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Steering Column Problems of Hyundai Sonata - part 1



Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 65 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 08/24/2015

Approximately 4 pm on August 24, 2015 driving my 2014 Sonata limited with 11450 miles onto the local freeway on ramp, car stalled and total loss of steering occurred. I had just enough time to get the vehicle to side and avoid possible collision from behind. Had absolutely no warning, and was driving normal for the clear road driving. Weather was good, clear and sunny, upper 80f. Traffic was starting to build for rush hour and had this occurred 5 minutes later major collision would have occurred due to traffic congestion on freeway during that time. At the time of occurrence it felt as if I had a flat tire with the front wheels wanting to turn in direction of weaker tire side. Complete and total loss of power both electrical and engine were immediate. I placed shifter in neutral as quickly as possible maintaining some momentum to get car to side of road while trying to restart it. Vehicle started but I did not have any steering control at all. Hyundai bluelink roadside assistant then called and summoned a tow truck to take it to local dealer for warranty service and repair. Service technician has stated that the steering column needs to be replaced. No indication as to what caused the fault to occur and to whether the cause of the fault has been determined.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 07/03/2015

My 2011 Hyundai Sonata limited displayed a loud rattling sound from the the steering column when driven over rough roadway. There was also a clunking sound from steering column when wheel was turned in either direction. Also noticed the steering wheel/column had dropped almost 2 inches from its originally mounted position. Local dealership indicated a flexible coupling in the steering shaft showed excessive deterioration--causing play in the steering, the noise and the dropping of the steering column. He stated it was the worst he has ever seen--extremely dangerous--his words--as steering capability could be lost. He wanted to keep the faulty part for reference--I declined and maintained the part for my records. I was advised Hyundai was aware of this particular defect and there was no recall at this time. Service manager simply said they don't make parts like they used to. The steering shaft coupler was replaced and the steering column was realigned. The repair was $383. 72 with the part costing $49. 50. This was not covered by recall or the extended warranty. I have researched this specific defect and found it to be an extremely dangerous one, and one which there have been numerous previous complaints filed with the NHTSA--I strongly believe a recall is warranted--for the safety of those in the vehicle and on the roadway.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 07/01/2015

My steering wheel has a significant click when I turn on it. I went to the dealership and they told me it was not covered under warranty. Hyundai of tampa told me it was a coupling in the steering wheel column and it is a common problem. I have 71745 miles on a 2012 Sonata. Hyundai had a recall with this problem on their 2011 model, but not one under 2012. I spoke to jessica with Hyundai customer connect center. She was polite but could not do anything except offer me a $35 coupon for maintenance.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 06/14/2015

Parking vehicle in front of home when power steering gave out. Took vehicle to dealership and was informed that steering column had to be replaced due to a defect. Nhtsa should seriously review the electric steering columns on the Hyundai Sonata . I have read many online complaints about steering loss and control at high speeds. Potential for serious injuries and fatalities on this issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 06/10/2015

When I first got the car the steering wheel was a little lose. I called the dealership and asked them about it. John d ask if my life was in danger I said no. He said it's nothing they can do. At the time my life was not in danger when it came to the steering column, so I thought. As time went on it got worse to the point I felt that my life could be in danger. So I took it to two different car shops to get it fix cause I don't have a warranty. But both shop said to take it back ASAP. It could lock up on me at anytime and it is not safe to drive. I can afford another car. I'm afraid that something might happen when I have my kids in the car. The steering column shakes and make noise. I have to hold it real tight when driving so it won't go into other lanes. Please help me I don't know what to do.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 05/27/2015

Steering wheel has been making cracking noises. I took my car to the vandergriff Hyundai dealership and was told this was happening to others and it was the flex couping in the steering column due to material failure which could resolute in loss of steering capability increasing the risk of a crash. I was told the original material in the steering wheel is a thick piece of plastic and could crack easily and Hyundai had sent a replacement piece, which is more flexible and durable, to the dealerships but I was forced to pay nearly $500 even though Hyundai is aware of the problem. I inquired about a recall linked to the problem and was told, there is no current recall. This is a safety issue.


car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 05/18/2015

While driving the steering column began making a strande grinding type of noise. This is heard whenever the steering wheel is turned at any speed. The vehicle feels like there is no power steering. I have been told that the coupling, the steering gear system was bad and the entire steering column needs to be changed. This is a safety issue. The dealer wants $1400. This is ludicrous! the coupling is only $8-10. What is really going on with Hyundai? I just recently had to replace the engine because it just shut down when making a turn. The engine had seized. This is also an issue with 2011 Sonata!!!!.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 05/14/2015

Contacted Hyundai concerning the steering coupling and steering column recalls. Hyundai refuse recall repairs because of the following: 1. Since the vehicle was not under warranty. They were not obligated to fix the recall. 2. The mileage was 13,000 over 60,000 miles and they were not obligated to fix the recall. This is a major safety issues which according to the recall should have a 10 year warranty when it is fixed. Please help me understand why hyndai will not honor a government recall and fix my vehicle.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 05/06/2015

While driving I made a right turn and heard a clicking sound in the steering column. I had heard this once before & the problem was supposed to be fixed, but I guess it was a cosmetic fix. It makes the sound everytime I make a right turn.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 02/22/2015

The steering wheel /column clicks when turning. Today, my local Hyundai dealership verified my concern and stated "noise is coming from intermediate steering shaft $278 may need steering rack as well $1018. 45. . . ". There is a recall on 2011 Sonatas for this exact issue (recall # 10v46000) for those built between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010. Mine was manufactured on October 22, 2010. . . . Which is only 6 weeks later. I am having this relatively uncommon issue on a car that is < 5 years old and < 62k miles. How is it even possible that my car has had two steering column issues in ~ 4 months? this is a huge safety issue! I also want to add that at 59k, I had my steering column repaired (replace worn coupler in steering column). Luckily it was covered under the 60k warranty. This new issue is very similar to that one, except I'm now >60k miles --- out of warranty). As a matter-of-fact, my initial complaint today was that the old problem resurfaced. At the local level, this issue should be covered under the dealership 1 year service warranty, since it obviously was not inspected/repaired completely. More importantly, on a higher level, why is this even happening, especially since I am only out of the recall range by 6 weeks? the manufacturing dates affected by this recall should be investigated into furtherifurther. I feel these two issues are related and should cover more manufacture dates.


 
car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph and changed lanes, a clicking sound came from the steering column without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was diagnosed that the steering rack was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. Sw.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 12/23/2014

The steering column seems to not have been adjusted correctly. The car is not able to stay in a straight line and I have to be constantly correcting the vehicle from either drifting left or right. I took it in to an auto shop to check alignment and that was not the issue. The car drives like it has no center for the steering column, not balanced and just free to turn left or right at random. There seems to be a gap in the steering or what I call a play (meaning a space or gap for when you turn and the steering does not respond, it is that gap that keeps the steering from immediate response and causing the steering to drift to that end point, like a runner in a starting block that is not anchored and slides away or like a scale that is not adjusted to zero starting point. I must say I boughgt the car thinking I was just not used to that type of steering and then thought it was an alignment problem but it has become more evident there is something inns the steering column.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 12/02/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the steering wheel started to vibrated violently as the steering seized. The contact refrain from engaging the brakes or accelerator pedal in order to allowed the vehicle to come to a complete stop on the median. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 10v457000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 11/03/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while turning the steering wheel in either direction a clicking noise was present coming from the steering column and the steering wheel felt very loose making the steering unstable while operating the vehicle. The vehicle was not yet diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was informed that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number 10v457000(steering)the contact indicated that the vehicle experienced the same defect listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 60,000. Jft.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 11/01/2014

While driving the 2011 Hyundai Sonata at any speed the steering column will make a very audible clicking noise and also exhibits a significant amount of vibration (enough to affect steering) any time the steering wheel is manipulated either clockwise or counterclockwise. Driving over rough areas in the road, or anything not absolutely level (aka freshly paved surfaces) results in the clicking noise and vibration as noted above, even when the steering wheel is not turned. The vehicle feels unsafe to drive and after doing a moderate amount of inquiries on the internet this problem is rather common; though no recall covers the VIN on this specific car or others that have reported the same symptoms. This is an enduring problem and the car has since been placed in a garage and is now only used twice a month.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 10/17/2014

Steering column bushing becomes frayed and chips/breaks cause loud popping/clunking noise going over uneven payment and loose steering conditions. I am told this would ultimately cause failed steering ability. Many reports of exactly same issue are being posted on Hyundai forums.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 10/07/2014

Steering column began making popping and clicking sounds. Found out there was a recall. Called Hyundai and they said problem was fixed in 2010. The car was manufactured within the time frame of the recall. Was told that it couldn't be fixed under campaign or warranty as I was second owner. My children drive this vehicle and I am concerned for their safety. Dealer looked at it at my expense and said nothing wrong. There is a major problem when the car is steered, hits a bump in the road, or even turning. Loud clicking sounds like steerting column is falling apart.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 10/04/2014

I have noticed a click or slight knock coming from the steering when turning wheel left or right at low speeds, especially when parking. Over uneven sufaces there is shaking or shutter in the steering column also. These conditions seem to be worsening. I will be scheduling for service.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

The steering column has a loud rattle and a `catch' that makes the car difficult to steer.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 09/29/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact heard a clicking sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14v434000 (transmission), but the failure recurred. The dealer stated that both front axles fractured and caused all four tires to be worn prematurely. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

The steering wheel feels like there is significant backlash when moving it from left to right (especially at low speeds). This is also associated with a clicking sound. In addition, when hitting a bump in the road, it sounds like something has come loose in the steering column. I am taking the vehicle in for service on October 16 to investigate.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 08/28/2014

The steering column is making a clicking noise. . I called Hyundai to see was it a recall on it bit was told it had already beed fixed. But after two months it started making the clicking noise. . . So if it was already fixed. Why is the problem is still ongoing. . . . Can it be a lemon. . . Or just a serious defect that just keep happen. . Then I looked it up on line and it said the steering wheel can come detached from the column. . . . And I don't have the money to get it fixed. . . Can someone please help before me or my family is hurt or killed.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 08/15/2014

I brought my 2011 Sonata into the local dealership for an oil change. The service associate explained that my steering column would need to be replaced as it was making a clunking noise when turned left or right. I inquired as to what would cause this and they did not know. They wrote up an estimate to have the steering wheel and column replaced. They instructed me to get this repaired as quickly as possible as this was a safety hazard. If this is indeed a safety problem I think that Hyundai needs to recall these models and fix them.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 08/12/2014

The steering column feels as though it will fall off any moment and the noise is clunking and rattles terribly when going over bumps or any slight moment. This is a huge safety issue and could cause a fatality.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 08/10/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise that came from the front of the vehicle and the vehicle began to shake without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the steering column was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10v457000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.