CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2011 Sonata has a seriously defective engine that seizes without warning. It was awarded the dubious honor of being the first CarTalk / CarComplaints Turd of the Week in late September 2015.

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:
43,980 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 #513

Jul 012015

Sonata

  • miles

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

The steering wheel feels loose and there is a clicking sound when the wheel moves from side to side. Occurs both stationary and in motion, city and highway. Note that there were two recalls for exactly this problem in 2010 but our VIN was not included. Recall numbers 10V426000 and 10V457000. First noticed around July but has gotten noticeably worse recently.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #512

Jun 152015

Sonata

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when turning the steering wheel, it was loose and there was an abnormal motion. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that an unknown part in the steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate mileage was 110,000.

- Callahan, FL, USA

problem #511

Dec 082015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was being serviced, an independent mechanic observed that when the steering wheel was turned, a loud knocking sound was heard. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the bushings for the steering column had been worn down and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.....updated 01/13/16 the consumer stated the issue was resolved 01/22/16.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #510

Dec 072015

Sonata

  • miles

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

I have a Hyundai Sonata 2011 with ~ 70,000 miles on it. For more than a year, I started hearing obnoxious noise coming from the steering wheel when I drive on rough roads or take an exit on a freeway. The steering wheel will start vibrating and becoming harder to control. I voiced the concern to two Hyundai dealers (one in mi and another in ca) and told them I was worried about my safety and that riding in the car, but nothing was brought up about steering coupling, which as you will see turned out to be the problem. The problem continued worsening, until most recently I could hear obnoxious knocking noise by turning the steering wheel left and right, and on the freeway and rough roads, the steering wheel would vibrate and shake, and I could feel "looseness' when bypassing cars and exiting freeway. Worried about my safety, I took my car to a dealer and asked it to be fixed. For the first time, a Hyundai dealer recognized the problem to be the coupling. They fixed the car with $320, mostly labor with the part is less than $50 dollar (most other Hyundai dealers didn't want to do it for less than $380). The car has been fixed, and as of two days after the visit to the dealer, I no longer hear noise, and the car feels much safer to drive. This is a Hyundai problem and it is dangerous to the safety of people in the car and on the road. My dealer told me to keep the receipt in case a recall is issued. Seeing what turn my car took as a result of this problem, I strongly believe a recall is urgent. I hope NHTSA is listening, for the manufacturer is not.

- Solana Beach, CA, USA

problem #509

Nov 232015

Sonata

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While turning the steering wheel, the contact heard an abnormal noise. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 10V426000 (steering) and 10V457000 ( steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #508

Dec 042015

Sonata

  • 67,500 miles
Intermediate shaft problem(recall campaign 097)

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #507

Dec 042015

Sonata

  • 69,000 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 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
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

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

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
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
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

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