Starter problems of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata

21 problems related to starter have been reported for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata based on all problems reported for the 2011 Sonata.

car   Starter problem 1
Failure Date: 05/07/2017

I own a 2011 Hyundai Sonata se 2. 4 liter sedan which I purchased in March 2011. I have encountered no issues with engine stalling or hesitation. On Sunday, 05/07/17, without warning, the vehicle (mileage 57,880) would not start. The next day, the vehicle was towed from my driveway to the pearson Hyundai dealership for a $109 diagnostic inspection. Tuesday morning troy, the service technician, called to inform me that the car needed a starter. The cost for parts and labor would be $650/new or $250/rebuilt. I read numerous forums where consumers reference starter malfunction at low mileage. Clearly, there is an ongoing issue with the starter on this vehicle. The manufacturer should take responsibility and replace the starters at no cost to the consumer.

car   Starter problem 2
Failure Date: 02/08/2017

While driving in the city heading to the store the car just shuts right off and starts smoking I tried to restart it but still wouldn't start so I installed new battery tried to restart again ,but when I did I saw smoke come out from the engine again,the smoke smelled electrical so believe it was a bad (starter)part made out of plastic.

car   Starter problem 3
Failure Date: 10/28/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact experienced issues starting the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed as needing a new starter. The warning lights did not illuminate. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not under warranty according to Hyundai. The vehicle was at the dealer and the part was not ordered. The failure mileage was unknown.

car   Starter problem 4
Failure Date: 07/31/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was stopped in traffic, the engine stalled and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not able to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator and starter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. The VIN was not available.

car   Starter problem 5
Failure Date: 06/18/2016

Did some research and from what I've been reading my 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2. 4l is affected by the "starter lever" recall. I went to turn my car on the other day and it wouldn't turn on and just made a hissing sound as I turned the key. Went to the auto parts store to have my starter tested and it failed on the diagnostic right away. I need my started fixed and replaced so my car doesn't die on the freeway! had to turn my key and try start the car at least 10 times before it would crank over.

car   Starter problem 6
Failure Date: 04/27/2016

While driving 45mph I experience my steering wheel shaking and it leaves the vehicle hard to control and it pulls to the right. I then started to experience my car not starting after sitting for not even 5 minutes and this has been occurring for 2 days. I took my car to the local dealership and was advised that I needed to replace the starter lever and steering coupler. Both of these are common defects of this model and has been recalled in the past. I called Hyundai today and was told that I am now responsible for the cost of the repairs regardless of what happened in the past. The repairs are going to cost me a little over $600. 00 when the parts are plastic and wouldn't cost more than $20. 00. A complaint has been filed with the bbb as well. . . This is a major safety issue on this vehicle and the manufacture needs to do a better job at building these parts.

car   Starter problem 7
Failure Date: 10/26/2015

Car would not start. Towed. Starter lever failed. This is known issue as stated by tow driver, Hyundai rep, and hundreds of owners complaining of this exact issue on internet. Occurred just out of warranty.

car   Starter problem 8
Failure Date: 09/21/2015

11/20/steering column shaft. 5/18/brake switch. Car will not start or shift out of gear. C1513 code. Internal short in brake switch. 3/26/brake switch. Car will not start. C1513 code. Internal short in brake switch. Shift lever knob repl. 8/5/brake switch. Recall. Repl left front axle assembly. 7/7/inhib switch-check engine light on. Car is shifting hard, especially from p-r & then to d. Jolting sensation like someone hit from behind. Code p0705-transm range sensor malf. 10/1/ brake tube. Shift lever cable. 10/16/code p0106: map sensor. Flexible coupling-clicking sound & wobbling when turning. Told me I was over 70k. Indicated I was under 70k when I made this appt. Mgr waived cost. 2/26/starter-would not start-towed. 5/15/rear passenger brake light-bulb burned out & melted into socket. Tail lamp also melted. Tech was able to heat & reshape socket. 8/3/brake light switch-car dead after work. Internal malfunction & caused brake lights to stay on. Hesitation during acceleration. Declined accurate auto to look further as car is still under warranty so I will take it to hub. It improved. 8/25/brake light switch. Severe hesitation-almost rear-ended –felt like it would stall (tech noticed). Informed accurate the car was still under warranty so I will take it to hub. Hesitation improved. 8/27/diag testing-hub waived cost of diag testing-no codes found. Unable to duplicate hesitation. Hesitation occurred when leaving. 9/21/brake light switch-brake lights on. Drive side brake light is out. Hesitation worse-felt as if it would stall! driver side brake lamp bulb. Driver side tail lamp overheated & warped. Eventually replace tail lamp assembly. Declined for accurate to do further testing on the hesitation as the car was still under warranty so I will take it back to hub. Hesitation improved. To date, still does not run smooth.

car   Starter problem 9
Failure Date: 07/24/2015

On a couple of separate incidents, the gear disappear. I was driving on d, the gear was on d, but after several miles the gear disappear. I pulled over to park the car, I put the car on reverse, but the gear was not visible. I turned the car off and turned it back on, I could see the gear then. This has happened a couple of times. A couple of weeks after this happened, the car did not start at all. The car ended up starting after it was towed to the dealership. Apart from this issue I've been at the dealership for several other issues. Starter, axles, the key ignition switch, sensors, etc. It's been very time consuming and expensive.

car   Starter problem 10
Failure Date: 05/08/2015

Vehicle stopped functioning at 60 mph on an interstate on a Friday night. Had to coast to side of road dodging other cars. Tried to restart vehicle with no luck. Electrical started going haywire. Interior lights started flashing as well as dashboard lights. Smoke was coming from hood of car. Within 20 minutes a road ranger checked the status of the car and said all fluids looked good. Battery tested good. But was unable to get vehicle to start. Two hours later it was towed to a Hyundai dealership. Was told it appears to be the engine but was told they replaced the starter first because they thought it was that. Finally, told it was the engine and it would need to be replaced. Thankfully it is still under warranty. It's last service was the middle of April. They told me that the steering is possibly going on it. They reported a knocking noise. Nothing has been done to steering as of yet but now that they will have car for up to 3 weeks will probably have them check that too especially after reading many of the complaints on this and other websites.

car   Starter problem 11
Failure Date: 04/21/2015

Experienced issue with my Hyundai Sonata 2011 not starting and heard a clicking noise. Towed vehicle to local Hyundai dealership (where purchased). Service report on April 21,2015 indicated starter fork had failed. Cost of labor was $112. 50 and plastic fork $8. 13. Plus towing cost this is needs to be investigated for root cause and corrective actions. Per service department this was not covered under drivetrain warranty. This part should not be failing after only 77,213 miles. The long term reliability of this vehicle is a concern with rising and mounting labor cost. How long will this fork last? how did this part pass the Hyundai development and product validation automotive testing? or is this a manufacturing defect issue after release ? this is another known issue that is being reported by Sonata 2011 owners and not being addressed it is poor when the towing service person knew what the issue was. As he has towed several Sonatas with same issue.

car   Starter problem 12
Failure Date: 12/27/2014

Tl the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the key failed to turn in the ignition to start the vehicle, and it stalled several times without warning. The vehicle was taken to rick case Hyundai (3180 satellite boulevard NW, duluth, GA 30096, (678) 321-1584) for an unknown electrical system recall. The dealer stated that the recall repair was performed, but it failed to provide a permanent solution. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on four occasions to have the starter replaced. The dealer indicated that the starter needed to be replaced a fifth time. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall and suggested that the vehicle be repaired by the dealer again. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

car   Starter problem 13
Failure Date: 10/22/2014

My car would have trouble starting, I would turn on the car but the engine wouldn't start, the lights and radio would turn on and nothing. After the starter being installed on 10/22/2014 the car was fine but then it happened again this year and had the starter replaced again. Then it happened later again and finally had the neutral safety start inhibitor switch replaced. My airbag light turns on and now I have to replace the clockspring. I have other issues with this car like for example my front drive axels being deformed which causes a rattling nose when I turn while driving. I would hear clicking noses on the steering column and had the steering coupling replaced. So far as of 8/12/2016 I have had 15 recalls and I have one to do next week. I'm driving a death trap.

car   Starter problem 14
Failure Date: 09/15/2014

Over the five years the car will stall in parking lot. Will have it towed to dealer. This happen two times this year. They could not find problem. Could not use battery to start,battery checked it was fine, starter fine,alternator fine. It made me feel uneasy if it stalled on road. They checked engine said it was fine. Not happy with this. The last at my kroger it stopped. Towed to repair shop near home same result,could not find problem. Each time when car sat overnight for repair the problem went away and car started ok by dealer.

car   Starter problem 15
Failure Date: 06/23/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact mentioned that the push button start failed to work and that the dealer replaced the starter once before the contact owned the vehicle and when the failure was experienced the the contact had the starter replaced by a repair shop but the failure continued. The push button start randomly failed to work. The vehicle was to be taken back to the repair shop for further inspection, diagnosis and repair. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15v568000 (engine) but has not received notification of the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51174. Parts distribution disconnect. Dyd.

car   Starter problem 16
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

In February 2014 we started having issues with the car not starting at all. We would put our foot on the break and press the button and it just sits there. I have been stranded at many locations until it decided to crank. I called rick case in roswell GA and was told to bring it in if it does it again. Now the next thing that started to happen was the transmission lights p, r, n and d would start flashing and go blank as we were driving then you could feel the car loose power. I was told by the dealership to pull over and restart the car so this went on for a bit until it finally quit starting and sat in the garage for the tow truck who had to use a screw driver and it slipped into r easily because it wont start. Went to the dealership they could not get it started and kept it for many days saying everything is fine we think the starter was going and we had bought an extended warranty and they told us it does not cover that so we had to come up with $552,77. I am not working now due to cushing disease so we are down to one car. My husband had to get rides to work daily. I also found it very odd that the manager made us sign a form stating we would not bring this car back with the same issue again. The car is still acting up so we are not sure what to do. We do like the car and would trade it in but we are upside down and the payments would be so much. We feel we do need to get our money back because I truly believe it was not the starter. Please advise on what to do with a car we are now scared to drive. My son is 16 and this would be his car but not know. Thank you they gave me case#6773211.

car   Starter problem 17
Failure Date: 02/25/2013

I bought a 2011 Hyundai Sonata in March of 2010 brand new. I have had problems with the tires had to be replaced after year two, and when they were being replaced they said that the air valve on the tire was corroded when I went to Hyundai to get the part replaced they said that it wasn't corroded it was broke off because there wan't a cap on it and it got wet. So, they said that I had to buy a new one, and they would send it up under the warranty and I would be refunded that did not happen. After that my push start would not start when I pushed it. I would have to push it about three times and then it would finally start. I took it to Hyundai, and had it replaced not under warranty any more is what they told me. So I paid the 287. 00 for it. After I got it home and went into grab something came back out and it did it again. Took it back to gateway Hyundai in richmond to have it fixed and they said it needed a nother starter. I didn't have to pay for the part but I was going to have to pay for the labor. Nope didn't get it fixed. I would just start it three times instead. Then I had to replace the brakes last year 2012 because it wore only on one side, and now the engine blew a rod. They claimed that it was because of not having enough oil in it, but then told me I had a quart to much of oil. Now really does that make any sense? this is absolutely ridiculous. Then they told me I could trade it in for a new Hyundai but would have to put $5000. 00 down on it which is convienantly the amount they quoted me to have my engine fixed because they said it wasn't under warranty because I hadn't kept all my receipts for oil changes for the past three years.

car   Starter problem 18
Failure Date: 08/26/2012

Vehicle engine was shut off in a construction zone, waiting for line to move. Engine (push button start) would not engage, thus causing major traffic issues. Everything done according to manual trying to get starter to engage. Engine starter finally engaged after setting for sometime. This is the third occurrence of this same problem. Suspect linkage between brake sensor and start button. Could be a serious safety issue.

car   Starter problem 19
Failure Date: 06/14/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start when attempting to turn the vehicle on. Also the contact stated that the brake lights and head lights failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed the stop brake lamp and starter motor needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000. Sr.

car   Starter problem 20
Failure Date: 01/10/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. After turning off the vehicle, the key could not be removed from the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the starter motor was replaced, but the failure continued. In addition, the front driver side seat belt malfunctioned and would not remain locked, and the headlights and brake light would shut off while driving. The cause of the failures was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 12,000.

car   Starter problem 21
Failure Date: 04/26/2010

2011 Hyundai Sonata se 16 days old, 2018 miles: car has an "intermittent starting problem". It has left my wife stranded at work 3 times, two of those times in a deserted parking lot after hours, once at the dealer when I was called to pick it up. It has now been out of service for 18. 5 days since April 26, 2010. It has been taken to the dealer four times since April 26, 2010 and remains there at this time. Dealer has confirmed battery is always at full charge, they have changed both starter system relays, replaced the starter, checked transmission neutral position sensors. Safety issue: leaving a female driver in an unsafe and unprotected situation. Due to the non starting issue.

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