Hyundai hasn’t always had its current reputation of making reliable, compact vehicles with electric innovations. Unfortunately, a class action lawsuit forced Hyundai to recall several engines at one point. So, does Hyundai offer engine replacements for affected models?
Hyundai offers a free lifetime engine replacement warranty for affected models with 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbo Theta II engines. You can contact your local dealership if your vehicle is eligible and encounters issues. Hyundai engine replacement times typically take more than 4 weeks.
If you notice strange issues with your Hyundai engine, there’s no need to panic. You might be eligible for a free engine replacement. That said, there’s a lot to consider before contacting your dealership. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know to get started.
Class-action lawsuits have forced Hyundai to recall and replace nearly all 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbo Theta II engines if they fail prematurely. Manufacturing issues caused the engines to wear out prematurely and catch fire in certain situations.
Several models from 2011 to 2019 are equipped with the Theta II engines. Your vehicle might be protected by the lifetime class action warranty and qualify for a zero cost engine reimbursement if you have one of the following models:
- Hyundai-Sonata (Models 2011 to 2019)
- Hyundai-Santa-Fe-Sport (Models 2013 to 2019)
- Hyundai-Tucson (Models 2014 to 2015)
- Hyundai-Tucson (Models 2018 to 2019)
- Kia-Optima (Models 2011 to 2019)
- Kia-Sorento (Models 2012 to 2019)
- Kia-Sportage (Models 2011 to 2019)
Keep in mind that if the car’s engine fails due to overheating, the class action warranty won’t cover it. You can contact your local Kia or Hyundai dealer to see if the engine replacement has been serviced on your model. The dealership can locate the recall history using the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN).
Hearing about safety recalls from a major auto manufacturer like Hyundai can be alarming, especially if your vehicle is one of those affected. Luckily, the majority of reports from affected cars are limited to engine knocking and stalling. However, some Hyundai engines have caught fire.
Here are a few symptoms to look for to determine if your Hyundai is safe to drive:
- Banging sounds coming from the engine that increase in frequency as the RPMs increase
- Power reductions or engine hesitation
- Strange vibrations
- Check engine light on
- Engine oil pressure light on
If you notice any of these issues, contact your local Hyundai dealer and schedule an inspection. You can locate your closest Hyundai dealer by visiting the Hyundai Customer Care Center or calling (855) 671-3059.
The time it takes to replace an engine on a Hyundai vehicle significantly varies depending on multiple factors like the dealership involved, staff availability, and engine delivery times.
In the best-case scenario, it will take a Hyundai dealership 1-2 weeks to replace your engine. This timeframe is an estimate and includes the approval and delivery process.
Unfortunately, this timeframe is fairly uncommon. Some dealerships provide estimates of multiple months for engine replacements due to short staff, high volume, engine deliveries, and approval processes.
Generally speaking, you should expect to wait 4-6 weeks or more when replacing an engine through a Hyundai dealership.
Fortunately, if your vehicle is covered under the Hyundai engine replacement warranty, you won’t have to worry about transportation. Hyundai dealerships provide free rental vehicles or reimbursement for rental fees while your engine is being replaced.
Reimbursement fees may be upwards of $40 per day, depending on the situation. Contact your local Hyundai dealership for more information.
Hyundai faced a class action lawsuit for faulty Theta II engines that was approved on June 10, 2021. Eligible vehicles affected by the class action lawsuit have a lifetime engine replacement warranty. You can see if your vehicle is affected by the recall here.
Besides safety recalls, Hyundai also offers comprehensive warranties for new vehicles. The Powertrain Limited Warranty covers the repair or replacement of powertrain components — like the engine — originally manufactured or installed by Hyundai.
The Powertrain Limited Warranty lasts ten years or 100,000 miles, depending on which happens first.
There may be certain restrictions or limitations, depending on the warranty. Call your local Hyundai dealership or consult your warranty agreement to determine if your vehicle’s engine is covered.
The cost to replace a Hyundai engine will depend on the vehicle’s make, model, and year. The price also varies based on the location, labor costs, engine type, and more.
Hyundai engine replacements cost $4,500 to $6,000 on average, depending on these factors.
The engine replacement will be less expensive if you buy a used or refurbished engine; in those cases, it may cost $3,000–$4,000. Larger V8 engines will cost more, reaching over $7,000. Hybrid engines can also vary in cost, ranging from $6,000 to $9,000.
Labor costs play a large role in the total cost. Engine replacements can take 10-12 hours on average, meaning that costs at shops with higher hourly wages will quickly stack up. Hourly wages can range from $90 to well over $150.
All that being said, these prices are merely estimates, and your mileage will vary significantly. Buying used or refurbished engines can save you money but has obvious risks. Calling different independent mechanics and dealerships will give you multiple estimates and help you find the best price.
The Hyundai class action lawsuit provides a lifetime engine replacement warranty for affected vehicles. Fortunately, the warranty covers all of the costs of the replacement, including transportation fees during the repair process.
Other Hyundai warranties, like the Powertrain Limited Warranty, may cover the costs of repair.
However, this will depend on the situation, warranty agreement, dealership, and several other factors. You can contact your local Hyundai dealership or inspect your warranty agreement to determine if your vehicle’s engine is covered.