold.)
  • Always start the vehicle with your foot on the brake pedal. Do not depress the accelerator while starting the vehicle. Do not race the engine while warming it up.


To prevent damage to the vehicle:

  • Do not hold the ignition key in the START position for more than 10 seconds. Wait 5 to 10 seconds before trying again.
  • Do not turn the ignition switch to the START position with the engine running. It may damage the starter.
  • If traffic and road conditions permit, you may put the shift lever in the N (Neutral) position while the vehicle is still moving and turn the ignition switch to the START position in an attempt to restart the engine.
  • Do not push or tow your vehicle to start the engine.
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