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Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,469 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 19 of 42)

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problem #463

Oct 062015


  • 73,000 miles


At 73,000 miles my steering wheel is making a clicking noise when turning the wheel. Also if I go over a bump. I contact Hyundai and there was a recall but my car manufacturer date was 2 months past the recall. I think that is wrong after reading several other complaints regarding this same problem.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #462

Jul 152015


  • 41,000 miles
The vehicles steering wheel violently shakes at interstate speeds (65+mph). The vehicle also started making lound noises from the steering column when I turn or travel over bumps, even how minor the bumps on the roadway may be. Mileage is 41K.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #461

Feb 012015


  • 100,000 miles
Steering column clicks loudly when the steering wheel moves left or right. It does not matter if the vehicle is moving or in park. The problem occurred about 100,000 miles. The vehicle is no longer under warranty, and I have noticed there are lots of other cars out there with the same problem. Also, when travelling at a high rate of speed and the brakes are applied the steering wheel shakes violently. No, it doesn't need an alignment.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #460

Oct 082015


  • 72,983 miles


On 10/8/2015 as I was driving my car the steering became very loose and is now making a loud knocking sound in the steering location due to this I was almost hit by another car because the steering wheel would not turn completely unless I made a sharp turn to the steering wheel

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #459

Mar 092015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the steering wheel shook uncontrollably without warning. The contact also stated that an abnormal noise could be heard while the steering wheel was turned. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Kenly, NC, USA

problem #458

Oct 062015


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the steering wheel was loose and there was a knocking noise when turning the steering wheel. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #457

Oct 062015


  • 55,057 miles


My 2011 Sonata was repaired in Oct. 2010 due to recall 097 steering issues. I am having steering issues again such as loose steering and rattling noise in steering column every time car is in motion. October 6, 2015 dealership says I need a new steering column at the cost of $1220. Recall 097 states steering issues could result in property damage, injury and death.

- Pine Hill, NJ, USA

problem #456

Sep 212015


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that a clicking noise was present when turning the steering wheel in either direction. When driving over 72 mph, the steering wheel would began to shake. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #455

Sep 022014


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise was heard from the steering wheel. The air bag warning light was illuminated. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering coupler was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 113,000.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #454

Sep 032015


  • 19,842 miles
Over a 2 day period, I noticed a gradually worsening clicking noise coming from the steering column while driving...when turning to the left and right. It happened at highway speeds and neighborhood speeds....anytime the steering column was in motion. The clicking noise also happened when the car was in idle and the steering wheel was moved in either direction. The steering wheel acted as if it was catching on something. Additionally, after driving over a bump in the road, the steering column would make a loud banging if the steering column was shaking internally. The steering felt loose. The dealership replaced a $1.99 flexible steering coupler + $223.89 labor. (not covered by warranty). They told me it was a very common problem, possibly caused by the high heat in Texas...and the replacement part is manufactured with improved material. I have retained the old coupler as appears to be a cog shaped (plasic?) wheel with the cogs partially melted. The failure mileage was 19,842.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #453

Sep 252015


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard a clicking noise in the steering wheel when making a left or right turn. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

problem #452

Dec 012014


  • 72,000 miles
I notice some play and a knocking noise in the steering wheel, along with a knocking /rattling sounds in the steering column area when driving. This has gotten worse, a repair shop informed me that Hyundai had a recall on this issue. I checked for recalls with VIN and none were found.. from researching on line this seems to be more wide spread problem then Hyundai is leading to believe. And no one says how dangerous this may be, if lost of complete steering is possible

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #451

Sep 262015


  • 19,500 miles
Car suddenly developed loud clicking noise when turning the steering wheel slightly or going over bumpy road. Steering also feels very loose; has a lot of play in it. I took the car to sterling mccall Hyundai dealership in houston, Texas this morning. Service department says it's part number 56315-2K000-fff that needs to be replaced however Hyundai has a long back order for that part, and they're unsure when they will receive it. I asked the service department if the car was ok to drive because I felt it was a dangerous issue. The service advisor said he checked with his manager and the car was perfectly safe to drive until the part came. In. so I'm driving the car but the steering doesn't feel right.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #450

Sep 232015


  • miles
Steering wheel knocks violently when approaching speed bumps and feel very loose when making a turns

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #449

Sep 022015


  • 65,000 miles
After driving over a bump in the road would the steering columun would make a banging noise. The steering felt loose and would make a clicking noise when turning to the left and right. I took it into the dealership and they told me it was a very common problem with that model and should be recalled. It was a 4 dollar part to fix the problem and 278 dollars in labor. The part that failed was part of the motor driven power steering.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #448

Aug 012015


  • 47,107 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the steering wheel felt loose while turning and emitted a noise while driving. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the steering wheel shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,107.

- Riverbank , CA, USA

problem #447

Jan 132015


  • 16,200 miles
Near the beginning of 2015 I noticed some play or looseness in the steering wheel when turning at slow speed such as parking. As time went on, I felt/heard a "cluncking" sound in the first inch of wheel turn at slow speeds and play in the wheel at cruise speeds. I did not think much of it until I checked safecar for complaints for my model car. Within the last two months the steering has gotten more "sloppy" and a loud thud or rattle is heard/felt somewhere lower in the steering column when I hit a rut in the road or drive on a bumpy road, railroad tracks, etc. Everything about this problem is exactly as described by other owners and the previous recall for models prior to 2011/2010. I am 58 years old, and never had this problem with any car I owned. I am particular concerned that Hyundai already had a recall for this problem, and continued to use a defective system/parts in later models. I am also concerned that this occurred with only 16000 miles on my car. I do not feel safe driving with this problem. If it was a recall back in 2010, it should be a recall now. I am disappointed the NHTSA has not taken action.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #446

Sep 222015


  • 135,000 miles
When doing 70mph and hitting the brakes the front end starts to vibrate, under 70mpn no vibration. Plus my steering wheel making a clicking sound.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #445

Sep 012015


  • 55,700 miles
The vehicle developed a clicking noise around 53kmiiles under the dash when turning the wheel. It became a larger problem one day on the highway at 65 mph the wheel started shaking as if the wheels were about to fall off. The dealer found the rubber gasket that holds the steering column in place had disintegrated, they replaced the part and the issue was resolved. I feel this was a very dangerous safety issue and since I have found so many others online postings of the same issue that I am convinced that this should be a safety recall. This model has a much higher than average amount of recalls. This however was the most dangerous issue I have had with the sonara and I was very afraid when I had a hard time to suddenly not be able to easily control the steering.

- Manassas Park, VA, USA

problem #444

Sep 012014


  • 52,000 miles
Shaking in steering... (thought it was ball joints - metal to metal)... told there was no problem with ball joints & no other issues determined (with their test drive). Local Hyundai service manager would not return repeated calls for complaint. Very disappointed now that "factory warranty & recall for steering problem" not worthy of repair at that time. Violently shaking now and Hyundai service department says it is not part of a steering recall (previously patched)... said it is a steering coupling (not the U joint which was part of the recall).

- Summerdale, AL, USA

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