2004 Hyundai SONATA Power Train Automatic Transmission Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2004 Hyundai SONATA Power Train Automatic Transmission Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID704883
 Internal NHTSA #10252179
 ManufacurerHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
 BrandHYUNDAI
 ModelSONATA
 Model Year2004
 File date17/12/08
 ComponentPOWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemI operate a 2004 hyundai sonata. It equipped with shiftronic feature, where you able to overdrive a regular automatic transmission by manually switching to desired gear. However, it has own logic not to allow you to switch to inappropriate gear leading to overstress and/or damage engine or transmission. While driving on slippery road i used above mentioned feature to slow down a car when approaching an intersection (so-called engine brake). At same time i used regular brakes too since engine brake is not so effective and it can't stop the car completely. My car has also no anti blocking system (abs) installed. *** at the moment, when road was too slippery, front wheels were blocked for short period. I eased pedal like it's normally required for cars not equipped with abs, but transmission logic assumed that car is stopped completely and switched to the first gear at speed around 40 km/h (25 mph) which led the front wheels to block permanently and due to that i lost control of the car. *** fortunately, there was nobody around and i only ended up on the road's right shoulder. I repeated this situation in unpopulated area and it happened again and again. (the shiftronic's logic is switching transmission to the first gear automatically after car is stopped to avoid the engine stall when you start moving again) i think, there should be some sort of reader at rear wheels to detect that car is still moving or abs system to be present as standard, not as optional feature. Or, maybe, transmission's behavior should be updated.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure22000
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateVANCOUVER, BC, 00
VIN pattern XXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?Y
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase28/01/21
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders0
Drive train type
Transmission type
 Vehicle speed25
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's name
 Dealer's telephone number
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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