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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:
43,469 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 4 of 42)

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problem #763

Sep 252016

Sonata

  • 62,000 miles

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

Car started making a loud clunking and rattling noise in the steering wheel column driving over bumps or tracks. When the car was stationary and in neutral, the column was very loose when turned. Steering while driving became extremely loose and a safety concern. The problem was diagnosed as a bad flexible coupling which needed to be replaced.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #762

Aug 262016

Sonata

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving and attempting to make a turn, an abnormal clicking noise emitted from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing; however, details of the diagnosis could not be provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #761

Aug 292016

Sonata

  • miles
It started while driving if you hit a bump in the road, go over rail road tracks, speed bumps ect. It would make a clunk sound. Then it got more frequent. Then it started to make the clunk sound when turning and now it makes the sound while driving and you turn the wheel or sitting still turning the wheel. The sound is made when you first start to turn the wheel moving or stationary. The steering has a lot of play as it has gotten worse. I believe this will become dangerous and loss of control could be possible.

- Kathleen, GA, USA

problem #760

Sep 122016

Sonata

  • miles

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

The steering column make a horrible rattle sound when going over bumps and also makes a popping noise when you turn the steering wheel to the left and to the right.

- Blue Ridge, TX, USA

problem #759

Sep 082016

Sonata

  • 72,000 miles
My driver side tail light fell out of the casing, driving down the highway during the summer of 2015. Luckily, the wires kept it holding on or it would have flown into traffic. Now, a bit over a year later, in September of 2016, and out of warranty, the passenger side has done the same thing. The dealership refuses to do anything since I am out of warranty. According to Hyundai forums, there are a lot of cars that are having this issue. See this link: www.Hyundai-forums.com/yf-2011-Sonata-I45/143267-tail-light-studs-breaking-off.html#/topics/143267?page=3&_K=wuwg5M also, there is an issue with a $3 clip in the steering wheel. I get a lot of clatter when driving down the road, and turning my steering wheel according to Hyundai forums, my car isn't the only one this is happening to. I have been told it isn't a safety issue, and can wait a bit to get it replaced. It is highway robbery for them to charge $237 to replace a $3 part. But, because it is in the steering column, no other auto-repair places will fix it. I cannot document this as I have not had it fixed yet, and I cannot record the sound while driving...

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #758

Aug 192016

Sonata

  • 101,000 miles
The steering column is rattling and shaking when braking and or reaching a speed of 60. It is causing the balancing of tires worn, and the air bag light has come on and tire pressure light.

- Corona C, CA, USA

problem #757

Sep 222016

Sonata

  • 115,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that an abnormal knocking sound emitted from the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V568000 (engine), 15V759000 (service brakes, hydraulic), and 16V190000 (steering) however, the parts for the recall repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #756

Sep 022016

Sonata

  • 52,124 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering). The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the worm shaft flex coupling needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,124.

- Blue Ridge, VA, USA

problem #755

Jul 012016

Sonata

  • 20,554 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. When the steering wheel was turned left or right, there was an abnormal noise. The dealer diagnosed that the steering coupler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V190000 (steering), 10V457000 (steering), and 10V426000 (steering). The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 20,554...updated 11/21/16

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #754

Sep 182016

Sonata

  • miles
#1today 9/18/2016 while I was driving down the road my airbag light came on. When I made my first stop the light when off. When I began to drive again the light came on and will not go off.#2 I had to pay over three hundred dollars to have my sterling coupler replaced it started with a little clicking noise when I turn to the right and afterwards began to progress and get louder. While driving the car the steering wheel will shake and vibrate until it felt as if the steering wheel will shake a lose.#3 the lights on my car will flicker on and off while driving it's very obvious at night it is a scary situation. One night they flicker and didn't want to come back on right away until I had to pull over on the side of the road until they came back on. I called my Hyundai dealer and was told that it will be an 118 service charged to look at it because my warranty is up. I then contacted Hyundai usa when they finally contacted me back they pretty much told me the same thing the Hyundai dealer said. The problem with my lights began in 2012 but every time it took the car in the problem could not be detected so they would say and this was when I was under my warranty.

- Louisville, GA, USA

problem #753

Aug 012016

Sonata

  • miles

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

There's a clicking sound in the steering column. This happens whenever the steering wheel is turned. The clicking occurs also when the car is stationery.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #752

Aug 182016

Sonata

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #751

Apr 172014

Sonata

  • 107,000 miles
At around 107,000 miles the motor on my 20111 Sonata shut off on the 91 East freeway while traveling about 70mph. I was forced to pull off on the hard shoulder of the road and the vehicle had no power steering or power brakes. The motor started back up eventually but was making a loud noise and failed completely shortly after. I replaced the motor in the Sonata with a used motor and repaired the damage to the suspension and tires.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #750

Sep 092016

Sonata

  • 85,000 miles
My vehicle has about 85K miles on it. I am experiencing a clunking sound when turning the steering wheel. The vehicle steering has also become quite loose/has play while driving at slow speeds. These symptoms are most noticeable while stationary or in motion below 40 mph. The looseness seems to go away when I reach highway speeds. The issue was diagnosed as a bad steering coupler by my Hyundai dealer. Hyundai has issued a tsb for repairing this issue that claims it does not cause any steering issues. Only the clunk sound. This is false. My steering performance has changed. My steering wheel did not used to be loose at any speed. That is definitely a safety and performance issue. Kia uses the exact same part and has the exact same issue and tsb for some of their cars. They have issued an extended warranty to cover their cars for that specific failure. Hyundai needs to do the same thing.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #749

Sep 072016

Sonata

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that there was a clicking noise coming from the steering wheel while driving at any speed. The dealer diagnosed that the steering coupler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #748

Sep 052016

Sonata

  • 100,000 miles
The steering column makes a rattling noise when car is in motion making turns/bumps in road. I feel this is a safety issue/defect that Hyundai should correct at their expense. I have heard of this becoming a major issue with this model. I do not feel this is something to be taken lightly as this is not something that would be considered normal wear. Hyundai is aware of the problem but is not willing to correct this defected part.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #747

Sep 092016

Sonata

  • 63,000 miles
I took my vehicle in for a recall in the power steering. A few days later, there was a clunking sound when I turned my steering wheel when car was not inmotion. On the freeway, when exceeding speed of 65mph, my steering wheel violently shook and felt like I was loosing control of the car. Took it back to Hyundai and they said this was not because of the recall work they did and a coincidence. I strongly disagree! they charged me $500 to replace the steering column/coupler.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #746

Aug 152015

Sonata

  • 82,225 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 70 mph, the steering wheel vibrated and required force to turn the wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,225.

- Rockingam, NC, USA

problem #745

Mar 122016

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 10/19/16 the consumer stated a steering correction was peformed prior to the recall. Updated 11/01/16.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #744

Sep 102011

Sonata

  • miles
Clunking in steering at low speeds or stopped when turning the steering wheel

- Quinlan, TX, USA

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