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Hyundai Azera Front End Problems



  • If I found the secret to help Azera owners improve the suspension on their cars I would let them know LOUD and CLEAR. Lets go trispeed, give those that need your help the answers they are waiting for. Personally, I have over 30K on my late model 08 and have no problem with the suspension, but there are others that have problems and look forward to your discovery.
  • shagnatshagnat Posts: 78
    I have an early 2008 Limited and don't have any of the swaying problems or cupping issues just yet. The cars has 25K miles and new tires. The only suspension problem I have experienced is some harshness over small bumps or dips, and mega harshness over anything thata resembles a real pot hot or a real bump. It's as if it has no suspension, particularly on the rear end. Anyone else?
  • Hi azgrand, talked today to the partsman at my Hyundai Dealership about Monroe having a fit all, one P/N 72281 shock/strut, supposed to fit Sonata and Azera. He looked up all the numbers for the 2007 models Sonata and Azera and said no way can the Monroe work on the 4 or 6 cylinder Sonata since they each have their own shock/strut part numbers and he said the Azera has a different shock/strut part number.

    I went to the Hyundai on line repair manual and pulled up the shock specs for both cars and found the overall size may be the same but the damping force, expansion and compression is different for both cars. The specifications are listed under suspension, general, specifications if anyone is interested.

    It would be nice if trispeed would let us how he made out so we can put this thread to bed.
  • azgrandazgrand Posts: 50
    "It would be nice if trispeed would let us how he made out so we can put this thread to bed."

    That it would. :cry:
  • This is getting to be as big a mystery as Toyota has with its throttle problems. :confuse:
  • Hi trispeed, we all wished you luck, but now we wish you would give us a update on your Monroe shock/stut replacement. Its been over a week and if it takes that long to install and check out the Monroes I don't know if I would want them if I did need replacements. Give us a break and let us know how its going. :confuse:
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    Maybe he got them installed and went for a hi speed test drive.....lost control and went off the road...never to be heard from again....
  • I notice he had made a total of one post on the forum. We may never hear from him again. Anyone else want to be a guinea pig? :shades:
  • You may be right azgrand. At least other users of the forum share information and try to help each other with mods and how to do it information.

    Heck I turn 75 this month, don't know if I'll ever get to hear from him. ;)
  • Now I got it, trispeed works for Toyota and don't know how to answer. :) :)
  • Well fellow Azera owners, azgrand, richardcot,shagnet and 101649 I guess we will never find out how the Monroes worked on trispeeds car. For whatever the reason he refuses to help other Azera owners if they have a shock problems. I thought that was what the forums are all about, helping others with their car problems and getting the word out on anything that pertains to the Azera.
  • This forum is for helping other people, but also realizing that something unknown must be going on with him(her) for them not to post.
  • I'm guessing that since he has only made one post on the forum, he probably just forgot to post a follow up. Sure wish we knew his e-mail address. Oh, well. :cry:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    We contacted him for you all by e-mail today, and invited him to participate, but that's all we can do.

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  • Thanks. I sure do appreciate your help.
  • sorry about that, I ordered them and the shop came back to me a week later and said they were not yet available, even though Monroe lists a part # They will get back to me when they can get them. Oh well, the saga continues!
  • Another Thank You. Appreciate all the help we can get. :confuse:
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    Talked to Sears, Advance, and Pep Boys ..They are all Monroe distributors and they cannot get the shocks...told me to contact Monroe, which is what I did originally and they gave me the distributor distributors way that the part is only available from Monroe directly...They don't sell direct.....saga goes on..
  • Trispeed - Thanks for posting a follow up. Somehow, I knew the availability of a replacement shock / strut was too good to be true.
  • azgrandazgrand Posts: 50
    edited February 2010
    I got the following response from Monroe:

    "The Azera shares same platform with the Sonata. The design lengths and mountings are identical. The OE part numbers are different due to controls being slightly different. In this case we have consolidated to the Sonata controls since there many more registrations and units work well on Azera.

    For further questions or assistance, please contact technical assistance at
    734-384-7809 M - F 8:30am - 5:30pm EST."

    To which I replied:

    "Thanks for the clarification. There has been some discussion on a few internet forums about availability of the Monroe units for the Azera. Several people have checked with Monroe dealers and been told that these units are currently unavailable. If you could let me know their availability, I will post the information on the Hyundai discussion forums. As I said, may of us are looking for a good quality replacement for the factory units."

    And their response:

    "We have inventory in our warehouse. Any Monroe dealer should be able to get these for you. The dealers might not have inventory, but they should be able to order it though us."

    FYI. :shades:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    Did you post a Monroe part # here yet?

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  • Monroe Sensa-Trac # 72281 front struts for 2006-2008 Azeras
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    see post #1248 used the #72281 and distributors couldn't access parts
    hard to believe that these will fit both Azera and Sonata.....Almet: weigh in on this.
  • azgrand, I got the exact word for word reply from Monroe. As they said,size and fit is the same as for the Sonata and since there are more Sonatas on the road the controls should work for a Azera. I have a hard time believing this since the 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder Sonata use different shocks and I would think the Azera is a little heavier than the Sonata. The damping force, expansion and compression is different for the two cars and with a generic fit all shock from Monroe I would be hesitant to install them. I would rather invest in a OEM shock from a 2009-2010 Azera. :confuse:
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    I tried Koni, Bilstein, and luck they only list replacements for Elantra and Accent.
  • I would be hesitant in installing the Monroe shocks if this is the kind of 'engineering' they have put into it. I have a hard time believing that shocks would fit both Sonata & the heavier Azera.

    I'm quite disappointed in Monroe's explanation.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    101649...I really don't have much to offer on this topic as I've still rolling on the OEM shocks/struts. The only issue I've had is the upper control arm mounts going bad. I did have one front strut go bad (leaking) and it was replaced and everything seems fine. I too find it hard to believe that a shock/strut designed for the Sonata would work on the Azera, however...if you go with the 6 cyl Sonata, the weight difference between that and an Azera really is only a few hundred pounds. Which won't make that much of a difference on the shock/strut. My biggest question would be the mounting of them. I've never heard of the Sonata and the Azera sharing the same platform. I mean...that is why the Sonata was given the NT nomenclature and the Azera has TG. The new VG platform coming out is derived from the TG, but it's not shared.

    As far as those wishing to try shocks/struts from the 2010 Azera...not sure if that will work for the 06-08 Azeras, I would definitely look into it before jumping out there. I do beleive they made some changes and they are not interchangable. If I'm wrong, then by all means...go for it.

    However, it would seem that 2010 will be the last year for the Azera anyway. I could be wrong, but it would seem that with the Sonata being upgraded as it has (very beautiful if I might say so myself) and the Genesis having a strong hold as the big need for the Azera any more. Especially with the Equus getting ready to roll out next year. It just wouldn't make sense to have the Azera any more. Just my opinion though.
  • I too have a problem with 06 Azera low speed clunk, love the car otherwise, very powerful and smooth ride on the interstate !! Just purchased about a month ago got a real bargain (I hope ) w / 36,000 miles on it and the ultimate package for 12k. Dealership replaced front struts 2 weeks ago under warranty, noise still there, returned it and complained. Dealership now has upper strut mounts and associated bushings ordered, installation scheduled next week another warranty repair. I'll keep you posted on outcome I sure hope this works. Dealership has been very cooperative so far.
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    I agree...Azera suspension is very different from the Sonata....not having problem with my '06 either...just interested in the's the wifey's Audi running?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I don't know if it's very different, but I don't see it as being completely the same. Maybe the two do share components...just not sure. As far as wifey's's running great. Two recent issues that have come up are the turn signal not working properly. When activated, the lights come on, but won't blink. However, the lights flash when the hazard lights are turned on or when the car is locked/unlocked. I'm thinking it's an issue with the turn signal relay or the signal switch itself. The other issue is that the ABS & TCS lights come on randomly on the dash. Once the car is cut off and restarted, they go out and it doesn't happen for a while. I'll have a diagnostic run at the next oil change for that. I will say this much though, the car has been impressive in dealing with the snow we've received here in the DC metro area. How's everything with you?
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