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Hyundai Sonata Improved Timing Chain Tensioners Available to Correct Noise on Startup

 
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Model Years Affected: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Engines Affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6

Average Mileage: 74,805 mi (20,000 mi - 132,000 mi)

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If you experience excessive engine noise on startup (after the engine has been turned off for several hours) that lasts for more than five or six seconds, turn off the engine and check that the engine oil level is correct. If the oil level is correct, the noise may be caused by the timing chain tensioner. Hyundai has an improved tensioner to correct this problem.

  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 40,000 mi

    Our 2006 Sonata with 3.3 L engine has been makiing this noise for over a year. Was told last year that it had to make the noise for longer than 15 seconds before they fixed it. Did my own oil change last fall and found a lot shiny metal particals in drain pan. Mentioned this to dealer in December and was told the same thing as last year. Contacted Hyundai direct and was told it should be fixed as it is "under warranty". Taking it to dealer this Thursday (1/24) for them to check it out. We'll see what they say then.

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  •  Rookie

    mine is doing the same thing aqnd its going to cost me 1200 dollars

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 29,000 mi

    This strange noisy gremlin began in April of 2013. At first it would not happen every time on start up
    (after sitting overnight) and was initially 2 seconds. By August the rattling noise was happening more
    regularly on start up.........and slightly longer in duration........but never after restarting a warm engine. In April I spoke to a Hyundai service manager who informed the timing chain tensioner was known for creating this problem and Hyundai redesigned the part. In August I spoke to the same person and he volunteered the following information. I found it hard to believe he claimed he NEVER replaced timing chain tensioners, unless it was to correct work done by the "corner repair shops", implying they screwed things up. Specifically, he said do not be concerned with a 2, 4 or 6 second rattle upon start up. Really? I am a perfectionist and expect a manufacturer to do the right thing, i.e., make a GOOD CAR and/or replace defective parts. We were the second owner and got shafted by Hyundai's self serving limited warranty of 5 yrs/60,000. Of course what good is any warranty (new or used) if the dealer gives you the runaround. This service manager claimed there is not need to be concerned unless the chain rattles for 90 seconds on start up, or rattles once again after the car is restarted after 10 minutes of sitting. Additionally, when asked about worst case scenario he said the CHECK ENGINE will come on at the point the issue is preventing the car from running properly. This will most likely be our FIRST and LAST Hyundai product. Although they are not the first to dump a poorly designed product on hapless consumers, I desire a car maker who owns-up and makes things right. While some so-called mechanics theorize this problem arises from pool maintenance (infrequent oil changes) the fact remains the part was REDESIGNED, which clearly implies otherwise.

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 132,000 mi

    knocking sound on engine area, sounds like tming chain of lifters.

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 124,000 mi

    Timing belt tensor broke and caused damage

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 63,000 mi

    Timing chain tensioner noise since 20k miles, took in dealer said 'normal'. Now it is much worse, taking it back and going to insist on the tensioner being replaced under my extended warranty. Is there any TSB number or document I can print out for the dealer to deflect the standard 'I don't want to do it' crap?

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  • drago2, , 3.3L V6, 32,100 mi
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    Rattle for about 10 seconds after cold sturt up and every start after sitting for 10 minutes or long.

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 52,000 mi

    I just bought thus car and briefly hear upon start up noise sounding like lifter noise but now after reading I know its the timing chain tensioner

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 125,000 mi

    It is a loud ticking sound which gets worse upon acceleration. Not every start though becoming more frequent and is being towed to the repair shop tomorrow morning. I am not pleased at all with this vehicle as I bought it used only a yr and a half ago and has already had to be serviced multiple times for major problems.

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 92,000 mi

    Ok this sonata is on its second motor replace by bob king in ws nc and for two days I hear a clanking sound when first start up now the next day motor locked up sitting in da drive way this motor went out about da same mileage I didnt know about this timming chain tensioner and oilpump until I came here and it seems like theres a problem with these motors and no major recalls and some people pay for repairs thats under warranty if the dealership didnt change the oil and oil is the least thing for this cause its defective parts by design but the game is did u have ur car dealership kept up with oil changes and service well I had my black book we'll see if and wen they replace dis motor

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