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

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 5 of 43)

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problem #773

Oct 072016

Sonata

  • 105,000 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 while driving 2 mph, the steering column made a loud clunking noise. At 40 mph, the contact stated that it was difficult to turn the steering wheel and that the vehicle jerked to the right of the road. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #772

Sep 052016

Sonata

  • 84,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 35 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,500.

- North Brentwood, MD, USA

problem #771

Sep 162016

Sonata

  • 55,000 miles
My car has the same problem described by a lot of other people on this forum. The steering wheel makes a clicking noise while turning and on braking. The car also wobbles at speed > 60 mph. The authorized dealer based in South plainfield NJ is not helpful and shows a list of problems (unrelated to the steering) that requires fixing and costing a lot of money. This may be a safety issues thus not sure where I should take my car for repairs. Independent car service guys like mavis, midas inform that the authorized dealer should fix it for free. Also, I have been told that the power warranty that is extended is only for engine problems.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #770

Oct 062016

Sonata

  • 107,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While pulling out of a parking space, a clicking sound emerged from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice where it was diagnosed that the steering coupler failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #769

Sep 302016

Sonata

  • 80,714 miles
Takata recall - my fiancee was driving my car in a parking lot, then stopped and accidentally took her foot off of the brake when she put her jacket on the seat and it fell on the floor. Soon after, she hit a building at less than 5 mph since the car slowly accelerated with the foot off of the brake. The airbag deployed and the trip & reset buttons that were on the steering wheel were broken off and became shrapnel that went right past her face. Luckily she only sustained burns and bruising due to the airbag, but it could have been much worse if that shrapnel hit her in the face or chest. I would like to formally make a complaint stating that the airbag should not have gone off when the vehicle is under 5 mph and furthermore the steering wheel should not have shrapnel being created when the airbag deploys.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #768

Sep 262016

Sonata

  • 85,500 miles
Clicking noise from the steering wheel while turning, driving, excessive vibrations while driving at speeds over 50 mph and sometimes while accelerating

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #767

Dec 012015

Sonata

  • miles

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

Car makes a loud clicking noise in the steering column when going over 60 mph and when slowing down. When parked, there is also clicking noises when turning the steering wheel. When in reverse, it makes a clicking noise when turning. Gas gauge doesn't work. It now will run out of gas when there are "60 miles" left until empty. The cruise control button will not work. You have to keep pressing it to come on. Also, the button to see trip miles, trip a, trip B etc, does not work on the 1st try. It takes many pushes to get the screen to change.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #766

Sep 192016

Sonata

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While turning the steering wheel to the left, a rattling noise was heard coming front the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the gear box shaft sector failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Cosseyville, KS, USA

problem #765

Nov 012014

Sonata

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the steering wheel was very loose. The contact felt unsafe driving the vehicle. The failure occurred on several occasions and caused the contact to involuntarily maneuver into other lanes. The dealer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #764

Sep 302016

Sonata

  • 130,000 miles
Recently took the vehicle in for a recall on the power steering system and at the same time said the presenting problem with steering was a clicking in the steering column when turned a few degrees left or right from center. They noted this was the steering coupler covered under a tsb 14-St-002-1. the service manager had drawer with a number of worn out rubber steering couplers that he noted was a very common problem and was potentially dangerous. He noted Hyundai had changed to an ABS part for replacement. Based on the flawed design, it appears there would be close to a 100% failure rate at some point on the part.

- Athens, GA, USA

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
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
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 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 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 updated 12/13/16.

- 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

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