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Engine Belts And Pulleys Problems of Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 34 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 06/16/2016

Same problem as described in 14v415000 Hyundai veracruz recall. While driving the esc warning light on, then intermittent battery + seat belt indicating alternator failure, caused by leaking valve cover. Can cause sudden failure. This defect is not isolated to the veracruz and perhaps the recall should be broadened.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 05/26/2016

Upon starting the car, I heard a high-pitched whine from the engine that increased in volume and intensity as I accelerated (in town), and then I observed two puffs of smoke or steam arise from under the front of the hood. I immediately stopped at a nearby mechanic, who observed that the front cylinder bank valve cover was leaking oil. The whine, which gradually went away, may have been oil getting onto the alternator belt. Fortunately, we seem to have caught this in time, as the alternator did not appear to be damaged, but it easily could have been, as the edge of the valve cover hangs directly over the alternator in the 3. 3l v6 engine. The leak may have been more of a "sweat" for an undetermined amount of time; only the whine alerted me to anything being wrong, and may have been a sign the leak was getting worse over time. The mechanic replaced the valve cover gasket. What is frustrating is that Hyundai has issued a recall for this same problem, on the very same engine I believe, for their vera cruz models, but not their Sonatas for the same years. They should recall the Sonatas with this engine as well, as the alternator can be destroyed if this isn't caught and fixed.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

My 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been back and forth to the dealer. Every time I turn around the this car has a recall. I don't even know about the recall until a light pops up or I have a weird noise while driving. One time the car just felt weird while driving and I went to get it checked out and found out about the recalls. First seatbelt, then engine line needed replacing, then another part needed replacing, then another. After going there Monday for for the engine immobilizer, the brake hold light being I was told something was replaced, and OH a recall was handled. Then to come back Friday and after 4-5 hours be told the abs has to be replaced, meaning I have to come back because it has to be ordered. Then, after leaving, now the tire pressure light is on, and there appears to be enough air in each tire!! so I don't know what is going on. Note to self, don't by a car before the year it comes out. Bought this 2015 in 2014. I really think the manufacturer needs to notify consumers of these recalls. I shouldn't find out about them only after bringing the car in for an issue or an oil change.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 10/31/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that after the vehicle was started, the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the passenger side seat belt warning light flashed when the seat was vacant. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15v568000 (engine) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000. Ss.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 07/08/2015

I was on my way home from work and accelerating from a stop at a traffic light when the car seized and initially appeared to lose power. No indicator lights came on prior to the incident occurring and there were no other indicators of any problems such as smoke, a smell, or any leaks on the ground when driving or parked. After pulling the car over and opening the hood everything appeared to be fine. We were unable to diagnose the problem and had it towed to a local repair shop. The next day the repair shop called and stated there appeared to be some sort of unknown damage to the engine which caused it to completely drain of oil. Oil covered the entire area of the engine compartment underneath the casing. The mechanics at the shop were unable to get the engine to turn at all. The vehicle just had a full service at the dealership on 4/24/2015 including: oil & filter change, fuel induction service, replace engine air filter, replace cabin air filter, rotate tires, check brakes, check exhaust, suspension, belts, and hoses, top off all fluids, and multi-point inspection. At that time the car was noted in perfect working condition and no issues were annotated. The estimated cost to repair the engine is between $9,000 and $10,000, but the repair shop hasn't fully assessed the damage to the rest of the vehicle. From what I understand this should be under the extended powertrain warranty, but I'm currently going through the claims process to try and resolve this. A quick search brings up a multitude of similar cases for Hyundai Sonatas referring to catastrophic engine failure with near identical circumstances to what I experienced.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Car accelerated suddenly and could not be stopped. I was in a parking lot and backed up to leave, accidentally hitting a storage container with my rear bumper. I put car in drive to move forward and the car accelerated out of control by itself traveling fast about 30 feet. I tried to brake but could not stop the car. We hit a fence, moving the fence about 5 feet and hit the car parked on the opposite side of the fence, smashing in the passenger side of the car. We had our seat belts on and were not injured but without seat belts we would have been thrown through the windshield. I do not feel safe driving this car anymore.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 12/27/2013

Was driving 35 mph making a turn when I heard a knocking noise. Was subtle at first. Checked oil and was low. Added 1 qrt of oil. Drove home about 2 miles and knocking became extremely loud. Took it to len stoler Hyundai dealership and they stated that exhaust manifold, drive belt, pistons, and valves need to be replaced. Basically, $6300. 00 worth of work. Car is up to date on all maintenance. No other issues with car. Warranty does not cover engine damage and no help was given. I have seen many other complaints about the same engine issues. Hyundai should replace!.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 11/24/2013

Walked out of store I had been shopping in for over an hour and car was in flames. The fire investigator explained it as an electrical short that started at the main engine wire harness and melted the tubing/wiring all through the engine compartment down near passenger headlight and the melting wires/tubing/rubber dripped and ignited on a pile of leaves underneath the car in the parking space. The resulting fire and electrical burn melted all rubber plastic,external belts, wire harness, front bumper, intake manifold and any plastic rubber,fluid lids, exterior parts surrounding or attached to the engine.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 06/30/2013

The vehicle was aqua planning, the driver lost a complete control over the vehicle. The car was bouncing between road sides, left and right - 3 times. The car hit the gate rails 3 times. None of the air bags came out and the seat belts appeared not to be locked at the moment of accident. As a result the passenger's body moved freely in the car and hit the left rib and internal organs, and hit the right side of the face, including cheek bone and nose. The passenger's face was severely bruised and swollen. Besides, both driver and passenger had a whiplash.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 02/03/2013

I was driving a new 2013 Hyundai Sonata in a parking area, approaching a parking space for a straight-in parking facing a building. My speed was about 10mph. I braked continuously to slow down and stop, but nothing happened. The car went through the parking space and crashed into the brick wall facade of the building. The air bags did not deploy. The brick wall was not damaged. I had about 5 minor bruises on my right leg, and two below umbilicus (seat belt area). I also suffered from fright and emotional distress. A nearby pedestrian was cut on the ankle by crash debris that projected out sideways from the impact. The debris also scratched a car in the adjacent parking space. My insurance adjustor said that the car was a total loss from the damage.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 09/03/2012

I have several complaints regarding this vehicle. I have had this car two years and about two months and have had nothing but problems (purchased brand new) -- I've had to get a new motor (engine caught on fire (electrical/smoking) while driving down the beltway), replaced tire rod, need 4 brand new tires, transmission slipping, and other electrical problems with cooling/heating system (the blower does not work for air pointed in the floor direction), strong smell of gas fumes inside of the vehicle. The gas mileage gauge is inaccurate -- I get no where near the highway nor city miles. The gas meter is not registering. Parts on the electrical system have been randomly replaced. I have had all schedule services on my vehicle as well as extras such as special replacement filters, etc. I have also had problems with the breaking system. I believe I've purchased a complete lemon. The current mileage on the vehicle is 27700 miles. There is no way I should be having this many problems as frequently as I have been having. The car's steering pulls to the left as well. I should not have to replace tires only after two years of driving after putting nitrogen as advised. I've noticed a noise when turning the steering to the left as well as if the left tire rod or axle wants to break -- weird feeling turn the car. The alarm system is failing to lock all of the doors -- only the drivers door. -- dealers solution. . . Purchase a new one ??? really?.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 05/02/2012

On 5 occasions my car has temporarily stalled/lost power for an instant, always at freeway speed within 10 miles of my home. The sensation is as if the car had run into something heavy on the pavement. It violently pitched my wife and I forward and I expect that we would have hit the dash had we not been wearing seatbelts. After exiting the freeway in all cases, the car had barely enough acceleration to drive more than 25 mph for the couple of miles to the dealer. The dealer claims that they cannot repair a problem which they cannot duplicate. I understand this but find it difficult to believe that Hyundai has never heard of this issue before. I strongly feel that my vehicle is unsafe and needs to be repaired under the manufacturer's warranty. I am only 30,000 miles into a 100,000 mile warranty.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 05/05/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while parking, she heard a loud popping noise. When she inspected the vehicle, she noticed that the compression pulley in the engine had broken. Because of the failure, the vehicle was unable to be driven. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The current and failure mileages were approximately 71,000.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 09/03/2010

Since the day I purchased 2011 Sonata. . . I had/have burnning smell coming from engine compartment (air open to outside). Told the dealer about it and pointed to them that the drive belt has unusual wear. They check it and compared with other Sonatas with same mileage and found no unusual wear. I am ex Toyota tech. With ase certs. I have now 20k on my Sonata and they still did not correct the problem.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 15
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.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 03/10/2009

-the contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact had his vehicle repaired according to recall# 08v161000 (air bags). After the repair he noticed that when an occupant sits in the right passenger seat, the front air bag does not detect the presence of an adult. The manufacturer was notified, and a representative concluded that they are unaware of how to remedy the failure. The failure and current mileages were 35,000. Updated 11/23/09 the idler pulley bearing was replaced in the engine. Updated 11/24/09.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 07/24/2008

Good morning! I am having problems with my Sonata and I need assistance and advise. My vehicle has broke down with me on 3 occasions with the same problem. I am concerned because my warranty will be running out at 60,000 miles and I am concerned about my safety. The belt that goes from the a/c to the motor and the alternator continues to fray and burn up in pieces. At this point the car is inoperable. I was told by the Hyundai dealership that they have replaced these belts with chain belts on the new Sonata's because of this problem. Everytime I have had it repaired they told me that it would not happen again and it has happened (3) times. I contacted the Hyundai company last Thursday and no one has contacted me or made an attempt to talk with me. Thank you for your assistance with this matter. Marcia smith.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 04/04/2008

My 2006 Sonata v6 started sounding like a diesel when started after sittting for several hours. This clattering sound continues for 4-5 miles before subsiding. This starte when the car had approx. 25,000 mi. I have had it in two different dealers for a total of 6 times. They changed the timing belt tensioner a couple of times, changed an ac reed valve, and last time replaced the valve lifters, which they said were badly worn. None of these efforts fixed the problem. It continues to get worse. I am taking it in again this week for try #7.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 06/26/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle completely shut off and the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the fuel system. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for the same failure. The mechanic replaced the timing belt; however, the engine was damaged. Currently, the vehicle is inoperable and has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 94,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 06/01/2007

Numerous issues from almost day one with this car. 1) within less than a month after purchase of this vehicle, passenger airbag light was coming on even with someone weighing well over 100 lbs in seat. Dealership brushed it off as 'someone sitting in the seat incorrectly'. The light stayed on for so long, with the dealerships refusing to do anything, that we feel it eventually burned out. 2) engine light came on very early in ownership as well and dealerships refused to resolve. Had to have fuel system replaced at one point because car completely died while driving with plenty of fuel. 3) replace headlamps, brake lamps, and tag lamps on a regular basis. On at least a monthly basis we are replacing 1 or 2 lights. We've been pulled over numerous times because a light has failed. 4) driver door automatic lock no longer works. 5) airbag light on driver side came on around 2013 or 2014 and remains on. 6) passenger side visor doesn't stay up when not in use. Driver side visor is starting to do the same. 7) passenger seat belt light constantly flashes even when seat is empty.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 12/01/2006

- the contact stated that while driving the 2002 Hyundai Sonata at 45 mph the vehicle lost power without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after waiting approximately ten minutes. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic ,who advised the contact that the failure was due to the crank sensor, cam sensor, and the timing belt. The mechanic made the repairs. However, the same problem occurred the next day. The contact stated that the vehicle was then taken to the dealership, and they informed the contact the problem was due to the crank sensor, cam sensor and the timing belt. The dealership made the repairs however, the same problem continued to occur. The dealership then advised the contact that the module assy- timing and alarm system were faulty and needed to be replaced. The dealership repaired the module assy- timing and alarm system. The contact stated she has not had a problem with the vehicle since this replacement. The vehicle currently had 74000 miles.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 10/06/2006

The timing chain tensioner on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata was defective and caused the chain to gain slack causing the engine to fail.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 23
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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Failure Date: 01/28/2005

Vehicle stalled out while driving at 45 mph. Consumer pulled over to the side of the road, tried to start the vehicle, and it would not start. Vehicle was towed, and the timing belt was found to be defective.

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Failure Date: 01/06/2005

I bought this car new. Less than 4000 miles ago, I was at the dealership to correct a "check engine light" condition, which was fixed under warranty. I was told that at the mileage the car was at I needed routine service on the transmission under terms of the warranty. This was done. I was also told that my serpentine belt and spark plugs were due to be replaced. I was not reminded that my timing belt had to be inspected before 60000 miles. While driving at 65 mph, the engine stopped running. It was towed to the dealership. I was told that the timing belt had failed causing catastrophic damage to the engine and that since I now had 60255 miles on the car, and had not had the timing belt replaced, the 100000 mile warranty was void and they would not cover any damage. I was informed that the damage to the motor was more than $5000 and Hyundai was not responsible for any of that cost. Hyundai consumer affairs, after one week, still has not answered my phone calls.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 26
Failure Date: 08/19/2003

I bought my 2001 Hyundai Sonata less than 2 years ago. Since that time I have had to replace both window motors, front and rear brakes, timing belt and all tires. I would have thought that a brand new car would be trouble-free (that's why I chose Hyundai, because of the great warranty) however, it appears that is not the case. My car recently broke down on my way home from work, had to be towed and was in for repair for a week (timing belt), which was a huge inconvenience and expense for me. I am now looking for a suitable trade-in for my Hyundai and would not recommend one to friends and family members.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 27
Failure Date: 02/23/2003

The vehicle stalled, which caused the vehicle to abruptly pull. There was a vibration when the vehicle was stopped at high speeds(due to warped rotors), a tap noise was coming from the timing belt, and the vehicle would die at the speed of 60 mph. The timing belt, the broken counter balance, and the missing timing belt teeth were replaced.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 28
Failure Date: 08/27/2002

8/27/02 belt noise and burning rubber smell. The pulley belt was replaced. 1/33/03 recall on <a onmouseout="window. Status=''; return true 'automatic transmission'; return true;" onmouseout="window. Status=''; return true;">automatic transmission</a></a> would not shift out of first gear. Throttle body assembly was replaced. 9/8/03 car engine raced to 5000-6000 rpms, had to turn off ignition. Service department can find no explanation. 9/16/03 check engine light comes on. While in park, engine races to 5000 rpms. After 3 restarts at the ignition, the idle returns to normal. 9/21/03 check engine light comes on. Wait to take to dealership. 10/7/03 service department says they can find no problem. 10/23/03 check engine light comes on. Service department says there is a leak in the fill vent valve, repair. 12/18/03 recall service done. 5/9/04 check engine light comes on. Ignore, it goes off after two weeks. 8/6/04 check engine light comes on. Ignore, it goes off after two weeks. 11/4/04 while traveling on a highway, vehicle does not respond to braking. Collision occurs, acceleration continues, car spins out of control across two lanes and into a grassy field. I put it in park and shut off the ignition in order to stop the car from continuing into the fencepost. Patrolman said the throttle was open. Insurance company valued the vehicle a total loss. Recall campaign: the consumer could not slow down the vehicle. After impact the consumer stated that the engine was still racing and she was still pressing the brake. The emergency brake had to be pulled to stop the vehicle. The officer on the scene started the vehicle and the engine was still racing. Yhe battery and alternator were replaced.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 29
Failure Date: 08/08/2001

The main pulley came disconnected and fell off onto the street with no waring whatsoever. Luckily I was preparing to turn left and was stopped in the left turn lane. There was a bad thunk and shake and the car shut down. Had I been moving, it could have been a very different story, especially at highway speed. It is a brand new car, I just had the oil changed. Everything was fine, I thought. I was told that this was a serious problem that should be reported to you.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 1997 Hyundai Sonata 30
Failure Date: 06/01/2001

Consumer states the vehicle would not start, dealer said timing belt broke and caused the crank sensor and timing sensor to break, however after repairs the vehicle still would not start, consumer was informed that the problem was not with the starter, but possibly with the head.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 31
Failure Date: 02/01/2001

While driving at any speed during normal operation vehicle fails to start, problem is intermittent. Dealer has examined vehicle numerous times, and failed to remedy problem. Engine light illuminated and then vehicle began havinb problems with no power, stalling, and making noises, dealer replaced the purge control valve, however problem till continues. Brakes feel low to the floor. Center ac vents and right passenger vent broke, dealer replaced. Dealer adjusted drive belts due to being noisy.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 32
Failure Date: 11/13/1999

Air bag sensor light comes on and stays on. Consumer also stated the seatbelt light and engine light stayed on for 5 days.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 33
Failure Date: 03/12/1999

While coming to a stop sign, without any prior warnig, the tranmission drops, causing the vehicle not to go forward and the vehicle would go in reverse. Also, brakes are working intermittently, and when consumer lets his foot off the brakes there is a sqeaking noise coming from the brakes. In addition, there is a problem with the timing belt.

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car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 1997 Hyundai Sonata 34
Failure Date: 12/03/1998

Engine noise and leakage due to three collapsed lifters and front cranks seal leaking, damage to belt from oil.

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