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A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against Hyundai that claims the 2.4L Sonata engine is defective. More info here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
46,765 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 3 of 50)

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problem #959

Nov 302015


  • miles


The gear or some part in my steering column is not tight. There is a recall for this for my make model and year but not for my VIN. I need this fixed! it's been bad for a long time but I did not know until today when I had a mechanic look at it. He informed me there is a recall but it is only certain vehicles. Up to 139,000 vehicles for my make and model. Why is this an issue with my vehicle but not listed when my VIN is pulled up" more importantly, how do I get this fixed without having to pay for it since it's a known recall??" there is a metal on metal sound every time I start to turn my steering wheel either direction. I was informed today that it is really bad and can disconnect at any time and I would lose control of my steering. I drive 60 miles a day on the highway to get to work. I am not about to risk my life because Hyundai only wants to fix this issue on certain cars. It's always had a slight knocking when turning the wheel. I just wasn't sure what it was and it's gotten really bad in the last few months. I bought this vehicle 2 years ago and was told today that I should not even be driving it at all.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #958

Aug 012017


  • 96,000 miles
Brake issue, - when I press on brake pad the rear light seems to either get stuck making cars behind me think I am in the stop mode or will be stopping soon, it comes on and off time to time or either stays illuminated. I did youtube something about inserting a penny on the spot under break pedel. Electrical issue - me key gets stuck in the ignition when the car is in park postion, however the only way to dislodge the key is disconnecting my battery to shut down the car then I can turn the key to remove it from ignition, could it be my anti-theft system malfunctioning? steering wheel issue - hear a click in the steering column as if something had loose inside. Door handle/ panel issue- on handle and steering wheel is chipping off

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #957

Sep 252017


  • 119,158 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the steering column made an abnormal clicking sound when turned. The failure occurred without warning. Atlantic Hyundai (193 sunrise hwy N service rd, West islip, NY) was contacted; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed for the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 119,158.

- East Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #956

Oct 122016


  • 90,043 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the contact's daughter was driving 20 mph, the vehicle sputtered, made a knocking noise, and lost power. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was towed to southern states Subaru of raleigh (2511 wake forest rd, raleigh, nc 27608 (888) 439-5154) where it was diagnosed with a faulty engine that needed replacement. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 15V568000 (engine). Upon retrieving the vehicle from the dealer, a clicking sound was heard coming from the steering column and underneath the vehicle. The dealer informed the contact of a recall for the steering coupler, but the vehicle was over the mileage and could not be repaired per the manufacturer recall. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering), but was unsure if the recall was serviced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and reffered the contact to Hyundai awards to repair the vehicle. The contact stated that the manufacturer inquired of an estimate of the repairs. Without an estimate, the contact quoated $500. The vehicle was then taken to johnson Hyundai of cary (5000 old raleigh rd, cary, nc 27511(919) 439-2059) where it was diagnosed with a steering coupler and axle failure. The technician stated that the axle damage occurred at the time of the engine replacement. The contact called the manufacturer again with a more accurate repair cost of $800, and was informed that they would only pay $500 towards the repair. The failure mileage was 90,043.

- Coats, NC, USA

problem #955

Mar 082017


  • miles
Car will jerk while driving and has heavy vibration.

- Pulaski, TN, USA

problem #954

Feb 012017


  • 75,000 miles
Steering wheel coupling. I have had a clicking/clunking sound coming from the steering column for months, it is audible when you are sitting still, driving, turning, and when you go over 60 mph, it is causing the steering wheel to shake profusely. I finally get online to research what it could be and I see hundreds of other complaints about the exact same problem on the same year make and model of my car. It is a part that costs less than 3 bucks to replace, but owners are being charged over 300 bucks to replace this, for the labor. If this is such a widespread, well known issue, how in the world is there not a recall for this cheap part" is it going to take someone dying while driving for this to be replaced" this is absolutely ridiculous and the NHTSA really needs to step in and do something about this highway robbery that Hyundai is getting away with on such a widespread issue.

- Bethel, OH, USA

problem #953

Sep 262017


  • 80,000 miles


My engine is knocking and consuming oil. It worsens with increased RPM. Something sounds wrong in the engine and it has a high oil consumption rate yet there is no evidence of oil leak under vehicle. The dealer does all service, its under warranty and yet they have not taken care of the problem though they have been notified of this issue several times and inspected the vehicle. I am afraid I will have a total engine failure and put my safety at risk either from a crash or being stranded in a deserted area.....also Hyundai charged me last year to replace a coupling in the steering which was causing the issue and yet there has been a recall on this coupling. Bentley Hyundai of huntsville, al. They keep charging me money for repairs or inspections that should be covered under warranty.....please help!

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #952

Jul 012015


  • miles
The plastic steering coupler is defected in the power steering motor which causes a loud clicking sound or noise when the steering wheel is shifted right or left.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #951

Mar 082017


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving straight at various speeds, the contact heard a clicking noise coming from the steering wheel and the low tire pressure warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #950

Aug 302017


  • miles
Vehicle is making a loud clicking sound in the steering column and while turning either left or right its a double clicking loud sound. While the vehicle is at a still position when you turn the wheel you can hear a clicking noise both right or left. If you hit a bump you can hear a loud annoying sound like something is loose. It gets louder and louder. You can hear it over the radio. This happens either on streets and the interstate aka highway

- Dunbar, WV, USA

problem #949

Sep 252017


  • miles


Clicking noises and vibrations from steering while turning. Hyundai states it knows it's a know problem with the steering coupler.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #948

Aug 262017


  • 112,900 miles
My steering suddenly felt loose as I was moving it in the driveway. It continued that way. I took it to my repair shop and they identified that the steering coupler had failed. This part is a soft rubber and appears chewed up. The part has been replaced with what was described to me as a sturdier version. My mechanic wouldn't even allow me to drive the car home for fear for my safety.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #947

Aug 302017


  • 62,400 miles
Steering column making a terrible noise and shaking while driving.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #946

Aug 152017


  • miles
I had my car in for another problem. Mechanic advised me that the power steering universal joints had been improperly installed and I should contact Hyundai about the problem I have 48,000 miles on this car and maintain it very well. I saw there was a recall on that make and model but my car was manufactured on 9/30/11 which was after the coverage period. I contacted Hyundai and they said there was no recall but would refer the complaint to their research dept. I nevr heard any more. Do I have any recourse" is it possible that cars manufactured after the earlier Sept. Date could have the same defect"

- Tinley Park`, IL, USA

problem #945

Sep 142017


  • 107,000 miles
The buttons and horn on the steering wheel are not working, nothing happens when you push any of the buttons. Cruise control, odomiter reset, trip button, volume, bluetooth, radio station change, and horn do not work. The horn not working is a huge safety issue, I cannot let anyone know I am near or they are too close to me. While driving and while in parked mode

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #944

Sep 142016


  • miles
I am having issues with my airbag light also my steering column is clicking, the last time there work on my vehicle they disconnect my cruise control and my bluetooth, will not use West broad Hyundai anymore.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #943

Jul 152017


  • miles
The steering column shakes like it's going to fall off. I have to be very careful when driving. I was told to drive careful over bumps. That is hard to do. It makes noises when turning.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #942

Aug 262017


  • 111,000 miles
My steeeing column started making a terrible noise and started shaking made me very nervous to drive to the rest of the way home from church. This is a secondary road that is paved but has lots of curves. It also felt loose

- Wildwood, GA, USA

problem #941

Sep 132017


  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle would shut off unexpectally while driving on a busy mail road without any warning signs. This iincident occurred mntiple times. I am very concern for my safety for my family

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #940

Sep 152016


  • 51,000 miles
This is a current recall. Plastic steering coupling ($2 part). I have requested reimbursement more than three months ago and Hyundai keeps dragging their feet on making reimbursement.

- Roseville, CA, USA

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