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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,306 miles

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2007 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

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2007 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Oct 222014


  • 126,226 miles


A bolt on the lower steering shaft sheared off and disconnected the lower steering shaft and damaged the clockspring. It also caused the car to spin out of control in the rain because I lost the ability to control steering. The car finally stopped inches away from a rock wall. The car was un-drivable due to the loss of steering ability. My mechanic had to remove and replace the lower steering shaft and clock spring assembly.

- North Easton, MA, USA

problem #20

Mar 152012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 66,323 miles
Car lost power steering while driving on the long island expressway. Steering wheel jerked, esp light came on and power steering failed. Car sat overnight and was fine the next day. Situation recurred on or about 1/19/13 and 12/5/13. Each time the problem resolved itself overnight. It occurred again on 4/23/14. After the most recent occurrence, power steering has failed completely and has not been restored.

- Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #19

Apr 022014


  • 67,000 miles
I was traveling on a two lane road, the car jurked quickly to the left across center line. The electronic power steering lite came on and the car was unsteerable. I finally got the car off the road turned it off and restarted it the steering came back on. This is the second time in a year this same problem has happened. Dealer adjusted motor first time said it was fixed. This is a very dangerous problem you can not steer the car when this happens.I was very lucky there was no car comming in the other lane. I have looked on line to see if this is a problem and there are numerous complaints on this same problem.

- Webster, FL, USA

problem #18

Jan 062014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


The steering squeaks and rattles on rough or bumpy surfaces. If you release tilt steering lever and move steering wheel up and down. Its makes loud squeaking noises. The noise continues in any position tilt steering is put in while driving. Very irritating noise.like having a mouse in your car.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #17

Jan 142014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 183,019 miles
The dealer replaced the steering column to resolve escalating problems with electronic power steering that failed intermittently and would no longer reset after turning the vehicle off and restarting the engine, rendering the vehicle inoperable. 127 miles after completion of the steering column replacement, the power steering again failed yesterday evening while entering the highway during rush hour. I reiterate my statement from the prior incident(s) that this is a serious safety issue - not only to the driver of the vehicle, but to other drivers as well. This long-time Hyundai promoter is about to become a detractor.

- Grove City, PA, USA

problem #16

Mar 152013

Elantra 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
Power steering failed and eps light illuminated. Condition cleared upon stopping vehicle, and restarting it. This continued intermittently (maybe 10-15 instances, often with months between occurrences) until October (182900 miles), when eps failed to reset. Speed was not a consistent factor; eps would deactivate at any speed - including as low as 20 mph. Especially if/when occurring at highway speed, this is a serious safety concern. I have seen similar eps complaints for this model/year reported on various tech forums and am concerned that my experience was not an isolated incident. Dealer replaced steering column to resolve issue.

- Grove City, PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 032014


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 65 mph, the contact stated that power steering seized on the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the dealer for inspection. The contact was informed that the steering column module needed to replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Parkville, MO, USA

problem #14

Dec 082013


  • 100,000 miles
Its been happening since the cold weather hit the area. I was driving on ice and went to turn and the eps light came on and my electronic assist steering went out, or got hard to steer. Its almost caused an accident but my evasive maneuvering I managed to get the car over to the side of the roadway..I shut the car off to reset the eps and I went off. So I headed back home and before I could turn the corner the light came back on...now its been happening more frequently and its beginning to seriously bother me...id hate to think of me driving down the freeway and that happening to my children..im taking it to the dealership in the morning! not happy with it.

- Tuscola, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 252013


  • 17,709 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while attempting to make a turn, the steering failed to operate as the steering wheel had to be forced in order to maneuver the vehicle without warning. The contact also mentioned that the problem recurred on every turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated that the problem was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure and current mileage was 17,709.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 022012


  • 30,000 miles
My Hyundai Elantra 2007 stalls randomly sometimes upon starting the car or at traffic stop. The eps light comes on and I lose control of the vehicle. When I turn off the car and start it again, it works normally. It used to happen in parking lots while starting earlier. Last week it stalled in the middle of a traffic stop. I had to turn off and start the car again in the middle of the road to move. I had taken my car to the dealer with this problem last year. The car was still under 5 year warranty at the time. The dealer told that there is no problem with the car after investigating and that they were not able to recreate the issue. I am extremely concerned after reading other similar complaints on NHTSA website as well as on the internet on the same issue where car stalls after eps light comes on. I also saw that there was a recall for 2008 Elantras for stalling where fuel pump was replaced. My car's model year is 2007. I am scared that this could also happen in the middle of a highway while driving which is extremely dangerous.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #11

Dec 072012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 58,900 miles


Eps light came on the dash and I immediately lost all power steering. The vehicles steering became so stiff it was extremely difficult to steer the car. Someone with less strength like a young lady or older person would be in grave danger of crashing, anyone for that matter - I have found out that the systems is totally integrated. There is a module that has failed but can not be replaced on it's own. The entire steering column has to be replaced for about $2500. The light went off after I shut the car off and stayed off for a for several weeks then without warning came back on again and the power steering was gone. This continued to happen several more times until the light remained on. When this happens it is very dangerous. It can happen anytime at any speed. I contacted Hyundai to no satisfaction and now must spend $2500 to replace the entire steering column without knowing how long it will last and if I will crash the next time it happens. I would be shocked if this has not caused any accidents. If your going to use an integrated brake system it should be reliable and safe !!

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #10

Feb 192012


  • miles
While pulling into parking space at shopping center coming to stop then car suddenly lurched over a parking stop post and curb going into a building I managed to get brakes to stop vehicle before hitting the building.. I did not know what happened. While reading problems about the 2007 model I found another person with the same problem. I was looking at problem due to a popping sound when turning the vehicle. There seem to be many of those already reported. We took to the dealer and the vehicle was out of warranty at 60,000 miles and we have 68,000 now so they wanted $65 just to look at the vehicle. I have taken the car to another dealership. While 2007 year model has no recall it sounds like it should for this problem.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 112009


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that a knocking sound was coming from the steering column. The contact stated that the vehicle did not have a problem steering or turning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told the steering bracket had to be replaced. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 22,000 and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 102012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph and making a slight turn, the steering wheel turned in the opposite direction. The contact depressed the brake pedal however the vehicle would not stop. He then engaged the emergency brake and the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they had to replace the power steering system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 80,000...updated 09-19-12 the consumer stated the vehicle made 3 to 4 360 degree spins before coming to a stop. Updated 09/21/2012

- Valley City , OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 012011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Mechanic changing the spark plugs noticed that the steering was questionable on our 2007 Elantra. We brought it back to the dealer since we bought an extended warranty on it and they diagnosed it as a problem with the steering column. They replaced it under our warranty. I hate to think that this may be more extensive based on the other reports and that we were lucky to have our mechanic notice it before it became dangerous.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 152011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
2007 Hyundai Elantra gls. I was driving home from work on 6/15/11 on open highway. Speed limit was 75 mph, and I was driving approximately 70 mph. I was in the left lane and noticed the car was starting to drift to the left. I tried to correct the vehicle to the right, and the car automatically went out of control. I did not have time to apply the brakes. The car rolled once, end over end. I believe there was something defective in the steering mechanism that caused the car to go out of control. I believe there are recalls for steering mechanisms on later models of Hyundai automobiles, but not on 2007's. I contend that the 2007 models should be included in the recalls and that the steering mechanisms of some 2007's are faulty, including my automobile. I have filed a complaint with Hyundai so they can inspect my car. My case number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rye, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 132010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the engine stalled while driving 70 mph and the check engine light was illuminated. In additin, the steering would sporadically lock without warning. The vehicle was turned off momentarily and the contact was able to drive the vehicle to his place of residence. The failure was an intermittent occurrence. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Maplewoods , MN, USA

problem #4

Sep 122009


  • 54,592 miles
When turning the steering wheel to make a turn or when backing out of a parking stall and then pulling forward you will randomly get a popping sound coming from the steering column area. You can also feel a light pop. The vehicle has been took to the dealer, for them to check but they said they could not find anything. The last time the service tech said, he did hear a small pop but it was so light he would not be able to find it. So he tighten the bolts for the steering column. However now the noise is happening more often. The problem first started when the car had about 50K miles on it. I took the car into the dealer a few times for the same problem the first time they look at it and said they could not find it. I re took the car in about a month later and this time the tech did hear it when we went for a test drive but he told me he would not be able to find it and to bring it back in later. When I did they said it would be a charge to relook at it because its been in before for the same problem. Now it have been about a year since I last took it in for this but now it is doing it more often and loader when it does do it. Also the air bags light turned on and would not reset. But after moving the steering will tilt the light then reset and stayed off.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 052010


  • 42,965 miles
1) events leading up to failure: I was pulling out of a level parking spot at about 2 mph when I heard a loud snap and my steering went out of control. 2) the failure: The right front tie-rod broke! the inner tie-rod end disconnected from the outer tie-rod end! the threads on both the inner and outer tie-rods were stripped and they pulled apart completely! the right front wheel was completely disconnected from the steering mechanism and was randomly floating/turning in different directions. I turned the wheels left, but that wheel was still turned right! the car was dragging that wheel around as I tried to drive forward! the tire made a terrible screeching noise. If this had happened at 70 mph (I just got off the highway) the car would have flipped end-over-end killing/injuring me and those around me! 3) what was done to correct the failure: The car is still under warranty. Hyundai replaced both the inner and outer tie-rods and did a realignment. The Hyundai dealer refused to give me the old parts.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 202010


  • 6,486 miles
About on January 20, 2010 my mother was driving her 2007 Hyundai Elantra when the power steering suddenly failed as she was backing out of a parking space. She was able, with some difficulty, to get the auto home and turn the car off. When she turned it back on the power steering worked again. She took it to her dealer, amato hyundaimazda in milwaukee, wi to get repaired. They supposedly read the code that the car's computer said explained the problem, told her they would have to order parts and made an appointment for her to return in a few days. When she got home, the service manager called and said they were not sure what was wrong with the car and he would have to drive it for a few days to try and reproduce the problem. She refused saying they already told her they knew what the problem was.

- West Chester, OH, USA

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