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Check Engine Light On Problems of Hyundai Sonata - part 1

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 39 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 08/13/2014

We were driving highway speed when all of a sudden the cars check engine light, esc light came on while in the middle of traffic and the motor completely shut off causing no steering or any control of the vehicle, was able to coast to the side of the road and tried restarting the car with no luck. Called the dealership immediately and they stated it had done that to the previous owner but was not warranted to be fixed, but yet we only purchased this car 6 months ago. Sat on the side of the road trying to figure out what to do, when the tow truck came by and scanned in which I got the following codes: p2106,p1295,p2135. Its a sensor on the accelerator pedal and causes the car to shut off immediately because it cant respond to the throttle body. This is very dangerous as we could have been rearended and seriously injured. Please contact ASAP!!!!!!.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 08/07/2014

I was pulling up to a stop light and my car made a jerking motion, as it had did one day prior as well. I looked at my dash and the eps light, battery light, check engine light, and one more light came on. I tried to drive the car forward and it began to roll back. I turned the car off to try and restart it, but the break would not push down for me to turn it back on. The car was towed to a dealership where I showed two service technicians the photo of the dashboard that I took, and both said that my engine had cut off. They kept the car overnight and drove on it to try and recreate the problem, along with running multiple tests, and nothing showed up.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 05/25/2014

I started the car and it shook some and check engine light came on. I checked oil and it was 2. 5 quarts low. Filled the car with oil. Drove it to the shop to have a oil change done on it. The shop changed the oil and I drove the car home. As I was driving it home the car started sputtering and clattering. The car stalled. Towed to shop where mechanic immediately checked oil. It was full of oil. The mechanic changed the sensors. After changing the sensors the check engine light went off but the motor is still knocking. The mechanic confirmed the engine has been seized. The engine needs to be replaced. I have read on the internet that the 2011 engine is known to have major problems.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 03/26/2014

My 2006 Hyundai Sonata has the check engine and esc lights come on, then the car wont accelerate as well as the rpms will not move. The car coasts like its in neutral. And today was the last straw when it decided to do it while going down the road instead of just when beginning the drive.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 12/16/2013

The dealer refused to perform warranty work when the check engine light came on unless I agreed to pay a fee of approximately $125 if the dealer decided that the work was not covered by the warranty.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 10/09/2013

Case no. [xxx] I purchased my 2007 Sonata from the denville, NJ dealership in may 2007. With only 38,000 miles on odometer I had the scare of my life¦. Driving on the highway, the engine died, and I lost all power. The ¿¿check engine¿� light came on. Thankfully, I was able to pull to the shoulder of the road and safely stop the car. After 2 minutes I tried to restart the car. It started and I drove it home with the check engine light still on. I checked that all fluids were ok. Next day driving to work, coming down a long grade, car engine died and again I was fortunate that I did not get into an accident. I brought my car to a aaa service station and reported the problem. They checked and informed me that the problem is due to the throttle position sensor,(tps) which they found a tech service bulletin describing the symptoms and condition. They gave me a copy of said bulletin. They noted that even if they installed the part, I would have to have a Hyundai dealer perform ecu software update. Therefore, I brought the car to the dealer and had them make the repair. I expected that this would be a ¿¿recall¿� by Hyundai, as failure of this part could be life threatening, as it was in my case. They said they could not honor any warranty service and I was charged $252. 24. I requested and received the replaced part. . I am rasked Hyundai motors of America to show good faith to a loyal customer, by reimbursing me for the costs associated with this known failing part. . Their response:" TSB are not recalls. Dealers are made aware of these and are asked to perform them on affected vehicles when they come in for other service. I vehicle outside of warranty, then the repair is an out of pocket cost to customer. They apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. " they refused to reimburse me saying this part was not a recall. How outrageous of them!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 07/28/2013

I have not owned my 2005 Hyundai Sonata for one year yet and is experiencing a confusing time with one set of the exterior lighting not working at all, the fuse were checked so I was told that it may be the switch, also the electrical system on the power doors always lock three out of the four doors. The check engine light goes on and off every other week the code says its a oxygen sensor. The lighting it restraining me form driving at night.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 05/06/2013

Under normal driving, vehicle suddenly sputtered a bit and then the check engine light and electronic stability control light came on. The car then would barely move over 15-20 mph. We found out that these are the classic symptoms of a tps issue, for which Hyundai issued TSB 10-FL-010. We have had the vehicle at the dealership for all of the recommended repairs from that TSB twice with no resolution to the problem. My concern is that this problem occurs randomly and without warning. At least twice it has occurred on the interstate, and I felt we were lucky to get off to the side without another car running into us. I am extremely worried that the next time this happens we won't be as fortunate, and someone can be seriously hurt. This is also a very common issue with Hyundais. Frankly, I would not be surprised if someone has already been hurt because of this. I am also surprised Hyundai has not issued a recall or found a better solution to this problem. I believe this is a very serious problem and urgent safety issue. In fact, we would like to get rid of the car, but we cannot afford to buy another car, nor am I too keen on inflicting this problem on some other unsuspecting person thinking they are buying a good, reliable car. Please try to pressure Hyundai to come up with a better solution.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 07/27/2012

My car started getting erratic idling and then the engine light started to turn on. I got the spark plugs and spark plug wires replaced and then it mild down after around 1wk after, then the erratic idling while on drive or on reverse started again. Left it like that thinking it was maybe the fuel pump or something like that. Had my brother that is a mechanic check it and said he found the spark plug wires out of sequence, but after he made sure all were the correct order the same problem started again, same erratic idling and this time it really did feel like sometimes loosing power. It has gotten worse since then that I was driving, don't recall the mph, but it must of been around 50 - 60 mph cause I was on the freeway. The whole engine sporadically, in less than a split second, turns off then on. All the electric panel and the front dashboard and the whole car's electrical system turns off/on in a "blink of an eye". It made the car make an erratic and sudden stop, like if I had put the brakes completely or the engine just stopped that split second. Then it went back on and still driving. After that it did it about 2 more times like around those mins I was driving, about mins apart. After this happened, it's been getting worse and now the power shuts off completely and I have to drive to the side with no power on car. Then suddenly gets power again and I just start it again. I've checked the cables of batteries and they keep telling me I can't get the car checked for codes cause the engine light keeps getting reset since it looses power completely and they can't get any codes unless the engine light is lit up. Sometimes turning signal or putting the brakes or lights on make it stop or loose power completely.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 04/19/2012

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostics, which located the failure at the engine. The engine oil experienced a block that caused the oil not to circulate and the engine to fail. The engine would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 30,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 01/27/2012

2007 Sonata with 37,000 miles. Check engine light and esc light come on and car goes into limp mode. Extremely unsafe. Happens randomly. Have to pull over because car won't accelerate. Car needs to be shut off and turned back on. Code p2135 and p2106.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 12
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   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

Was pulling on to a road and the engine did not engage, the hybrid system",green ready" light began blinking and the yellow sevice " with the wrench " engine light also came on. I could only get it up to 3 to 5 mphs and the echo gage was up to red pegged out,, we pulled out on a county road that has a speed limit of 45 , a van had to stop ,because we pulled out in front of him, I had no doubt the vehicle would go ,but it did not. We had just drove up a hill that always requires engine ,grade steep, stoped and pulled out . Nearly causing an accident. . We pulled off road and tried again driving in electrical only mode light blinking we pulled back over and restarted car and everything was fine. . It s a dangerous problem that needs to be addressed ,when I push the peddle it should go !!!!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 07/07/2011

Engine can easily become hydro-locked in heavy rain and road splash back from other vehicles due to the design of the direct air intake of the Sonata hybrid. With its design, it does not have any water baffles to prevent water from entering the air filter and once it enters the air filter box, there are no drain holes for it to drain out. This forces the water through the engine as that is the only way for it to get out of the filter box. When the engine stalled, no electronic control warning lights were illuminated and the car remained in the “ready� state. This could lead to damage of the hev system and battery pack. Per the technician servicing the car, they stated that the hev warning light only illuminated when the hev battery reaches 15% charge (the point at which they have to replace it), this contradicts with the owner’s manual as well as counteracts the purpose of a warning lamp. Due to the nature of the design where the computer controls when the engine start/stops, the engine can damage itself before preventative action can be taken. For example, when the engine stalls due to water ingestion through the air filter and the oxygen sensor determines it cannot compensate, the engine will stall, but before the situation can be rectified, the computer attempted to restart the engine causing it to become hydro-locked. With my experience, I am convinced that the design of the car is flawed and is unreliable to drive in a heavy rain scenario which leaves it unusable several times a year. I have owned several hybrids in the past (2001 and 2005 Toyota prius) that I operated through the same conditions as your vehicle and I did not experience any problems with them. Additionally, with the Toyota, when the engine stalls against the computer’s control (e. G. : running out of fuel), the hev and engine warning light both illuminated and the “ready� light was DE-illuminated.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 01/21/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 45 mph the check engine light began illuminating on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the oil sensor needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired. The failure continued to occur; however, an authorized dealer advised her that the oil sensor needed to be replaced. The oil sensor was replaced but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 93,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 11/24/2010

Took delivery of a new Sonata limited turbo 2. 0 on the 24th of November. Check engine light appeared same day. Purchasing dealership reset the check engine light, said nothing to worry about. Light reappeared on the drive home. 2 days later, engine stalled. After being towed to the dealership, they discovered an exhaust valve melted/cracked and damaged the combustion chamber. Brand new engine ordered and replaced.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 08/09/2010

2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS dies randomly when stopped at a red light or turning at a low rate of speed, then starts right up and may not do it again for a month or a few days. Check engine light does not come on and vehicle runs great besides dying in traffic which could cause a crash.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 04/15/2010

The car randomly stalled at traffic lights for about ten times now throughout my 3. 5 years' ownership. I bought my car in March 2010. Within one month, the engine stalled when braking to a full stop at traffic light. The dealer couldn't reproduce the problem. One month later, my car cut off again while sitting at traffic light. Another one or two months later, it happened the third time. The dealer kept my towed car for two weeks but had no clue. From then on, I just gave up. One day, when it sat at traffic light, the car shook a little like someone hit me. The other day, this hit-like shake happened again while at traffic light. This time, the car even shook several times during driving after leaving that traffic light, with the check engine light blinking in accordance with the shake. On the following day, my car finally stalled again at a traffic light. Except the first one, all other occurrences happened while the car sat at traffic light and I stepped on the brake pedal. After I restarted the car, it could run smoothly for at least one month. Given the occurrence frequency, the chance to reproduce the problem at dealership is almost zero. And they refused to lend me their computer that I could hook up to the car to record driving data. I had also contacted Hyundai customer affairs. All they can do was just send me to the dealer and close the ticket. Recently, the car stalled again during a low-speed driving. The car lost driving power completely with check engine light on. I was completely shocked and hurriedly stepped the brake, switched the gear to park, and restarted the car. Fortunately, no car was around. This is really terrifying and I am really disappointed and embarrassed.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 12/08/2009

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 70 mph the engine and esc light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. The technician from the dealer stated that the throttle position switch and the ecu software needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 75000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2009

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically stall when driving at any speed. The check engine warning light would illuminate prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair facility for diagnosis. The mechanic advised that the main computer sensor was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 102,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 09/09/2008

The contact owns a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at any speed, the check engine light illuminates on the instrument panel and the vehicle suddenly shuts off. The failure occurs intermittently and the vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 73,899. Updated 10/14/08 the oxygen sensor was replaced. Updated 10/15/08.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 09/17/2007

Heard small knock in engine, told it was standard fuel injector knock. At 43k, my husband driving on PA turnpike -- knock starts pounding. But no check engine light. As he is getting off to a rest area, knock goes crazy, engine starts smoking, and the check engine light comes on. Engine overhauled, not replaced under warranty. Three subsequent related repairs. 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 06/01/2007

S10 appropriate handling re defective engine-malfunction indicator light and erratic rpm reading involving reduce acceleration fm owner of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata lx. The consumer stated the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership several times, only to be told there was nothing wrong. The tail lights burned out, the passenger side air bag light illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied, the esc light would blink while driving in the rain and due to the esc light being on , the vehicle would become un-drivable.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 04/15/2007

When accelerating from a stop or slow turn, "check engine" and "esc off" light come on. The vehicle acts as if it is in neutral, with no gas power or brake control, but the car is running and all other electrical functions are working (windows, radio, etc). It shimmies and shakes. You have to coast to the side of the road and restart numerous times to get it to run properly. The check engine light remains on for several hours and then shuts off. This started about 6 months after I purchased the used car in 2006, and is intermittent but still has the problem. It will act up several times a day for months then nothing. This should be considered a safety issue, having to stop in single lanes with no shoulders, on railroad tracks, or intersections and restart numerous times to get it running again. Took to merced CA Hyundai they replaced tsp wiring, which did not help. Of course it appeared ok as it takes time for the problem to repeat. Have been unable to return to shop, with the inconvenience of having to take time off work, drive 30 miles to the dealer, and pay for car rental. I live in a rural area and bought a fairly new car to be reliable. This was not it.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 05/01/2006

The contact stated the check engine light is not functional and that the the obd to the system is not communicating. Due to this the evaporative system is not ready. This vehicle is not conforming to the clean air act and cannot pass emissions.

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