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Steering Related Problems of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra

Table 1 shows one common steering related problems of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

Table 1. Steering related problems of Hyundai Elantra

Problem Category Number of Problems
Steering problems
Steering problem #1

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became unstable. In addition, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormally loud noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic several times, who performed an alignment and replaced the axle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,638. . . . Updated 03/25/14.

Steering problem #2

Car will periodically not start - all warning lights come on and there is a humming sound. Often occurs when wheel is on an angle. Car will typically not start 4-5 times in a row. Overhead lights work at the time of the failure. A few minutes later, after much jiggling of the steering wheel while turning on ignition, it starts fine. One time it started after emergency brake was released and the car rolled a bit. Brought to dealer who could not replicate problem but acknowledged this problem had occurred with other Elantras. Dealer was about to release car when driver demonstrated that gear shift would not move out of park. Dealer found code c1513 brake switch shorted. Brake switch was replaced. Dealer kept car a few days with no replications. 7 days later, starting problem reoccurred at driver's home and again after a day at work. In both cases, wheel was not in "12 o"clock" position. In conversation with dealer, we discussed that when the steering wheel is locked (not sure of definition), car should not start. He recommended jiggling the wheel while turning ignition. He also explained that the gear shift will only move out of park if 1) ignition is in on position and 2) foot is on the brake. Why is steering wheel locking so often?.

Steering problem #3

Pothole induced tire failure - torn sidewall. The limited edition of this car is fitted with 17" rims -- stock tire is a 215. 45. 17. With approximately 22,000 miles of driving, we have destroyed three tires on potholes, fortunately all were at low speed and there was no loss of control. However, hitting a pothole or other break in the pavement at high speed could easily destroy the tire and cause the vehicle to go out of control. The aspect ratio is simply to small for safety. A review of automotive forums indicates this is a common problem for Hyundai Elantras with 17" rims. I was hesitant to let my children drive the car on the highway. At our own expense we have replaced the stock wheels and tires with a 16" wheel and larger aspect tire.

Steering problem #4

When driving the car it is very hard to keep the car in a straight line because the car likes to veer to the right and left and you have to try real hard to keep it straight. The steering becomes stiff at times, making it difficult to control the car. I have only owned the car for 2 days and started looking up reviews and noticed about 300 complaints pertaining to the same issue. This is not safe and I almost went off the road while driving. I took the car back in and they changed the computer setting to 15 to match the tires. They said that should help. Well it didn't change a thing. I am taking the car in again tomorrow. Other people said that they as well have taken the car back numerous times and were given the run around.

Steering problem #5

Almost every time I have started the vehicle and placed in drive from reversing out of my driveway, the vehicle jolts and seems that transmission is lagging or changing gears abruptly. The service engine light went on and I had made an appointment. When I took it in for inspection, the dealer said they could not recreate what I was talking describing. In addition, when I drive the power steering has had some issues. It has never drove in a straight line after two alignments. And it can be tough to turn the wheel. When I contacted the dealer about how I hear a clunking sound when driving over bumps, he test drove it and was confirmed that he agrees that there is clunking noise, but said he cant pinpoint it and it will have to get worse before he could tell.

Steering problem #6

Wandering all over the road. Pulls right most of the time. Currently have 19000miles, 7 alignments, new set of ties. After alignment vehicle will drive straight for 15-20 min. Then starts pulling again. This has been an issue since day 1.

Steering problem #7

My car began pulling strongly to the left at various speeds. I contacted the dealership and arranged to have them look at it. Our dealership first suggested a roadforce balance and wheel alignment and wanted to charge us $250. Since the car had recently been to them for service including tire balancing and rotation, I pushed back and refused this suggested remedy. I had read online how people were experiencing this "pulling" problem. It does make your arms tired fighting to stay on the road. I called the dealership management and informed them of the identical complaints I was finding online. To the manager and our salesman's credit, they made the service dept look harder. A thorough inspection found that the steering "toe" was not calibrated properly. It should have been at zero (0), but instead was at +1. The service department reset the toe back to zero. Everything has been fine so far. (2 weeks. ).

Steering problem #8

Purchased Elantra 3 days ago and noticed car pulling to left. On highway especially nearly went off road, veered into other lanes. Must keep constant pressure on wheel wants to pull away if hand pressure releases. Car at 200 miles went to dealer after 2 days, they acted surprised as if they never heard of it happening. Dealership looked at car (2 hours) stated they centered the steering wheel? and did an alignment. During test drive later with mechanic car veered to left constantly and nearly went off the road several times when I let go of steering wheel. Mechanic reported that car performed within standards. Have filed complaint with Hyundai, and with bernardi dealership. Car is unsafe to drive! brand new just days old. Requesting replacement of car since I have safety concerns about the vehicle.

Steering problem #9

While driving on straight roads the vehicle veers hard towards the right. We have to fight to keep it on the road. It feels like we are driving on a slippery icy road, always steering the car back and forth in order to keep it on the road. It is physically exhausting driving this car, hanging on hard to the steering wheel to keep it out of the ditch. Dealership claims nothing is wrong with electronic steering.

Steering problem #10

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the steering veered the vehicle toward the left while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the steering wheel was electric and she needed to become accustomed with using it. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and instructed the contact to take the vehicle to another dealer for inspection. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 6,000.

Steering problem #11

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle began to shift abnormally into the left lane. The contact stated that the failure recurred when driving various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised the contact that the vehicle would need a wheel alignment. The alignment was performed but the failure continued. The manufacturer was contacted and recommended that the technicians replace the rear axle. The rear axle was replaced but to no avail. The approximate failure mileage was 1,006.

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