Check Engine Light On Problems of Hyundai Sonata - part 1

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 80 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling 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   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 03/22/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated while driving 2 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. Additionally while driving 25 mph the rpm tachometer increased as the check engine warning light illuminated. The local dealer or independent mechanic was not contacted for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 39,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 01/27/2018

While merging onto a freeway the vehicle stopped accelerating and simply revved as if in neutral. I released gas and attempted to accelerate again with to result. I drove onto shoulder to avoid a rear end collision, shut the vehicle off, and attempted to drive again with a positive result. Shortly thereafter while driving on the freeway attempting to change lanes there was yet another failure to accelerate and the same issue occurred, a full rpm rev with no acceleration. The check engine light finally came on. I contacted the dealer with the error code that a code reader revealed and was requested my VIN. They then claimed that there is a recall and was told to come see a specific service agent. Nhysa website reveals no recalls for my vehicle. The issue is the variable charge motion actuator. I am fearing that Hyundai is remedying the issue in case by case basis and calling it a recall to avoid penalty.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 01/14/2018

1/14/18 upon entering a 4 lane major road from a store parking lot, my 2015 Sonata would not accelerate. I let off and pushed the accelerator pedal, no response though the rpm's were revving. The check engine light came on. I pulled over, shut the car off, and restarted the car. The car seemed to accelerate ok after some initial hesitation. However, the engine light is still on and the car is accelerating up to 11 mph, in drive and reverse, on its own when the brake is released (no use of accelerator pedal). In addition, when in drive, the car lurches forward reaching a speed of about 5 mph as soon as the break is released. I see recalls for these engine issues on 2011-2012 models. Appears issue not resolved with engine recalls showing for mode years 2013-2014, it seems the engine issues are still not resolved for 2015. My car has less than 45,000 miles and has been serviced at the Hyundai dealership I purchased the car new every 3000 miles until my oil change time before last. The next service sticker was for a 5000 mile interval and when I questioned this, I was told the dealership was using a higher performance oil that didn't require changing prior to 5000 miles. I had the next oil change done at about 4000 miles. I am concerned I will be told there is nothing wrong with my car, my engine is going to seize, and I will be stuck with this repair expense.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 12/19/2017

Takata recall. I was told that the electrical module is defective by autozone,. We were driving down the highway when all of a sudden the engine light came on. We pulled over to check the usual stuff like oil and antifreeze and other fluids. But all of them were ok. We tried to leave again with no success. We had no power. The engine would turn over but when we tried to press the gas nothing would go. So we stopped the car waited for a while and then the car started. We countinued our trip carefully, but the check engine light was still on. After we arrived to our destination I went to autozone to check the problem. They said the eletrical and cpu modules are damaged. That of course has me a little worried. We have only had the car for a year so it couldnt be for that reason.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 09/03/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the engine stalled. The contact pulled over to a close by parking lot. The contact bought a new battery but the vehicle did not start. The contact then bought a new starter but the vehicle still did not start. An independent mechanic was contacted, who came to the vehicles location and diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not part of the warranty. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a case number was not provided. The approximate failure was 82,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 07/15/2017

Going down the highway at about 75 mph and the engine just shut off. The check engine light and the oil light along with an eps light came on when the engine shut off. No other lights were on before that. Came to a stop and the engine would not crank back up. Had the car towed hour and half back home and was told the engine was seized up. It did not give any kind of warning and has not been able to start at all since. I learned about the recall and towed the car to Hyundai 7/21/17, even though I never got notification of a possible recall for this issue. Apparently they had 5 recalls listed under my vehicle, and I had only gotten a notification for one, which was the shift cable issue. Still waiting for a response from Hyundai.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 06/19/2017

Cylinder one misfire causing vehicle to loose power while driving, significant shaking of vehicle. Vehicle had minimal acceleration. Check engine light flashing, remained illuminated when vehicle was safely maneuvered to highway shoulder. Required new spark plug and coil. Vehicle only has approximately 41,000 miles.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 05/03/2017

I was on a city street approaching a red light, as I was coming to a stop my car's engine shut off without warning. Oil light, check engine light, and battery light were illuminated. I put my hazards on, put the car in park and attempted to re-start the car with no luck. Car did not make any turning over sounds when trying to re-start. Dashboard lights, radio, powers windows still worked. I called roadside assistance and waited in my car blocking one lane of traffic. After about 10 minutes a passerby pushed my car to the side of the road, at this time I noticed it was very hard to steer and the brakes started to lock up. I put the car in park and waited for the tow truck. While waiting I made several attempts to re-start the car. After about 30 minutes the car restarted and I was able to drive the 3 blocks home. The following morning I had the car towed to the dealership. I was told they couldn't find anything wrong with the vehicle. They could not recreate the issue and no error codes showed up. There were also no error coeds in the log but if the engine shut down it seems like something should be in the log. I'm extremely nervous to drive thinking this can happen again in a more dire situation (like on the freeway). I see other complaints online with this same situation and am concerned for mine and my passengers' safety.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 04/17/2017

I've had consistent problems with my engine. Problems range from the check engine light coming on several times over the past 2 years, twice since 2017 started, 2). I've complained to the dealer about the abnormal amount of engine oil the car uses in less than 20,00 miles. 3). Engine will not start, even when there is no alternator or battery problem. 4). Car doors lock with key fob inside. 5) shaky steering wheel, that I've complained about since I owned the car. 4) seats are suppose to be leather, "leather" is cracking in the front around the base of the seat. (dealers says it's normal wear and tear. I've had leather seats before and none of them cracked).

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 03/22/2017

Complete engine failure while driving. No warning and it did not trigger the check engine light.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 01/28/2017

When I start my car, put it in drive, and proceed, the car will jerl. As. Ifnits struggling to change gears. It usually stops after a minute or so. It doesnt always happen, but its occured twice today and the check engine light finally came on. Im up to date on my oil changes, have had my transmission fluids flushed and the problem still persists. It shows that there are no active recalls, however ive heard from numerous people that these cars are known for engine problems.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 12/21/2016

White driving either in motion or stopped behind a light, engine starts to shake and stall. This make the car share heavily and nudge forwards and backwards until the call stalls out. Then the dash gets lit up with all the check engine lights. Then, pressing the start button multiple times until the vehicles starts. The car does this every so often. You drive off, it shakes and stalls, it has a hard time starting. Then it starts and everything seems normal. This happens at least 1 or 2 times a month. Currently vehicle at deal service to see what is going on. Google search resulted in other with similar issues. See link below if necessary. . Read more...

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 12/17/2016

Me and my wife were driving to southern California on a road trip. When accelerating uphill, the transmission downshifted to above 3,500 rpm's. Immediately the fuel cutoff and the car would not accelerate. I tried several times but noticed the car would not accelerate past 3,500 rpm's. I immediately went to manual mode and selected a gear that was below 3,500 to make it up the "grapevine" hill. Soon after the check engine light came on. I went to the dealer the next day and they said it was the vcm motor- code p0200a. It was replaced under warranty. The dealer service was great. We were lucky this malfunction didn't happen when my wife was driving alone and needed to pass another vehicle or drive uphill. She would not have been able to accelerate.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 12/04/2016

Check engine light code reads intake valve circuit has low voltage. Noticed reduced gas mileage economy and poor engine performance.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 11/04/2016

I was driving on interstate 75 when the check engine light went on. The car lost speed gradually from 60 mph to 10 mph. Fortunately I was near an exit and was able to exit and stop at a hotel parking lot. This was a frightening experience since other cars were speeding around me at 70+ mph, then cutting in front of me to exit the interstate. The car has been at the dealer at least three times because the engine light came on with no other result. No reason was found for the problem. The car was towed to the dealer who was closed for the weekend so I'm without a car for the weekend and will have to miss work tomorrow. Unknown cause. I'm not able to scan documents.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 09/06/2016

I was driving on the freeway and my check engine light came on. Then suddenly the engine lost all power and was coming to a stall. I was able to coast over to the side of the freeway, and had to call a tow truck from there.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

My esc & check engine light come on and car stalls and shuts off while driving on streets and the freeway.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 08/19/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled and crashed into a curb. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. A police report was not filed. After stalling, the contact was unable to restart the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15v568000 (engine) and 15v759000 (brake system, hydraulic), but the contact was never notified. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 94,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 08/02/2016

Faulty engine control module - while driving home from vacation, after approximately 9 hours on the highway, our check engine light came on in our 2015 Sonata. We were only two hours away from home and the light wasn't flashing, so we continued driving. While on an acceleration ramp changing highways, the car sputtered and seemed to be losing power, even with the gas pedal completely floored. Thankfully, the engine didn't shut off and we were able to continue driving, however, the engine seemed to "mis-fire" and the car was hesitating and riding rough. The next day, the check engine light went off. A few days later, it came back on, and while trying to gain enough speed to get on the highway, the engine felt like it was cutting out and began to ride rough again. I immediately called Hyundai to make an appointment to have the car looked at. When I made the appointment, the scheduler indicated there was a recall on my car. I asked if it had anything to do with the check engine light being on, and I was told it didn't. I took the car in, and after 2 or 3 hours they called and said my car was ready and they had replaced a faulty ecm (engine control module), which had caused the check engine light to come on. No mention was made of the recall. After reading all the posts on this site, I am convinced the problems people are having with their engines dying is the result of a faulty ecm. I have searched everywhere on the internet about Hyundai recalling vehicles that could be affected, and I could find absolutely nothing. We never received a recall notice by mail or email either. Symptoms of a bad or failing ecm include the check engine light coming on, engine stalling, misfire or performance issues. Shame on Hyundai for not protecting their customers against a potentially life-threatening hazard as this.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 05/28/2016

The contact owns a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to lose power and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle began to decrease in speed when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the turbo failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 05/23/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 50 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated, the vehicle decreased speed independently, and stalled. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15v568000 (engine); however, the mechanic stated that the vehicle could not be repaired. The diagnosis was that the cylinder head needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 146,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 04/14/2016

The contact owns a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 60 mph, the oil and check engine lights suddenly illuminated before the engine began to sputter and stall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who did not yet determine the cause of the failure. No additional information was available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 02/08/2016

Philadelphia, PA. While running a few errans my car's check engine light came on. I decided to shut the car off and start it back up. The check engine light went off and everything seemed fine. After about 30 minutes the car died out completely while driv8ng. Luckily I was able to let the car coast in a semi safe place. After the car stalled and began to smoke the car tried to start multiple times on its own and the smell was unlike anything I've smelled. In addition, I've been battlinng Hyundai to set up my blue link which they did not! lastly, I was actually able to capture this ordeal on my dash cam!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 12/25/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 45 mph, the air bag and check engine warning lights illuminated. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was operated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag module failed. The cause of the check engine warning light illuminating was not found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 24,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 11/18/2015

My 2012 Sonata has stopped accelerating and shifting properly. When the gas peddal is pressed, the car revs high and does not upshift properly, resulting in substantial power loss. The check engine light came on days after this began and gave code p2562 for an error in the turbocharger. Further research has shown that this is a common issue on this vehicle relating to the waste valve of the turbocharger. This is a grave safety concern as the car cannot safely merge onto roadways and can lose power randomly at any time, resulting in a rear end collision. This problem has happened numerous times at posted speeds on side roads and on highways. I have contacted the dealer and they claim they have never heard of this issue and must charge me to diagnose before determining it is covered under the powertrain warranty.

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