Report: Alignment of front wheels
Hyundai Azera Problem
Model Year Affected: 2007
Average Mileage: 44,500 mi (33,000 mi - 56,000 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Hyundai Azera, 33,000 mi
I bought my Azera in 2010 with 33000 miles and I think this has been a problem all along. I replaced the front struts. The "clunk" improved but the shuddering first improved, then returned. Had an alignment, and it improved, then returned. I change over tires each season and rotate in between. Now, with 60,000 miles on the clock, the misalignment has ruined an expensive set of tires that have maybe 10 months on them, and at a guess, perhaps 10,000-12,000 miles in total (these are summer tires and I run two cars in the summer, so they bear less than half of the car's overall mileage). Very frustrated as I otherwise like the car. It has been a very expensive car to maintain in the two years I've owned it.
Excessive wear of tires due to alignment problems. Dealer suggested replace front struts which only made problem worse. Re-check by dealer indicated inability to adjust due to non adjustable front upper ball joints. Replacement ball joints priced at over $400 plus labor and then add front alignment or all 4 wheels at more cost for a total of $685.50 cost. Left dealer with no further attempt to repair. Went to local garage who purchased MOOG ball joints and replaced them for total cost of $275.86 and alignment cost of $68.00 for all 4 wheels, shims, and grease fittings to properly lube the so called perminant lubed joints in suspension. Hyundai knows far in advance the front end is fixed and poorly designed with non adjustability. Caution: Not all mechanics or garages will take on the task of corecting the factory problem of Hyundai autos. Some will only install parts you provide and not adjsut or aligh the auto properly. Hyundai would not respond to requests for information about design flaw and repair problem but it is well known. Search the internet about this issue for yourself.