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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
46,846 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 4 of 51)

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problem #943

Jul 152017

Sonata

  • miles

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

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

Sonata

  • 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

Sonata

  • 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

Sonata

  • 51,000 miles

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

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

problem #939

Jul 012016

Sonata

  • 103,000 miles
Sometime in late 2016, the steering wheel started knocking when turning and at speeds above 55 on a straight road the steering wheel would vibrate and it's getting worse every time it's driven, I have had new rotors new brakes new tires and new float pins installed in the calipers and 4 tire rotation, I was finally told that I needed to look up the steering coupler because it's a piece of plastic that would eventually break and I would have no steering by a certified mechanic I went to dealer and they smiled and said yeah we have a ton of those but of course also said they know about it but they aren't required to fix it, that's a very serious safety issue if it sill make the car lose steering, I also have a 2011 Kia optima sx with the exact issue and Kia will fix it free of charge, these are the same exact cars pretty much and I can't believe they know about it and have a limit on miles since Kia has the extended warranty of unlimited miles because they know it's a serious issue

- Oak Hill, OH, USA

problem #938

Aug 162017

Sonata

  • 32,000 miles
NHTSA campaign # 16V190000 (Hyundai recall # 143) was performed on my 2011 Sonata in October 2011. I did not drive the car very long distances since then. Now less than one year later I am experiencing loss of power steering when the vehicle is driven certain distances. It becomes very hard to steer when driving.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #937

Aug 272017

Sonata

  • 90,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 25 mph, the power steering made an abnormal vacuum sound. The contact stated that the sound was more prominent while making right turns. The contact also stated that the steering lock failed to operate as intended. The contact also stated that there was an issue with starting the vehicle. The contact stated that the steering wheel had to be turned to the left simultaneously while attempting to start the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed. Hatchett Hyundai West (757 N tyler rd, wichita, ks 67212, (316) 440-8400) was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Plevna, KS, USA

problem #936

Jul 012017

Sonata

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 60 mph, the steering wheel became very loose and a knocking sound was heard when the steering wheel was turned slightly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic (malik's in newark, Delaware) where it was diagnosed that the steering coupler failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering). A few months ago, the steering knuckle failed and was not repaired. The local dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #935

Jul 152017

Sonata

  • 75,000 miles
There is a play in steering intermediary shaft. Wheels makes noise while turning.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #934

Jun 012017

Sonata

  • miles
I have noticed excess click in the steering column when turning or riding over bumps in the road. In addition, the steering wheel gives a slight resistance when the noise is present. This happens when the vehicle is in motion and when maneuvering the wheel when parking. The problem has been persistent since June of 2017.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #933

Aug 122017

Sonata

  • miles

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

When I hit bumps it sounds like the drivers side wheel is going to pop off. The clicking of the steering wheel affects the wheel when going over the bumps. It seems as it going to fall off

- Mckees Rocks, PA, USA

problem #932

Aug 182015

Sonata

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was stationary, the steering wheel and the ignition switch seized without warning. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent over a period of two years. The contact was able to unlock the steering wheel and the ignition on her own. West broad Hyundai in richmond, Virginia was made aware of the failure and could not determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #931

Aug 152017

Sonata

  • 107,500 miles
Steering wheel has loose spot noticeable especially when turning into a parking spot. It is as if it's pulsating or a clunking loose area when steering wheel is turned.

- Mount Dora, FL, USA

problem #930

Aug 032017

Sonata

  • 100,000 miles
My steering wheel is cluncking & rattling very bad as if I am going to lose control. I have also ben burning oil like crazy for months.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #929

Jul 252017

Sonata

  • 127,455 miles
The contact's girlfriend owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving, the contact heard a clicking noise coming from the steering wheel and an unknown warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,455.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #928

Aug 022017

Sonata

  • miles
Had my 2 front tires changed, after they were charged the brake paddle locked up and the push button starter will not start the car and I have no brake lights. The only way to start the car is to press down on the brakes while pushing and holding the starter at the same time for about 60 seconds, the car will not move out of gear unless the shift release lock is pushed. I have no brake lights

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #927

Jul 142017

Sonata

  • 136,719 miles
I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata writing in regards to the Hyundai steering gear assembly recall no. 0## I have a vehicle that has this loose steering wheel concern where this vehicle is immobile now and cannot be safely driven anytime. This vehicle has been parked in my yard since it was picked up from the dealer several weeks ago. When I spoke to the local dealership about it, I am told it is not covered due to its mileage. This item has been a concern awhile and brought more clearly to my attention when driven by my father. He describes it as "a death trap" and told me not to drive it until it corrected. There is excessive play or a loose feeling in the steering wheel and it is very slow to respond. It feel like it will fall apart at anytime when driving and it has a clicking noise when making a turn either direction. I have written a letter to the Hyundai assurant program and I have been told the same thing; its not a covered warranty item. I says it is covered due to the recall no matter when it was discovered, because the assembly of the steering column is definitely malfunctioning. An upload of the letter forward to Hyundai assurant program is attached to this complaint. Unhappy owner Oklahoma

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #926

Feb 082017

Sonata

  • miles
Interior light comes on without opening doors clicking in the steering collar motor has a winning sound and the brake light some times just blink off

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #925

Jun 202017

Sonata

  • 111,000 miles
Clacking sound coming from the steering column when wheel is turned during driving and when the car travels over bumps in the road

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #924

Jul 012017

Sonata

  • 105,000 miles
Was getting onto the highway when my power steering gave out, was able to pull onto the side of the road away from traffic. My engine started knocking and I was unable to keep my car running. I had it towed to Hyundai in clarksville Maryland, where they stated I had engine failure and that it needed to be replaced. They are now telling me they can't replace it although it is under a recall and under the cut off mileage. They are not communicating with me about the repair of my car and have yet made any attempts to get me into a new car. At this point I don't want my car repaired, I would rather them buy my car back or put me in a new car. The car has 5 recalls that I an aware about including the engine, power steering, front seat belt latches, my brakes pedal, and front coil springs.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

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