Hey everyone. I had no idea there was a quietly passed lifetime warranty on our 13 2.4L Sonata until a old thread popped up here on BITOG about this 2.4L / 2.0L and a major recall about engine knock and or seized motors.. I knew only that it "could have a engine issue because of leftover metal shavings" but It was an old thread, so as of today Aug 2021 I just want to confirm and inform "others" that might also think the same thing: that they are left out to dry. So i called my local Hyundai dealer, gave them the vin, and the service professional told me point blank, that this engine is covered for "life" No cap on miles, time or even owners. Hyundai calls it "enhanced warranty service". I already have the "knock sensor software update". As of 47K miles right now, the engine is as smooth a glass, uses no oil, pulls beautifully, also sounds perfect, but i guess that could change... fast.
Terms of the settlement include:
Terms of the settlement include:
- Cash reimbursement for certain past repairs and related expenses, such as towing and rental cars;
- Cash compensation for certain past trade-ins, sales, and in lieu of certain repairs;
- Free inspection and repair or replacement of damaged engines;
- Lifetime warranty coverage for short block assembly repairs for original and subsequent owners;
- Free installation of the knock sensor detection system software update;
- Various goodwill compensation for customers inconvenienced by previous lengthy engine repair times, denied warranty coverage, and vehicle loss of value, among other provisions
- Knock Sensor Detection System Software Update:
Each of these vehicles is part of an ongoing product improvement campaign to install an engine monitoring technology called a knock sensor detection system. The technology uses software innovations and leverages existing engine sensors to continuously monitor for symptoms that may precede an engine failure. It is installed free of charge for all vehicles in the settlement by Hyundai and Kia dealers.
The knock sensor detection system software continuously monitors engine vibrations for unusual dynamic patterns that develop as an engine connecting rod bearing wears abnormally in a way that could later cause engine seizure. If vibrations caused by bearing wear start to occur, the malfunction indicator lamp will blink continuously and the vehicle will be placed in a temporary engine protection mode with reduced power and acceleration. In this temporary mode, drivers maintain full control of the vehicle as brakes, steering and safety devices such as airbags remain operational.
The vehicle can continue to be operated for a limited time in engine protection mode to enable the customer to safely drive it to a dealer for inspection and repair, but acceleration will be slower, with a reduced maximum speed of approximately 60 to 65 mph and a limited engine speed of approximately 1,800 to 2,000 rpm. The knock sensor technology has been evaluated by an independent, leading engineering and scientific consulting firm. When tested using a fleet of vehicles specifically prepared to test the knock sensor technology, the knock sensor system successfully detected failing connecting rod bearings and responded with activation of the engine protection mode.
I know some might write off Hyundai, because if this, but i think it speaks volumes about the company as a whole. (yeah they had to get sued, but stepped up quick, admitted there was a problem and then offered a solution for this problem..)
The vehicles affected are:
Vehicles in the settlement include 2.3 million Hyundai (2011-2019 Sonata, 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe, and 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 Tucson) and 1.8 million Kia (2011-2019 model year Sportage, Sorento and Optima) vehicles with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter GDI engines.