Starter Problems of Hyundai Sonata - part 1

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 40 problems related to starter (under the electrical system 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   Starter problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 09/13/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. When the contact attempted to use the key fob, it failed to open any of the doors on the vehicle. Also, the vehicle failed to start. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the starter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17v226000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 67,672.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 09/02/2017

Had to get 3 starters and 2 batteries for this vehicle do to the ignition being bad. And we just figured it out. It's would start and go. But over time it would give out and I've been stranded a couple of time with this problem.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 05/07/2017

I own a 2011 Hyundai Sonata se 2. 4 liter sedan which I purchased in March 2011. I have encountered no issues with engine stalling or hesitation. On Sunday, 05/07/17, without warning, the vehicle (mileage 57,880) would not start. The next day, the vehicle was towed from my driveway to the pearson Hyundai dealership for a $109 diagnostic inspection. Tuesday morning troy, the service technician, called to inform me that the car needed a starter. The cost for parts and labor would be $650/new or $250/rebuilt. I read numerous forums where consumers reference starter malfunction at low mileage. Clearly, there is an ongoing issue with the starter on this vehicle. The manufacturer should take responsibility and replace the starters at no cost to the consumer.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 02/08/2017

While driving in the city heading to the store the car just shuts right off and starts smoking I tried to restart it but still wouldn't start so I installed new battery tried to restart again ,but when I did I saw smoke come out from the engine again,the smoke smelled electrical so believe it was a bad (starter)part made out of plastic.

car image   Starter problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 11/02/2016

One morning on my way to work, I placed the key in the ignition switch and tried to start the vehicle, but it would not start. I turned the key over several times and it finally started up. This happened on several different occasions whether I was at home, work, or anywhere in public. I thought it was the starter based on my experience with other vehicles and I was going to have it replaced. Then I started having issues getting into the car. I would try to unlock the driver�s door with the key and it would not unlock the first time. I would have to unlock it again (essentially unlocking all of the doors) and then they would lock. I also started having issues locking the car doors from inside the car. I would press the lock switch on the driver's door and all of the doors would lock except for the driver�s door. It only locks if I manually push the lock switch. I decided to research the issue so I went and read some online discussion boards. There were hundreds of people who had the same issue and I figured that perhaps it was a bad sensor so I took the car to a Hyundai dealer. I asked them to diagnose the problem and they came back and said that the electrical system needed to be replaced. They told me that eventually I would not be able to use the key and that I might not be able to get in the car or start it again because of this issue. On a separate issue, whenever it rains water gets in the trunk gate. When I lift the trunk gate up water comes running down into the trunk. I have had to lift it up one quarter, then half way, then three quarters way allowing water to run down along the track and out of the trunk gate. If I am luck only a handful of water ever makes it into the trunk.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 10/28/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact experienced issues starting the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed as needing a new starter. The warning lights did not illuminate. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not under warranty according to Hyundai. The vehicle was at the dealer and the part was not ordered. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 10/09/2016

When you turn the key over everything comes on and everything works except the starter. I have replaced 3 starters and the car doesn't even have 103,000 miles on it. I turned the car off outside of the store. I came back out turned the key and nothing. I was stranded again! I'm thinking it's something else.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 07/31/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was stopped in traffic, the engine stalled and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not able to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator and starter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 2011 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 12/27/2014

Tl the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the key failed to turn in the ignition to start the vehicle, and it stalled several times without warning. The vehicle was taken to rick case Hyundai (3180 satellite boulevard NW, duluth, GA 30096, (678) 321-1584) for an unknown electrical system recall. The dealer stated that the recall repair was performed, but it failed to provide a permanent solution. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on four occasions to have the starter replaced. The dealer indicated that the starter needed to be replaced a fifth time. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall and suggested that the vehicle be repaired by the dealer again. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 22
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 2011 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 10/22/2014

My car would have trouble starting, I would turn on the car but the engine wouldn't start, the lights and radio would turn on and nothing. After the starter being installed on 10/22/2014 the car was fine but then it happened again this year and had the starter replaced again. Then it happened later again and finally had the neutral safety start inhibitor switch replaced. My airbag light turns on and now I have to replace the clockspring. I have other issues with this car like for example my front drive axels being deformed which causes a rattling nose when I turn while driving. I would hear clicking noses on the steering column and had the steering coupling replaced. So far as of 8/12/2016 I have had 15 recalls and I have one to do next week. I'm driving a death trap.

car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 09/15/2014

Over the five years the car will stall in parking lot. Will have it towed to dealer. This happen two times this year. They could not find problem. Could not use battery to start,battery checked it was fine, starter fine,alternator fine. It made me feel uneasy if it stalled on road. They checked engine said it was fine. Not happy with this. The last at my kroger it stopped. Towed to repair shop near home same result,could not find problem. Each time when car sat overnight for repair the problem went away and car started ok by dealer.

car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 09/04/2014

I purchased the car in June 2014 it was used and had 38,940 miles. I've had to buy three 3 starters & 1 battery since I bought it. The mechanic in florida stated there was an electrical issue which was shorting out my starter/battery. I took the car to rick case Hyundai in plantation, FL, after the first starter died, I do not recall the exact date and they told me to get a refund from Hyundai as it was still under warranty. I would have been between sept. -Dec. 2014. I have only been reimbursed $310. 00 from Hyundai to date for the first starter. I get my oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles. I took the car to lithia Hyundai in fresno twice, Jan. 2016 for recall 132 � they claimed nothing is wrong. Seven months later I have the same issue. First complaint, while driving the car home last night the car slowed down and stalled while driving; I had to tap the gas pedal several times and the car took off. This happened on a busy road with cars around. When backing the car, there is a knocking noise. This morning, the car did the same thing on my way to work and I almost had an accident, because it would slow down while my foot is on the gas pedal � it was like I am running out of gas and I have the tank almost full. It would take off again after tapping the gas pedal several times. This was on a very busy road with a lot of cars. My fianc� took the car August 2016 to visalia Hyundai and they tried to claim my car/VIN # does not show it as being under recall. I had to pay $81. 00 to get that fixed and that issue was part of a recall as well but I was told my VIN # did not show up for it. I have had electrical issues and engine issues with this vehicle since 2014 & Hyundai has done nothing. I brought my vehicle to the dealer while still under warranty, they failed to do anything. I've paid a lot of $$$ monthly for this car & on repairs for a car that isn't safe.

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