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A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against Hyundai that claims the 2.4L Sonata engine is defective. More info here.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,937 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 18 of 43)

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problem #508

Dec 042015

Sonata

  • 67,500 miles

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

Intermediate shaft problem(recall campaign 097)

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #507

Dec 042015

Sonata

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the contact heard a clink noise and the steering failed without warning. The dealer diagnosed that the flex coupling needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Ridgeline, SC, USA

problem #506

Nov 012015

Sonata

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while turning the steering wheel left or right, there was a clicking noise coming from the steering column and the vehicle would delay in making the turn. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #505

Mar 072015

Sonata

  • 58,000 miles

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

Called Hyundai to find out steering column needs to be repaired. Employee then told me he wasn't sure why a recall hasn't been issued. He was currently working on a steering column for the same make and model as my vehicle. Engine has recall waiting on final results. Engine stalled and is loud.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #504

Oct 282015

Sonata

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 35 mph, there was a clicking sound from the steering column. The failure recurred multiple times and at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 10V462000 (steering); however, the VIN was not included. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #503

Nov 302015

Sonata

  • 134,000 miles
Having severe shaking feedback in the steering wheel column, when driving the car when hitting bumps. Additionally, steering wheel has a loud clanking noise when turning the steering wheel at a stop and at while driving. Dealership told me it was the steering coupler which was made of plastic, and said there is a severe national shortage of these parts. Made 2 appointments to replace, both times part was said not be in stock even though they called me and said it was in for my repair. Severe feedback getting worse quickly, also worry about related damage it is causing with the defective coupler being bad. I work as a aviation safety inspector, and have a solid background in mechanical issues.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #502

Nov 132015

Sonata

  • 36,642 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at approximately 40 mph, an abnormal noise came from the steering wheel. In addition, the steering wheel vibrated and made noise while being turned. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they declined to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering bearing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,642.

- Pond Coast, FL, USA

problem #501

Nov 152015

Sonata

  • 0 miles
Badly clicking turning or moving steering wheel to shift lanes. Steering wheel mildly shakes while drivin. Sounds like the brake pedal shakes.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #500

Aug 032015

Sonata

  • 95,000 miles
When turning the steering wheel either on parking or while driving, it makes a popping/clicking noise. During driving it feels like the steering wheel is loose and doesn't provide a full control of the vehicle. If the car goes over a hole on the road or a bump it makes a worst noise. If feels like the whole steering column is loose. During driving on the highway, the problem is not very noticeable until I need to switch lanes or make a sudden movement. The car also feels like pulls to the right hand side and I have to constantly make a correction to keep it going straight. At the Hyundai dealership, I was told that there is not a safety recall on this condition and that I'll have to pay for the replacement of the flex coupling which is not cheap. I have also heard that other drivers had to repair the whole steering column/mechanism.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #499

Nov 122015

Sonata

  • 36,300 miles
Recently purchased a vehicle. Didn't get a proper test drive. Turns out the car has major defects especially in the steering. We figured out that this vehicle had defects while in motion on a city street

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #498

Aug 012015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel was loose and made an abnormal noise. In addition, the rear driver side light failed and was hanging from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000. Updated 02/05/16 the dealer informed the consumer there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. Updated 02/16/16

- Birchwood, TN, USA

problem #497

Nov 092015

Sonata

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 40 mph and making a right turn, there was a clicking sound that came from the steering column. The failure recurred on several occasions while driving at various speeds, making turns, and changing lanes. While driving at highway speeds, there was an abnormal noise that came from the steering column, as if something were loose. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was driven at highway speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft connector was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact was informed by the dealer that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Duarte, CA, USA

problem #496

Sep 012015

Sonata

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel shook and rattled without warning. The failure also occurred when the vehicle was idling. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column coupler detached and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V457000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 32,000.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #495

Feb 102015

Sonata

  • 76,000 miles
Noticed while turning into a parking spot the steering had major play in steering wheel, is noticeable slow speeds but not as much play as turning into parking space, and seems to be more noticeable while going slow or going over rough road like steering column is loose. Makes noise like something is worn out and is metal to metal. Driving fast on highway I do feel much vibration. I took car to have all tires balanced and no help. So I believe is still part of same problem inside steering column. Sad part there is recall for 2011 Sonata SE/limited for same steering problem but for some reason my car was not part of recall. But my car as all same problems of Sonata SE/limited's that were recalled. I see many owners like myself that are not part of the recall for same problem are venting on blogs, utube and internet. If vehicle of same year is left out of recall then there was a positive fix implemented either at factory or from recall. Seems to me what ever reason so many other Sonata SE/limited were left out of recall the fix or change of materials was no fix at all.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #494

Sep 302015

Sonata

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at various speeds, the steering column made an abnormal clicking noise. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #493

Sep 082015

Sonata

  • 74,849 miles
Steering became loose, car making squeaky noise when in motion. This sound was extremely evident when turning. This occurred primarily on city streets.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #492

Sep 012015

Sonata

  • 100,000 miles
Anytime I drive over 40 mph the steering wheel makes a loud clicking noise and shakes heavily. It's hard to control the wheel it feels like something is loose in the steering column. The clicking sounds as if something is vibrating so hard that it banging on something. When I took it to my mechanic he informed me he replaced a flexible coupling in 2 2011 Sonatas within the last 6 wks. I looked online about the specific issue and thoundsand of 2011 Sonata owners were complaining about the same thing. I called the Hyundai of ft. Mill dealership in ft mill SC where I purchased the car to explain what I have been experiencing. Service rep larry V. said that is a common problem amongst some Sonatas made in 2011 which is why Hyundai build the vehicle with a metal coupling vs. A rubber one. He said it's a dangerous matter because the steering wheel is not fully attached and the car could lose control while driving and the fragment wear down more and more as you drive. He informed me to have it replaced asap and it can cost up to 300.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #491

Apr 152015

Sonata

  • 59,000 miles
A distinct 'click' noise heard when steering wheel is turned on either direction. It happens even when the vehicle is not moving. It feels like there is excessive steering play. Dealer says they do not have any recall. I have learnt that many 2011 Sonata owners have similar issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #490

Jul 012015

Sonata

  • miles
Constant rattling and clicking at any speed. Dealer says steering coupler...$400

- Heartland, TX, USA

problem #489

Oct 012014

Sonata

  • miles
The drivers side door is loose. Took it to dealership last year and they stated that my car was not included in door latch recall. Airbag light came on out of nowhere. Called N they stated this is not a recall. As of this past summer, the steering wheel clicks every time I turn it. I'm going to call them tomorrow because I read where there were recalls on that, but I never received notification. I drive 45 minutes to work and back Monday through Friday and do not want to take a chance on being in an accident. I don't understand how my car shows the exact same signs of recalls but every time I call or take it there, my VIN number was not included.

- Washington, GA, USA

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