Starter Problems of Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 27 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 06/18/2016

Did some research and from what I've been reading my 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2. 4l is affected by the "starter lever" recall. I went to turn my car on the other day and it wouldn't turn on and just made a hissing sound as I turned the key. Went to the auto parts store to have my starter tested and it failed on the diagnostic right away. I need my started fixed and replaced so my car doesn't die on the freeway! had to turn my key and try start the car at least 10 times before it would crank over.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 04/27/2016

While driving 45mph I experience my steering wheel shaking and it leaves the vehicle hard to control and it pulls to the right. I then started to experience my car not starting after sitting for not even 5 minutes and this has been occurring for 2 days. I took my car to the local dealership and was advised that I needed to replace the starter lever and steering coupler. Both of these are common defects of this model and has been recalled in the past. I called Hyundai today and was told that I am now responsible for the cost of the repairs regardless of what happened in the past. The repairs are going to cost me a little over $600. 00 when the parts are plastic and wouldn't cost more than $20. 00. A complaint has been filed with the bbb as well. . . This is a major safety issue on this vehicle and the manufacture needs to do a better job at building these parts.

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

Bought car new , at 30,000 mile starter replaced [ could not turn key in ignition] . That was covered by warranty . At 63,000 miles igntion went [ again unable to turn key to start car ] and I was stranded with vehicle. --this time approx $650. 00 I for repairs . I have heard /read there is a history fo this kind of problem . Hyundai did give me a $200. Credit toward next repair . With my age and being widowed I really would like to feel confident that this car is going to be safe for me . I just don't think with the amount of mileage that these problems should have existed . Are they using inferior parts ??.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 12/25/2015

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact had to coast the vehicle over to the side of the road and was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was a catastrophic motor failure and that the dealer needed to provide a repair. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15v568000 (engine). The vehicle was kept at the dealer for longer than two months. The dealer replaced the part for the recall repair, but the failure recurred. The contact was informed that the motor and starter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 10/26/2015

Car would not start. Towed. Starter lever failed. This is known issue as stated by tow driver, Hyundai rep, and hundreds of owners complaining of this exact issue on internet. Occurred just out of warranty.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 09/21/2015

11/20/steering column shaft. 5/18/brake switch. Car will not start or shift out of gear. C1513 code. Internal short in brake switch. 3/26/brake switch. Car will not start. C1513 code. Internal short in brake switch. Shift lever knob repl. 8/5/brake switch. Recall. Repl left front axle assembly. 7/7/inhib switch-check engine light on. Car is shifting hard, especially from p-r & then to d. Jolting sensation like someone hit from behind. Code p0705-transm range sensor malf. 10/1/ brake tube. Shift lever cable. 10/16/code p0106: map sensor. Flexible coupling-clicking sound & wobbling when turning. Told me I was over 70k. Indicated I was under 70k when I made this appt. Mgr waived cost. 2/26/starter-would not start-towed. 5/15/rear passenger brake light-bulb burned out & melted into socket. Tail lamp also melted. Tech was able to heat & reshape socket. 8/3/brake light switch-car dead after work. Internal malfunction & caused brake lights to stay on. Hesitation during acceleration. Declined accurate auto to look further as car is still under warranty so I will take it to hub. It improved. 8/25/brake light switch. Severe hesitation-almost rear-ended –felt like it would stall (tech noticed). Informed accurate the car was still under warranty so I will take it to hub. Hesitation improved. 8/27/diag testing-hub waived cost of diag testing-no codes found. Unable to duplicate hesitation. Hesitation occurred when leaving. 9/21/brake light switch-brake lights on. Drive side brake light is out. Hesitation worse-felt as if it would stall! driver side brake lamp bulb. Driver side tail lamp overheated & warped. Eventually replace tail lamp assembly. Declined for accurate to do further testing on the hesitation as the car was still under warranty so I will take it back to hub. Hesitation improved. To date, still does not run smooth.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 07/24/2015

On a couple of separate incidents, the gear disappear. I was driving on d, the gear was on d, but after several miles the gear disappear. I pulled over to park the car, I put the car on reverse, but the gear was not visible. I turned the car off and turned it back on, I could see the gear then. This has happened a couple of times. A couple of weeks after this happened, the car did not start at all. The car ended up starting after it was towed to the dealership. Apart from this issue I've been at the dealership for several other issues. Starter, axles, the key ignition switch, sensors, etc. It's been very time consuming and expensive.

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 07/14/2015

My car won't start. It sounds like it tries to start then all you hear is the starter spinning. I had my vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai dealership. The service advisor at the dealership explained that the starter lever arm need to be replaced. The plastic part is known to be faulty, and Hyundai refuses to perform a recall to replace the plastic part with a metal part. To make matters worse-the starter lever arm cost about $8. 15 to replace however the dealership insist on charging $400 to replace the broken plastic lever arm. I am a second owner, and have 75k miles on my vehicle; therefore I do not have a warranty on the part.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 05/08/2015

Vehicle stopped functioning at 60 mph on an interstate on a Friday night. Had to coast to side of road dodging other cars. Tried to restart vehicle with no luck. Electrical started going haywire. Interior lights started flashing as well as dashboard lights. Smoke was coming from hood of car. Within 20 minutes a road ranger checked the status of the car and said all fluids looked good. Battery tested good. But was unable to get vehicle to start. Two hours later it was towed to a Hyundai dealership. Was told it appears to be the engine but was told they replaced the starter first because they thought it was that. Finally, told it was the engine and it would need to be replaced. Thankfully it is still under warranty. It's last service was the middle of April. They told me that the steering is possibly going on it. They reported a knocking noise. Nothing has been done to steering as of yet but now that they will have car for up to 3 weeks will probably have them check that too especially after reading many of the complaints on this and other websites.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 04/21/2015

Experienced issue with my Hyundai Sonata 2011 not starting and heard a clicking noise. Towed vehicle to local Hyundai dealership (where purchased). Service report on April 21,2015 indicated starter fork had failed. Cost of labor was $112. 50 and plastic fork $8. 13. Plus towing cost this is needs to be investigated for root cause and corrective actions. Per service department this was not covered under drivetrain warranty. This part should not be failing after only 77,213 miles. The long term reliability of this vehicle is a concern with rising and mounting labor cost. How long will this fork last? how did this part pass the Hyundai development and product validation automotive testing? or is this a manufacturing defect issue after release ? this is another known issue that is being reported by Sonata 2011 owners and not being addressed it is poor when the towing service person knew what the issue was. As he has towed several Sonatas with same issue.

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 02/17/2015

After vehicle engine was running the starter motor engaged while the engine was running. The vehicle was idle parked the shift position lever was in the park position. The starter motor will engage on it's own in the park position and in the neutral position. The stater motor will also engage and crank the the vehicle engine in the drive or reverse positions this symptom developed later. I had a certified mechanic look at the vehicle and he said the ignition switch was defective and will have to be replaced. I check for recall information online and found no reference to the problem.

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 01/05/2015

The car was in the driveway warming up and caught fire it burned up the starter and starter assembly, the battery wire harness and the manifold. All of this has to be replaced before we can assess any other damages or run a diagnostic.

car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 12/23/2014

Starter and battery needed to be replaced on 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Not covered by my warranty.

car image   Starter problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 07/02/2014

I was turning on to smith switch road in ashburn virginia from waxpool road. I reached to turn on the emergency flashers due to bicyclist on the roadway and I bumped the starter switch for the car and it shut the car off while it was still in motion. This caused the steering to be heavy and brakes very hard to use. Luckily I was able to coast off the road without an accident. I had to stop the vehicle totally and put back into park before it would start again and it would not start again while it was coasting. I tried and it didn't work.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 06/23/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact mentioned that the push button start failed to work and that the dealer replaced the starter once before the contact owned the vehicle and when the failure was experienced the the contact had the starter replaced by a repair shop but the failure continued. The push button start randomly failed to work. The vehicle was to be taken back to the repair shop for further inspection, diagnosis and repair. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15v568000 (engine) but has not received notification of the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51174. Parts distribution disconnect. Dyd.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

In February 2014 we started having issues with the car not starting at all. We would put our foot on the break and press the button and it just sits there. I have been stranded at many locations until it decided to crank. I called rick case in roswell GA and was told to bring it in if it does it again. Now the next thing that started to happen was the transmission lights p, r, n and d would start flashing and go blank as we were driving then you could feel the car loose power. I was told by the dealership to pull over and restart the car so this went on for a bit until it finally quit starting and sat in the garage for the tow truck who had to use a screw driver and it slipped into r easily because it wont start. Went to the dealership they could not get it started and kept it for many days saying everything is fine we think the starter was going and we had bought an extended warranty and they told us it does not cover that so we had to come up with $552,77. I am not working now due to cushing disease so we are down to one car. My husband had to get rides to work daily. I also found it very odd that the manager made us sign a form stating we would not bring this car back with the same issue again. The car is still acting up so we are not sure what to do. We do like the car and would trade it in but we are upside down and the payments would be so much. We feel we do need to get our money back because I truly believe it was not the starter. Please advise on what to do with a car we are now scared to drive. My son is 16 and this would be his car but not know. Thank you they gave me case#6773211.

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 09/19/2013

Came out to work parking lot. Car would not start. Battery was failing, not dead. Replaced battery [with duralast battery (autozone - 09/19/2013) - $115]; did not resolve issue. Starter was tested and had failed. Replaced the starter [with duralast starter (autozone - 09/20/2013) - $267. 11]; resolved the issue.

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 04/22/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when attempted to turn on the vehicle, it failed turn on. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop for diagnostic, where it was determined the starter had failed. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the starter. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 68,000. The current mileage was 70,500.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 02/25/2013

I bought a 2011 Hyundai Sonata in March of 2010 brand new. I have had problems with the tires had to be replaced after year two, and when they were being replaced they said that the air valve on the tire was corroded when I went to Hyundai to get the part replaced they said that it wasn't corroded it was broke off because there wan't a cap on it and it got wet. So, they said that I had to buy a new one, and they would send it up under the warranty and I would be refunded that did not happen. After that my push start would not start when I pushed it. I would have to push it about three times and then it would finally start. I took it to Hyundai, and had it replaced not under warranty any more is what they told me. So I paid the 287. 00 for it. After I got it home and went into grab something came back out and it did it again. Took it back to gateway Hyundai in richmond to have it fixed and they said it needed a nother starter. I didn't have to pay for the part but I was going to have to pay for the labor. Nope didn't get it fixed. I would just start it three times instead. Then I had to replace the brakes last year 2012 because it wore only on one side, and now the engine blew a rod. They claimed that it was because of not having enough oil in it, but then told me I had a quart to much of oil. Now really does that make any sense? this is absolutely ridiculous. Then they told me I could trade it in for a new Hyundai but would have to put $5000. 00 down on it which is convienantly the amount they quoted me to have my engine fixed because they said it wasn't under warranty because I hadn't kept all my receipts for oil changes for the past three years.

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 02/02/2013

Around Feb of this year, my car battery died and I got it replaced with a new one. Soon after I started experiencing an additional grinding noise that would occur sometimes after start up. Upon investigation, I was told it was the starter by Hyundai. I took my car to my mechanic however and was told that it was the ignition switch selector, that it had gone bad and that it needed to be replaced. I hope this solves the problem.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 08/26/2012

Vehicle engine was shut off in a construction zone, waiting for line to move. Engine (push button start) would not engage, thus causing major traffic issues. Everything done according to manual trying to get starter to engage. Engine starter finally engaged after setting for sometime. This is the third occurrence of this same problem. Suspect linkage between brake sensor and start button. Could be a serious safety issue.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 08/25/2012

Would not start, lights worked. Tow truck driver checked battery,alternator, suspected starter. Towed over 100 miles home. (contacted Hyundai road service, only tows to dealer. ) called dealer to check if covered under warranty. Informed it was not. Towed to local mechanic who checked charging system and found alternator and battery good, but starter was bad. Removed and installed a new Hyundai starter. Re the America's best warranty 60/000-100,000: one would think that Hyundai would have covered this replacement with only 52 miles over 60,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 06/14/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start when attempting to turn the vehicle on. Also the contact stated that the brake lights and head lights failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed the stop brake lamp and starter motor needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000. Sr.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 04/26/2010

2011 Hyundai Sonata se 16 days old, 2018 miles: car has an "intermittent starting problem". It has left my wife stranded at work 3 times, two of those times in a deserted parking lot after hours, once at the dealer when I was called to pick it up. It has now been out of service for 18. 5 days since April 26, 2010. It has been taken to the dealer four times since April 26, 2010 and remains there at this time. Dealer has confirmed battery is always at full charge, they have changed both starter system relays, replaced the starter, checked transmission neutral position sensors. Safety issue: leaving a female driver in an unsafe and unprotected situation. Due to the non starting issue.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 12/14/2008

The battery is often drained and continues to do so all the time I've researched it on the internet and many owners of the 2002 have the same problem, possibly the ignition switch relay. Many have replaced battery, alternator and problems continue. My car is currently draining and dying all the time I have purchased a jump starter for my car. I have to jump my car every time I use it.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 26
Failure Date: 08/22/2000

Vehicle repair log states car exhibits a no start condition.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 27
Failure Date: 08/22/2000

Vehicle repair log states car exhibits a no start condition.

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