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I got an email from the DOT that there is an imminent recall for 2011-12 2.0 & 2.4 Sontatas regarding connecting rod bearing failures.

There is a VIN lookup here:

https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

It says that there is no remedy yet and that we will be getting a letter from Hyundai. The tone of the DOT email was that you should should not delay in getting this fixed because it is a significant safety hazard, so I suppose Hyundai will be getting on this ASAP.
 

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No email for me, but my car is affected according to the VIN number. Not sure what to do since there's no fix. :confused:
 

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From reading through it, it looks like we'll take our cars to the dealer... they'll listen for a knock.. if no knock we'll just get an extended warranty.. if they hear a knock we'll get a new short block?

I guess I'll be satisfied with a warranty extension, at least now I wont need to trade in my car before the 5/60 is up (2nd owner).
 

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http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM486031/RCLRPT-15V568-9490.PDF

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM486679/RCAK-15V568-8864.pdf

Report Receipt Date: SEP 10, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V568000
Component(s): ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 470,000
All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)

  • HYUNDAISONATA2011-2012
    Details

    2 Associated Documents


    Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor America

    SUMMARY:

    Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, to April 12, 2012 at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and equipped with either a 2.0 liter or 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engine. In the affected vehicles, metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft. If the debris was not completely removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage. A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure. CONSEQUENCE:

    Engine failure would result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY:

    Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary, free of charge. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly (short block) to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners of 2011 and 2012 Sonatas manufactured at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engines. An interim notification will be mailed by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059 or by visiting www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign132. Hyundai's number for this recall is 132. NOTES:
 

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It looks as though mine is part of the affected recall. Question - if I have installed a injen short ram intake should this be removed and stock intake put back on before bringing it to the dealer (does the intake void warranty)?
 

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Im curious what action Kia will be taking. Seems like Hyundai bears all responsibility since they made the engines.
 

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Looks like my 2012 is affected.

Question, will they be adding another 10 years and 120K to the warranty once the engine is replaced.
 

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This is great news that they're admitting there's a problem. So far no word on 2013s... Hopefully it's a non issue....
 

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Looks like mine is affected as well. Awaiting letter.
 

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So they will give an extended warranty (for what that's worth given how uber nit picky they have been so far) but the issue is engine failure that could cause accident or worse. So if they don't hear a rod knock you just get passed on? Doesn't seem like a solution honestly as to whether or not you hear a noise does not indicate engine stability....
 

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Red Sled is affected as well. She was born in may 2010 and my Vin pulls up the campaign from the site.

Good news bc my engine has been burning oil for the last year.

Will pair nicely with the new tranny from 2 years ago.

Thanks Hyundai!
 

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Also, recall the discussion about some of us having red dipsticks vs yellow ones.

Anyone else think this may have something to do with that....
 
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