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What is the grating noise behind the wheel of my 2018 Hyundai Kona?

Asked by Frederick

My 2018 Kona Active has a steering wheel noise grating (like no power steering fluid) and a creaking or clicking noise when turning the steering wheel or coming to a stop. The dealers have tried to resolve the matter over 18 months but keeps on occurring. What could be the issue here?

Answered by CarsGuide

8 Feb 2021 David Morley

This is a relatively common complaint among Hyundai Kona owners. Sometimes the noise manifests as a buzz or a groan and sometimes it’s loud enough to hear over the stereo. Since your car has electrically-assisted power-steering, there’s no chance that it’s a lack of hydraulic fluid causing the noise, but some Hyundai specialists believe the noise comes from a worm gear within the electric assistance unit. It seems that even in almost new cars, there can be enough wear in this component to cause a noise. The other possible cause is the clock-spring which is a spring that resides inside the steering column and maintains the electrical connections with the steering-wheel mounted controls, the air-bag and the rest of the car, yet still allows you to turn the wheel to steer the car. The good news is that your car is well and truly within the factory warranty period, so a Hyundai dealer is obliged to sort it out for you. Just don’t make the mistake of taking 'they all do that' for an answer.

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