really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,381 miles

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2015 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

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2015 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 022016


  • 15,000 miles


Steering wheel has what feels like a notch in it. It sits right where you have to adjust the steering as you drive. You have to constantly compensate for this. I took my car to the dealer they reset something but it is back again.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 202016


  • 44,300 miles
The steering system develops a sticky/dead zone that feels like a notch in the steering, resulting in the inability to keep the car straight on the highway. It requires a bit of force to make micro corrections or to get past that hard resistance. Impossible to keep the car straight on the highway.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #6

Mar 152016


  • 16,250 miles
This is our second new Hyundai Elantra, model year 2015. After about 16,000 miles, we noticed a "glitch" that seemed to be occurring at higher, but modest speeds (40-65 mph). The smooth steering-wheel range of motion that we are normally used to seemed to change at road speeds, exhibiting a point where minor L-R steering-wheel adjustments were stiff, almost like a "detent" in a normal smooth range of motion. Researching this behavior, I also found comments on the net that were described as "sticky" steering with 2012 model Elantras...seemed like a good descriptive term. The problem was not solved by an wheel alignment last week, but a re-visit to the dealer today and discussion with their service manager, suggested that there may be a steering assist-pump servo issue which has been known to be associated with the symptoms. There was a discussion with the svc manger of a replacement of the steering column assembly. I would like to believe that that action will solve the matter.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 082016


  • 79,900 miles


When vehicle is traveling at highway speeds above 40 mph the steering sticks at center position. Need to over steer to get vehicle back into a straight line on highway. Told the dealership and they brushed it off as a no defect. This problem is more than just a nuisance especially driving on snow and ice. Definitely a major safety concern and should be addressed asap. Problem seems to get worse as the engine warms up. Possible steering control module failure, unknown at this time.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 082015


  • miles
On the evening of 4/7/2015 I rented a 2015 Hyundai Elantra from enterprise. The next evening, 4/8/2015 at about 10:30pm, I was driving out of the rv park where we were staying. I was driving about 15 mph and had just driven over a small bridge that had a very slight bump at the end before the road curved slightly to the right. As I went over the bump the steering wheel locked up and I found myself heading straight into the wooden wall along the right side of the road. I could not get the steering wheel to turn to the left, away from the wall, and crashed through it. Luckily, because I was going so slow, I did not wind up going into the concrete and steel retainer wall behind the wooden wall, and no one was hurt. The front of the car and the wooden wall, however, were badly damaged. The tow truck driver also had problems getting the steering to respond when he was backing the car out of the wall. It finally unlocked after he kept at it for a few minutes.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #3

Oct 202014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Hyundai Elantra. When driving over an uneven road surface at various speeds, the rear end of the vehicle swayed back and forth. The steering wheel was extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on three occasions where the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100. Updated 5/12/15

- Crystal, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 282015


  • 15,000 miles
The car sways back and forth when driving at highway speeds. Tires and alignment, were checked and everything is good. Can not stay in a straight line for very long. Switched from comfort, sport, normal and no difference. If there is little wind out the car gets even worse and does not stay straight. No one at the dealership can explain and seems they don't care.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 172014


  • 500 miles
The steering column have unusual overheat, they begin to warm, at 30 minutes of normal driving, the column have 122 Fahrenheit degrees, in the interior, exactly in the legs, its risky to my health pleasecheck it, the dealer, replace the steering column, but the fault remains.

- Gdl, CA, USA

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