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#17 of 25 2010 Santa Fe V6: Steering Noise
Sep 14, 2011 (8:28 pm)
I bought a used 2010 Santa Fe V6 Limited AWD in August 2011. It drove like a dream until a few weeks later. The power steering started to make excessive noise (whirring, whining) when turning at low speeds. I checked the power steering fluid and it was fine (no leaks). I then took the vehicle to my local Hyundai dealer to have them inspect it. They fixed a recall (some spring related issue) and said that there was nothing wrong with the steering - that is is the normal sound for power steering. I know it's not the normal sound as people turn their heads and stare when I turn corners. ... especially in my underground garage.
Any thoughts to what might be causing this? Why would a dealer be reluctant to fix?
Thanks in advance
#18 of 25 Re: 2010 Santa Fe V6: Steering Noise [canadiangal1]
Sep 15, 2011 (9:58 am)
I'm having the same problem with my 2004 Sante Fe. Seems once I hit the 100,000 mile mark this problems started happening. I eagerly await for someone with knowledge of this problem to reply to you! Wish I could help!
#20 of 25 Santa Fe 2011-12 steering question
Sep 21, 2011 (6:36 am)
I would love to purchase this car but I have test driven it and even rented one. I love everything about it except for the steering. It really seems to "track" toward the left or right whenever a small turn is made to the wheel. I mean it feels like it could very easily send me into the rails with a slight adjustment to the wheel. It seems over sensitive. The salesman tells me it is called "torque steer" and that it is less noticeable at higher speeds. Well, I still notice it at 60 as much as I do 30 MPH. I have owned Honda's with variable assist power steering. But this Santa Fe steering makes me uneasy. Does anyone else notice this? Is it adjustable or can it be fixed because I really want one! Thanks!
#21 of 25 Re: 2010 Santa Fe V6: Steering Noise [canadiangal1]
Sep 28, 2011 (3:40 pm)
I too had the same problem. I knew it was not normal when my wife pulled the car into the garage. Took the car to the Hyundai dealer who agreed the noise was abnormal.
They replaced the steering pump reservoir. Apparently, so I was told, debris from somewhere in the engine makes its way to the reservoir screen. The Service Manager said in the past they cleaned the debris from the screen and all was okay temporarily. The customer would always return with the samed problem.
They now replaced the steering pump, which is apparently one piece, insluding the reservoir. Problem fixed now.
Unfortunately this has just been one in a string of problems we've had with our 2010 Sante Fe SE, purchased new.
In our experience you just have to take the complaint higher. We've called the dealership owner a couple times to receive satisfaction. Good luck.
#22 of 25 Re: 2010 Santa Fe V6: Steering Noise [righteousrose]
Nov 10, 2011 (2:21 pm)
Hi there - I finally have an answer for this!
So after visiting the dealer 4 times in the past 4 months the problem is finally (knock on wood) getting resolved.
Here is the summary of the issue:
1st visit - told nothing is wrong, replaced springs as per recall
2nd visit - told power steerng pump is blown... replaced it ... sound goes away
3rd visit - told steering filter is clogged. cleaned and topped fluid which was low
4th visit (today) told steering rack is cracked and has been leaked fluid for 4 months. need to replace entire steering rack (thankfully I think under warranty for my car as 2010). The steering noise got so bad before today that even going straight was loud and people were turning their heads on the street as I drove by.
Car is gone for 2 days. Why does this happen in a car so new with low kms!??!? Is it just a lemon?
Good luck with you..hopefully it's not this problem because I think it's expensive to fix out of warranty
#23 of 25 Re: Santa Fe 2011-12 steering question [cyberbronco]
Jan 11, 2012 (4:38 pm)
I believe this is common on this vehicle. Reviewers call the steering "light".
#24 of 25 vehicle does not track
Apr 26, 2012 (4:50 am)
2012 santa fe does not track a straight line. Pulls left or right significantly. Dealer aligned front and rear, pressure balanced tires.
also a constant vibration while driving.
anyone else with these problems?
#25 of 25 Re: vehicle does not track [jfaron]
Oct 22, 2012 (6:52 pm)
Oh my gosh - yes! I have the same problem with my 2011 Limited!! I've had it at the dealership for alignment 4 times since I bought it in May (certified pre owned with 15k).
Same symptoms as yours. Was starting to think I was losing my mind, dealer claims it is operating within manufacturers specifications. Uh no, there is something wrong. This is not the first vehicle I have ever driven - there should not be a vibration like this and 4 alignments in 10k miles is unacceptable. Just aligned again last week and 30 miles later a crack appeared at the edge of passenger side windshield (definitely NOT hit by rock) about 5 inches from bottom. Called dealer and with no hassle from them at all they are putting in a new windshield. Something is fishy about that - what do they know that they don't want to tell me?!?
Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Starting to think about looking into Lemon Law