Battery Problems of Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 26 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Hyundai Sonata based on all problems reported for the Sonata.

car image   Battery problem of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 09/05/2017

The contact owns a 2014 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled twice and the entire instrument panel was illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 17v226000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and sent a tow truck to the contact's residence to take the vehicle to the local dealer (buerkle Hyundai, 3350 hwy 61 n, st. Paul, mn 55110). The dealer diagnosed that the battery was faulty and uncertified, and needed to be replaced. The local dealer informed the contact that there was no knowledge of the recall. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 39,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 10/05/2012

The vehicle looses power while driving on the road and all the electronics shut down. I lost power steering and power brakes and could not stop the vehicle. The vehicle has an electrical problem that the service technicians can not see on the computer or figure out. First the service tech said it was a fuse not plugged in all the way then they say it was the battery. . I fear for my life in this car and will never drive it again. If I were in a cross walk I would have hit a pedestrian or I could have hit another vehicle. Luckily I was not on a high speed road or going through a toll booth or there would have been serious injuries. I cannot believe that the manufacturer feels I should drive this car. They told me it was ok before and I ended up having an accident. This car has an electronic defect. They do not put any value on lives.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 03/04/2012

From: consumeraffairs@hmausa. Com subject: Hyundai Sonata 2011 date: tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:01:34 -0700 dear javier rivera: thank you for contacting Hyundai motor America. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you, but we apologize for the circumstances that prompted your contact. We would like to refer you to your servicing dealership for the diagnosis of your battery concern prior to any decisions being made about a buyback situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you but we need additional information regarding your situation to review your case further. Once you have contacted your dealership for the repair details, please contact us with the dealership contact information that includes who is working with you and what they are offering to do to address your concerns. We have documented your comments. Your case number 4751061 can be referenced if we can provide further assistance. Thank you for contacting Hyundai motor America. Consumeraffairs@hmausa. Com sent: mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:55:27 -0700 subject: Hyundai Sonata 2011 to whom it may concern, I am the owner of a Hyundai Sonata hybrid 2011. I recently bought the car in November 2011. I was very excited of buying my first hybrid and the significant savings in gas. I have been happy with the car, although I have realized that the savings in gas were good in the beginning, but have dramatically decrease lately. I thought it was our driving and had not paid too much attention to this until yesterday when the following incident occurred. Yesterday, Sunday March 4, 2012, around 9:00 am on our way to church with the entire family, while my son, 15 years old with a learners permit. Out of the blue the car jerked, stalled and completely lost power on southwest parkway. My son, an inexperience driver, totally panic and almost crashed into a passing car. The car was towed to the dealer, round rock Hyundai in TX. Today the dealer was unable to give additional in.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 12/17/2011

After having 3 of 5 recall fixes performed, battery charging system warning light and sounds activated. Car lost power at low revs. Required giving full throttle to enable gas engine to kick in and gain enough speed to safely stay with traffic. After pulling over and turning engine off/on, problem seemed to resolve itself. Happened again in highway traffic while entering exit ramp resulting in a dangerous loss of power. Returned vehicle to dealership for repair. Dealership assured me that they knew what the issue was and that it would be repaired. 2 days later issue happened 3 times. Each time on the highway at approx. 65mph with nowhere safe to conveniently pull over.

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 10/28/2011

The "check charging system" light appeared the 1st week that we had this new( Hyundai 2011 Sonata hybrid) car while my wife was driving the car. She lost power to the vehicle and had to stop and restart. I returned it to the dealer that afternoon and they stated that the battery terminal was loose and needed adjustment. The car had about 200+ miles on it. Today, November 6, 2011, I was with my wife and she was driving and the " check charging system' light again came on with an audible alarm. ( about 400+ miles). We lost power at a traffic light and had to stop and the car was difficult to restart. After checking the Hyundai forums, this appears to be a frequent occurrence with numerous drivers around the country. Many registered forum users are concerned that this is a major safety issue and needs to be addressed immediately. I am taking the car back to the dealer on Monday morning and wanted to have this documented. My wife does not feel safe in this vehicle ( and neither do I at this time).

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 09/22/2011

I drive the Hyundai Sonata hybrid. The first time the problem occurred at approx 9800 miles, I was driving 60 mph on a highway when the vehicle lost battery power and an alarm sounded, and then a signal indicating to "check charging system. " I immediately took the vehicle to my Hyundai dealership where they were aware of the issue, but did not know how to fix it and suggested I just simply turn off and then restart my car. It happened two additional times, one while approaching a stop light, and another time while I was stopped at a stop light. The last time it happened, I could not get my vehicle to reset by restarting once. I had to shut the vehicle off, then attempted several times to restart. The 4th time I tried to start it, I was able to do so sucessfully. I did notice the last time it happened, the engine light remained on even after battery power was restored. I am taking it back to the dealership tomorrow and demanding a solution. This is just too dangerous to lose power in high-speed traffic, and the problem seems to be occuring at all speeds.

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 09/22/2011

2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid stops loses power comes to complete stop - for the third time in two months when I started my car the service indicator light came on and stayed on. I noticed this time that the car would not go faster than 40 mph and the engine is not running the car appears to be running just off the electric motor and the battery. The car went for about 2 miles and the car lost power and came to complete stop. I had to completely shut off the car and restart it before it would move again - this is a re-occurring and very dangerous situation.

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 09/06/2011

Upon pu;;ing out from a stop sign the engine stalled, after coasting to a stop and placing in park I tried to restart engine. All lights went off and motor did not turn. Attempted again, same thing then passenger compartment filled with smoke. Fire dept arrived and determined somewhere in dash a component had fried. They then disconnected battery. Vehicle was towed to dealer, per dealer engine locked up and they have to disassemble dash to determine what had fried.

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

Sonata hybrid. Driving on the freeway at 60 mph on cruise control. Exit ramp with cruise control off and car gliding to stop light in ev mode. Stopped at red light for 3-5 seconds. Then pushed the accelerator . . . The car lost power, would not move, instrument panel lights flashed, audible ding warning sounded. Display screen showed "check charging system" then screen showed to put car in park. I then placed car in park and pushed the ignition button and car had power to drive off the street and out of the flow of traffic. I then looked over the car, no warning lights or sounds. I test drove it in a parking lot to make sure it would not stop again. Conditions at time of event: blue driving mode, gas tank level at 1/2, hybrid battery charge at 1/2 radio on, headlights on, air conditioner off, and the outside temp. About 77f. I'm not sure which component failed. Electrical, engine or the hybrid power control unit.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 08/21/2011

All three rear brakes lights on when ignition is shut off and smell electrical wire burn. Every day need to remove negative terminal from battery to shut off the three rear brakes lights.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 08/07/2011

My 2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid "check charging system" lamp illuminated with chime alarm activation while driving, causing loss of engine power. Hybrid battery charge level was at 1/2, which is where it normally is. I pressed on gas pedal and got no response, and vehicle came to a stop as if I applied the parking brake. I placed vehicle in park, shut off engine and re-started it and it ran normally. This is the second time it happened in the past 4 weeks or so. On a Hyundai forum website, there is at least 1 other customer which has had the same problem with their hybrid as myself. It is very dangerous situation if you are on the highway and you are forced to stop while in flow of traffic.

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 08/30/2010

My 2011 Sonata has 7600 miles on it. The problem began around 5000 miles, but has gotten progressively worse. Upon trying to turn the car off, the engine shuts off, but the key is stuck in the accesory position. I can restart the car and drive, but I can't get the key out. It just stays either in the accesory or the on position. I've had to unhook my battery to keep it from dying because I can't get the key out. At first, I could just move the gearshift out of park and back into park, and that would usually unlock the key. As time went by, the problem went from happening once a week, to once a day, to nearly every single time I drive the car. Also, once it started happening more frequently, I couldn't troubleshoot to get the key out. I would just have to wait, sometimes up to two hours, and try again. Eventually, the key would just pop right out as if nothing had been wrong in the first place. Very frustrating and time consuming. The car is currently at the dealership getting a new ignition. We'll see how it works.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 07/06/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph over a puddle of water, the battery warning light illuminated and she lost the ability to apply the brakes and the power steering assist malfunctioned. In addition, there was a slight hesitation as if the vehicle was attempting to stall. That was the second time the identical failure occurred. The dealer advised the contact that the failure could potentially have been caused by the belt getting wet but was unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 66,000 and the current mileage was 67,000. Updated 09/16-10 the crank pulley was replaced on a separate occasions. Updated 09/20/10.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 12/01/2008

Engine stalled as I was turning in an intersection, I avoided a crash. Reported to dealer as it happened 3 more times. They replaced my battery and gave me a carfax report and denied any recalls, even though I showed them a printout of one on this website. Check engine light on several times ,taken to auto store and put on diagnostic machine, maf sensor defective as stated on printout x2 separate occasions . Still stalls at lights, and also stalls when either changing to reverse or vise versa. My kids are scared to ride with me. This stalling is happening on approx an every other day basis. Dealer has been made aware and denies anything is wrong according to "their" diagnostic computer, yet will not allow me visual confirmation of such. I think I am unfortunately the victim of a lemon, and if I could afford to I would just drop it off at their doorstep and let the finance company know. By the way, finance CO is aware of these problems and are not pleased at all of how the dealer is handling this because they got ripped off too. No parts have been replaced except for the battery which was unnecessary and they know it. Below I will give latest date of incident of stalling in intersection.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 07/31/2008

Battery, the battery was replace in 12/05/05, then again in 10/05/06, on 7/31/08 the battery this time die with no warning, in the middle of the very busy intersection. Both time the battery was replace by rick case Hyundai, stated bad battery.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 09/11/2007

The contact's wife owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. While attempting to start the vehicle with the key in the ignition, the battery exploded. The vehicle sustained minor hood damage. The dealer has not been notified. The current and failure mileages were 67,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 02/06/2007

The car seemed to be doing ok for a little while. Then. . . . I took the car to get the yearly inspection done and it failed. The back passengers brake light was on non- stop. I am going to explain exactly what I mean. The back brake light is on when the car is driving but when you hit the brakes the secondary light is suppose to come on and make it brighter. The light bulb in the brake area had both low and high light on. I changed out the bulb twice that day thinking maybe the bulb is bad. When I looked at the part that holds the bulb it looked black like it was burning. Still the two lights stayed on. I talked to my friend in michigan who is a mechanic and he told me it sounds an electric problem. Then the car also started to die after driving it for a while. I had to have it jumped a couple of times and when I had the battery checked it was fine. I took it to the Hyundai dealer again and told him what was going on, and that the car was having electric issues. I told him I changed the bulb twice and that the part that was holding the bulb was black and looked like it was burning. Guess what. . . They kept it for two days. I called that same day and the next and was told they were not able to get to it because they were to busy. When they finally did get to it the guy told me that it was just the bulb. I asked him about the burning part and was told that was fine. (car had about 59000 miles on it) now please tell me how it was just the bulb when I put two not just one but two in and it did not change. I asked if he had checked the electric system and was told all was fine. He also said they could not find anything wrong with the car and there was no reason found as to why it would not start.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 04/08/2006

My 2001 Hyundai Sonata was bought new. It has given me nothing but problems from the time I drove it off the lot and as soon as I hit the 60,000 mile mark (the bumper-to-bumper warranty ended at this point), the car constantly has something wrong with it. I have spent thousands of dollars in repairs. The airbags were fixed by the dealer because there was a problem. The brakes had a loud squeak and dealer replaced (under warranty at that time). The side front window motors have been fixed twice and now the passenger side window motor is broken and I had to put tape on it so that it will stay up. The timing belt went out after the warranty. Some kind of coil broke and needed replacement. The engine light is always turning on. I stopped taking it to the dealer after the car broke down, had it towed, dealer in laurel, MD claimed to have fixed it, charged me $768, picked up car, same problem, engine light still on and took it back to dealer. Dealer said there was yet another problem. They said they fixed it and they charged me over $500. Still the same problem. I took the car to a mechanic and was charged $45 for the repair. There have been several other problems that I have had to pay for repairs. I just spent $435 on another repair. Now, after each repair, I just wait for the engine light to turn on again for the next expensive repair and yet I'm still making car payments. Absolute worst car I have ever had.

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car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 06/28/2005

Consumer owned a 1999 hyundia Sonata. Consumer had taken vehicle to the dealer because it was overheating. They flushed radiator, cleaned the inside and outside, and replaced the coolant. Also, put a new draining plug in the radiator. The dealer said that there was nothing wrong with the cooling fan. Thirteen days later on 6-28-05 while vehicle was parked at a store it caught on fire. When the consumer took it to the dealer, they told him that although he was no expert it was the battery that blue out. The consumer believed that it was the cooling fan that caught on fire. The battery was still partially there and the cooling fan melted. He contacted the manufacturer, they told him it would be up to the dealer to determine what happened. The consumer said that he could not even get a fire marshal to inspect the damage. The vehicle is currently at the dealership. The firemen that came to put fire out did make a report. To the best of the consumer's knowledge there was no damage to any other vehicle.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

Electrical system. I have already filed one complaint on the check engine light and the sensors. It has been in the dealership 9 times prior to this one. Now it is a cam sensor and I believe a speed sensor. Not only that but both wheel bearings are bad. It has roughly 78,000 miles. You can only get parts at a dealership. The parts are not only overpriced, but the dealership charges outrageous prices to do anything. You can unhook the battery and the light will stay off for a couple of months and then it comes back on. I take it to the dealership and they supposedly fix it and the light comes back on in a shorter amount of time than unhooking the battery. I have spoke with Hyundai when the problems started and all you get is we'll fix it until the warranty is up then you are out of luck. I can't keep the check engine light off long enough to even sell it.

car image   Battery problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 08/14/2004

I bought my Hyundai in 2004. My 1998 Hyundai Sonata vehicle driver and passenger interior part of doors are stuck. I had the passenger side front door repaired the same year. It stuck again in 2006 and has been that way to this day. My problem now is that the driver side door is now stuck as of July 10 2010. I cannot afford repairs at the moment because the car just cut off while driving Friday, July 16, 2010 and hopefully I can afford the repairs to get it working again. I must climb over the seat to the back and go out of the rear passenger door. The driver side rear door is not working because of the latch (they continue to break) and I have replaced all of them at one point. They are $25. 00 at the jay mark Hyundai. They are listed below: driver side window is broken. I went down and never came up again. I could not afford repairs then and asked the mechanic to push it up and put a screw so that it would not come down again. The latch has broken and been replaced twice. The third time I was not going to buy another latch. The door is stuck and will not open. The passenger side window will not go down completely. The passenger side front door will not open it is also stuck and has been for years. I had it repaired and about a year later it would no open again. The rear driver window will not go up and stay up. It will come down inch by inch until a certain point and now I cannot get it to go up again. The latch is also broken on that door as well and I had that latch replaced but only once. The electrical system caught fire. The electrical system is in disrepair again because the tail lights will work for a couple of days at a time and then they are out again or it will short out the bulbs and at night I must slightly touch the brakes while driving to have the tail lights and avoid a ticket. Because of the electrical problems they car will not pass inspection. The system is never ready. The battery will short from time to time and I must replace.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 08/01/2003

The contact owns a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. The contact has been experiencing failure with the sensor plug on her vehicle. She has had to pay $200 each time the vehicle has been repaired. She stated that she is also experiencing failure with the powertrain automatic transmission, which caused her vehicle to stall. She has had to replace her engine and the battery approximately two to three times. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage is 118,000 and failure mileage was 67,000. The consumer stated replaced the engine 1 time and the battery twice. The dealer stated radio jumping channels. Updated 09/05/07.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 08/18/2002

Consumer states that the car went dead upon arriving home from a visiting trip. And is concerned as to why would a new car would need a battery, unless it due to electrical problems.

car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 04/23/2001

Consumer states engine slow to start, turns over very slowly. Dealer replaced battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 08/22/2000

Vehicle repair log states that vehicle's battery shorted out.

car image   Battery problem of the 1996 Hyundai Sonata 26
Failure Date: 07/03/1998

Consumer experienced battery blowing up while sitting in vehicle and the engine was idling. Consumer heard a loud noise, look under the hood and found the battery in pieces. Dealer notified.

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