2011 Hyundai Sonata Tire Problems
I own a 2011 Sonata which I bought new. It now has 21000 miles on it and all four tires have flat spots (cupping). The noise is so bad that I am getting ready to buy new tires to reduce the noise. The car has no noticeable vibration or pulling. Tire have always been properly inflated. Both front and rear tires are effected. From what I can learn on forums and at a tire dealer, cupping is caused by suspension problems (bad shocks, improper balancing or bad wheels). Has anybody had similar problems?
If there is still a good amount of thread on the old tires, I would get the wheel alignment done and get the tires rotated and put the worst tires in the rear.
Cupping is a sign of out of balance tires. Regular rotation every 5-8k miles is a must to prevent this. Now, as to the noise. My Ltd. 2011 has just turned 5k miles, and it is so damned loud on the road, that I am going to trade it off, soon. I have had mine checked by the dealer, and they can find nothing wrong. My tires are not cupping, that I can tell, yet. It is just these danged Kumho tires that are LOUD!
The Dunlops on the 09-11 Genesis sedan were loud and wore out at 25k miles, so Hyundai made a change for the 2012 Genesis by putting Michelins on them. Boy what an improvement in ride quality/noise.
After 16 months and 19,000 miles with the original Kumho Solus KH25's, all four tires are showing just under 8/32" depth remaining.
I rotated them at 6,500 miles and again at 14,000 miles. They wil be rotated again when the oil gets changed at 21,000 miles. They should easily be able to go another 25,000 miles before getting to the point of needing to be replaced. My driving is about 70% city, 30% highway and a lot of country backroads. Winter brings snow, ice, and brined/salted roads. Road quality around here is not the best, so the tires do not live the best life. For OEM, they are holding up well.
The tires, however, are very noisy. When it comes time for new ones, I will be getting something else. Most likely the Toyo Versado LXII in the stock 205/65/16 size.
A couple was in at the same time with a 2012 that pulled too. They scheduled an appointment for a alignment and I let them know my issue mirrored theirs.
After they left a person called with the same problem.
Not cool Hyundai. I've dumped $300 on two tires already. :confuse:
These people who complain ever test drive a car before they buy it????
18" tires will most always give you a harder noisier ride
If your tires were truly defective (rather than just cheap & lousy by design), then it's a shame your dealership didn't do more to help you out.
Just be aware that when looking at purchasing vehicles, you should check out the tires & the reputation of that particular model of tires, because we see a LOT of complaints about poor quality tires. My vehicle came with Continentals, which you'd think would be OK, but they were hideously noisy. However, i knew that when I bought the vehicle and planned my budget to accommodate replacement ASAP.
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If there's a problem with something else (other than wear items), your warranty is 5/60,000.
Wear items like tires and brake pads are not warrantied. If you did, in fact, air your tires every week, I'd have to agree with the dealer that the air pressure had nothing to do with your tires wearing out. Most car manufacturers install whatever tires they can find at a good price on their new cars. That generally means the original equipment tires won't last a long time. You haven't said how many miles the tires lasted. Your driving style is very important in tire longevity along with the tire compound. Just as a guess, if you're not getting good gas mileage on the car, your driving style is probably affecting both the tire and gas mileage.
I certainly don't agree with the dealership not wanting you as a customer unless, of course, there's been some unpleasantness in the relationship.
For example, Kumho and Hankook both have a specific warranty for "replacement" tires that you would purchase from a tire dealer. The warranty for their OEM tires is totally different (and is limited to what is in the Kumho or Hankook booklet that comes with the car when you buy it.)
For tire issues, check out the booklet that the tire manufacturer included with the the vehicle and work directly with the tire manufacturer or one of their authorized tire dealers.
As far as a Hyundai dealer refusing to work on your vehicle, that is something you should address with Hyundai Consumer Affairs. Call them and calmly explain your situation. They may be able to make a couple of calls on your behalf and help get the dealer issue resolved.
Had this car on the highway yesterday trimming 190 km/hr with no problems at all. Had to test out the tires ... lol ...
I will not take my vehicle to the dealership for any non-warranty service, ie oil change, alignments and such.
Moreover, as I consider my next vehicle purchase, I will be putting Hyundai, towards the bottom of the list. :shades:
Also, if only your front tires wore out, then you didn't rotate - and that's why you only got 22K. If you had rotated, you would have gotten over 35K - reasonable for OE tires.
Just had them replaced with Michelin Primacy MXV4s. Hope to get better service out of them.
I have rarely ever been able to get more than 30,000 miles out of OEM tires on any vehicle I have ever owned despite regular rotations. The only exception was a 2003 Dodge Durango that was still on the OEM Goodyear tires after 3yrs/45,000 miles (although they were starting to dry rot.) Had I not traded the Durango, I would have had new tires installed on it.
OEM Kumho's have 28k and change. Will be monitoring them closely.
Have run Michelin's or Cooper's on my Avalon and have been very pleased.
Am looking to go to 17" wheels and tires when the Kumhos are replaced.
I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata that currently has 28,000 miles on it. At about 16,000 miles, I noticed a warbling sound from my tires and it has been getting louder. I purchased a lifetime wheel alignment package with balancing and rotation from Firestone as soon as I purchased the car with 14,00 miles on it. I have had this car’s alignment checked 3 times and have had the tires balanced and rotated each time. The tires are severely cupped or chopped on the inside edge.
The mechanic told me from the first time that I brought it in for alignment that everything is perfect except for the camber, which there is no adjustment for on these vehicles. It appears Hyundai tried to save a few bucks by not installing a camber adjustment bolt.
Now I'm screwed and have to put a set of new tires on that will just do the same thing in another 10,000 miles or so. I have elevated this to Hyundi and opened a case. I will post the results once they "evaluate" my vehicle next week.
From what I have read, the camber of the rear wheels is readily adjustable without any supplemental kits.
Just don't get why some engineer would decide this was not a necessary adjstment (when it is on all other cars) then they have an issue and want me to have this adjustment kit put on at my expense.
Thanks for the reply!