Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 42 problems related to car will not start (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 will not start. It's not battery related. I've found several complaints from Sonata owners of model years 2006-08. People have come to find out that it's ignition switch related. My car was parked, it has a brand new battery in it.
See all problems of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata.
Every three to five days when push to start vehicle it will not turn on. All lights/electronics come on but the vehicle just will not start. When towed to the dealer or tow driver arrives the car starts again. Have had the battery tested and tested bad, replaced but the problem continues. Hyundai says "cannot duplicate the problem" and sends me on my way with no resolution. Now dealer as well as Hyundai regional office refuse to answer the phone or return any of my messages. Has happened at least if not more than 15 times.
See all problems of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata.
While driving the car on a highway in the passing lane, I abruptly received a warning of "hybrid emergency safely pull off road" "do not drive". I had no other warnings and the car gave me no time to pull off the road and it just shut down. The car would not start again and I was stuck in the passing lane on a very busy highway.
See all problems of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata.
The contact owns a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. When the contact inserted the key into the ignition, the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was towed three times to the contact's residence. The local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 57,641.
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The esc light came on on 3/14/17 and remain on from 7:00pm to 8:00 pm and then went off by itself. On 3/13/ 17 in the morning I was 40 min to work and when I arrived to my destination of work I continue to press the gas pedal while driving but the car slowed down like it was going to cut off, so I pulled over on the side of the road and cut the car off and restarted the car, after doing this I was able to drive the car normal but with hesitation. In August I was having problems with the car not starting, so I press the button for ignition but it would not start this would happen often I took the car to the hyndaui dealership and was told that they could not detect the problem which they also kept the car overnight but did not find anything wrong. My car would not start after several encounters finally I would put the car in drive and then start the car and it would start right up everyone it would cut off. I call the dealership several times and was told that they could not do anything about this problem I became very frustrated and was not help to solve this situation and still frustrated with the problems that I encountered with this car and the hyndaui taylor dealership on washington rd in augusta GA with time bring the car, money to be spent with diagnostic to find out that their is no problem and I am still having problem with this car- this is my complaint. Help me please ! ms. Shironda brown (706)993-8879 augusta GA.
See all problems of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata.
The first issue is that my car will not start sometimes. Then after a minute or two it will start. I have the push button to start my car. It is beginning to happen more often in the last 6 weeks. The second issue is that my steering wheel is making a clicking noise when I turn the steering wheel. It happens all the time.
Over the last 24 months my dashboard, parking, dome, and /or rear lights have gone on by themselves. It has happen more than 12 times the car was off and it happens sometimes during the day, sometimes at night. The vehicle was parked in a public lot or in front of my house. I was not able to shut light off using the remote. The dealer was not able to fix this problem and had no suggestions. This is a safety because the car would not start a number of times and service had to be called. Please advise if this is a recurring issue with this model and if you can be of help to rectify the problem. Thank you.
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that after the vehicle was shut off, the push to start failed to operate. As a result, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,469.
See all problems of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.
Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle took one hour before restarting. The vehicle was driving to the contact resident. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000. Aw.
When attempting to start the car yesterday normally, the car did not start. After reading the owners manual I discovered how to insert the Smart key into a slot within the center arm rest compartment and the car starts normally. However the car cannot be locked or unlocked with the Smart key anymore. The car was in the garage on the day of failure. Also when moving in reverse, and turning the steering wheel, there are clumping sounds from underneath the vehicle and that's getting louder. Unfortunately we owner's do not get any type of resolutions on these issues. Hyundai needs to step up and rectify these concerns. Ooh they got their money already. . . .
Car will not start when I hit the start button. Sometimes it will and sometimes it takes 4 or 5 times to start. Car makes an electrical rattle like noise but doesn't turn over. Also, when I try to shut the car off, my display will tell me to shift to park and the radio will stay on. I've had the car in for the shift lever cable recall but I believe there is more to this. The car is doing the same thing before and after the recall fix. I commute 200 miles to work so the miles I post will be high.
Dashboard warning signs started blinking (wrench, battery, etc) while I was driving the car on a city 4-lane highway (route 1 in baltimore) at a speed of 30-50 mph. After starting and stopping my car, a Sonata hybrid, several times, eventually I lost all power to the car such that the brakes and steering would not work. At this point I was only going ~10 mph. Luckily I was at the mall at this point and the car came to a stop on its own. The car would not start and the door locks and fob did not work. I then had it towed to the dealer. They replaced an electrical board of some type and then were able to drive it but also noted all of the dashboard alarms going off. Their current working diagnosis is that there is a problem with the connection to the electric battery causing high resistance. It is still under repair at the dealer. I am worried that this could happen again.
On three occasions my car would not start. After the second time it failed, I brought it in. Hyundai service department could not find anything wrong with it after hooking it up to the machine. No codes showed on the system check. They said they checked the battery. They said it could be the brake sensor, which was changed from a recall, so they said I have a new one, they would just adjust it and hopefully would fix the problem. Three days later on a Saturday morning, the car would not start again. I brought it back in. They kept my car from 06/20 - 06/30 and could not find or reproduce the same problem.
(keyless entry) the car intermittently starts. When this occurs, the car will turn on, but will not start. The dashboard lights will come on and the steering wheel and brakes will lock. Sometimes after a couple tries, the car will start. There has been a few instances where the car would not start for hours and had to be left at the location, but will work the next day. This seems to occur mostly in the afternoon, after the car has been sitting out in the sun for a long period of time. There has been an attempt to jump the car, but was unsuccessful.
The contact owns a 2014 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 5 mph, the engine stalled and was able to restart. When entering the key in the ignition, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,200.
On multiple occasions, my car would not start with the keyless key fob. The car stated they key was not detected although the key was in the car. I could not unlock the car, could not open the trunk or use the buttons on the key fob in any way. This has happened increasingly in the past month.
This vehicle is equipped with proximity key system. The vehicle would not start even with the key in the vehicle, we tired to use both keys, the vehicle would not recognize either key. Lights illuminated in the dash, engine light and oil light (car not running) other lights lit in gear shifter and still no connection. We could not open the trunk there is no key slot and the key fob trunk button would not unlock trunk. Car was towed to the nearest dealer. Note: this is the second time our vehicle experienced this problem. January 2013 same problem where we needed a tow to the dealership. Same problem 4 months apart.
Brake pedal sensor failure resulted in a car that wouldn't start. The key-less entry depends on the brake pedal being depressed, otherwise the ignition will not turn over. Under normal operation when the driver is trying to start the car, the key must be inside the vehicle, the driver must depress the brake pedal and then press the ignition button. The car normally turns over. In this situation all systems function as if the car does not know the brake peddle is being depressed. The battery has full charge, all accessories function normally, but the ignition will not turn over. Because there is no way to manually start the car, the car is rendered completely useless.
Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after pressing the push-to-start button. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer who stated that they could not find a defect with the ignition. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000. Mah.
Car will not start! Hyundai replaced the brake switch and now it is happening again. This happens a couple times per week. This will be my second visit to Hyundai. This should be a recall! we could be without necessary transportation.
I have experienced this problem 3 times, my 2011 Hyundai Sonata limited failed to start. I like many others had my foot on the brake and hit the start button as I usually do and nothing happened but the dashboard indicator kept reading "press on brake pedal and push button to start" I repeatedly tried over and over. After 15-20 failed attempts I pulled out my manual, no work arounds. I then called the dealer, who told me to stomp on the brake hard. I did and after three cycles it started.
The engine failed to start. When you press on the start pedal, it would "lock" up and not recognize the automatic key in the vehicle. Took it to a dealer who said the brake switch needed replacing. Now, at the end of April, again, it is happening. It is going in again this week for the same situation. Also at the same time the esc electronic stability control light goes on randomly and stays on until the engine is restarted. I used the override procedure someone else mentioned to get the car going -- depress and hold the brake pedal for 30 seconds. Even once the engine started, the gear shift remained stuck in park and took awhile to take it out of this position. When I was idling in park today, the same thing happened which told me the situation was getting worse.
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed and the push-to-start button was depressed, the vehicle would not start. The failure was sporadic but became worse as time progressed. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 16,000.
I have a 2011 Sonata that failed to start on three occasions. The first was about 8000 miles the second was at 10800 miles and the third was the next day from the second occasion. This car is less than 1 year old. As I went to start the car as I normally do the "press the brake pedal to start" would flash even though my foot was on the brake pedal. The first two times I was able to get it to start by repeatedly pressing the brake pedal and pressing the push button start more than 10 times. The third time I had no such luck and called the dealer for service. I noticed that on all 3 occasions that the brake pedal had more than normal pressure and would not depress at all. I assume that there is some sort of switch that tells the car that your foot is on the brake before the push button start will start the car. With the brake pedal not moving at all this switch is probably not being activated so the car does not start.
6,500 miles into vehicle use, vehicle failed to start up while parked. Upon entering vehicle, pressing brake pedal, and pushing start on push-button start, screen would display "push brake pedal to start vehicle. " the vehicle failed to acknowledge brake pedal was being pressed. After 5 minutes of continuously pressing brake pedal down and simultaneously pressing start button, vehicle eventually started. Approximately 5 additional failures to start occurred before I brought vehicle in to selling dealer. The dealer diagnosed the problem, which my receipt lists as a a faulty brake lamp switch. Technician removed and replaced brake lamp switch. Approximately one week after vehicle was "fixed," the vehicle failed to start in the same fashion as had previously occurred. I had vehicle towed to dealership. Dealership again diagnosed same problem and replaced same part (brake lamp switch) as previously replaced. I have had vehicle for three days since last (second) repair. I will continue to monitor and report if issue appears again.
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