2002 sonata engine cradle??rusted??

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by The Gilkies, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. The Gilkies

    The Gilkies Guest

    after having such good luck with our used accent,my father has me looking
    for a sonata/elantra.to replace his 1997 mazda.
    i have found a one owner sonata with 100,000kms(canada)
    she had it to her mechanic for a saftey inspection and they failed the car
    and indicated the problem below.
    car has full load including leather and moonroof
    owner is asking $2500 obo.car is in very good shape other than indicated

    the lady that owns the car has indicated that it needs a new "engine cradle"
    as the existing one is rusted out.
    i have checked on the internet and this seems to be a problem with some
    sonata's.i don't think anything has actually pulled out of the frame yet as
    the wheels are straight and not leaned to one side.
    i have checked the hmaservice site and cannot find a reference to "engine
    cradle".or pictures of such.
    my questions are:

    what does the engine cradle consist of?
    how many pieces does it consist of?
    is it expensive to buy and replace(if even possible)?
    would all pieces have to be replaced or only rusty ones?
    does hyundai have a goodwill warranty to cover this?

    i see a class action forming in the states but i am not sure if anything is
    happening on this in canada.
    thanks as always
    The Gilkies, Jun 4, 2008
  2. The Gilkies

    Mike Marlow Guest

    This is the first time I've ever heard of a problem with the cradle in any

    If there is a problem with the craddle, there's not necessarily reason to
    expect the wheels to be leaning to one side.

    The engine craddle is a frame that carries the engine and the suspension
    components. It bolts up to the underside of the unit body.
    Depends on what you consider to be expensive. Not really sure of junk yard
    prices, but that's the way to go. As far as installing it, you're in for
    quite a bit of work. Raise the car, completely break the engine free of all
    connections, both electrical and mechanical, to the car, unbolt the
    suspension components from the car, raise the car off the craddle, remove
    the engine from the craddle, reverse the process to install it in a new
    craddle. Not a one day job for the back yard DIY'er.

    It's all one piece, so I guess you could say that only the rusty piece has
    to be replaced.
    Don't know.
    Mike Marlow, Jun 4, 2008
  3. The Gilkies

    The Gilkies Guest

    hi mike

    here is a link to more info:

    i know,don't believe everything you read on the internet.

    but this lady was pretty upfront with the problem with the car.
    and we are in the heartof the canadian rust belt(atlantic canada)

    i think the leaning wheels leaning is caused by the control arms pulling out
    of the cradle(subframe)beats me.

    really suprised me that a six yr old car would have to have this major piece
    The Gilkies, Jun 4, 2008
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    hyundaitech Guest

    This can indeed cause the wheels to lean, especially if rusted near wher
    the control arms attach.

    This is not an inexpensive repair.

    Unlike what Mike says, the engine/transmission do not need to be removed.
    They have two upper mounts and will come out when you remove the subframe.
    Don't be fooled, though. This is a major job.

    There is no recall or goodwill warranty in the U.S., but this will vary b
    hyundaitech, Jun 5, 2008
  5. The Gilkies

    The Gilkies Guest

    hi ht
    as i thought.
    she was quoted $1500 canadian.
    to bad i could not attempt this myself,a very very nice car otherwise.
    how many pieces does this cradle consist of?
    and is there a pic on the hmaservice website?i searched for about a 1/2 hr
    but could find nothing but ball joints and control arms ,nothing about
    subframe or engine cradle.

    The Gilkies, Jun 5, 2008
  6. The Gilkies

    The Gilkies Guest

    hi all
    i checked with hyundai canada.
    the part alone is $900+tax canadian.
    apparantly no aftermarket piece is available.

    and 4.5 hrs labour to install.
    after that it will need an alignment as all the front end parts have been
    disturbed.plus it might need ball joints and control arms(not related to the
    rusty cradle)

    hmmm not sure if the car is worth it,i might try and get the owner to lower
    the asking price.
    The Gilkies, Jun 5, 2008
  7. The Gilkies

    Mike Marlow Guest

    I happily stand corrected on this point.
    Mike Marlow, Jun 5, 2008
  8. The Gilkies

    hyundaitech Guest

    Oops. I meant to say that the engine/trans will NOT come out when th
    subframe is removed
    hyundaitech, Jun 5, 2008
  9. The Gilkies

    hyundaitech Guest

    As Mike says, it's just one piece. It'll be the large rectangular frame
    underneath the engine an transmission
    hyundaitech, Jun 5, 2008
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