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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:
43,469 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 22 of 42)

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problem #403

Jul 162015

Sonata

  • 62,000 miles

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

The steering on my vechile has become very loosely causing the steering to not steer properly. If you turn one direction your vechile may steer a different way. There needs to be a recall on the steering on this vechile in the us.

- Oakfield, TN, USA

problem #402

Jun 152015

Sonata

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at 55 mph, the steering wheel made an abnormal clicking noise, vibrated, and sometimes moved independently. The contact stated that this was a recurring issue that became worse during inclement weather. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact of NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering); however, the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #401

Jul 062015

Sonata

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, there was a clicking noise that came from the steering column and the vehicle veered to the right without warning. When the brake pedal was depressed, the steering wheel began to shake. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed that the steering column failed and should be taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and was informed the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #400

Jul 032015

Sonata

  • 75,604 miles

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

My 2011 Hyundai Sonata limited displayed a loud rattling sound from the the steering column when driven over rough roadway. There was also a clunking sound from steering column when wheel was turned in either direction. Also noticed the steering wheel/column had dropped almost 2 inches from its originally mounted position. Local dealership indicated a flexible coupling in the steering shaft showed excessive deterioration--causing play in the steering, the noise and the dropping of the steering column. He stated it was the worst he has ever seen--extremely dangerous--his words--as steering capability could be lost. He wanted to keep the faulty part for reference--I declined and maintained the part for my records. I was advised Hyundai was aware of this particular defect and there was no recall at this time. Service manager simply said they don't make parts like they used to. The steering shaft coupler was replaced and the steering column was realigned. The repair was $383.72 with the part costing $49.50. This was not covered by recall or the extended warranty. I have researched this specific defect and found it to be an extremely dangerous one, and one which there have been numerous previous complaints filed with the NHTSA--I strongly believe a recall is warranted--for the safety of those in the vehicle and on the roadway.

- Bixby, OK, USA

problem #399

Jul 012015

Sonata

  • 82,235 miles
When the vehicle reaches 70mph the steering wheel shakes violently and the vehicle becomes difficult to control. There is a noticeable clunk and play in the steering in park or driving. Tires and alignment have been ruled out. The noise is coming from the power steering motor.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #398

Jun 272015

Sonata

  • 50,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was parked, the contact heard a noise coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,500.

- Clermont , FL, USA

problem #397

May 252015

Sonata

  • 79,000 miles

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

As I was driving and/or steering I would hear a clicking noise. This was a safety concern to me so I did contact Hyundai to see if there had been any recalls. I was told not at this time only recall was for a shift level cable. Ok so I proceed to the dealership to learn that the part is $7 and the labor is $224. Nice. I am currently unemployed and need a car to find a job so its a lose lose situation. In my option this part should have been on a safety recall as I review the complaints I see this issue has occurred in many of Hyundai cars. Hyundai should take the responsibility to correct this safety issue. I was told that if I did not repair this part that much more damage would occur. I am asking that Hyundai research and come to their senses and issue a recall and a refund to me for their error. Updated 09/15/15

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #396

Nov 302012

Sonata

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was informed by the dealer that the steering shaft was replaced at 37,000 miles before the contact owned the vehicle. Upon the contact driving the vehicle, the steering wheel had a very strong vibration while turning right or left. When traveling over unleveled land, the vehicle made a knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. MA 08/13/15

- Piedmont, SC, USA

problem #395

Mar 032015

Sonata

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While operating the vehicle, a popping and knocking noise was present from the steering column when the steering wheel was turned. In addition, when driving over 70 mph, the steering wheel vibrated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #394

Aug 282014

Sonata

  • 65,000 miles
The steering column is making a clicking noise..I called Hyundai to see was it a recall on it bit was told it had already beed fixed.but after two months it started making the clicking noise...so if it was already fixed.why is the problem is still ongoing....can it be a lemon...or just a serious defect that just keep happen..then I looked it up on line and it said the steering wheel can come detached from the column....and I don't have the money to get it fixed...can someone please help before me or my family is hurt or killed.

- Bunnell, FL, USA

problem #393

Jan 312014

Sonata

  • 80,000 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 35 mph, the steering column vibrated and made abnormal popping noises and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel was loose after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #392

Dec 192014

Sonata

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #391

May 142015

Sonata

  • 73,000 miles
Contacted Hyundai concerning the steering coupling and steering column recalls. Hyundai refuse recall repairs because of the following: 1. since the vehicle was not under warranty. They were not obligated to fix the recall. 2. the mileage was 13,000 over 60,000 miles and they were not obligated to fix the recall. This is a major safety issues which according to the recall should have a 10 year warranty when it is fixed. Please help me understand why hyndai will not honor a government recall and fix my vehicle.

- Fort Lawn, SC, USA

problem #390

Sep 012014

Sonata

  • 55,000 miles
My wife and I bought a brand new 2011 Hyundai Sonata in late 2010. We have had several recalls but none of them have been related to a steering and suspension problem we have been experiencing. A vibration seems to be coming from the right side and the steering wheel makes a popping noise when rocking it back and forth. There is an increased vibration/shaking at 70 mph or higher speeds in the steering/suspension without much vibration in the steering wheel and it is getting worse.

- Lenore, WV, USA

problem #389

May 182015

Sonata

  • 80,000 miles
While driving the steering column began making a strande grinding type of noise. This is heard whenever the steering wheel is turned at any speed. The vehicle feels like there is no power steering. I have been told that the coupling, the steering gear system was bad and the entire steering column needs to be changed. This is a safety issue. The dealer wants $1400. This is ludicrous! the coupling is only $8-10. What is really going on with Hyundai? I just recently had to replace the engine because it just shut down when making a turn. The engine had seized. This is also an issue with 2011 Sonata!!!!

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #388

Jan 032014

Sonata

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at any speed, the steering wheel vibrated and made an abnormal noise. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #387

Apr 152015

Sonata

  • 95,678 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving the vehicle or while stationary, the contact heard abnormal noises coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer or independent mechanic prior to the failure and repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 95,678.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #386

May 142014

Sonata

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel made a shaking motion. The failure recurred multiple times and at different speeds. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 10V457000 (steering); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. MA 10/8

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #385

May 232013

Sonata

  • 40,000 miles
Whenever I make a turn the steering wheel makes a clicking noise. I wast old that it could be the flex coupling in the steering column and that other people has taken their cars with the same problem to the dealerships to get the problem fixed. But when I went to the dealership they said that is no recall for my car. I'm trying to figure out if I do rate the recall because it does concern 2011 Sonata and I do have a 2011 Sonata.

- Melbourne , FL, USA

problem #384

May 252015

Sonata

  • 54,940 miles
Detected slack in steering wheel, accompanied with thunk and noise that is both felt and heard. Slack and noise is prevalent with engine running or engine off. A slight but distinct rotational noise is also heard at idle. Problem appears to be consistent with worn or loose steering components.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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