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general problems of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata - part 1

36 problems related to electronic stability control have been reported for the 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 1
Failure Date: 10/19/2016

After a visit to my local dealership, I was informed that my esc system - unit is in failure mode. Manufacturer informed of "defective problem" concerning their product. Consumer should not be responsible for costs related to replacement repair. $3000. 00 > this is a serious safety hazard, in which Hyundai corporation should issue a "recall" of years 2006-2009, models that are in "failure mode" as per dealership today.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 2
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the esc warning indicator was constantly illuminating intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05v316000 (electronic stability control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 121,000.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 3
Failure Date: 09/06/2016

I went to my car to get a blanket and noticed that my brake lights will not turn off and my esc off light is on.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 4
Failure Date: 08/31/2016

The escoff and abs lights illuminate once in a while. Intermittently, this problem also have the check engine light on. After over night or waiting for couple of hours and starting the vehicle it goes off.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 5
Failure Date: 03/30/2016

After driving about 5 to 10 miles my esc off censor comes on & does not go off by pushing esc button ,until I turn off vehicle.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 6
Failure Date: 03/11/2016

2006 Sonata: the esc abs light comes on and pushing the on/off switch does not put it out. If I shut the car off and re start, the dash light goes out sometimes; may return the next time I start the car. .

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 7
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Air bag light in instrument panel remains on at all times. Esc indicator turns off at random times while driving. Rear suspension knocks when fuel tank is low (I. E. Near empty).

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 8
Failure Date: 09/25/2015

Car hesitate to start. Once on esc off light is on and you can go any faster than 15mph. If you turn the car off and crank it again the light goes off but you can go pass 2500 remember or else it bucks and jerks and engine revs but you can't increase your speed. It has the same symptoms of recall for the 3. 3 like engine, but Hyundai will not fix it because my engine is 2. 4l. I just bought the car from Hyundai on April 25, 2015.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 9
Failure Date: 09/10/2015

The esc off indicator light goes on and off at start of vehicle. Hyundai needs to do a recall on this issue as I am not the only one having this problem. This is a very costly repair.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 10
Failure Date: 09/07/2015

The "esc off" light on the dashboard display on my Hyundai Sonata 2006 model keeps coming up intermittently. I checked and did not find any open recalls on this. According to my research on the web this seems to be a common Hyundai issue / problem across different Hyundai models including Sonata, so I do not understand why Hyundai has not identified the root cause and issued a recall to fix this. Is there some other common resolution for this that need to be carried out by members of the public in the interim?.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 11
Failure Date: 06/25/2015

I have been having the abs/esc light come on periodically but usually when I turn the car off and back on again the abs/esc light would go off. But now my check engine light is on as well as the abs/esc light. The check engine light stays on but the abs/esc light does not come on until I hit the brakes for the first time while driving. Hyundai Sonata 2006 3. 3l v. 6.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

Under regular driving conditions the brake pedal would become so hard that they could not be pressed down, the speed would decline to 5 miles per hour and the car would start smoking. The abs and esc light would come and wouldn't go off until car is turned off. This s due to a faulty abs hecu unit (hydraulic and electronic control unit) and the right front upper control arm. I contacted Hyundai who wouldn't pay the dealer to fix my 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS v6 with 65,263 miles. They advised that the isn't under warranty, however, the abs hecu unit is faulty. This is a safety concern for myself and fellow drivers.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 13
Failure Date: 03/09/2015

On March 9th, 2015, I was driving home from work after picking up my infant daughter from daycare when several warning lights illuminated on the dashboard of my 2006 Hyundai Sonata; the airbag, abs, and esc off warning lights. In preparation for the upcoming left turn into my neighborhood, I tapped the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control and coast to the intersection. The cruise control did not disengage. I applied more pressure to the brake pedal to slow down, but upon releasing the brake the vehicle returned to the set cruise speed. I now applied as much pressure as I possibly could to the brake pedal and the cruise control set light did not disengage. The Sonata downshifted and revved up to 4k rpm attempting to overpower my braking. At this point it was too late to avoid the intersection. I placed the car into neutral and swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle and median, at the turn. The Sonata spun out and came to rest in the oncoming traffic lanes after overshooting the turn. I verified my daughter was uninjured then proceeded to drive the Sonata, at idle, the remaining 1/8th of a mile to my house. After arriving at home, I visited Hyundai's and the national highway traffic safety administration’s vehicle recall information web pages and found no recalls regarding my Sonata’s VIN.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 14
Failure Date: 11/11/2014

My vehicle lights for the ecs system, seat belt and airbag keeps illuminating. I took it to Hyundai here in jacksonville and was told that a diagnostic for $94, would need to be done to see why the esc light is on. The air bag light will go off when the seat cushion is recalibrated but, something is wrong with my seat belts(both), so it will stay on and therefor the air bags will not deploy on impact, I pray that I dont get into any accidents till I find out what the problem is. Why arent the seats belts part of the recall for the airbag system? they work inconjuction with each other. The esc was suppose to have been fixed in 09 but here it is 2014 and the same thing is happening again, the same problem as before. I have to pull over turn the car off and wait a minute to restart it only to have the light come on again once I start to drive. What is wrong with this car, it is suppose to be safe.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 15
Failure Date: 10/13/2014

All of a sudden the esc off light turned on my vehicle. Took it to the dealer for inspection and found that there is a problem with the g sensor and esc module. Researched in the net and found that this issue was reported multiple times in the past for similar models. The cost of replacing the piece from out of pocket is outrages and need help in getting attention from the manufacturer to address this manufacturing defect.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 16
Failure Date: 09/30/2014

Vehicle skids of road and the esc light came on. The light has been on since and its not going back. The back wells are making funny noise and vibrates at speed of over 50mph.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 17
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

Over the course of a few days, the driver's air bag light started to be lit continuously while an occupant was in the seat. Initially, the light would come on and then go out after a few moments. However, after approximately a week of the on/off, the light then remained lit anytime the car was on. A few weeks later, the esc off light began to light up while driving the car. The light would come on while the car was in motion and would not shut off/turn esc on unless the car was stopped, turned off, and then back on. The issue has appeared sporadically, usually when associated with a turn. It has happened approximately 10 times thus far.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 18
Failure Date: 06/13/2014

I was driving on the highway, going about 60 mph, and suddenly the esc off light came on and and I could not able to switch it off with esc control button. Its quiet frequent now whenever car touches 60 mph and sometime it automatically comes within city driving 30-40 mph. I have taken my vehicle to wheel works for the checkup and they suggested to get it checked with dealer as it could be a sign of a bigger problem. I have also read several forums and come to know that many consumers are facing similar problem and it could be related to accelerator pedal or brake pedal. This is also known problem to Hyundai but they are not doing a recall for this known problem. Please help in assisting on this problem and your urgent action will be appreciated.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 19
Failure Date: 04/02/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 35 mph, the electronic stability control and check engine warning indicators illuminated. Additionally, the vehicle's speed suddenly decelerated. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 20
Failure Date: 02/24/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled intermittently. The vehicle would also accelerate and decelerate independently. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05v316000 (electronic stability control). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who replaced the brake switch but the failure recurred. Additionally, the warning lights for the air bags, brakes, and battery were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the electronic stability control module and the sensor box to the esc would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact later noticed that the vehicle was smoking as it stalled. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 21
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

"esc off" light is "on" and can't be reset. Hyundai has numerous complaints about this failure of a safety related system and doesn't seem interested in repairing what is a systemic deficiency. I think a recall is warranted.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 22
Failure Date: 09/27/2013

The esc off light turned on by itself. When pushing the button for the esc off, nothing happened. A few days later I noticed a minor stutter-step of the car's forward motion with a slight grinding noise, and the esc off light was illuminated again. The esc off light stayed illuminated. When I arrived at my destination, I shut the car off then turned it on again. The esc light was no longer illuminated. August 27, 2014, I left my car at the dealership and proceeded to work, they "found damage to left-front wheel speed sensor and left-front tone wheel. They also stated both the speed sensor and left-front tone wheel need to be replaced before further diagnosis could be performed. August 30, 2014, I was traveling at approximately 40 m. P. H. When traffic ahead began slowing. I applied the brakes and the car didn't just stutter & grind, it was like one side of the vehicle wasn't braking at all and the other side was breaking hard. The car jerked side to side for a short distance then seemed to right itself. The esc off light was now illuminated again. If I had been traveling any faster, or in heavier traffic, this certainly would have caused me to have an accident. I feel this is a design flaw, not an error on my part as the consumer, and believe this to be a life and death safety issue. My brakes have never been worked on and there's no logical reason for the speed sensor and left-front tone wheel to be damaged.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 23
Failure Date: 08/25/2013

I turned the car on and the dashboard lights indicated all affected parts listed above went on. Drove the car for 3 miles and shut it off for 2 hours. Turned the car back on and had the same problem. I've read many owners with the same issue, but haven't seen a resolution this this problem. This is a very serious issues god forbid the air bags don't eject in a accident. What do I do??.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 24
Failure Date: 08/07/2013

Esc sensor would light up on and off. Took it to mechanic and they could not find problems with the vehicle. Reset the sensor. The esc goes on and off all of the time. It will stay on for a month and then not be on for 2 months. This appears to be an ongoing issue from other boards that I have seen. This needs to be fixed.

car   Electronic Stability Control problem 25
Failure Date: 07/10/2013

Noticed a shimmy vibration louder than normal while driving to work on highway, upon exiting on main road heard very loud thump bang on left rear drivers side. I assumed it was a blow out as I couldn't steer the car (pulling to right) but managed to make into parking lot off the main. Upon inspection left rear tire still on car not flat, but on a total slant approx 45 degree. I was very glad to be off highway however still this is a major safety issue. After towing to garage, mechanic called me later and said the entire rear sub-frame rotted and broke from car needing to replace everything suspension sub-frame, including control arms, and would need an alignment, he also said that's why my tires wore down quicker than usual due to suspension issue. I didn't contact dealer since car no longer on warranty, after checking the internet for used parts (could not afford new parts as mechanic's estimate was already at the $1800. 00 mark) was surprised to see the hundreds of complaints already posted with this same issue. I did repair the car with a total bill (used/recycled parts) for $1567. 00. I still did not feel safe driving this car. Why would it take so long to have a recall. . . It is obvious this is a defect which could cause serious crash, fatality serious injury and should be covered by Hyundai for repair or full reimbursement.

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