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Hyundai Sonata Transmission Problems

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  • gslav1gslav1 Posts: 23
    Where do live, I live in Maryland. I took my car to the dealer this morning with the same problem you have. The service dept. reprogrammed the electronic control module and transmission control module. there is a technical service bulletin 11-AT-003 for this problem. The dealer did not charge for this service. If you live in MD. the dealer is Fitzgerald Hyundai 11411 Rockville Pike.
  • I live in North Carolina and the delaership here in Greensboor has been very cooperative about any problems I have ever had. Never had the tranny shift problem but a few other minor ones-like no start several times on the push button start and they fixed the brake switch etc etc and the horn had to be replaced but the fixed it all and never a scam. I used ot use a Nissan dealership up on Long Island and they were the worst-always trying to sell you some maintenance junk that didi not have to be done. So sorry to hear about the problems-is there another dealer close by?
  • I would not consider it a minor problem that the car would not start with the push button start. Most drivers would consider their car not starting a big problem. :surprise:

    That service bulletin was from February of 2011. The dealer will not tell you unless you complain, I think because they do not want people to know they have been having so much trouble with their transmissions.

    I too had to have the brake switch replaced, sounds like another common problem with their vehicles.

    There are also several service bulletin for the electrical system / software (including the ignition switch - perhaps they should have fixed that before you left the lot and had to experience it would not start - they must have already known but did not tell you since they posted a service bulletin months ago)

    I am guessing they are waiting until customers get stuck with cars not starting or shifting before they implement the fixes in their own service bulletins. But by not telling customers about the problems they already know exist they save money - perhaps it is so they can pay their CEOs bigger bonuses?
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Funny...I just received a text from myhyundai.com on my cell phone informing me there was a "recall" on my 2012 Sonata although after going to that site I found it wasn't a recall but a upgrade to BlueLink to make it function more efficiently. This after receiving a letter informing me of the same thing about 3 weeks ago so to state Hyundai isn't informing customers about possible problems that already have a fix is, in my opinion, nonsense. Yes probably not informing customers (maybe only you) to save money. Personally I have found Hyundai to be very forthcoming in information distribution to those who are involved.
  • cjmat7cjmat7 Posts: 1
    I was programming I the overhead door. Had the car idling in neutral, did the steps as outlined in book, no luck, got out of the car, went back to my desk computer, watched the movie, went back to the car, again programmed the minutes inside the car, got out, got on the ladder and pressed the SMART button on the overhead motor to program "HOMELINK", the car rolled forward, I jumped off the ladder, got out of the way, the car crushed the ladder against the garage wall, it momentarily stopped as it hit the wall , I reached for the door, opened it to reach in and shut the car off, it went into reverse, I again jumped out of the way not to be pinned and crushed by the open door and the center cement wall of the two car garage, the wall did not stop the car, it tore the open door off, rolled down the driveway, across the lane, hit a 15 foot Pine Tree, and came to a stop on top of the tree. HYUNDAI ConsumerAffairs@hmausa.com SAYS "TOO BAD, NOT THEIR PROBLEM" Don’t trust Chris, Zach or Jesus?
  • austinlaustinl Posts: 3
    It probably would've been a good idea to put the parking brake on if you had it idling in neutral. I'm assuming you have an automatic transmission, since it would be impossible for a manual transmission to shift from 1st to reverse all by itself. And if you do have an automatic, why would you put it in neutral in the first place to program the homelink, instead of leaving it in park? It definitely sounds like user error and not Hyundai's fault.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    edited April 2012
    Did you have the emergency brake engaged. Why did you have it in neutral and not park. You do not need the motor running to do the homelink-just enough for electrical power. When we programmed the homelink I was in the car while my husband climbed the ladder. I personally do not blame Hyundai of this-sounds like human error.
  • Thank you for your comment. Human error? This was my first try to set the Garage opener. My wife had set her car by herself for the last 15 years. She said she was having trouble this time so she asked me to fix the opener. I haven't used the emergency brake on any car for thirty or more years. The book did not mention "emergency brake. I worked on the problem alone, my wife was ill. I spent more than thirty minutes trying the books way, both books were from Hyundai, different procedures. I had the car in park and neutral at different times. New cars don't move in neutral. It was then I watched the movie, only one person in the movie, no husband and wife. After fixing the inside he got out, then on the ladder and pressed the Smart button. I duplicated his moves. However I had the car running sometimes in park and sometimes in neutral while answering computer questions as to the model name and then model #, then color of wire on the motor opener, and the car never moved for thirty minutes or more. So I programmed the car, and as the movie did, I got out of the car got on the ladder and pressed the button and the car moved forward at a decent speed at me on the ladder. No driver. The move had no driver. Why not blame Hyundai?
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    Cars in neutral can move. In park it will not.
  • LASHAWNLASHAWN Posts: 303
    My question is why in the hell would you need to have the car in neutral, or even running for that matter to program the homelink? All you need to do is put the caar in the ON position and hold the door opener remote to mirror and press either 1, 2 or 3 on mirror while pressing on holding button on remote until red light on mirror flashes rapidly. Then release buttons and press button on mirror and door should close. Make sure garage door is set to TRAIN or LEARN before programming.
  • austinlaustinl Posts: 3
    Because it has nothing to do with Hyundai. It is entirely false to say that new cars do not move while in neutral. That's the point of a neutral gear. If it wasn't able to move then there would be no point in having a neutral gear, you would just keep it in park. I can go to ANY car, put it in neutral and I guarantee you that it will move. If there is enough force or if you are parked on a slight incline, a car in neutral will definitely move. I guarantee you that what happened to you has nothing to do with Hyundai. You should've definitely had an emergency brake engaged or had the car in park.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    We were unable to do that with our garage door opener. My husband pressed the button on the opener while I pressed the one in the car.
  • Page 22: Hyundai Sonata quick reference guide -Homelink wireless control system.
    Press and hold your selected Homelink button for twenty seconds release when light flashes rapidly.
    Press and release the "learn" or "smart" button on the garage door opener motor head unit.
    (Note: 30 seconds window to initiate next step)
    This is when the car moved forward. Not in 30 seconds, it moved forward immediately.
    Emergency Brake or Park or neutral whatever ....... It hit the ladder into the wall ..... why did it reverse?
    I was happy to see it hit the wall ..... it stopped momentarily ...... why did it reverse?
    The Owner's Manuel has almost 3 pages of instructions. Starting with "it is advisable to park the vehicle outside of the garage .....
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    I just reviewed the quick start guide and the Sonata owner's manual. Can you point out to me where in either document it states to have the vehicle in something other than park and that the engine needs to be running? You did state you had it idling in neutral. As far as I can see, there was no reason for doing so in that manner. It should have been in park with the engine off.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    sounds like after the car rolled into the wall it caused it to go backwards. That is could happen and in your case did when you have it in neutral.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    Sorry, but I don't blame Hyundai at all for denying this claim. It is just common sense not to leave a car running in neutral if you are not behind the wheel and have access to the brake. There is no car company that would take respsonsibility for this accident, unless they wanted to be out of business.
  • amyalex60amyalex60 Posts: 1
    Why did it reverse?

    For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is one of Newton's laws of motion.

    I find this conversation laughable that you would think this is Hyundai's fault. Definitely operator error.
  • I just got my Hyundai Sonata 2012 GLS sedan month back. This is my first Hyundai and I am loving everything else about this car but while going uphill even on the small one, its not picking up that much. Do I have to worry about the Car and I should go to the dealer and have it checked or its just a normal behavior for the Hyundai.
  • just give it a little more gas-that's all
  • xracer264xracer264 Posts: 2
    Purchased the vehicle new on 7/22/11. At 6,300 the sports mode shifter would not work nor would the paddle shifters. It was repaired at the dealer (replaced switch assembly- paddle shifters and shifter assembly). All was well until 12,800 miles. Sports mode would not work again. Bringing to dealer tomorrow to see what they say. I also had my low tire pressure warning light come on and shut off within a miles drive at highway speed. Overall, satisfied with car but my confidence in the vehicle over the long term is wavering...I'll follow-up once I get the dealers response to my problem.
  • xracer264xracer264 Posts: 2
    Dealer called and said one of the paddle shifters went bad so they replaced it and all is well.... Lets hope so.
  • crash49crash49 Posts: 4
    I have been having problems with my 2009 Hyundai Sonata since I bought it. I had the harsh downshift from the beginning and was told it was trying to "remember" my driving habits. I did some research and found there was a technical bulletin that addressed the issue. Update was performed and problem went away for awhile. Solenoids started buzzing so they were replaced. Buzzing was worse so a rebuilt transmission was put in at 15,000 miles. Buzzing has continued, then I had a loud squeeling noise like a belt was loose along with a "click" sound upon downshift as well as a return of the harsh downshifting. Transmission would not even take the update as well as other problems found and so I am now waiting on yet another transmission and I only have 38,000 miles on the car. I will NEVER buy another Hyundai!!!
  • today we were driving down the road and the big thud came. this had happened to me one other time and i thought i had hit the shift gear and it went into a lower gear, after driving 45 mph i parked and later when i started the car it worked the way it should. Never thought anything about it til tonight when it happened in the exact same place on the road, couldnt believe it. I looked up this forum and there was the same problem others have had, I too was impressed with this car and the good warrenty it carries,but also was disappointed the other day when I was charged to replace a burned out lightbulb inside the car, there are always the hidden, "that was only covered for 12 months" that appear when you don't expect it if you know what I mean. I'm wondering what other surprises are going to show up in the future.
  • I purchased my 2012 Sonata turbo in October 2011. Other than the radio crapping out on me the first week and having to get a new one, things have been great. I do experience the harsh downshift at about 30mph everyone is discussing....but talked to people and they assured me that this is normal. HOWEVER, last month I got in my car in the AM to go to work, backed up and when I put the car in drive it was stuck in first gear...would not get above 30mph, RPMS would go to 5000. I could put the pedal to the floor and it wouldn't go. Brought it home and turned it off and restarted it, no problem. A month has gone by and 2 days ago the EXACT same thing happened. Pulled it back in the garage, shut it off turned it back on. Problem solved. Took it to the dealership that day and after 2 hours of waiting and 3 people looking at it, they said it is in tip-top condition, no problems whatsoever. No suggestions and they claim they have never heard of this issue. I am so frustrated and afraid this is going to happen while I am driving and pulling out in traffic after it was working fine. Any ideas on what this could be since I am not nuts and obviously can't rely on the Hyundai professionals to figure out the problem....Thanks for your input!!
  • HEY DARK BLUE HYUNDAI. Are you from colorado or wyoming? curious thats who i bought mine from........anyways Just recently bought a used 2011 hyundai with 13,500 miles on it. I love everything about it except im noticing a problem. I had hyundai do a full diagnostic on it before I bought it because Im super paranoid since my last car cost my more to have it running than what i bought for it. Anyways they said it was good as new and no codes . The second day i was driving it i felt a small almost vibrating or bumpy shift when i was going over 20mph or coming down, i thought i was being paranoid so i ignored it. It kept happening over the next few days and more often. I took it straight into hyundai and they drove it with me to " feel" what bumpy/vibrationg second of the tranny ( i think). After 2 hours waiting at the shop, the said they reprogrammed the tranny and cleaned the throttle. AND THEY SAID IT SHOULD BE FINE. NOPE!!! it was okay for a while until that night i was driving and it was ALMOST WORSE! i couldnt believe it, i havent even had the car a week. I was so upset. I Called hyundai right away and told them , we kept getting disconnected and i was being put on hold again and again and again. I was so frustrated!!!! The sonata is going in to the shop again in 2 days, I PRAY and hope they can figure this out!!1 Obviously just becuase theres " NO CODES" doesnt meant there isnt something else thats up with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!definitley didnt expect these errors from hyundai
  • IM PROUD OF MYSELF I JUST CHANGE MY THIRD BRAKE LIGHT.I READ A POST ON HOW SOMEONE ELSE DID IT. I WENT ON GOOGLE AND FOUND A EASY WAY. IN YOUR TRUNK THERE'S A WHITE SOCKET YOU HAVE TO DISCONNECT PLUG FIRST THEN UNSCREW S M PIECE. ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE THERE'S A PIECE THAT LOOKS METAL IT'S NOT USE A SCREW STICK SMALL HOLE UNDER IT'S ANOTHER SCREW.THEN FROM INSIDE OF CAR MAKE PLASTIC TO YOURLEFT .YOU'LL SEE THE LIGHT THEN YOU HAVE TO TURN CORNER CLOCK WISE THE LIGHT BULB THERE.FROM IN THE TRUNK WHERE THE WHITE SOCKET IS PULL THEN PLACE THE BULB. PUT BACK UP IN THE HOLE TWIST YOU MAY HAVE TO USE SCREW DRIVE TO TURN IT BACK IN. SNAP PIECE BACK IN .THEN BACK TO THE TRUNK. PUT YOUR PIECES BACK TOGETHER.OH BEFORE PUTTING EVERY THING BACK TOGETHER CHECK LIGHT TO SEE IF IT WORKS. I'M PROUD OF MYSELF . SAVE ME 60.00 BULB 4.99 GOOD JOB PASS MY INSPECTION.
  • miketrtmiketrt Posts: 4
    I have a 2009 as well, low miles (<25k) and my car, when cold, shifts with a thud when it goes from 2nd to 1st gear. When it warms up it goes away... No lights or anything else yet.
  • miketrtmiketrt Posts: 4
    I have a 2009 as well, low miles (<25k) and my car, when cold, lately shifts with a thud when it goes from 2nd to 1st gear. When it warms up it goes away... No lights or anything else yet.
  • miketrtmiketrt Posts: 4
    I have a 2009 as well, low miles (<25k) and my car, when cold, lately shifts with a thud when it goes from 2nd to 1st gear. When it warms up it goes away... No lights or anything else yet.
  • miketrtmiketrt Posts: 4
    I have a 2009, low miles (<25k) and my car, when cold, lately shifts with a thud when it goes from 2nd to 1st gear. When it warms up it goes away... No lights or anything else yet. Anybody else having this issue?
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