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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,465 miles

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2010 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 302016

Sonata

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I've been told that the lower steering coupler bushing on my 2010 Hyundai Sonata needs to be replaced. I've done some research and I see that my year model car is not he only car made by hundai(Kia are also being reported to having the same problem). It appears this part is made out of plastic, and the replacement part has gone through several revisions due to it not holding up to the rigors of it's job. This plastic part costs under <$10, but the labor cost of replacing this is in excess of $200. You would think that any critical part of the steering mechanism would be made of a material that would last longer. Due to the failure of this plastic piece, a thudding noise can be heard when moving the steering wheel when the car is not on. I don't know what other possible problems may occur if this item were to fail while the car is moving.

- Holtsville, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 092016

Sonata

  • 65,000 miles
I have been experiencing issues with my alignment and my tires have been wearing incredibly unevenly. When driving on the highway my car will shake violently. I was advised to realign again several months ago and my tires continue to be destroyed and my car contributes to shake. Today when my power steering was being replaced for an open recall I was advised upon pick up that my steering coupler has gone bad and needs to be replaced as this is an extremely dangerous issue (never mind that I was informed of this issue after my steering column was reassembled so I have to pay labor for them to pull the entire unit again!). I've read many complaints similar to this online regarding bad couplers and shaking cars ruining tires. I was advised that if it breaks further my car will likely swerve into another lane of traffic and be extremely difficult to steer.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 202014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Going through a 2-3 inch puddle of water vehicle steering locked up and battery light came on. Now when there is any heavy rain the car steering locks up.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #6

May 052014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling 55+mph on the highway in a curve that is curving right. The car starts to rock/sway side to side. Similar to a gust of wind blowing against the car from the side. Problem only occurs when over 55mph and driving through a curve on a highway. Car seems normal when going straight or on inside roads at lower speeds. Alignment was good, and inspection by sears found no issues. Nothing loose etc. No recall from Hyundai. This is a major concern especially when driving on icy roads. This problem may lead to an accident/crash.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 172013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 53,215 miles
My 2010 Hyundai Sonata completely shut down on me 2-times in less than 5-minutes times while I was driving today. I was on my way to enter the expressway. The power steering and everything just shut down. My car just made a sudden stop. Thank god I had not entered the expressway and took the side streets home. I feel that this is a real safety hazard to myself, the passengers riding with me as well as other drivers, passengers and families on the road. My vehicle has 53,215 miles, there is no way this should be happening. If this is happening to my vehicle, I know it's occurring in other Sonata's and other Hyundai vehicles base on what I see in online entries on the 2010 Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai vehicles. Manufactures must be held accountable for the defected products place on the market. I know that I'm a small voice against a large corporation, but if you take the time to investigate I know that my claim will be validated. I hope and pray that something is done about this before we are dealing with injuries or fatalities. I am a frustrated and unhappy Hyundai Sonata owner, looking for Hyundai to put safety first!

- Berkeley, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 142013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 85,768 miles
Driving along at about 35 miles per hour when vehicle engine died. Restarted vehicle and it was almost impossible to steer. I was near home so I was able to get it home where it stayed until I could get it towed to a Hyundai dealer. The dealer replaced power steering pump, the power steering rack and pinion, gear and linkage assembly and performed a 4-wheel alignment. I was extremely blessed that I was not on the local interstate going at the maximum speed allowed. I note that there are numerous complaints about the steering on the 2010 Hyundai Sonata and other earlier and later year Sonatas. It seems there should be a recall before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Prichard, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 122011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 6,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recently purchased a one owner 2010 Hyundai Sonata limited from dealership in bismarck, nd the car has 6800 original miles. The steering wheel makes a rubbing and crackling sound. The wheel is also loose as I can rock the steering wheel from side to side without turning wheel and it is definitely loose. Makes lots of noise when driving crackling and popping sounds.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #2

Jan 262011

Sonata

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at higher speeds he noticed that the vehicle would drift to the left. The failure had occurred on an intermittent basis since he purchased the vehicle. The vehicle has not been inspected by a dealer nor has it been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and he filed a complaint with them. The failure mileage was approximately 29,000.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 152010

Sonata

  • 400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph and attempting to merge into a second lane to avoid a vehicle from crashing into her when the steering wheel became abnormally stiff. The contact stated that the failure would occur sporadically without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians advised that the failure was caused due to the vehicle not having a stabilizer. The dealer advised that the vehicle cuold not be repaired because it was designed without the stabilizer and he was unable to override the design. The manufacturer was not contacted in regards to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 400.

- Painesville, OH, USA

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