Hyundai Engine Problems

Hyundai is famous for high-performance, feature-rich, and reliable vehicles. Even so, many consumers have reservations about various defects, including faulty engines.

Although the Hyundai engine problems don’t have substantial media coverage, over 2 million units have engine issues. Hyundai vehicle owners with engine defects can’t rely on their vehicles to run personal or business errands.

Hyundai regularly issues recalls to fix safety issues; however, some problems persist, turning the vehicles into lemons.

Consider speaking to a trusted Anaheim, CA, lemon law attorney for legal help pursuing a refund or replacement.

Identifying Affected Hyundai Models

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is one of the models with engine problems. Approximately 900 car owners complained about engine defects in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata model.

Here are a few issues raised by affected vehicle owners:

  • Excessive engine oil consumption
  • Engine stalling
  • Engine failure
  • Hyundai replaced an engine that failed 90,000 miles later
  • A knocking sound coming from the engine
  • The engine oil lamp keeps flickering on and off

On September 10, 2015, Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) issued a recall to fix a connecting rod wear likely to result in an engine stall. According to the recall notice, the affected vehicles had metallic debris that was not fully removed during the manufacturing of the engine crankshaft.

The debris may restrict oil flow through connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage, often resulting in metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure.

Unfortunately, an engine failure can cause vehicle stalling, increasing the crash risk.

2020 Hyundai Tucson

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson has its fair share of engine defects, including engine failure, excessive engine oil consumption, smoke from the engine, and frequent check engine notifications.

On September 4, 2020, Hyundai issued a recall targeting specific 2019-2021 Tucson vehicles to fix a defective ABS unit likely to cause an engine compartment fire. According to the notice, The Anti-lock Brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) was likely to corrode internally and cause an electric short and a potential engine compartment fire.

Fortunately, California lemon laws cover new or used vehicles with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty.

If a dealer or automaker fails to fix a defect after a ‘reasonable number’ of attempts, they must either replace the vehicle or refund its buying price.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe has several engine defects, including:

  • Engine failure
  • Excessive engine oil consumption
  • Engine oil leak
  • Engine seized without warning
  • Burning smell
  • Loss of motive power

Navigating Hyundai Engine Recalls

How do I know if my Hyundai has an engine recall? You can use your VIN to search on government recall sites, Hyundai recall sites, and other databases. Make sure to familiarize yourself with Hyundai’s policy for replacing recalled engines and take action as soon as possible.

If you have trouble getting your Hyundai fixed and have chronic issues, consult a lemon law lawyer about your options.

Speak to an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney

A Hyundai model with an engine defect could stall anytime, causing many inconveniences. In addition, it may force you to incur additional expenses, including towing fees and car rentals.

Your lemon claim deserves representation from an experienced attorney to enhance your chances of success.

LemonLaw123 lead attorney Valerie G. Campbell has a 99% success rate, which gives us the confidence to represent you.

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