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Steering Column Problems of Hyundai Sonata - part 1

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 154 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 10/17/2016

Steering wheel makes loud clicking sounds when turned or when the vehicle goes over a bump or down a hill. I took the vehicle to a Hyundai dealership for service today and was told that this is a common problem with the mechanics of the steering column.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 10/08/2016

Clunking sound caused by the steering column coupler when turning or going over bumps on a city street. Steering is wiggling itself and loose.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 10/07/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph, the steering column made a loud clunking noise. At 40 mph, the contact stated that it was difficult to turn the steering wheel and that the vehicle jerked to the right of the road. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 09/30/2016

Recently took the vehicle in for a recall on the power steering system and at the same time said the presenting problem with steering was a clicking in the steering column when turned a few degrees left or right from center. They noted this was the steering coupler covered under a TSB 14-st-002-1. The service manager had drawer with a number of worn out rubber steering couplers that he noted was a very common problem and was potentially dangerous. He noted Hyundai had changed to an abs part for replacement. Based on the flawed design, it appears there would be close to a 100% failure rate at some point on the part.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 09/28/2016

There is a clunking sound in steering column when turning the wheel while stationary and in motion. Also, there is a loud rattling sound in the steering column when going over any bumps at any speed, which has progressively worsened to the point where it sounds as if the steering column is going to disconnect. I was afraid to drive the car for fear of losing control of steering. The dealership said it was the coupler, which is an issue they have been repairing a lot. The part cost $3, but the process is labor intensive, so the total bill was over $300.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 09/09/2016

I took my vehicle in for a recall in the power steering. A few days later, there was a clunking sound when I turned my steering wheel when car was not inmotion. On the freeway, when exceeding speed of 65mph, my steering wheel violently shook and felt like I was loosing control of the car. Took it back to Hyundai and they said this was not because of the recall work they did and a coincidence. I strongly disagree! they charged me $500. 00 to replace the steering column/coupler.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 09/08/2016

My driver side tail light fell out of the casing, driving down the highway during the summer of 2015. Luckily, the wires kept it holding on or it would have flown into traffic. Now, a bit over a year later, in September of 2016, and out of warranty, the passenger side has done the same thing. The dealership refuses to do anything since I am out of warranty. According to Hyundai forums, there are a lot of cars that are having this issue. . Read more...

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 09/07/2016

I noticed a clunking sound when turing the steering wheel. After researching this problem I found this to be common complaint due to power steering coupling going bad, Sonata has a TSB 14-st-002-1 regarding this problem. The TSB says there is no steering performance issues associated with this condition. I strongly disagree with this statement. The degraded coupler introduced play or wiggle room in the connection between the steering wheel and the front tires. When the car is parked, you can rock the steering wheel back & forth to hear the clunking noise. When this is done, you can tell the steering wheel was moving further than it should without the wheels moving. Also you hear and feel the clunking sound at low speeds turning the steering wheel back and forth. You can feel loose playing in the steering wheel before the tires move in either direction. I believe this issue is very much a safety concern and should be a recall. Also I feel this should have been part of the safety recall for the column shaft ecu replacement since it is a safety concern issue with the steering system.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 09/06/2016

I purchased my Hyundai Sonata on 12/31/2010. It has 39,000 miles on it now. Hendrick Hyundai of charleston SC has informed me the steering column coupler needs to be replaced and has quoted me a repair cost of $243. I declined their offer of repair, but have become concerned as the steering has begun to exhibit an increasingly loose feeling. Following my inquiry to consumer affairs at Hyundai motor America, I have been informed this would have been covered under their 5 year 60,000 miles warranty, but since my vehicle is beyond the 5 year period, the warranty does not apply. As a result of my internet search, I have found this part was part of a recall for VIN numbers not including mine, and that there have been numerous complaints filed with NHTSA about this issue. I suspect the fault with the part failure lies with Hyundai, and I resent having to pay for the repair, which I now intend to have the dealer perform because I am concerned about the safety risk. . I further resent that Hyundai has not been more pro-active about a repair issue that I suspect could be life-threatening should steering be lost at highway speed, resulting in a crash.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 09/05/2016

The steering column makes a rattling noise when car is in motion making turns/bumps in road. I feel this is a safety issue/defect that Hyundai should correct at their expense. I have heard of this becoming a major issue with this model. I do not feel this is something to be taken lightly as this is not something that would be considered normal wear. Hyundai is aware of the problem but is not willing to correct this defected part.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

Steering column has become loose when turned. Rattles back and forth when turning. After numerous stops at car repair places, finally found a place in a very tiny town who knew exactly what was wrong. This is the third car they have said yhey have repaired. Hyundai apparently knows this is an issue as this shop had to wait as the part was seriously back ordered. Fortunately they ordered extras as the owners mother has the same vehicle. Just waiting for hers to fall apart. He also showed me the new part(cog wheel) ad an old chewed up one off a repair. Hyundai needs to issue a recall and reimburse all who have paid for the repair.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 35 mph, the steering column rattled and shook forcefully. The contact also stated that the function buttons on the steering wheel were inoperable. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing the same failure as described in NHTSA campaign number: 10v426000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 08/23/2016

My steering column started clicking and getting more and more play in it. I took it to Hyundai and they already knew what was wrong with it but my car was not on the recall list-same problem as the cars that are on the list except I have to pay-put my car on that list and give my money back. Please this is a dangerous situation.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 08/19/2016

The steering column is rattling and shaking when braking and or reaching a speed of 60. It is causing the balancing of tires worn, and the air bag light has come on and tire pressure light.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 08/18/2016

Every time I go over a bump in the road even a bump so small most people dont even feel, a rattle comes from the steering column. While in the shop for multiple other recalls I ask them to look at this and he tells me the sterring coupler has been a major issue and probably needs to be replaced but I would need to pay to have it checked. This same issue has occurred on many other 2011 through 2014 Sonatas. It is going to cost over $300 to get it fixed. Given the many issues with this part, it appears to be one of the recalls. I love my car but this is starting to be a bit much seeing how I only have 67,000 miles on the car. Ready to sale it and get something else if Hyundai cant provide a safe and decent care for me and my family!.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 08/11/2016

While driving my wife's Sonata, I felt a distinct "clunk" in the steering column while moving the steering wheel left and right. This occurs when stopped as well as when the vehicle is in motion. I am confident that this is a very serious safety issue that deserves an immediate safety recall response. It is also my understanding that this specific steering complaint (coupler failure) has been reported by numerous Sonata owners with no remedy issued by NHTSA. Why is that? does someone have to lose control of their vehicle and parish, before action is taken? please help. . . Tombstone justice is not the answer!!!.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 08/09/2016

I have been experiencing issues with my alignment and my tires have been wearing incredibly unevenly. When driving on the highway my car will shake violently. I was advised to realign again several months ago and my tires continue to be destroyed and my car contributes to shake. Today when my power steering was being replaced for an open recall I was advised upon pick up that my steering coupler has gone bad and needs to be replaced as this is an extremely dangerous issue (never mind that I was informed of this issue after my steering column was reassembled so I have to pay labor for them to pull the entire unit again!). I've read many complaints similar to this online regarding bad couplers and shaking cars ruining tires. I was advised that if it breaks further my car will likely swerve into another lane of traffic and be extremely difficult to steer.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 08/08/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving various speeds over a bump in the road, the steering column rattled. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16v190000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the steering had not improved before the recall repair was performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,200.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 08/06/2016

Last week, my power steering suddenly stopped working while driving on a city street making it very difficult to maneuver. The eps dashboard trouble light as well as the airbag and esc lamps all illuminated at the same time. Thankfully, there was light traffic at the time so was able to pull off to the side to regain my composure. Using extreme caution, I drove the next few miles back home carefully avoiding any sudden situations where I was forced to make sharp turns. I had an extremely hard time steering. Yesterday, I took the veh into the local dealership. After a couple of hours, they said the steering column had to be replaced and that somehow it was also causing all the other unrelated trouble lamps to light at the same time!. Approx. $1200 repair cost. The veh is 2012 with 82,000 miles. I asked if it was covered by the 100k mile warranty. They said no. After only 4 years of owning this car, I can't believe the steering column broke. I never heard of that before. I went on-line and noticed that 2011 Sonata's had a similar problem the year prior and as a result, there was a national recall to rectify the problem by replacing faulty equipment. I can't help but think that perhaps the same faulty equipment was perhaps installed in some of the 2012's also.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 08/04/2016

When turning the steering wheel 5 percent in either direction l or r, there is a clunking sound. The bearing at the bottom of the steering column needs to be replaced the car in question only has 43,000 miles and is 4 months past its warranty, cost id $350. 00.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

There's a clicking sound in the steering column. This happens whenever the steering wheel is turned. The clicking occurs also when the car is stationery.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 07/26/2016

When I turn the steering wheel while parking or driving, there is a clunky feeling and noise. I had to take the vehicle in for a shift gear recall, and when the service tech pulled the vehicle into the service area, he got out and (without me mentioning the issue) said, that clunking is your "coupler", but it's not included in this recall, the cost to fix that is $350. Because he knew off-hand what it was, that led me to believe that there were others that have had the same issue. I wanted to do some research since I didn't know what a coupler was, and it turns out there are a few forums with Hyundai owners complaining of this issue. It seems to me if this could cause the steering to disassemble, that it should be a recall. . Read more...

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 07/25/2016

Seemingly out of the blue, the steering wheel began to have extra give when turned even slightly. Days later, a rattling sound in the column started, especially whenever I hit a bump in the road or turned corners. I took the vehicle to the dealership and was told it was a broken column coupler.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 07/19/2016

The steering wheel makes a clicking and knocking noise when making turns and reversing, I was told by the Hyundai dealer that the steering column coupler has to be replaced and that its dangerous to drive because the steering column can get separated and cause a crash. I noticed that there are many complaints regarding this. The cost to replace this is $550 for a part that probably costs $20. So at this point since I have kids I cant drive this car and it has to be parked until I can afford to pay for this. There have been so many recalls on the particular make and model. Please consider a recall on this also.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 07/11/2016

Our family car has a recall with the steering that if read is due to loose steering and bolts that has caused other cars to loose control . Hyundai says they won't replace the steering column because of a chip that passed inspection. The article I read said nothing about a computer chip. The steering on the car is so loose we don't even feel comfortable driving it any longer. Hyundai keeps telling us that it will be 3 to 5 days everytime we talk to them to decide what they are going to do for us. We have a new born baby and cannot afford to drive this vehicle. We really are just stuck right now. This vehicle has had recall after recall. The tech that inspected the car said it should be fixed under the recall in his opinion and they he would fix it but corporate is dragging there feet.