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Hyundai Push Button Start Problem Persists

June 06, 2012 By: LemonLaw Category: hyundai, not starting

Are you having problems with your Hyundai push button start? Have your keyless start problems left you stranded because your Hyundai won’t start?

We have been frequently writing about the dilemmas Hyundai drivers are encountering, including alignment issues and transmission troubles.Now comes a new one on the horizon: A problem with the Hyundai push button start.

The message boards are blowing up with folks who are being left stranded by the Hyundai push button start problem.

The issue has to do with a failure in the brake pedal sensor. Ideally, a driver is supposed to put their foot on the brake and push the button. Provided the Hyundai identifies a key fob in the vicinity (a pocket or purse), the car should start up with no problem. However, the sensor in the brake pedal appears to be defective. As a result, the car cannot comprehend that the driver has their foot on the pedal and the car will not start.

We know of many drivers who are regularly going back to their Hyundai dealer to address this problem, and some folks have been told that there is no fix being that it is intermittent. Others have been told that the problem will correct itself. That is not the case.

We believe the manufacturer has yet to identify a proper fix and many more Hyundai drivers are going to have this push button start problem ‘down the road.” This issue could certainly leave many drivers stranded in driveways, parking lots, and gas stations.

If you are suffering with a Hyundai push button start problem, it is important that you keep track of your repair invoices and you continue to have the matter addressed under your warranty until the issue is resolved. If you find that you have been back to the shop repeatedly for the matter, look into your rights under State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws and contact a Lemon Law Lawyer in your state who may be able to assist you.


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79 Responses to “Hyundai Push Button Start Problem Persists”


  1. #1 Tim says:

    I have a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. This car is driving me crazy. I wish i never traded in my 1999 Altima. The brake sensor was replaced 3 times in 1 week ! I have been stranded at supermarkets and at work. Sometimes i leave car running when i go to store now…because you never know if car will start or not. The Dealership told me after the 3rd time that it wasn’t the brake pedal sensor, that it was something wrong with key FOB. I think they lied because they knew my car would qualify under Lemon Law. I just want to get my money back…

    • #2 LemonLaw says:

      Tim: Please call us at 1800 LEMON LAW to discuss your situation and how we can help.

      • #3 Wayne says:

        The Sonata will start as long as the key fob is close enough to start the car when no problem exist. The owners manual identifies the procedure on how to do it. Simply push the start button until the screen icons for car systems are displayed on the screen in front of you. Hold the start button in until the car starts – this should be about 10 seconds.

        I just had the brake stop under the pedal worked on this morning for the no start issue. The service representative said he didn’t know what the problem was, but, there were “some” other people complaining. I suspect the brake stop switch that allows the car to sense the brake is pushed comes loose over time – but – I do not know that for sure.

        • #4 Sarah says:

          I have been having problems with my 2012 Elantra. I have had the master brake cylinder replaced when the car was only 6 months old. I’m going on my 3rd steering wheel due to it coming apart and now this push button thing … It hasn’t left me stranded yet but stalled out when I turned onto a busy feeder rd. So I have been debating on trading this car in for a Toyota now I think I might. I don’t want to be stuck with a car that the. “warranty” in no good.My dealership said that if the steering wheel comes apart again they can’t guarantee that it will be covered a third time so what’s the point of paying for the extended warranty. Other than these technology issues I love the car
          Sarah.

          • #5 LemonLaw says:

            @Sarah: It’s time look into your rights. Click here http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html and see if an attorney can help you seek remedy.

            • #6 mervincpa says:

              2011 Hyundai. I now need a “jump”anytime I want to drive. The push button does not work but radio & lights run fine. Tomorrow is 2nd trip to dealership. We have replaced battery in key foband dealership assured me the car battery is fine. When the car is “jump” the brake drops and car turns right over. It has been extremely cold here – is there anychance this brake sensor needs juice from battery and holds it in some reserve and that is the problem? I literally drove for 1.5 hrs this morning to work. I parked the car and then thought of moving it to a better spot – guess what – it wouldn’t start! I am concerned I will get the run around from dealer tomorrow as I have 73k miles on the car.

              • #7 Sarah says:

                The push start ignition works with the brakes, there is a sensor that I think would be going bad. I had a similar issue with mine (I traded it in before more issues arose). I had to have the master brake cylinder replaced after only having the car for 6 months. After it was replaced I started having glitches with the push start. And my dealership gave me a bit of a problem after I had the steering wheel replaced twice for coming apart. I purchased the extra warrany as well but they said the could not guarantee it would be covered. Hopefully they don’t give you a problem. If so trade up for a Toyota never had a problem with any of the ones we have (one truck is 16 yrs old and going strong). Good luck to you.

                • #8 Kasha says:

                  I am having the same problem with my 2012 Sonata. This all started about a month ago the same day I have my front brakes replaced. I thought it was the battery so I got a jump and it started. The next day i went to the dealership and they said nothing was wrong. A few days later it did it again. After I sat for a few minutes it started. Yesterday the problem occured again and I was 166 miles from home with two kids. I had to call roadside assistance and it still wouldn’t start. It was towed to the dealership and I am being told yet again nothing is wrong. It is obvious that something is wrong and it sounds like it has to do with the braking system and the push button start. These cars need to be recalled and fixed.

                  • #9 Mari says:

                    I have gone in for this issue three times already. March, May, and now August. It happened in May and right after it FINALLY started I was driving and my car started super smoking and they had to replace the engine. It has had to get towed twice already and it’s only a 2013. They replace the brake switch AGAIN… I know it is going to happen again be use they already tried that… They can’t replicate the issue when I bring it in so they say they don’t know what’s wrong or how to fix it… I’ve missed days of work and been late sooo many time because of this…I’m very frustrated and wish I could just get rid of this troublesome car…

                    • #10 Mary B says:

                      Push start issues…

                      1st time they said it was the battery in key fob

                      2nd time they said it was my battery and they said it was a bad cell and gave me a new one

                      3rd time I had to have it towed and we had tried to jump it and also the tow truck driver tried, 4 times total within a 24 hour period (it was the weekend) called dealer this morning and they said that it started right up????

                      I am very frustrated….2013 bought brand new….

                      • #11 LemonLaw says:

                        @Mary: Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a lemon law firm in your state. You need to have a lawyer review your claim and discuss your rights.

                        • #12 william m says:

                          We are having the same push button start problem with are tucson what we found is if you use the keyfob to push the button it starts. Are dealership don’t have have an answer to the problem either, your almost afraid to drive it anywhere, we are looking to trade it in for a honda we have a honda pilot 2003 and never had a problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          • #13 LemonLaw says:

                            @William: How many times have you been back to the shop? Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state to discuss your rights.

                            • #14 kasha says:

                              It has happened again, exactly one month from the third time it happened.. replaced the brake switch again. Im ready to trade this car in.

                              • #15 Scott Lorimer says:

                                2011 Sonata with push button start. I bought this used to replace an ’05 Sonata that never gave me a problem. Right after I signed the papers, I walked out to start the car and it wouldn’t start. They eventually jumped the car and it started. Brought it home, went to work the next day, in and out for lunch with no trouble. Then when I went to go home, it wouldn’t start. Got it towed back to where I bought it and they brought it to a Hyundai dealer. They replaced the shifter, saying it was binding. I have continued to have issues but have gotten it started each time, usually by walking away from the car with the fob and then returning. It has been back to the Hyundai dealer twice, the second time for two days, but it starts each time there and they say there is nothing they can do.

                                • #16 Chris Hugenberger says:

                                  This has happened to my wife on a few occasions. I have never myself experienced this issue. I think the issue is with the brake sensor. She doesn’t press down on the brake hard enough or something. When you get in the car you’ll see that the power button is lit up white which indicates that the brake button has not been pressed, and if you push the button at this time, just the power will come on to the car, but the car won’t start. If you press on the brake (And the sensor is working), the light behind the power button will go off, indicating if you now push the button the car should start.

                                  • #17 Allen Wood says:

                                    Push button star problems began happening about 6 months ago on my 2011 Hyundai Elantra. It would start after two or three attempts. Last week the car would not turn over at all after 7 attempts. The dealer was able to reproduce the problem and a ECU update and/or ECM upgrade was performed. I hope that is the solution and the problem has been fixed.

                                    • #18 George says:

                                      We have had several issues with this 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

                                      Everything that everyone is stating regarding this push button start elantra is 110% accurate. Worst nightmare…..who would think a brand new car would cause me so many issues.

                                      I have been stranded at a gas station, my driveway , work, at a mall parking lot.

                                      This has been to the dealer so many times and now I am done with it!!!!! Biggest POS every made ….why can’t they FIX the problem????????? Over 9X it has been to the dealer and its still
                                      NOT FIXED.

                                      FINDING A Lawyer to take care of the Hyundai LEMON wannnabee HONDA!!

                                      • #19 LemonLaw says:

                                        @George: Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state.

                                        • #20 donald says:

                                          2015 Sonata will not recognize either key fob. will not start. abandoned in my garage. been to dealer who says nothing wrong.

                                          • #21 Cathy McBride says:

                                            Interesting about the brake pedal. This is happening to my 2013 Sonata, purchased brand new. First time dealer said it was a secondary dealer installed alarm. They took it off and all was fine for.a week. THEN, happened again.and my husband was stranded.for 2 hours. Tow truck came and was just ready to tow and car started. Fine for the.past few days but it is scary wondering if it will start or not.
                                            Think I will not trade for another Hyundai.

                                            • #22 Sabrina Jeter-Jones says:

                                              I am having the same problems with my 2012 Elentra. I push the button and everything lights up but won’t start. The brake pedal gets more and more pressure behind it as I try. I have had it to the dealer multiple times and they claim no knowledge of the problem. I have made numerous videos of it and sent them as well. I am so frustrated!

                                              • #23 Tarah Clark says:

                                                We purchased our 2011 Hyundai Nov 2014 used was having starting issues first few days they said was key fob has been running fine since then on Friday 9/25/15 I was going in for major surgery and was late due to starter issue will not start then starts after 3-9 times trying was VERY stressful. Now home from surgery and we could not get it to start to go get my meds. I have an appointment Monday to see if they will fix I am going to show tr them all that you have said as well and call and see if Hyundai has a fix for any of this yet. Very sad we normally are very happy with every other Hyundai we have owned is this brake sensor covered under their warrant????

                                                • #24 yadi says:

                                                  I have a 2011 sonata 2.0T.
                                                  If you suspect the remote battery is bad, place the entire remote in the slot in the arm-rest compartment and it should start by pushing the start. If so replace the remote battery with a 2032 coin battery.

                                                  If you suspect the brake pedal switch is bad, press start once, then press and hold start for 15 seconds, the car starts without pushing brake pedal down.

                                                  I bought the car recently and first notice a hesitation to start, that is a few engine turn before starting. Then I park the car at the restaurant and going back it cranks, but does not start. Tried few times and battery was cranking engine strongly, but would not start. Left the car overnight.
                                                  Next day cranks, no start. Pushed the car back to towe it, tried again and it starts right away. Drove it to home and parked in the garage. Drove the car few places and next day made appointment to take to dealer, it does not even crank. Removed battery negative and placed back few times to reset the car computer. Now it does not detect the remote. Press lock on the remote the parking lights come on and stays on forever.
                                                  Placed the entire remote in the slot located in the arm-rest compartment and try to start. It clicks to turn the engine over and it cuts off right away.
                                                  Next day towed to dealer and they said a cell in the battery is bad. They replaced the battery and it started.
                                                  I believe the problem is with the computer software and dealers have now fix for it. They keep replacing what they think off and car starts, just like when you started it even without replacing a part. The is called intermitting . Interesting to know is that the computer does not generate a fault code as why engine did not start. After the car starts the engine light is off(no fault).
                                                  It sounds like if a cell in the battery is bad, the car computer is not working properly and all of such problems is caused by computer due to low power source.. This could be the case if the computer is operating with 12 volt source, however, if the 12 volt is regulated to 5 volt source for the computer this should not be the case.

                                                  Not sure what else they have done to start the car, like somehow resetting the car computer.

                                                  I suspect the computer program since dealer cannot fix the problems and they keep changing parts at the customers expense and as I have not seen any one claim an absolute fix. In all the sites no one has ever suspected computer program. may be not even Hyundai.

                                                  • #25 Tasha Marie says:

                                                    I have a one year old 2015 Hyundai Tucson, purchased in 2014 BRAND NEW. I’ve had the push button start issue twice now. First time was within the first 4 months of owning it, that time it eventually started working, as roadside assistance was on it’s way. Second time I was out to lunch, came out and it wouldn’t start. Had coworkers with me who witnessed the whole thing, even the remote start app on my phone won’t start the car. Had a tow truck tow it to the dealer, and of course then it started for them. Today I dropped it off for them to do a thorough diagnostics on the electrical system. My fear is they’ll say the same thing they said the last two times; “it’s nothing”. If they don’t do anything, and it happens again, I’m done with this car. It’s my 3rd Hyundai and 2nd Tucson and love it. I didn’t buy a brand new car to be left stranded and in a bind.

                                                    • #26 Geraldine Williams says:

                                                      We have a 2013 Tucson with only 17,000 miles and since the beginning there has been intermittent problems starting the car. I can always get it started, but can take one, two or more times to push the button. It is difficult to reproduce for the dealer since it is so randomly intermittent . Last time the sensor for “park” was replaced. Then several days later same old problem. It’s at the dealer right now. Again.

                                                      • #27 Geraldine Williams says:

                                                        Just picked my my 2013 Tucson from dealer service. Was a faulty brake sensor. Replaced. Fingers crossed.

                                                        • #28 Mary Ann Boysen says:

                                                          My 2013 Hyundai Sport has been giving me problems. First it was the battery. Of course, when they charged it to check it out (after it being towed) it start right up and they said that it checked out just fine. This happened a half dozen times until they finally agreed (out of the goodness of their hearts) to replace the battery. No problems in that area since.
                                                          Now it won’t start intermittently. All lights go on, seat slides forward, radio comes on….but it doesn’t turn over. We have had it towed in, and upon arriving, when they got around to checking it, the car started! So they say, we can’t fix it unless the problem is duplicated here. Grrrr! Whatever happened to the person who took pride in begin able to check under the hood and find a problem. Now, they require a computer to do the diagnostics for them. It also probably tells them which screws to turn. I am just short of hiring a LEMON LAW attorney because I cannot afford to be stranded. The problem is that I LOVE this car! And I have told numerous people what a wonderful vehicle it is. It won’t take me long to withdraw all those accolades. I don’t love it at the moment.

                                                          • #29 Balson yochin says:

                                                            I have had the issue on 2013 Santa Fe. Noticed breaks were harder than normal to press when it happened. Started watching the wife on each start till I saw no break lights and that time no start. After a couple trips to service They finally found a bad vacuum regulator. Took 3 days….. Been fixed 9 months.

                                                            • #30 adubb says:

                                                              Have you tried to put it in the armrest mine starts right up.

                                                              • #31 LemonLaw says:

                                                                @Balson: 9 times???? You should certainly look into your rights. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a lemon law lawyer in your state.

                                                                • #32 Octaviu Pop says:

                                                                  I own a Hyundai I40 from 2012. My problem with the Start Button is that the car starts without pressing any pedal. So I cannot put the car on “ACC” mode. I cannot open a window or a headlight without starting the car. Does anybody know what the problem might be?

                                                                  • #33 Barbara says:

                                                                    Just bought 2013 Sonata…..after 3 days push start is not working.
                                                                    I read about putting the FOB into the slot that is located in the lower armrest compartment (forward wall) ….IT WORKED!
                                                                    Try it. Hope that solves the problem. I need to check into why this works & how I can get the car started the way it is supposed to.
                                                                    I bet the seller is smiling all the way to the bank. (no wonder he quickly dropped the price by $1,000).

                                                                    • #34 Brenda says:

                                                                      I have a Hyundai 2014 Azera. I have not had any issues until 3/5/16. Everything lights up, radio comes on but there is a clicking sound when I push on the brake and hit the start button. Unfortunately I have been left stranded. Hours later it will start. This morning I got ready to leave and guess what? No start again. I love my car but I cannot have this.

                                                                      • #35 Beverly says:

                                                                        We bought a 2014 Sante Fe in Lewiston, Id. The day after our purchase they closed the dealership because Hyundai refused to share a building with another name.
                                                                        My problem is with the FOB falling apart. My husbands came apart in his pocket without any purposeful effort from him; just moving around in pocket.
                                                                        Mine came off while i was shopping and is gone. The nearest dealer to us now is about a 4 hour drive away.
                                                                        This FOB is a very poor design. You are supposed to have to push a small button to take the FOB cover off of the key inside. This should be a purposeful effort but apparently it can be rubbed inadvertently on something and cause it to separate. The “key” inside only opens the doors if need be and it stays attached to the key ring. The black body of the FOB falls off and is easily lost….this can cause a person to be stranded and possibly endangered depending on circumstances. The car will not run without the FOB.

                                                                        • #36 sally jackson says:

                                                                          Hi I have a 2015 Tuson I bought in May 2015 new it locked me out of the car 2 weeks after in 115 heat. I called the dealership in California they told me to push my remote to the push button to start it worked. But dealership could not find problem. This happens to me 2 to 3 times a month. I have taken back to dealership 3 times but they cannot find a problem. They did change the chip on car computer 2 days later I was straded at 3 different places. The last time in March 2016 the car was in for 11 days no result. I have started video on car. I I’ve no help from Natasha from hyundai. I did start a claim. Hyundai does not want to take responsibility for this. I am a diabetic I live in Las Vegas fearing summer and being stranded with a dead phone along with a dead car.

                                                                          • #37 Jim says:

                                                                            I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata turbo with 16000 miles been having a issue with the push button start press the brake pedal nothing happens i replaced the battery in the key remote,made a trip to the dealer they claim everything is working today is April 14 2016 im on the phone not to happy

                                                                            • #38 Donna says:

                                                                              This totally makes sense…I’ve been having starting problems intermittently too. The latest this week I had the neighbor jump my ’13 Tucson. The next afternoon it would not start. I left it since I was home and didn’t need to go anywhere. The next day asked a friend for a jump but decided to try it just for the heck of it, and it started.
                                                                              Back up to the day before- I noticed that I couldn’t push the brake pedal when I went to start it. This is the first time I’ve had a keyless star so didn’t connect the two. It’s going for a diagnostic test Tuesday -when I took it s month and a half ago they checked the battery and it was fine but didn’t have time to run in depth test…now I have somewhere they can start.
                                                                              Side note, I’ve had electrical issues since last year- the dash was light up like a Christmas tree one day and the guages were swinging all over. They cleaned the ground..hope it’s not related to this.

                                                                              • #39 Danielle says:

                                                                                I have a 2014 Hyundai Elentra limited. I am so glad that I’m not the only one! Ugh this problem started about 6-8 weeks ago. At first it wouldn’t start the first time and then I would hit it again and it would start. Now I can sit there for hours and it won’t start. I’ve had it towed twice and brought it in myself once and still they cannot find the problem. At this point they’ve had my car for 7 days and have had it in total 15 days. They adjusted the break sensor and still it won’t work, but every single time I bring it it works for them! It’s absolutely infuriating! I’m starting my lemon law paper work tonight!

                                                                                • #40 Andreia says:

                                                                                  I bought a Hyundai Elantra GT in November 2014. Today, it only has 10k miles. Two months ago, the car didn’t recognize the key inside the car and wouldn’t start when I pressed the engine start button. I had to take the key out of my purse and put it next to the button for the car to start. That has not happened again. However, I could swear that the Engine Start Button indicator light used to turn green when car was on until a week ago, but doesn’t anymore. I took it to the dealer and they said that the indicator light never turns green! Am I imagining this?!

                                                                                  • #41 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                    @Sally: I would visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state who can help you.

                                                                                    • #42 Jim says:

                                                                                      My 2013 Hyundai Sonata Turbo been in the shop now 5 times for the same problem the replace the transponder in the PDM module inside the dash still doing the same thing not starting Dash goes out then restart again finally starts I had to call the rep now they are involved my situation hearing Manchester New Hampshire Hyundai dealer as I speak guys back at the shop got to keep it over the holiday weekend one good thing I got a rent a car

                                                                                      • #43 Jim says:

                                                                                        Why can’t they ever fix this issue with the push button start a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Turbo only has 17000 miles when I’m going through is so stressful asked me if I press the brake and push button I say am I that stupid course I do clicks then Dash goes out crank but no start I repeat the second time and starts go figure intermittent issues No Doubt

                                                                                        • #44 Steve says:

                                                                                          I have a 2016 Santa Fe Sport Turbo with 4,800 miles. In April, the first day the temp reached about 85 mid afternoon, the car wouldn’t start. Was fine on 2 store trips earlier in the day. Brake pedal more firm than is should be, like an older power brake car not running. It was a Saturday of course and had it towed. Dealer said dead cell in battery, replaced and car good till next Saturday. Same as before, go to store, go to post office earlier and no issues. About 4pm try to go to store and no start. All lights on dash flashing, going thru system checks, but so start. I forgot to mention, no engine turn over, no clicks, nothing. All power works fine, air, radio, locks, even sun roof. Towed in again. I’m not a wizard, but seems heat affecting start. Dealer calls, car ready, a vacuum hose the issue. Right. I go to pick up the car and it won’t start at the dealership. Now I have the attention of service manager. See, I’m not an old fool. Get a call a couple days later, car fixed, pump bad. Ok, let’s see who is smarter. I tell service manager, park the car outside in the sun and call me in 4 hours. I get a call latter that day and the car won’t start. This 2nd trip to the shop started on May 1st. It is now June 5th and Orange Park Hyundai, Hyundai of America and their field techs don’t have a clue.

                                                                                          • #45 anna says:

                                                                                            Try this.

                                                                                            I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra that on 2 occasions, when the weather was extremely hot (around 100º), wouldn’t start even though the remote opened the door and all the lights, radio, dash lights worked. The battery was fully charged. It seems to be a computer issue, possibly the security system or, more likely, the break pedal sensor.
                                                                                            My car has the button starter. You have to press the brake at the same time as the button. Today, I noticed that the brake felt like it wouldn’t depress so the starter wouldn’t work. It is a failure of the brake sensor. I found that if you disconnect the battery and then reconnect it resetting the computer, the car starts.

                                                                                            • #46 Stacy says:

                                                                                              I have a 2011 sonata.. Absolutely love my car until few weeks ago it wouldnt start!! Same problem like u all are having.. Al the lights come on the battery is 100%! I have to keep starting car over n over to finally get it to start! Thinking its the starter. I have 2 babies and my pregnant w my 3rd i cant afford being stranded again especially in this heat! It eventually starts but sometimes i have to walk away from car come back in and then it starts. Or i hold button in for 20 seconds and shut off and then start it up and works but sometimes it takes longer!! Boyfriend is gonna take it to garage tmrw and try n diagnose the problem! Ive has car 5 months now and am kicking myself in the a$$!

                                                                                              • #47 Kevin says:

                                                                                                sounds like I’m in the same boat regarding the push button starter. IM sitting in the dealership right now and they can’t find the problem so let’s replace the battery that is testing okay but its only 15 dollars. Last night I tried about 30 times for about 30 minutes. Went for a walk, tried again and it started. I drive a 2013 Elantra GT and love it but if this starter problem continues we might go from a 2 Hyundai family to a 0.

                                                                                                • #48 Jonny87 says:

                                                                                                  I have a very similar problem just bought a Hyundai 2013 santa fe two months ago with 80000 miles. Everything’s been running great and then just this morning my wife went out to start the car and it wont turn over. All lights turn on windows work radio works so I know it’s not the battery. Gas pedal is very stiff I can put the car in neutral but it still won’t turn over. And I’m looking at my paperwork and I have an as-is warranty buyer’s guide. I was just hoping but there has been maybe a recall or something on this matter so that I don’t have to spend the time and money replacing it myself.

                                                                                                  • #49 Denise says:

                                                                                                    I purchased a Certified Pre-Owned 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT exactly one month ago today. It’s already heading back to the dealer a second time for this push button start issue. Last week they had my car for three days and told me they couldn’t duplicate the problem. They returned the car to me without having fixed or replaced anything so I knew it was only a matter of time before it happened again. They told me if it happened again, I need to have the car towed without trying to get it started because once it starts, all error codes are cleared and their computers would not be able to diagnose the issue. I accepted that as a reasonable explanation. Sure enough this morning the car wouldn’t start. I called Hyundai roadside assistance for the tow, only to be told when they arrived that their policy is to try to get the vehicle running before towing. I called the dealer and told them this and they said it is what it is. I explained that starting the car and bringing it in again only to be told they can’t duplicate the problem again is not an acceptable option. They told me it’s the chance I’ll have to take. I asked at what point do they start replacing parts with the hopes of getting it right instead of just going back and forth and they told me they can’t just throw parts into cars without knowing what the problem is. I understand that, however, nothing is being done to correct the problem and I’m being told there’s nothing they can do! So who exactly is responsible for finding and fixing the issue – me?!? I’m done with this dealer; trying a different Hyundai dealer on Saturday. Hopefully they can resolve this as I am extremely frustrated and inconvenienced. I haven’t even made my first payment but I can’t drive my car!

                                                                                                    • #50 April says:

                                                                                                      I have a 2014 Sonata Hybrid. Over the past 6 months the push button has started to have issues every once in a while. I push the button, the lights come on but the car does not start. I have been stuck at softball, stuck at home trying to get to work, stuck at the store on my lunch break. I have called the dealership each time but after 5-10 minutes it seems to start so the dealership says that there is no way for them to tell what is wrong unless it is actually doing it when they get it. It is so frustrating.

                                                                                                      • #51 Linda Short says:

                                                                                                        So glad I found this blog. I first had the problem of the push button starter not working about a month ago. I have a 2013 Hyundai Tucson with only 17K miles on it. Last night I was at a friend’s house about 20 miles away and I come out in pouring rain and wind and the push button does nothing. The brake pedal seemed to be stuck in the down position. The little “car” light appeared on the dash but the vehicle book was of no help. “See your Hyundai dealer” is useless information on a Saturday night! I waited an hour and a half for the AAA tow truck and of course it started right away. Going to the dealer tomorrow and I am now equipped with information to help.

                                                                                                        • #52 Marna says:

                                                                                                          How is it possible hundai is not doing recall to fix this? Class action suit?

                                                                                                          • #53 Edward says:

                                                                                                            2013 Santa Fe Sport Turbo. “no key present” issue just started. Will be watching here.

                                                                                                            • #54 Edward says:

                                                                                                              Similar problems on my 2013 santa fe sport turbo. 27,000 miles. By the way, 2013 santa fe does NOT have a smartkey slot anywhere.

                                                                                                              • #55 Vincent says:

                                                                                                                I have a 2011 2.0t sonata. I love this car. I thought it was the best car I ever owned until now. I bought two new fobs and had them programed by a locksmith because I had lost my original. everything was fine for three months then the first fob was not being recognized so I started using the other one. I thought, okay the battery is out I will change it later. Everything was good again with the second fob until it started doing the same thing. I called the locksmith thinking the program went out. He asked if the car started with the fob in the fob holder and I said yes. I changed both batteries and still will not be recognized by the vehicle. No problem starting car so far. I just enjoyed not having to pull my key out of my pocket all the time.

                                                                                                                • #56 Steven says:

                                                                                                                  2015 Santa Fe….sitting here at dealership with same starting issue. Been dealing with it for last month. Brought it to dealership and I’m told there is nothing wrong with vehicle. Battery tested fine and problem cannot be duplicated. A quick search on my phone and I find this blog. Frustrating as I am queationed on this issue that obviously Hyandai knows they have had for years.

                                                                                                                  • #57 Walter Hickey says:

                                                                                                                    problems just beginning with push button starting…happened twice that it wouldn’t start but eventually did. Scarey!

                                                                                                                    • #58 Beth - WV says:

                                                                                                                      I have a 2013 Hyundai Tucson with the keyless entry…..which I have loved until the past 5 weeks. First time I was out running errands and couldn’t lock the doors with the FOB. I was just running in to mail a couple packages so I didn’t think much of it. When I came out the car would not start. Not a light anywhere on the dashboard and radio not working. I tried a couple times, then tried the alternate location in the console. Still nothing. Kept trying and trying. Finally lights blinked on the dash and the next time it started. However it was like the car did an electronic reboot….all radio & Sirus presets were gone. About a week ago same thing…..couldn’t lock the doors, then the car wouldn’t start. This time it only took a couple times to start BUT now my drivers window doesn’t work. Everything else works fine. Now after reading all of these reports I’m more concerned.

                                                                                                                      • #59 Gaurav Sanghvi says:

                                                                                                                        2013 SantaFe Sport, having the same push start problems. Happened twice. Both times waited for about an hour, and tried to move my power seat back and forward, and it started working. Not sure about the connection yet, will be speaking with the dealership.

                                                                                                                        • #60 chuck howard says:

                                                                                                                          Just made my first payment on a used 2012 genesis 5.0 r spec. With 41000 miles. Went to start it and engine will not turnover. Same problem as everyone…class action time

                                                                                                                          • #61 Jamie says:

                                                                                                                            My 2014 Elantra gt started having problems around 35k miles when the pedal wouldn’t engage in order to activate the start button so I could start the car.
                                                                                                                            It went away after a while, but it started happening again (52k) & im beginning to think it could be effected by the cold or by how many things I may have on in the car when I turn it off. Anyway…
                                                                                                                            I have found the work around – at least on my car. This is what always works for me!
                                                                                                                            Keep your foot off of the brake. Hit the start button (maybe twice – I just know the dashboard engages). Then put your foot on the brake. Hold down the start button. Wahlah! For some reason this always works on my car.

                                                                                                                            • #62 Annie says:

                                                                                                                              I have a Tucson 2014, purchased new and currently has less than 10K miles on it. I have a second car I drive to work every day. Today I happened to drove the Tucson park it, got out to walk into the office and noticed how poorly it was parked. I got back into it to re-park and it wouldn’t start. I called the dealer and was told it was the battery….no, because remote start works but once I get into the car the engine shuts off. I get a icon shaped like the truck with a key in the center. I tried looking up the icon in the manual to see what it meant but it isn’t there! After reading all the stories here, I’m starting to regret my decision to purchase this vehicle and it has only happened to me just this one time. The reason for buying a new car was having a “dependable” vehicle when I’m out and about by myself. I’m a single female and I need to know my car will start every time.

                                                                                                                              • #63 Gwynn Guiliano says:

                                                                                                                                I just started having issues with starting my 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid push button start. A few days ago, it took 6 tries before I finally got it started. I thought maybe I wasn’t pushing the brake in the right spot. Dumb since I’ve been starting it for over 3 years without even thinking about it! Then I remembered this had happened once the previous month. Should I make an appointment now or wait and see if it happens again?

                                                                                                                                • #64 Michael Hansen says:

                                                                                                                                  Bought a brand new 2016 Genesis Coupe from the dealership. Driving it for two weeks, and the no starts began. Towed it to dealership, suddenly starts fine. So they claim that I’m not doing it right. Mine is a stick shift, so maybe the clutch sensor? Furious that I have to deal with this on a brand new car. This is my second Genesis, not sure I will get a third.

                                                                                                                                  • #65 steve says:

                                                                                                                                    I’m hearing it could be an ‘inhibitor switch”/”range switch” located by the transmission. Estimated to be +/-1hr labour + 120$ part. Anyone else find this to be the case? Since this issue started with me i’ve been carrying a spare battery+cables in the trunk until I find time to visit a shop.

                                                                                                                                    • #66 David says:

                                                                                                                                      Same problem push the start button nothing happens. I tried pushing the lock/ unlock on fob and then it starts, it not a fix but then it does start Hyundai Volister not very good bad tires, starter fried the battery nothing under warranty. Never again that’s for sure.

                                                                                                                                      • State: NY
                                                                                                                                    • #67 Abeer says:

                                                                                                                                      I have a Sonata Sport 2015 purchased new in August 2015. Starting this year I had a couple of incidents where the car won’t start. I used the remote to lock and unlock the car and some how I was able to start it. 2 weeks ago the push button won’t work at all and the remote trick did not work. I called CAA as I thought the battery was dead. The CAA guy was smart and checked my battery before jumping the car. He told me your battery is good. He got into the car shifted the gear to R and then back to P and the car started. since then I’m using this trick to start the car; I’m taking it to the dealership soon.
                                                                                                                                      By the way, I notice that this only happened to me when I turn on the car after leaving it parked for a long time. i.e in the morning and when I’m heading home after work. The push button works fine when the car is left for short times.

                                                                                                                                      • State: Canada
                                                                                                                                    • #68 Dennis says:

                                                                                                                                      My 2013 Sonata Hybrid has issues with the electric start. I took it to the dealer who said all seemed well but, thankfully, when I went to leave the issue resurfaced. They now have the car and I have a rental. We’ll see what they identify but this message board concerns me a great deal.

                                                                                                                                      • State: Georgia
                                                                                                                                    • #69 Walter says:

                                                                                                                                      Not 2nd payment yet stranded on busy highway 3 hours no start pusbutton tried everything. Fustrated. This one. Might go back before further issues.

                                                                                                                                      • State: GA
                                                                                                                                    • #70 Shahid says:

                                                                                                                                      Hi all I have hyandai sonota 2015 touch system.
                                                                                                                                      The problem is that touch didt full off.only acc and start button.also remote not working can some one help me to find this problem.

                                                                                                                                      • State: Ksa
                                                                                                                                    • #71 Charles says:

                                                                                                                                      I have a 2012 Sonata LE, the first time it said it wasn’t in park. Drove it around, turned off no problem. Now the start / stop engine button stays LIT. Car is completely off, but power to the button will not disengage and it drains the battery. Just got the car back from a full engine replacement in January. Had the starter replaced within 2 weeks after that and now this.

                                                                                                                                      From what I’ve read it doesn’t sound like the brake switch nor the inhibitor switch, car still starts right up after the battery is charged. So if anyone has an idea I’m open to it.

                                                                                                                                      • State: Nevada
                                                                                                                                    • #72 Hector J Alvarez says:

                                                                                                                                      I have a 2012 hyundia genesis 3.8 within the last couple of months i have start up problems in which it loses power in all and i have to wait in between 5 to 15 minutes (last encounter it took 45 mins while getting gas) before i get the car started.. It feels like u disconnecting the battery n everything resets including my radio n satellite settings n on occasionally I have problems of opening the doors with the push button on the door handles n remote… I have taken it for service n they can’t duplicate the problem n it doesn’t show up on their scans.. It’s getting to a boiling point of UUGGHH…

                                                                                                                                      • State: FL
                                                                                                                                    • #73 Gwynn Guiliano says:

                                                                                                                                      I have taken my 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in for the push button start failure and after they looked at it I was told they can’t get a computer reading as to what the issue is. I have called them several time since then and they have guided me through several “quick fixes” in order to get it started so I can get to work. I have called the corporate office to no avail except they suggest taking it to another dealership in another city that is about 45 minutes away. I have documented every day that it has not started, which is not almost daily. I have to first start the battery only, then after the electronics are on I pull back on the gear shift and then it will start with the brake depressed and push button. I want to trade it in, but I can’t because it won’t start.

                                                                                                                                      • State: IL
                                                                                                                                    • #74 Amanda says:

                                                                                                                                      A couple options.. 1) put the car in N and then back in P and try 2) insert the key fab into the center console space you will find on the side facing the hood 3) call the dealership because there were some defective push to start installed into the 2013 Sonatas. My dealership is fixing it at no charge this week. ALSO!!! apparently there are 2 recalls on the Sonata so check yours out. One is in the engine and the other is with the seat belts.

                                                                                                                                      • State: CO
                                                                                                                                    • #75 Diane Dowdle says:

                                                                                                                                      I own a 2012 Hyundai Sonata LE turbo purchased new. The past month I started having thenstarting issue mentioned. It doesn’t matter if my car sits 2 min or 2 days, starting is intermittent. My husband already fixed the brake switch and inhibitor. I have tried putting the key fob in the spot in the arm rest, doesn’t work. I have tried moving the gear shift to N. I haven’t had time to bring it in to the dealship, so my husband purchased an automatic starter for me to jump the car when it doesn’t start (which is sometimes 2 times a day). If I try to start it more than once I have to get jumped by another car. The battery was replaced a fewweeks ago. The car has all sorts of electrical problems, the lights go out when I have the turn signal engaged to make a left hand turn, sometimes it refuses to go in gear and I have to restart it (hopefully it starts), backup camera doesn’t always engage, and a few times it started 10-20 seconds after I pushed the push to start button. I will never buy another Hyundai. I spent almost $400 fixing a steering wheel problem I read online a lot of others had, the need to start recalling these issues.

                                                                                                                                      • State: FL
                                                                                                                                    • #76 Lala says:

                                                                                                                                      2010 hyundai genesis coupe cranks fine for a week then all of sudden nothing won’t start.. Replace battery in remote for new battery still nothing..so tired going through this..I’m been going through this for 6 months or month hyundai dealership has still yet to find problem..I don’t have time or money for this..wanted to get newer on but I doubt will ever get another hyundai

                                                                                                                                      • State: FL
                                                                                                                                    • #77 Joseph says:

                                                                                                                                      2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited could not start for me this morning for work. Had started fix at the dealer for $750. It has been running great for a year and a half. Same issue happened again. I tried are the tricks to get car started but nothing worked. A concerned husband and father does not want my family stranded somewhere. A car should be reliable and not having to worry if my car will start or not. Still waiting for the car to get fixed lets just hope it will be permanently fixed.

                                                                                                                                      • State: TX
                                                                                                                                    • #78 Priyam says:

                                                                                                                                      2015 Sonata bought in 2014 March I think… Not a single problem untill yesterday. Car would not start in morning. worked fine the previous night at 10PM.. Car cranks with a remote start but not with the push button.. either way car does not start..

                                                                                                                                      its at the dealer and I hope the after market remote start doesnt get blamed for this. Because that remote start was there since the 1st month I had the car.

                                                                                                                                      • State: Illinois
                                                                                                                                    • #79 Martin Hinojosa says:

                                                                                                                                      This just started happening today to my 2012 Genesis sedan. Like everyone else says, lights come on, then starts clicking and brake pedal gets stiff. As soon as i jump start it with cables it turns on, but after a while it stops turning on again. Hyundai needs to recall these vehicles, unfortunately my warranty already expired.

                                                                                                                                      • State: TX

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