2006 Sonata idler pulley

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Eric G., Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Eric G.

    Eric G. Guest

    So, for the second time in a year I will be bringing my Sonata (2006 V6 AT)
    back to the dealer for a new idler pulley.

    Is this a common problem? Anyone else experience it? I get this whine
    that just gets worse and worse until I can't take it any more. It's worse
    than the wife.

    Eric G., Mar 31, 2009
  2. Eric G.

    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    If the wife is under warranty, replace her too.
    Ed Pawlowski, Mar 31, 2009
  3. Eric G.

    John Guest

    2 Elantras and 3 V6 Sonatas in the family over the last 10 years. Only time
    tensioner has been replaced on any of them has been when timing belt has
    been replaced. Sounds like something is installed wrong and belt isnt square
    to tensioner.
    John, Mar 31, 2009
  4. Eric G.

    Voyager Guest

    No problems with my 06, but then mine has the 4-banger and I think yours
    had the V-6, right? I doubt the idlers are the same, but I don't know...
    Voyager, Mar 31, 2009
  5. Eric G.

    hyundaitech Guest

    Common issue on the 3.3L and 3.8L engines. Never seen a car need a
    second replacement, though. And not common enough to suspect every
    car would need one.

    Probably just got a bad one as a replacement. Not sure if there's
    been a vendor change or redesign. Failure rate may even fall below
    the threshhold for Hyundai to recognize there's a problem.
    hyundaitech, Apr 2, 2009
  6. Eric G.

    Eric G. Guest

    She is under warranty, but unfortunately it is pro-rated. Not worth it at
    this point.

    Eric G., Apr 4, 2009
  7. Eric G.

    Eric G. Guest

    Thanks HT. I have a sneaky suspision that they didn't actually replace it
    the first time. I spent a good part of the day there this time WATCHING.
    I made them a deal...save the loaner car and let me watch. They accepted.
    Sounds great now...we'll see about the future.

    Eric G., Apr 4, 2009
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