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Old 09-16-2010, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My month old 2011 sonata SE has about 780 miles now. I had the left pull issue since day 1 (which i should have noticed when i test drove it but i was too excited ). My dealer did a first round of tire pressure adjustment/wheel alignment but that had not fixed the problem.

They called me in again today and fixed it. Atleast from the notes they jolted down, it seems Sonata does not come with a Camber adjustment bolt (like many other cars since its generally not required). So they put a new camber bolt in and made the camber adjusted (also full alignment). Magically, the left pull issue is gone now (.... touch wood... ). The car tracks straight like a needle. I know that there are few SE owners who also had similar problem. See if this fixes your problem too.

BTW, I am getting about 22.4 miles per gallon in city. I am guessing this is normal since the engine is new.
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great news, I have been telling people to stop bitching and use that warranty.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My month old 2011 sonata SE has about 780 miles now. I had the left pull issue since day 1 (which i should have noticed when i test drove it but i was too excited ). My dealer did a first round of tire pressure adjustment/wheel alignment but that had not fixed the problem.

They called me in again today and fixed it. Atleast from the notes they jolted down, it seems Sonata does not come with a Camber adjustment bolt (like many other cars since its generally not required). So they put a new camber bolt in and made the camber adjusted (also full alignment). Magically, the left pull issue is gone now (.... touch wood... ). The car tracks straight like a needle. I know that there are few SE owners who also had similar problem. See if this fixes your problem too.

BTW, I am getting about 22.4 miles per gallon in city. I am guessing this is normal since the engine is new.
How did they add an adjustment bolt if the car never had one. Wouldn't that be considered a modification thus resulting in a TSR for all other owners. Is it possible they didn't want to admit poor workmanship and just tightened the bolts. Very confusing. I told my Hyundai mechanic and he said all Dealers should have been notified if a mod was performed.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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curious to see if others do this and to see if its an actual fix.... for all
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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QUOTE (schdy37 @ Sep 17 2010, 10:02 AM)
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How did they add an adjustment bolt if the car never had one. Wouldn't that be considered a modification thus resulting in a TSR for all other owners. Is it possible they didn't want to admit poor workmanship and just tightened the bolts. Very confusing. I told my Hyundai mechanic and he said all Dealers should have been notified if a mod was performed.
Infact, this fix was not by the dealer. A Hyundai engineer had come down to the dealership. Basically, I had complained to Hyundai Consumer affairs about 2-3 weeks ago. So finally he called me directly.
May be they already had provision to put a bolt but they don't since its generally not required (I am leaning towards this since hyindai has been a "bit" weight conscious in the sonata).

In my complaint, I had also mentioned about the two cars which were recalled due to some steering bolt issues (there is a separate thread on this). But the hyundai engineer confirmed that my car was not from the same batch and he also verified the entire steering system was correctly put-together in my car. I am kinda impressed at how detailed he had read my email and his explanation.
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Infact, this fix was not by the dealer. A Hyundai engineer had come down to the dealership. Basically, I had complained to Hyundai Consumer affairs about 2-3 weeks ago. So finally he called me directly.
May be they already had provision to put a bolt but they don't since its generally not required (I am leaning towards this since hyindai has been a "bit" weight conscious in the sonata).

In my complaint, I had also mentioned about the two cars which were recalled due to some steering bolt issues (there is a separate thread on this). But the hyundai engineer confirmed that my car was not from the same batch and he also verified the entire steering system was correctly put-together in my car. I am kinda impressed at how detailed he had read my email and his explanation.
Can you give a little more detail on how you complained? (via phone number, email?) I've been having this problem from day one and the recall really didn't change anything.

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QUOTE (schdy37 @ Sep 17 2010, 10:02 AM)
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How did they add an adjustment bolt if the car never had one. Wouldn't that be considered a modification thus resulting in a TSR for all other owners. Is it possible they didn't want to admit poor workmanship and just tightened the bolts. Very confusing. I told my Hyundai mechanic and he said all Dealers should have been notified if a mod was performed.
This is a standard procedure that is done to many cars every day. Some manufacturer's cars are equipped with camber adjustment bolts from the factory and some are not. Those that don't have them will require a "kit" to be installed so that adjustments can be made if the alignment angles are out of spec. Manufacturers today seem to think that they can build a car to spec at the factory and those settings will never change. Out in the real world, we have found that is not always the case. Sometimes they don't even get it right at the factory. Some manufacturers supply these bolt kits as service parts, while others do not. For those that don't, the aftermarket is usually quick to come out with a kit to use.

I found this video on youtube that describes the procedure and shows how the camber kit works. This is not on a Hyundai and is actually on a rear wheel, but the principal and procedure is the same for the front camber adjustment. Camber bolt installation video. You simply replace one of the existing strut mounting bolts with the adjustable bolt kit. Any decent alignment tech will know how to do this.

It should be noted that the Sonata already has provisions for adjusting the rear camber from the factory. No kit is needed to make adjustments to the rear camber. The rear camber adjustment is made at one of the control arms instead of at the strut mount.

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I would love to see some pics of the fix the dealer did, do u think u can scoot under the car and snap a few pics.

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The latest news on "PULLING LEFT" issue with SE and Turbo SE. Read post #108...

http://www.hyundai-forums.com/index.php?sh...mp;#entry376474
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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QUOTE (Smoke1991 @ Nov 25 2010, 03:05 AM)
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I would love to see some pics of the fix the dealer did, do u think u can scoot under the car and snap a few pics.

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I honestly dont know where the camber adjustment bolt will be on the car. Can I take a pic of the whole front suspension without having it on a workshop ramp?
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