Something to check on your Sonata

A friend of mine was getting out of my 2006 Sonata today (front passenger seat) and when he pulled on the assist pull, one end came loose from the roof. I assumed he had stripped the screw, but when I
got home and looked at it more closely, the screw looked good except for maybe the first half thread or so. I then figured it must have stripped the threads from the mounting hole, but when I screwed the screw back in, it went in fine and took good torque. I then checked the front screw and found it was backed out 1-2 full turns.
I then decided to check the other 3 pulls and it is good that I did. The driver's side pull was about like the front passenger side. The rear screw was just about to fall out. I didn't count, but I'm guessing that screw took at least 4 full turns to tighten it down. The front screw on that side took 1-2 turns.
The rear pulls weren't as loose as the front, but they took anywhere from 1/2 to 2 turns to fully seat.
So, you may want to check your pull handles if you own a Sonata, at least a 2006 model.
Matt
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Never would have thought to check. On my '07: Four pulls, eight screws, one loose, the one that gets used the most.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I wouldn't have thought to check either, but when one gets pulled loose it gets your attention! I was just hoping to save others having to have that particular form of reminder! :-)
Matt
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I've reattached several. Never needed more than simply reinstalling the screw.
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hyundaitech wrote:

It just seemed odd that those screws would come loose. They aren't in a high vibration area.
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My guess is that the particular screw into thin metal looses a tiny bit from pulling on it. Drop of Locktite would cure it, but I didn't have any handy at the time. But if it loosens again. . .
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I have an Opel Vectra, and they too were all loose. Noticed when my son pulled on it and it fell out.
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