Now that Hyundaitech is back, I have a question for him that I have been
What is your thoughts on the results of the strut/camber "fix" for the left
Many are reporting on another forum that its not correcting the problem.
Apparently the new Kia Optima is having the same problem. Some are blaming
the Hankook tires.
I am holding off on even considering the new sonata until I hear it been
I currently own two Sonata and previously owned a third.
Has this strut/camber "fix" been discussed earlier here?
Can you describe in more detail?
Is there a tech service bulletin on it
I am not familiar with anything on this topic and have not had any
issues with my 2011 Sonata with 13k miles.
Many complaints on other forums.
Here's just one
Even consumers report test car had the problem.
Thanks for the links; it looks like it's a TIRE issue, and I wonder if
it is only Hankook. I have Kumho's on my Sonata.
Here's is the "tire fix", from the other guy on the forum >>>
As I suspected the problem does not lie in the design or engineering
of the car. I used to have a 1984 BMW 733i which i restored and added
18inch rims and tires to. I remember the instant difference in
performce going from 15's to 18's. I felt every little nook and cranny
in the road and the car responded to every little jerk and turn of the
steering wheel. Day one the car performed unbelievably. Towards the
end of the tires' life i remembered having pulling issues and
vibrations. This got me thinking about the tires and wheels on the
I did take my car to the dealer and they were basically clueless and
just tried to zero and align everthing - unsuccesffully. When i
contacted the service manager about the failure... he said that they
wanted to install a new "special strut". This did not get me to
excited, so I said, "I would do some research and bring the car in".
Well I took a look around for success with the special strut... For
the most part, people that took this option were commenting that they
thought there was a "slight" improvement, but it was nothing to write
home about as they still felt a "slight pull". Then I started
researching tires pulling. I asked around with some of my mechanics
about that. My primary mechanic said that it could be the tires as no
two tires and wheels are equal. After about 6 hours of reading and
studying I think I can now start a tire manufacturing business.... or
if nothing else, write a book.
I took the car to the dealer and requested that give me 4 new tires to
take to my mechanic so he could install using his Road Force Balaning
system (RFB). They informed me that they had one of those machines and
could do it at the dealer. (not everyone has these they are like
20,000 for the machine.) Anyway, before they removed the old tires, I
had them test all 4. 2 of the 4 were reported by the machine to be
defective showing the error code "Belt tension inconsistancy -
RECOMMEND REPLACEMENT"... The dealer threw those two tires out and
replaced them and installed all 4 tires using the full balancer
system. The RFB tested the wheels and tires and identified which tires
to match to specific wheels. The RFB then indicated to the technician
where to place them on the car.
The car tracks perfectly down the road. On crown right roads it
slooooowwly pulls right... on crown left roads it sloooooowly pulls
left..... on flat roads or splitting the crown by putting the white
line down the center of the car.. it tracks perfectly straight.
If you want to verify my research do a google search for "RADIAL PULL
TIRES" or "RADIAL STEER TIRES". also try my favorite... "HANKOOK TIRES
PULL ".... You will find all sorts of complaints with the tires....
All in all, I am thrilled with my 2011 SONATA LIMITED 2.0T now that
this problem is resolved. if you have any questions feel free to
I know nothing of a strut/camber fix. Of couse, this doesn't mean it
exists. There may be a field fix that technical assistance is
instructing technicians to perform. I haven't had occasion to call
them in regard to the pulling left.
We have had several Sonatas in our shop for pulling left, a few of
which I've been involved with. On most, I've found no problem,
meaning that I could take the car to a straight, smooth, and
relatively flat roadway, point it straight ahead, and it would
continue tracking straight ahead. I've also had a couple where the
steering wheel wasn't properly centered, meaning that the wheels were
turned slightly when the wheel was in the center position. Neither of
these vehicles pulled in either direction. When they were pointed
straight ahead (steering wheel not necessarily centered), they
continued straight ahead.
As far as the tires, if they are causing a pull, swapping the
positions of the front tires should correct or reverse the pull.
The electronic steering system on these vehicles will attempt to
return the wheel to the center position. I've noticed that it doesn't
do this with exact precision; there is a allowable tolerance which
will in turn allow the vehicle to drift a little one way or the other
if the wheel is allowed to center itself. If I recall correctly, I
did work on one vehicle where the steering angle sensor was not
calibrated properly, causing the system to center it off-center, if
you understand what I mean.
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