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#7856 of 7871 2007 Sonata Engine Seized!!
Jun 16, 2011 (3:25 am)
My husbands car just got towed in and we got the call that the engine seized.
He gets regular oil changes and now has to prove that he did. Even with those records then the service manager has to approve it and then send it to Hyundai to see if they will even honor the warranty! They said if they don't honor the warrany it will cost us ballpark between 4,000-6,000 to fix it!!! No warning lights of any kind came on, car just died on the road. He is going today to hopefully get a print out of his oil change records. Right now he has one stating he had an oil change done in August of 2010 at one place but has to get the rest of his records at Valvoline. The car at this point is almost not even worth the repairs. I should note that the car did have oil when it seized but it was low. The tow guy said the oil did not smell burnt. Husband does say he probably was due at this point for one, but really so quickly the engine seizes. I know people that are lazy about their cars and just go on a whim and no problems. We do not have this kind of money to just pay to get it fixed and of course our dealership does not have any payment plan options. Basically the girl said in a nice way you can't get your car back until bill is paid in full. I am so confused and stressed at this point.
Any advice would be wonderful, yet I have a feeling I will get alot of SOL's
Thanks for reading
#7857 of 7871 Re: 2007 Sonata Engine Seized!! [jmcny]
Jun 16, 2011 (4:58 am)
I will be the first to say not SOL... BUT that it seems way too soon for an engine to seize given it is a 2007 car. You did not mention mileage but since modern cars from any manufacturer can go more than 200,000 miles with minimum maintenance the mileage is probably not a big issue or at least not as big an issue as it would have been in the distant past. So, although I have never personally had an engine seize I am a car guy and in general this does not happen without ample warnings in the form of odd/bad smells, noise (knocking of main/rod bearings), warning lights light all over the dash ( low oil pressure, which is that little "oil can" icon.....high engine water temperature usually displayed on a gage). One usually knows something bad is about to happen sometimes with hours, even days, notice. So, if the engine did in fact seize and did in fact gently expire without drama it would be in my opinion unusual. Have the damage verified as an total seizure not some other lesser (cheaper) type of failure. Depending on the mileage there may be some remaining Hyundai drivetrain warranty left. If that is the case and you can satisfy them you did at least semi-routine oil changes and other basic maintenance AND upon engine teardown a part that should have lasted decades and/or hundreds of thousands of miles failed early you may have a warranty claim. No car that new "would not be worth fixing" . At the least you can find a low mileage engine in a salvage yard and have it installed. If it is really gone (seized) that would probably be the best way to address the issue. OK I reread the post and I guess you know about the warranty, but unless you have "all your ducks in a row" with regard to oil change and other maintenance receipts it may get sticky. The quote from Hyundai sounds like a new long block which is esentially a new engine but transferring your current power-steering pump, Ac compressor, alternator etc over to that new engine for reuse. I am pretty sure you can get a used low mileage engine and have it installed for far less than $5000-6000
#7858 of 7871 Re: 2007 Sonata Engine Seized!! [jmcny]
Jun 16, 2011 (1:17 pm)
Two ways this could go in your favor:
1) You get records from Valvoline showing regular oil changes. If less than 100k miles and you are the original owner, should be open/shut case for Hyundai to honor the warranty, unless...
2) Hyundai can trace the problem to something amiss with the last oil change, causing oil to leak and the seize. In which case Valvoline Rapid Oil Change should pay for the engine.
#7859 of 7871 Re: 2007 Sonata Engine Seized!! [targettuning]
Jun 16, 2011 (2:37 pm)
Thanks for your reply target, he has 38,000 miles on the car and no he did not get one warning that something was wrong with the car. He is not the type to ignore any issues with his car.
Basically, he said he heard a clicking sound and then the car was real slow at accelerating and then all the lights when on in the dash and died. Within minutes it was over. No oil light on or check engine light NOTHING!!
We got a call today and they seem to be blaming the oil as the issue of why it seized. They put in a claim with Hyundai and now we have to wait to hear if they are going to accept it. I was told we have to wait for an investigator to come out to either approve or deny. Which means we are down to one car in the family for god knows how long. No rental offered! Was told Hyundai and Suburu do not offer that service. Sigh.....
I think are plan is if there is no warranty coverage that we will just take it to someone we know and get a salvage motor for hopefully alot cheaper. Dealerships seem to charge alittle to much.
Live and learn I guess!!
#7860 of 7871 Re: 2007 Sonata Engine Seized!! [backy]
Jun 16, 2011 (2:41 pm)
We shall see, we are the original owners so hopefully they can see that they are consistant with our oil changes.
Though of course he can't call for the most current because they went out of business and they don't have a web site to call and get a copy like Vavoline does.
Crossin my fingers it works out!
#7861 of 7871 Re: 2007 Sonata Engine Seized!! [jmcny]
Jun 16, 2011 (4:28 pm)
So hopefully you saved the receipts from your oil changes. Or they put a little sticker in your window with the date and mileage.
It's always a good idea to keep all service receipts. They come in handy when you sell the car--new owners want to see the car was maintained. And they are useful for other reasons, like, uh... this.
#7862 of 7871 2007 Sonata Blown Engine at 113K??
Dec 28, 2011 (6:31 am)
I have a 2007 Sonata with 113K miles on it. (Hubby put 500 miles on it a week for a couple of years while commuting from Methuen to Wellsley). Engine developed a ticking noise-brought it in & was told engine holding all oil-not leaking-noise "could" be a lifter getting stuck. Was told it'd be okay to drive. Next day I was on highway for 2 minutes & noise got louder & louder & then lost power; pulled over & oil leaking from bottom of engine. Had it towed back to garage & was told I needed a new engine. Is there anyone else out there who has had an issue with a ticking noise? And it led to having to replace engine?? I still owe $7K on car-don't have the $$ to replace engine-Warranty gone 100K. Now what?!
#7863 of 7871 Re: 2007 Sonata Blown Engine at 113K?? [lorraine1966]
Dec 28, 2011 (9:29 pm)
Where did you get the diagnosis on "OK to drive"? Was it in writing? Hopefully it was. You could go back there and see what they might do to help you, since they obviously mis-diagnosed the problem. If it's an honest shop (and has insurance!), they might cover the repair or at least part of it.
Mar 09, 2012 (4:50 pm)
I have a 2006 V6 Hyundai Sonata. The ESC Light illuminates at different times. Sometimes it stays on for long periods of time, other times it will not come on. I took it to a Hyundai dealership and there were no error codes. I have driven it this way for months and it drives just fine. I have noticed as it gets cold weather, the ESC light comes on immediately. The dealership told me to bring it in and they would see what was causing this but for $52. If it's driving fine, should I still make an appt and figure out the problem? Any help or suggestions?
#7865 of 7871 Five-year report
Apr 02, 2012 (12:36 pm)
My wife's 2007 Sonata GLS 2.4L AT just turned 5. We've owned it since Black Friday 2009 (purchased off a lease). It has just under 56k miles now. It's been a great car for us: smooth highway cruiser, good fuel economy (when driven right, see below), roomy and comfortable even on cross-country trips, and reliable. Only two small problems: driver's power recliner switch failed, and sun visors that wouldn't stay up. Both fixed under warranty. Also the center brake light burned out, which can happen but it's probably the hardest (most expensive) bulb on the car to fix. Had a turn signal burn out too but that was easy to fix myself.
About fuel economy: when I drive the car, I have no problem exceeding its EPA ratings except in very cold weather with short trips. It will get 34-35 mpg highway under ideal conditions. However, my wife struggles to get over 20 mpg. She does mostly short trips and has a lead foot. Also she likes to leave the engine running while waiting for our daughter at school.
The car has held up well except for the problems I mentioned. Interior (light grey cloth) is still like new, paint is glossy except has accumulated several scratches and a few small dings, and there's no rattles/squeaks (except makeup etc. in the door handle pocket rattling around). Brakes are original and at last servicing still had a lot of life left. I do wash the car frequently in winter (lots of road salt used in my area) and make sure they lube the sliders about once a year.
I priced the car on KBB today and it's worth about $1000 less in a private party sale than what we paid for it 2-1/2 years ago. And if it were in Excellent condition (i.e. take care of the scratches/dings), it would be very close to what we paid. We'll probably keep it for another 4 years or so, assuming it holds up as well as it has so far.