Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,623 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata suspension problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #71

Nov 012016


  • 63,000 miles


I have excessive free play in my steering wheel while the car is stationary and my steering wheel vibrates and shakes while I drive the at high speeds or changing lanes. Also my suspension feels loose when going over bumpy roads.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #70

Oct 012016


  • 142,000 miles
While driving on the long island expressway in queens NY, an extremely busy highway, the control alarm on my front right tire completely snapped off. This caused me to lose control of my car and go across 3 lanes on a major highway with cars traveling 70 mph past me. Luckily no cars were hit and luckily myself or nobody was killed. Whats more disturbing instead of the dealership doing it's job to make sure my car is completely functional, they let me leave the lot with an issue they clearly knew about and just didn't say anything to me. After all they provided a complimentary wheel alignment so they clearly were examining my wheels at the time. And up to this point the car had been driving fine, smooth, no issues. I just had an oil change about a month back and nothing was noted to me by the mechanic then. I spoke with the dealership a few months back and they told me there had been a recall on the rear control alarms, which I know are about the same parts as the front control alarms. My car wheel just snapped off and I almost died on a highway as a result of this car. And I have been reading consumer complaints that similar issues have happened and there were possible recalls on the front control alarms to the wheels. This incident occurred on 10/1/16. It has been 10 days and Hyundai corporate has not contacted me. They are trying to avoid being responsible for a clear safety and road hazard with my vehicle. In addition my engine ceased on fathers day 2014 and they repaired the engine. Then in April 2016 I had metal fragments in my engine and they performed a complimentary wheel alignment. 3 months later my control arm is snapping of my front passenger tire.

- Woodside, NY, USA

problem #69

Jul 162016


  • 118,000 miles
I started to hear a clunking noise every time I went over any type of bump in July 2016. I took it to the dealership and they stated the sway bar end links needed to be replaced on the left and right side. My warranty wouldn't cover it so it took me a month to come up with the money to fix it. Two days ago right before my appointment to get the end links replaced the right side sway bar ended up breaking off while driving. I noticed it hanging off when I parked. I had it fixed yesterday for $285. When I picked up the car this morning now my eps light is on. Waiting to hear back from the dealership.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #68

Jul 192016


  • miles


Over the past several months a progressively worsening clunking noise, with a reverberating rattle, has been coming from the front left side of the car when driving over bumps. In addition, the steering column has made progressively worsening clicking noises and became progressively looser when driving over bumps, to the point where the steering wheel would visibly shake back and forth. A Hyundai dealer said that this issue was caused by a failed steering column rubber coupler (a bushing in the steering column), that this issue is well known, and that eventually it would hinder the ability to safely drive the car. Fearing for my safety, I had the dealer replace the coupler at a cost of $375. Given the age of my vehicle and comparatively low mileage I do not believe that this issue reflects normal wear and tear and is instead related to a defective part.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #67

Jul 112016


  • 70,612 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact heard a knocking and grinding noise coming from the driver's side of the vehicle when driving in reverse or turning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front driver side coil spring was fractured and needed to be replaced. The contact had the coil springs, and front end tie rod assemblies replaced. In addition, a wheel alignment and an oil changed were performed. The failure recurred. The contact stated that the fob key failed to unlock the front driver side door. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,612.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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problem #66

Jan 152015


  • 80,000 miles
This vehicles steering column shakes, rattles, and pops while driving, turning, etc.. I have had to also replace 4 front tires and several front end alignments within a years time frame. The tire couples inside every time I have had to replace from abnormal wear and wires are visible on the inside of the tires. When I reach 55-60 mph the whole front end shakes violently, and as stated front end alignments do not last long.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #65

Mar 252016


  • 62,000 miles


Hyundai recall 133: On Friday, March 25, I was driving and in motion when I heard a metalic, clanky sound when I drove over a few bumps in the road. I finished my trip and again while driving on the way back to my home, I heard it again and heard metal drop on the road underneath the car. I looked out the rearview mirror and saw a metal piece bouncing and then come to a stop in the middle of the road. I pulled over and picked up the part. I had my husband inspect it and he said it may be from the front coil spring. We immediately took the car to our local mechanic and had them inspect the vehicle. The mechanic confirmed that it was the front spring coil that had eroded and fractured. The mechanic also informed me that the spring was under recall. However, when I inquired about the recall, Hyundai motors of America informed me that my car was not covered under the recall notice 133. I have an open case with Hyundai motors of America (case # 8968274).

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #64

Mar 252016


  • 60,800 miles
While driving the car I heard a metallic noise when I hit small bumps/cracks in the road. I pulled over to inspect the vehicle and could not find anything out of the ordinary. Further down the road I heard a bang/pop and a clunk. I then saw a small piece of metal fall out from under the passengers side of the car. I turned around and found the piece in question. It is a part of the front coil spring. I did some research online and found that Hyundai has a recall for this exact problem. I called the Hyundai customer care line and was told that my car did not fall under this particular recall. My car was manufactured 4/28/10 and the cars being recalled were manufactured between 12/11/09 and 02/28/10. I called the dealer and was told that the repair would cost $529. I was told that because of my manufacture date, that my car is not covered. I asked him if the springs involved in the recall were different than the ones in my car" he said he didn't know. If there is a known issue with these springs breaking at what point did Hyundai switch to a different spring? my car was manufactured within 2 month of the effected vehicles, my assumption is the spring in my car is the same spring that is in the recalled vehicles. Hyundai did not know there was an issue with the spring until 10/2014..... how many vehicles have the exact same spring installed as the "official" recalled vehicles" this is a known issue and Hyundai has a current recall for it, my vehicle should be repaired under the same recall, I'm sure it has the same broken spring as the others.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #63

Mar 202016


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 20 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from underneath the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the front passenger side coil spring fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 15V629000 (suspension); however, the VIN was not included. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #62

Mar 112016


  • 138,756 miles
A clunking in the steering wheel when turning. Replaced oem struts, 4 wheel alignment, front rotors turned & resurfaced, tires rotated and balanced. Still clunking in steering.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #61

Jan 252016


  • miles


I have 71,000 miles and was told by Hyundai dealership, I need to replace axle. It is my understanding that I think in 2010 there was a recall, obviously they did not fix the problem. On the internet I am seeing several complaints about the axle on the 2011 Sonata.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #60

Oct 012015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V629000 (suspension). The parts needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to provide the repairs. The dealer was unable to verify when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #59

Dec 012015


  • 35,000 miles
Noise from left front of car diagnosed by dealer as "rack and pinion housing worn out" slight vibration in steering column going over bumps.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #58

Nov 272015


  • 72,357 miles
First this is apart of the campaign 133 recall. A remedy is not available yet I am not willing to pay to correct a design flaw. Regarding the recoil spring issue. Second separate issue all four oxygen sensors went bad at the same time how is that possible.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #57

Nov 122015


  • 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 #56

Jul 092015


  • 55,778 miles
I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata and recently had to have both front axles replaced, as the front end clunked when turning the wheel to park or driving over a pot-hole. The front end made a sound like it was "bottoming out". I was informed by the manager at kerry Hyundai of florence, that there is a recall up to 2010 Sonata's regarding the front axles. I contacted Hyundai regarding replacing the axles as the axles are usually the last part that wears out on an automobile. It cost $640.76 without tax to have them replaced. Hyundai relayed to me that the highway department handles recalls and referred me back to the dealership (like they are going to refund me)! thanks

- Fort Mitchell, KY, USA

problem #55

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 #54

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

problem #53

Aug 182015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I purchased this car less than a year ago. The steering wheel is making a clicking noise when moved from left to right and there is a clunking sound coming from the steering column when driving between 10 - 40 mph. When searching online, I have noticed that hundreds of Hyundai owners that have this make and model are experiencing the same issue. I feel unsafe when driving this car, especially when my grandchildren are with me. I understand there was a recall but I was told my car did not qualify. The dealer wants to charge me $100 just to look at it. This is a major safety issue!!!! is Hyundai waiting for someone to be killed before they do something and take responsibility for their cars. I now have 64,000 miles on this car, 4000 over the warranty and Hyundai refuses to fix unless I pay up front. I was told that Hyundai was a very good car but after reading all these horror stories about the steering issues, I will never purchase a Hyundai again. I believe safety comes before money and Hyundai should take responsibility and issue a recall for all 2011 Sonatas. Please help in keeping everyone safe and make Hyundai stand behind their cars and fix these known issues. Thank you.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #52

May 092013


  • 75,000 miles
The original equipment tires wore uneven (cupping) producing a loud sound as speed increased. These tires were replaced with new toyo proxes tires, which eventually wore the rear tires in the same manner producing unacceptable tire noise. The current (third set) of new tires, hankook 727's, have apx. 20K miles and have started to wear the rear tires in the same (cupping) pattern. The dealer was made aware of this years ago during a maintenance visit. He suggested replacing the tires and rotating them every 5K miles. This suggestion is not a satisfactory fix. Outside of this problem the car is perfect. However, replacing tires before they're worn out is too expensive. Tire replacement off-sets the fuel efficiency rating that prompted the purchase of this car! not one of the 3 sets of tires on this car got close to the manufacturers mileage rating! a new set of tires mounted and balanced is more than $1,000. Given the cost of tires, this car is more expensive to operate than my other car, a V8 performance sedan which averages 19mpg. I'm not happy with the tire wear situation and I'm considering a replacement vehicle due to this problem. There was a re-call to replace the rear lower control arms which didn't help with this problem.

- Dover, DE, USA

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