We have a 2006 Sonata with about 35,000 miles on it. We purchased it used
about 6 months ago from a Hyundai dealer. The car had been a lease that had
been turned in, and the dealer did all the 30K checks & maintenance. (We've
used the dealer for several years, so I trust them). We've not had any
problems with the car since we got it.
Yesterday, when I was driving, the "ABS" and the "ESC Off" lights came on
and stayed on. The car handled OK, no other problems, so since I was about
5 minutes from home, I just came home and parked.
After I turned the car off, I restarted it. After restarting the car, the
ABS and ESC lights did NOT come back on (other than the few seconds on start
I'm planning on calling the dealership Monday to get the car checked out,
but until they can get me in, how much risk to my safety, or damage to the
car (if any) am I taking in continuing to drive it? According to the
manual, the ABS warning light means that the ABS system should be checked
"as soon as possible, but it won't affect the normal operation of the
braking system" From that, it sounds like it's not a problem to continue
driving if necessary (unless I get into a situation where the ABS is needed)
Also, assuming the light doesn't come back on the next time I drive it,
should I still take it in? I realize it probably stores the error codes,
but if it's not triggering the warning light, do I need to worry about it?
If there is a problem with the ABS system, would it be covered under the
factory warranty? It's still within the initial 5 years.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.