really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
34,290 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #201

Dec 272018


  • 114,000 miles


TL the contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. When the contact turned the steering wheel, he heard an abnormal noise. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 114,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #200

Jan 112019


  • 113,500 miles
Steering wheel noise/clunk. I am experiencing a noise in the steering wheel. After research I saw alot of people reporting the same issue on you tube. A friend of mine who has the same model had the same issue and had it fixed. Looks like it's a common issue on this model cars.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #199

Dec 102018


  • 84,000 miles
Cannot enter car from key remote. Then cranking the car became a real problem especially after it got heated. Not able to start car once it cut off.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #198

Dec 182018


  • 70,700 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 67 mph, the steering lost power and pulled to the left. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and taken to brown's manassas Hyundai (703-361-9600, located at 8651 centreville rd, manassas, va 20110). The dealer replaced the steering coupling, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,700.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #197

Dec 292018


  • 45,000 miles
Streering wheel making a thumping sound when its turned to left or right while car is on. Mechanic suggested it was possibly the bushings and mentioned their may have been a recall on this issue.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #196

Dec 102018


  • 94,000 miles
Ever since I had bought this car, I have had issues on top of issues with it. I have already changed 4 headlights and one of the rear lights, had to replace the battery, my steering wheel was clicking for months until Firestone told me there was a recall on my steering wheel, my car had multiple recalls on it and I did not know until October of 2018 (no letter was sent to me), and then my engine seized up 2 times on the highway! once back in October when I learned about the re-calls and again on December 10th, 2018 in which I had to wait 3 hours in the cold for a tow truck that then cost $50. I keep all my receipts for anything that is done to the car, even oil changes. Also back in October when I took my car in to resolve the recalls, my engine passed a local Hyundai dealerships test even though it seized up. Nothing was done until this week after the second time it seized up on 12/10/18. This is my 3rd car I have ever owned, first a 2005 Nissan Altima, and then a 2015 Dodge dart (lease) and now this Hyundai Sonata. Out of all the cars that I have owned, this car has given me the most issues. On top of the issues I have listed above, the heat/air conditioning does not even turn off properly. If I knew that I was going to run into this many issues I would have never purchased a Hyundai. I am a single full time student who also works full time and I own my own house. I do not have any type of money to keep forking out on this car. Currently lancaster Hyundai is replacing my engine, but honestly, I wish I had a new car with all these added expenses. I paid $15,183.15 on this car, I still owe $11,705 on this car and it should not have any issues. This car is only 5 years old and this is the worst experience I have ever had. The issues are currently being fixed at my local Hyundai but I would rather get a new car, too bad I owe so much.

- Columbia, PA, USA

problem #195

Nov 282018


  • miles


My steering wheel started to feel a little loose and started making a thumping noise when steering left or right. It does this only when the car is in idle or while been driven, does not do this when turned off. I was just told by a local mechanic the entire steering column will need to be replaced.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #194

Oct 022017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that after the vehicle was repaired per an unknown recall regarding the steering, the electronic power steering failed. The recall repair was performed by simmons rockwell Hyundai (784 county rd 64, elmira, NY 14903, (607) 796-5555). The contact noticed that the steering wheel was very loose and the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Hornell, NY, USA

problem #193

Jun 042018


  • 22,900 miles
The power steering wanders whenever trying to drive in a straight line. It also makes a clunking noise when turning the wheel in a static position with the engine running.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #192

Nov 122018


  • 69,000 miles
Started making a clunky noise when turning both ways. Then the steering wheel got super hard to turn. At this point I can not turn the steering wheel at all.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #191

May 012018


  • 116,000 miles


Vehicles steering column is rattling and shaking very bad steering is very loose... also brake light bulbs keep burning out for no reason every couple of weeks and having to be replaced

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #190

Sep 022018


  • 93,000 miles
Steering malfunction occurred about 10 minutes into a drive on the highway. While travelling about 45 to 50mph, the car unexpectedly started pulling to the right, and would not respond when the steering wheel was turned to the left. It was almost like changing lanes, in that while the car was going forward, it also kept moving to the right. The car would not change direction, even though I kept turning the steering wheel to the left. This continued across several lanes of the highway, until the car hit the highway barrier wall. The airbag deployed, and thank god that I was able to get out of the car, and then call 911. There was damage mainly to the right-front of the car. Both the officer and the insurance adjuster checked and concluded that the tires were in good condition. The engine still started without hesitation, however due to the entire repair cost, the insurance company totaled the car. Considering that there were many other vehicles on the highway at that time, it was a miracle that my car did not hit any other cars, and that other cars did not hit my car. The NHTSA seriously needs to investigate this dangerous Sonata vehicle-steering issue, to prevent this from happening again, and before it results in even more hazardous, or tragic consequences.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #189

Oct 232018


  • 79,000 miles
My steering wheel started to feel a little loose and started making a thumping noise when steering left or right. It does this only when the car is in idle or while been driven, does not do this when turned off. I was just told by a local mechanic the entire steering column will need to be replaced and that it is not the only newer Hyundai Sonata with this issue that he has had to repair. Cost of repair $900+

- Wallis, TX, USA

problem #188

Oct 092018


  • 133,000 miles
My steering has started to make a loud clicking sound when turn or when hitting a bump. It also makes this noise when in part and the steering is turned either way.

- Newton, MS, USA

problem #187

Sep 032018


  • 64,000 miles
Every time I move the steering wheel, even slightly, it makes a clicking sound. The steering wheel also makes a clicking noise whenever I hit a bump. The clicking sound occurs while the car is parked and while moving - it happens whenever the steering wheel is turned or moved.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

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

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