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Engine Oil Leaking Problems of Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 28 problems related to engine oil leaking (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 11/09/2015

Oil pan has been leaking and resealed four times. After first two times the dealer replaced the pan and resealed it again. It started seeping again and I am sick of it. The oil pan has been leaking since the car had only 7000 miles on it and I bought it brand new.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 11/04/2015

My vehicle has been an issue since I purchased it. I have taken it in five times for the same issue with the sunroof leaking and damaging the interior of the vehicle. I have also taken it in for replacement of cv joints twice and as of yesterday for the third time with no resolution. When I dropped off my vehicle it was fine with no lights, no oil change light on or anything, but they called to let me know I had sludge in my engine and it is going to lock up on me. My bumper to bumper warranty will not cover it so I will need to pay out of pocket to fix the issue on a brand new car . I have also had to change my tires on the car at least eight times in the last 3 years. I purchased a warranty for tires and rims, but as usual they have loop holes. They promised I can change my rims if I had any scratches, but when I tried to change them, they have denied my request for three years. It is frustrating to know that what they promise is a lie.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

Oil leak from engine valve cover - left (front) side of 3. 3 v6. This is directly above alternator. Eventually alternator fails due to severe oil/dirt contamination. First noticed when battery light comes on at idle, showing charging problem. By then damage is done. Valve cover must be replaced along with alternator or problem will quickly recur. *there is currently a recall for Hyundai veracruz with same engine for the same problem. Sonata is not included, but a quick internet search shows this to be a common, well-known problem for many years.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 07/13/2015

My father in law who is a mechanic changed my oil on Sunday. My husband and I have one car so I left vehicle home so it could get changed. Monday 7/14/15 I drove car to work which is 10 mins from home. I drove car home from work car was fine. When my husband drove the car back from the store and he said that he went to accelerate the car did nothing. There was no warning lights or anything. My husband had to coast all the way into driveway. In October of 2014 I had the starter replaced by the dealer under warrantee and 6 recalls taken care of. During that time they had broken the whole frame of the car and I was with rental for a week and a half. So at this time I thought that the starter went again. I had to wait until Friday to take the car to the shop since I was 484 miles over warranty and had to pay for diagnostic. Left car at dealership at 8:30am. They had not gotten back to me until Monday 20, 2015. The called to tell me that it was the starter which would not be covered and OH yeah you're engine has seized, and OH yeah you're car has been leaking oil profusely. I explained that the car had not been leaking the entire time it had been sitting in my garage nor did it leak on the tow truck. And then I asked how can an engine seize at 60000 miles. They want to charge me 8000 for starter and remoded engine and 6000 for new engine and starter. I am not replacing engine with another failed engine. I am going to seek advice from lawyer. Thank heavens my husband was not driving on major highway when engine cut out. Completely ridiculous. Had salesman told me about these issues when I bought the car in March of 2014, I would not have purchase the car. I think it is a lack of ethics.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

Driving down the interstate I heard and felt a faint puddering. I looked down and my oil light was on. I was able to immediately exit. As I was going on the off ramp the check engine light came on. I was able to barely pull into a park and ride. 20 minutes later oil was everywhere. The car never overheated, and there was a trail of oil from the road to my car. Since I had taken it to the get the oil changed just on the 5th of may, just 10 days earlier. I had the car towed to that facility. The piston internally slammed through the engine punching a hole in the engine wall, and leaking oil from the engine. The engine did not cease. Pieces and parts of bolts and side wall were found by the mechanic.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 03/20/2015

Driving down hwy @65mph. Car lost power. Was able to get to side of road. Car smelled and smoking. Checked oil. . . 2 liters low. Had oil changed 1000 miles ago. No oil light came on. Have been routinely checking my oil because 2 weeks after oil changed had car serviced for brakes and mechanic checked oil and was low. He put oil in. No oil leaks anywhere. Now I have to pay 4500 for another 2011 Hyundai Sonata engine which I really don't want to put it because there is obviously a problem with this engine and replacing with the same I will end up with the same problem.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

Oil leaked from valve cover onto alternator. Engine stalled and left me stranded on rural mountain road. Finally got towed home. Mechanic says it will cost nearly $1000 to replace valve cover gaskets and alternator. Car is 2006 Hyundai Sonata with 3. 3l 6cyl engine. I believe that this is the same engine and same problem that prompted the recall on 2007 Hyundai veracruz NHTSA campaign number: 14v415000. The existing recall should be expanded to include more Hyundai vehicle models that exhibit the same problem.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 12/06/2014

Tell us what happened: bought vehicle new and regularly had serviced by dealer. Vehicle died without any warning coming off highway and I had to turn flashers on and place in park to restart. Engine started knocking with no warning and no warning lights illuminated. Had towed to dealer and was told engine had no oil and requires an engine change. Where did it go? there has never been any signs of smoke, burning smell or leaks anywhere and no warning lights ever giving indication of a low oil or low oil pressure indication nor any other engine light warning. Now dealer says we have to convince regional manager that this was not neglect on our part to have covered under the 100,000 mile power-train warranty.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 10/04/2014

I purchased the 2011 Sonata certified used, plus I purchased the extended warranty. I was exiting the freeway when the car just died, no sounds, no warning, no check engine lights, nothing. I was able to coast to a gas station and I noticed a little smoke coming from the engine. I had it towed to a dealership and 2 days later they called & told me the engine seized, but the oil was only about half a quart low. The dealership wouldn¿t honor the powertrain warranty because they said it's limited to 60k miles (i¿m the 2nd owner & my car had 66k miles). I filed a claim with extended warranty service and they sent out an inspector. His finding was it was 2-3 quarts low, there was "sludge and metal bits" in the oil and we'd need a new engine. Because I couldn¿t produce the receipt from my last oil change, they cited owner neglect and denied the claim. I used royal purple synthetic oil (and have used this same oil for the past 15 yrs in all my vehicles). I changed my own oil in July, approximately 3 months prior. Note: there was never any oil leaks or stains on the driveway, no low oil/engine light at all. To replace the engine, it was going to cost around $6000. 00. I couldn¿t afford that, so I ended up having to get another car. Which sucks because now I am paying 2 car notes, on 2 cars, but I am only able to drive one. I don¿t want to mess my credit up by letting it go back, so i¿m really trying to hold on to it as long as I can, but I really don¿t know when i¿m going to have the extra $$ to get a new engine put in.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 08/15/2014

Engine died while driving. The cause was alternator failure due to oil leak from front valve cover. This is a 2008 Hyundai Sonata 2008 with 3. 3 liters v6.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Driving while using cruise control at approximately 65 mph the check engine, air bag, and e. S. C light illuminated. Also, a simultaneous internal engine explosion resulted in an instant fire as well as a rod thrown from the vehicle damaging block and setting the car on fire from a resulting massive oil leak. There was no prior damage leading up to the incident nor any indication to my knowledge that there were any concerns with my car till it was too late unfortunately.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

The system warning lamps illuminated, then the engine shut off and would not restart. Evaluation showed that the alternator had failed and was covered with engine oil which had leaked from the front valve cover gasket onto the alternator. This failure is the same as NHTSA campaign number 14v415000, which covers another Hyundai vehicle.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 04/25/2014

Driving approximately 50 mph when I heard pop. Smoke came from under hood. Pulled over. Popped hood. Smoke coming from engine. Checked dipstick and no oil. Never had oil leak. No oil light ever came on. No no check engine light. No overheat or hot engine light. Just a small fire underneath the engine on ground. Bought oil that just leaked immediately after putting in. No warning. No signals. No alerts. Blown engine. They want $5300 for a used engine.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

Cars valve cover and or timing cover leaks on the alternator causing the alternator to be "soaked with oil "(dealers words). At any time thereafter the alternator could fail causing the engine to stall and causing injury. Hyundai refuses to replace the alternator but is replacing the alternator in the 07-12 Hyundai veracruz under recall with the same engine design and the same alternator placement. I have 2 cars an 08 and an 07 Sonata that both had the same problem. Why does Hyundai want to recall the veracruz and not the Hyundai with the same problem? the car has been in 3 times for inspection and a call to Hyundai on 04-13-2014. Hyundai refuses to replace the alternator.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 03/24/2014

Oil pan rusting out. A lot of engine motor oil seeping out of entire oil pan. Professional mechanic states this is not normal wear and tear at this low mileage. Eventually oil will leak out causing engine to seize and fail.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 03/07/2014

There is an existing recall for the Hyundai veracruz (which also uses the Hyundai lambada engine). There is an issue with the valve cover leaking oil onto the alternator, causing the alternator to fail. This happened to my car a year ago (approx), and I paid to have the repair done. The leaking issue is starting to surface again, which caused me to look online for how widespread this issue was. That was when I discovered the veracruz recall.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 01/30/2014

This is a new Hyundai Sonata 2015. The engine check light came on and the engine started running erratically. The following symptoms can be a safety concerns: 1. Sometimes when idling at intersection the engine rpm goes up all of a sudden and the car starts moving forward and only a stronger push on the brakes stops the car from crashing into the vehicle ahead or running a red light. 2. When driving on highway the car lacks power even if the gas pedal is depressed all the way into the floor. This prevents the car from properly accelerating when merging into incoming traffic. I took the car to the dealership and they identified the issue is "cam cover leaking" and "oil coming through the oil seal making the motor do weird things". These are the quotes from the paper I got from the dealer. The car spent 2 weeks with the dealer. They replaced the cam cover. But 2 days later the problem appeared again. I'm afraid of driving this car now, because engine behaves erratically. And this car only has 3500 miles on it.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 11/28/2013

On thanksgiving evening November 28, 2013 @ 7:30 pm, my 2011 Hyundai Sonata that I purchased new, caught fire on I 95 while driving it. The car has only 30,350 miles and is properly maintained and garage kept. The vehicle had the oil and filter replaced 5 days earlier and there are no signs of any fluids leaking in the garage. There were no warning lights that came on and the temperature gauge read as normal until just before the engine shut off (then all the dash lights came on) and we pulled over onto the shoulder of a busy highway at night. I raised the hood, smoke poured out and I could see small flames under the engine. Minutes later the flames were 20 feet high and the entire car burned until fire trucks and police arrived on the scene. The vehicle is a total loss.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 11/24/2013

No oil in the engine. No indication of oil leakage. No low oil pressure or low oil light indicating there was a problem with low oil. The Hyundai dealership has told me I need a new engine. The was no indication that there was a problem with the car until the car suddenly stopped functioning. This is a problem with this automobile. I've seen the same type of complaints on the internet. The Hyundai Sonata should be recalled to fix the malfunctioning warning system indicating that there is a problem with low oil pressure or low oil level.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 08/31/2013

I purchased my vehicle in April 2012. Car has been serviced only by brandon Hyundai service center. Last service was done on 7/25/2014. On August 31st my car cut off while driving. Car was towed to brandon Hyundai. On sept 5, I received a call from service dept saying diagnosis found the engine was locked up. They couldn't tell me why because it had oil and no leaks. It would have to broken down to find out why engine locked up which would cost me $500-$600. Also, a used engine would cost me $6200. On 9/15/14, I called Hyundai customer service at 12:27pm and spoke to esperanze. I explained to her my situation. She advised me to call back with id# and speak to a case manager. At 12:29pm, I called back and spoke to case mgr mariatta. She stated she could do nothing for me and referred me back to the dealership to have diagnosis done. I explained to her that I didn't have $600 to pay for diagnosis. Case#6878995. She stated that maybe dealership could help me with some arrangements since warranty recently expired and told me to have a good day. I am currently driving a loaner car. I need Hyundai to take responsibility and please get my car repaired or another car. Thanks so much!.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 08/10/2013

First time noticed that the oil pan is leaking at 15,042 miles. Took the car to the dealership and they resealed it under warranty. Started leaking again at 22,566 miles and took it to the dealership. This time they replaced the oil pan and resealed it again under the warranty. I just noticed it that it's leaking again at 30,660 miles. I am really concerned that this brand new car is leaking oil like this. Also, I strongly feel that the fix is not addressing the underlying issue which may be something else. I think Hyundai needs to look at this issue closely and must come up with a permanent solid fix. I have been reading on the Hyundai Sonata forum that many are facing the same problem. I am surprise that there is no recall for this yet. This is my first and last Hyundai.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 03/19/2013

2011 Sonata turbo purchased brand new by a family member maintained and garage kept. In March of 2013 and with 76,364 miles on the car I experienced what Hyundai categorized as a catastrophic engine failure. There was no indication of any problem, no warning lights, the engine spun a rod bearing and threw a piston rod through the block. The vehicle was towed to a dealership, assessed and determined that the engine would require replacement. During the repairs, a long block engine was put in the vehicle and when cranked at the dealership, vibrated so bad that they determined the replacement engine was not functional. A 3rd engine was placed in the car and at 85,960 miles on July 29, 2013 the 3rd engine did the same thing as the first engine, no warning lights, no indication anything was wrong, spun a rod bearing and threw the same location cylinder piston rod threw the block and in this catastrophic engine failure, the car caught on fire. Fortunately it did put itself out. Vehicle was towed to a different Hyundai dealership, assessed and determined an engine replacement was required. Hyundai is still unable to determine the cause for both catastrophic engine failures. 24 hours after the vehicle was returned w/ replacement motor, my garage floor and driveway were covered in motor oil. I was told by the dealership to fill the oil level and drive the car in for assessment. It was determined that the oil sending unit tube was not properly threaded into the engine block, causing the leak. The dealership said the engine came from the factory that way although they did make the repair. Now the car is out of warranty (surpassing the 100,000 miles) and I am left wondering how long this engine will last and how much a replacement will cost me. After consulting an attorney Hyundai is only willing to settle this for about 1500. 00 (not including legal fees).

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 12/16/2011

Oil leaking down from timing cover onto alternator and down to oil pan found during routine oil change. Took to one dealer, was told no leak. Took back to my mechanic, took pictures, took to another dealer and was repaired. Found timing cover leaking, remove timing cover, v/c gaskets and pump gaskets.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 11/14/2011

Valve cover gasket and timing cover leaking oil on the the alternator. Was fixed by a Hyundai dealership in August 2013 for ~$1,800 (including an new alternator). Now experiencing the same oil leak onto the new alternator just over a year and a half later and less than 20,000 miles later. 5npeu46f26h038399 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3. 3l v6. Why has there not been a recall for this and why are dealerships only trained to fix the resulting symptoms and not the underlying problem that caused the leak to start?.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 04/01/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the engine oil leaked and damaged the alternator. A mechanic replaced the alternator but the oil leak was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the failure was caused by the engine casing. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000 and the current mileage was approximately 100,000.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 26
Failure Date: 09/09/2008

New car was delivered to me with a major engine oil leak. Could have resulted in engine failure and loss of control of car. Car has been in dealers garage for 10 days with no repair yet made.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2000 Hyundai Sonata 27
Failure Date: 06/06/2003

I had my bearings replaced, my rear hub bearings. Now it is making to same noise and they now say it is not the bearings-they do not know what it is! my car idle sounds like is going to stall all the time when I am stopped. The car pulls around 5,20 and 50 mph like it just cannot get gas or the transmission is bad. I brought it in 2xs. They say they do not know what it is and cannot get anything on the diag machines. Now I am passed 60,000 miles. After having my car for 2 days (giving me no lender or rental) they found a problem at the last minute. Oil leaked from the valves into the spark plug wires into the coil pack and that is the car pulling problem. They say I have to pay $600 to fix it. This was on June 6,2003. I brought the car in for the idle which was not fixed and brought it in for this engine hesitation 2xs. Both times they did not and couldnot fix these problems. I have the receipts that they could not fix nor repeat these problems, but they are noted. I should not have to pay for these repairs!!!! this is not daily upkeep!! this must be defect!! I have a real problem with this car! I need to be contacted on this matter for Hyundai to pay for these repairs! I am having a difficult time on this matter. These parts need to be replaced now and I cannot and shouldn't have to pay for these parts or labor! I also have had my front driver window regulator fixed 4 times, my front passenger side regulator fixed once, my rear regulator fixed once. I had to buy a new battery for my car and a new headlight in the first year(Hyundai said I had to submit paperwork to see if they would vote to repay me for my cost of the battery). I had my air bag light going off(which now I never trust for it to go off when needed or even go off when not ). My paint is chipping everywhere! my front passenger window leaks all over my carpet inside floor. And many more problems! thank you, darlene liddane dliddane@earthlink. Net 941-637-0802.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 28
Failure Date: 02/01/2002

Engine was leaking oil on top and underneath vehicle. Transmission is slipping. Vehicle will not move. Dealership is aware of problem.

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