really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
34,349 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 11)

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problem #186

Jul 012017


  • 80,000 miles


There is and has been a very loud rattling noise coming from the steering column. When on the freeway, I must drive under 60 mph to avoid the noise. If there is a dip in the road or a speed bump it rattles loud. The steering wheel does not shake, so it isn't affecting my driving, but very disturbing and embarrassing. The lighting, there is a short. I'm constantly having to replace or tightened every couple of months. I spoke to someone that works at kragen who also has a Sonata and he said he had the same problem until he ordered a $40 casing. When he replaced my lights, he was unable to remove the bulb by twisting. He had to brake it because it had melted. I have not ordered it yet, but he ducked taped it in place and I still have the issues. This is ridiculous that I have to go through this. I'm an uber driver and I am trying to keep my car safe and in great condition, but it is disturbing when someone tell me my lights are out.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #185

Sep 012018


  • miles
Steering wheel makes clicking sound when I turn steering wheel even very slightly plus going over bumps it makes rattling sounds. Clicks in steering wheel happen when its standing still or moving as well.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #184

Sep 182018


  • 15,000 miles
The steering wheel clicks and sticks intermittently while driving in turning left or right. It becomes difficult to keep straight. The steering feels very heavy. On other occasions, when first starting the engine up and turning out of a parking space, the steering has too much play.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #183

Jul 012017


  • miles


Steering wheel makes a clicking noise.the noise happens while vehicle is stationary and you turn steering wheel. Noise while in motion, on a street/highway, turning or not turning. I'm afraid the steering will go out or air bag will deploy.

- Adamsville, AL, USA

problem #182

Aug 072018


  • 132,780 miles
The steering wheel is very loose as if some bolts are missing or have came loose.

- Pelham, GA, USA

problem #181

Aug 012018


  • miles
"clicking" or "popping" noise in steering column that can be felt when steering. Steering wheel loose and has "slack" when steering the vehicle while in motion.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #180

Sep 102018


  • 150,901 miles


I was driving down the road and crossed over some railroad tracks. Once I crossed the railroad tracks and began to come up a hill, my car began to stall. Suddenly, my car's gas pedal would not work, then my brakes stopped working, and then all of my dashboard lights came on (as picture) I was going about 45 mph and I had no way of stopping my vehicle and had to use my emergency brake to stop my vehicle. I got my car to stop in the middle of the road and I could not crank my car up or move it out of the road. I could not turn my steering wheel and my whole car locked up and became unmovable. I do not understand why everything else failed and I almost wrecked into a wooded area in the middle of a curve on the busy road. I had to call police to control traffic and to keep me and my vehicle safe. I went to tuscaloosa Hyundai in Alabama and they said that my cars engine suddenly went out.

- Mccalla, AL, USA

problem #179

Jan 012014


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle veered left and right and was difficult to drive straight. Also, while the vehicle was in park, the steering wheel made an abnormal noise when being turned. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Zebulon, NC, USA

problem #178

Jun 152018


  • 43,900 miles
The steering wheel has developed extensive play and has a "thump" noise that is felt when the car is sitting idle. During driving the column has play the is making the vehicle hard to control, although not to a very large extend, it was not there before. Steering play form center is about 3 inches when before it had none. During driving on a city road the steering is a challenge to maintain, bumps make it feel a if the column is loose the car sways in lane if driver is not paying close attention. Its been checked and everything seems to be tight, wheels and axles seem ok.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #177

Aug 012018


  • miles
It's something going wrong with the steering wheel colum when I drive it's making a clicking sound and the steering wheel gets loose and it does this every where I drive it and it's getting worse

- Water Valley, MS, USA

problem #176

Aug 082018


  • 171,000 miles


Takata recall there is a rattling inside the steering wheel that should not be taken place I called the Hyundai dealership here in cleveland Ohio. Rick case Hyundai located at East 200th street and they said there was no recall when I call them. They told me I can pay $250 to have it repaired. So I really need some help so I can get this repaired without have to pay $250. My vehicle was running very fine until I went to drive her one day and rattling started in the steering wheel for no reason. Since then if I hit above 60 it starts shaking and rattling for no reason. Thank you

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #175

Jul 282018


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. While driving various speeds, an abnormal noise was heard when the steering wheel was turned to the right or left. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same symptoms as listed in the manufacturer's extended warranty: Txx7 (steering). The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 97,000.

- Sandston, VA, USA

problem #174

Jul 162018


  • 89,000 miles
Steering column is making a loud clunking noise that sounds like loose linkage, especially when the car hits a bump. Bushing is gone/ missing?

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #173

Jul 182018


  • miles
My steering is making a rattling noise when hitting a bump in the road and or making a left turn. Looking it up online it is defective and can cause an accident while driving the car. My car just passed the warranty and the dealer will not fix it. This is dangerous and I should not have to pay for a defective.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #172

Dec 152017


  • miles
The steering column makes a horrible clanking noise that is getting worse.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #171

Jun 032018


  • miles
I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata and I'm constantly having to change the back/front lights. They keep going out and the light bulbs are cheap. The back tail light has melted the socket and plastic so now I have to purchase a whole new one. Also everytime I turn the steering wheel there is a really bad clicking sound and the engine also stalls and the thing goes all the way between 3 and 4 and then the car finally jerks and moves forward.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #170

May 152016


  • 60,000 miles
The steering column makes a horrible clanking noise that is getting worse. I have spoken to several friends who have the same make and model and are experiencing the same issue. I've had the car for 2 years now and it is progressively worse.

- Riverside, NJ, USA

problem #169

Apr 272018


  • 130,000 miles
My Hyundai Sonata 2013 steering column makes a clunk and knocking sound when turning the steering wheel. And recently it is getting worse especially when going over bumps and raises a cause of awareness as it is a manufacturing defect. I took it to the dealership, with an inspection and was told steering coupler needs replacement. At at 130, 000 miles I am out of warranty.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #168

Mar 262018


  • 91,868 miles
Recently, clicking sound whenever turning steering wheel. Problem has been reported by many other owners, and Hyundai has extended warranty for this fix, for cars under 100K miles or 10yrs. My car only has 91876 miles and is a 2013 (5yrs old). Oild change due at 94874. Have not been driving car since then. Taking it to Hyundai service.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #167

Feb 012018


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. While turning the steering wheel in either direction, a clicking noise was present and the steering wheel moved out of position. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The local dealer (Hyundai of philadelphia in philadelphia, pa) was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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