really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,750 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. dealership reconnected module (1 reports)
  3. use battery block kit to install missing battery block (1 reports)
2008 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 052019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,509 miles


I had installed a less expensive battery a few months prior, which was slightly smaller than standard Hyundai size. Didn't notice at first that previous owner had removed the battery block. As a result, cable came loose around battery post, temporarily removing 12vdc battery electrical connection, which is essential to power my non-hydraulic, all-electric power steering on my Elantra. I bought the battery block kit for ten bucks, and installed a new battery block to secure battery so that it didn't jostle around anymore and loosen the battery cable(s) from the battery post(s). Then I pushed down the cable clamps on the battery posts as far as they would go, and tightened the cable clamps as tight as possible by hand tightening. (I used 13mm socket wrench with long extension for battery block bolt, and 10mm crescent wrench for cable clamp bolts.) This solved the problem.

P.S. The battery I changed had been the original one on my 2008 Elantra (which I bought used in Dec. 2016 with about 110K miles, and have since put about 60K miles on it in the past 3 years) and was worn out, but I'm surprised that it lasted 11 years. And I did save 12 bucks with the smaller, non-standard battery, but losing my power steering and suddenly feeling like I'm driving a truck instead of a car on Interstate 287 at 70mph was NO fun. But I was glad that I didn't have to spend 400 or more to replace a (hydraulic fluid) leaking power steering unit, because this car has NO hydraulic fluid in the power steering, because it is all electric! (Just make sure that your battery connection is secure, however... ha ha ha...)

- Michael T., Raritan, NJ, US

problem #6

Jan 122016

Elantra GS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,738 miles

As I mentioned before the steering wheel can get jammed at any point while driving, making it impossible to do anything. Many times I have almost crushed or got into car accident. This is frustrating because supposedly it was supposed to be fixed by dealer on recall item#127 and 110 last year, but the same problems started reappearing again. It's very dangerous to drive this car!

- Irina S., Spokane, WA, US

problem #5

Jan 182013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Beware of the 2007-2009 Hyundai Elantra they are cheap for a reason and I will never trust another Hyundai again. If I won one in a contest I would get rid of it immediately. The transmission seems like it's going to fail at any moment, the electric power steering is a constant problem, the interior makes rattling noises, the headlights allow moisture causing the bulbs to fail regularly, it's an all around piece of crap.

If I had more money and time before I bought this car, I would have defiantly bought something else but I am a college student that has a lengthy commute, on a tight budge and my '96 Neon was eating me alive each month. Do yourself a favor don't buy a 2207-2009 Hyundai Elantra I can't speak for Hyundai's other models but I will not but another Hyundai made car again.

- Greg L., Beloit, WI, US

problem #4

Apr 112012

Elantra SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


My 20 year old daughter lost the steering on a turn and went off the road. Brought car to dealer, they reprogrammed computer for 220 dollars same thing happened a week later.

I called Hyundai main office said bring car to dealer have it fixed for 2400. dollars and because I'm such a loyal customer the would take care of me. NOT they jerk me around for 3 mouths and said it was out of warranty. Last Hyundai for me they lost a good customer.

- Gerard E., West Islip, NY, US

problem #3

Jan 202012

Elantra LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,600 miles

Took back to same dealership, repair estimate $2500.00 which is total crap. This electronic power steering is a piece of crap. The dealership is now stating the motor in the electronic power steering is out. As far as I am concerned it should be considered a safety issue with this car! The manual says you can drive it like that but if I have to maneuver that car in a split second I WILL have an accident. This particular problem with this car should be considered a default. This car is 4 years old and no way with the mileage should something like this be out. I will never purchase another Hyundai product and spread the word about this issue.

- Edna G., Spring, TX, US

problem #2

Nov 072011

Elantra LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,400 miles

I was on my way home from work and proceeded to turn the corner under the freeway and the car acted like it died and could hardly control the steering. The steering wheel would hardly move. Took it to the dealership and they stated they weren't sure why the module had come loose but they reconnected it. It worked for about 60 days.

- Edna G., Spring, TX, US

problem #1

Aug 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,885 miles

This was a scary moment for me .. I was driving my car approx 45-50 mph when the steering wheel wouldnt move. I tried to turn but my car continued to go straight . I had all I can do to get the car to turn a little bit as it felt as though something had snapped. I was able to turn the car enough so that i did not go onto the side walk and hit a building. Once I put the car in park, the steering wheel would not move at all. This couldve been a very dangerous outcome. I had the car towed to the neareast Hyundai dealership. It was found that the problem was a faulty part in the steering column and it will need to be replaced. How do I possibly begin to feel safe driving myself let alone my 5 year old son around in this vehicle.

- lildmc623, West Wyoming, PA, US

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