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Old 25th August 2016, 11:47   #1
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Default Creta's steering rattle - Now solved by Hyundai dealer

Nanook : Second Service and Steering Repair


I think I am a tad bit unlucky as to the one facing all known problems with the Creta Steering. May be a new thread can be started on all issues in Creta Steering.

Sometime back, 19th Mar 2016 to be precise, post number 814 in this thread, I had reported the Thak sound issue in the steering and had got it rectified. The work done in rectification, the ordeal and the subsequent response can be read at post links below :-
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/offici...review-55.html (Hyundai Creta : Official Review) #819
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/offici...review-56.html (Hyundai Creta : Official Review) #832

Come holidays and from 13th to 15th Aug 2016, took my Nanook on a long drive to Bhubaneswar through forest ranges. Was an enjoyable trip of 1150 kms. Nanook completed 10000 kms between Bargarh and Sambalpur and took a snap at 10000 Kms at 100 KMPH, just for fun. No,No,No. I did not click it. I was driving with all eyes on the road.

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However on the way back, started hearing some rattling sound from the steering whenever the right wheel went over undulation/rough patches. Since 10000 kms were completed and the steering was making vague rattling sounds, decided to get both these things done immediately. Now I have mentioned earlier also that I have to drive around 110 kms (one way) to get to the service centre. No problems, anything for my steed. Generally the service Centres in Raipur are closed on Sundays, but to my luck because of too many festival holidays this month, most were open on 21st Aug. Had a choice, but chose Shivnath Hyundai because of the reason that they all knew me because of my last complaint to Hyundai and I would hopefully be properly attended to.

Sunday 21st Aug reached Service Centre at 0925 hrs. Second in the queue.

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Attended to by a person at 0945 hrs who inspected the vehicle. Tasks listed were as under :-

• Second Service.
• Wheel alignment and Balancing.
• Tire rotation.
• Steering noise.
• Poor Brakes.
• AVN Software upgrade.
• Under body check.

Packed of my lady and daughter in an OLA for shopping and self went straight to where Nanook was being attended to.

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BY 1000 hrs the mechanics were there and Mr Gopal Sahu was detailed for my vehicle. The first impression was not good. All were wearing safety shoes and he seemed to be casual with Chappals. That is no indicator of his competency so just let it go. Chappals and on mobile. Not very professional.

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Immediately came the first sore point. The helper was opening the tire bolts and the mechanic was removing the tires and marking them for balancing and rotation. He found that left rear was not coming out by bare hands and started hitting the tire from inside with a crow bar. After two hits, since I was standing 10 ft away, I rushed to see and to my horror found one bolt still fully tightened and the bugger hitting the tire with a crow bar. WAS LIVID.

In the meantime Mr Deepak who is the service manager in-charge for the service centre reached and came to meet me and assured he will personally ensure my vehicle is done up properly. Saw my job card and started instructing all as to how to go about.

Air filter opened and found dirty and recommended to be changed and I agreed. AC Filter opened, found very dirty and recommended to be changed. I agree but am told they have no AC Filter in stock. So cleaned it with air pressure and fitted it back. Mr Deepak later told me that he checked with his other workshop and other dealers too. No one had AC Filter of Creta in stock. Hyundai needs to ensure spares availability. He assured that during a camp next to my location it will be sent and changed in the near future. Oil drained and Synthetic oil filled. In the meantime the wheels have been balanced and are fitted back.

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They fit the engine lower plastic covering and I ask if they have checked for tightening of bolts in front as I had asked for underbody check. Opened half of the plastic cover and on checking they could tighten 4 bolts. So much so for details at service centers. The technician finished the servicing part by greasing the doors. I asked him if the spark plugs needed checking, to which he replied in negative. Wonder why Hyundai lists it under Check in the service manual for 10000 kms tasks.

Then came the crux of my visit, the steering issue. Mr Rishikesh Deep was assigned and he sat down and checked many times. He opened the usual three sides of the dash board, went below and tightened all steering shaft bolts and said it is ok. Nanook was then taken for Wheel alignment.

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We go for the test drive and within 500 meters, even while sitting on co-driver seat, I commented that the noise had not gone. The tester took it to the rough patch and was somewhat in two minds. I took over the reins and took the left wheel only on undulation and he could clearly hear the sound and agreed. Back to the workshop and they get into a huddle with Mr Deepak discussing with three mechanics. They decided that a bush in the steering motor mounting needs replacement and start complete dismantling of the steering shaft which has to be unhooked from supporting hinges.

My curious mind however wanted to know how they have homed on to that part. After some real pestering, Mr Deepak took me inside the workshop office and showed the advice from Hyundai India with complete details of the steering motor bush problem and work to be done, part to be replaced etc ( it also mentions utpo certain VIN numbers) and he was confident that this was the solution. I come and ask if they have ever done it before and answer is Sir, aap pahle ho.

Rishikesh indeed was a professional and he handled it with care. Some snaps of him working on Nanook. Poor chaps use mobile torch and not inspection lamps.

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Finally they opened the motor and took out the bush

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Here is where the new thicker washer bush was placed.

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Took another hour and Nanook steering was all closed. No test drive and with confidence, they sent Nanook for a wash. This is where they excelled. Komal Singh was assigned the job and seeing my involvement and nit picking, 5 people were assigned. Some snaps of the thorough wash.

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Drying and Vacuuming
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Nanook was ready to be handed over to me at 1530 hrs and i questioned Mr Deepak who was nearby, if the software upgrade had been done. He mentioned it would have surely been done, but I insisted on checking and as expected it was not done. Mr Komal then updated the software. Nanook is ready for delivery.

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In this entire melee, I managed to get their store opened and got a side foot rest installed since my wife was having issues while getting down and only the original ones look and feel good. Also purchased new floor mats and the boot mat. The total bill a whopping 23374/- but that is because of the three items I bought.

So in the end was I satisfied? Yes I was satisfied and all in all it was a good experience but I can’t say I was delighted.

Was satisfied that the rattling noise has gone for now, Nanook was serviced well (spark plugs missed out though) and cleaned very very well. Also staff was courteous and provided refreshments and the service centre had all information correctly displayed.

Would have been delighted if following nuances were not there:-
• Technician trying to take out tire with one bolt remaining.
• AC Filter should have been available. Also i had one clip in the air filter missing and they did not have it in stock.
• No proper link up with the Job card. Were handing over vehicle without software upgrade even though it was first work on the job card. Also they never did anything about poor brakes. Lack of road grip with ABS at bumps is a real issue with Creta.
• My steering is 95% ok. I will do a proper sequence of alignment and sensor adjustment at another service center.

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Old 26th August 2016, 10:00   #2
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Thanks for sharing nkghai! Moved your post to an independent thread for the benefit of other Creta owners.

Am glad that the problem is now sorted. But what is it with Hyundais & rattling steerings - remember the ol' i20?
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Old 27th August 2016, 05:47   #3
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To be absolutely honest, the steering unit in almost all Hyundais is the downfall of the car. I am yet to drive one of their cars with positive feedback and feel. Even Maruti succeeded better, though not superb themselves. It's an achilles heel that goes back to the time they shifted to electric power steering. I wonder why this issue has plagued them so often.

Further, closer to the point, a friend's i10 auto suffers from steering making a jarring sound on certain bumps, particularly if the car steering wheel is turned. The thing is, it's never quite a serious sound and the car drives okay. However, his wheel alignment is extremely sensitive - it goes out of alignment within 3 months of absolutely accurate alignment. Again, it's a minor thing - slips a bit to the left and then stays there. I've recommended further investigation but to no avail.

What is striking in the OP is the lack of basic parts being available. We aren't talking about an unlikely replacement. AC filter, particularly in dusty north India is something that should be available and changed as often as the air filter. It might be a minor thing associated with the Creta production being so rushed, but it's not a good sign that car maker no. 2 in India is missing out such crucial details in the ownership experience.
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What is striking in the OP is the lack of basic parts being available. We aren't talking about an unlikely replacement. AC filter, particularly in dusty north India is something that should be available and changed as often as the air filter. It might be a minor thing associated with the Creta production being so rushed, but it's not a good sign that car maker no. 2 in India is missing out such crucial details in the ownership experience.
Agreed. Steering is an issue and these irritants don't make it more pleasant.

To be fair, one good aspect which was pointed out by one of our distinguished members in a message to me is, that at least this time Hyundai is reacting faster and trying to address the issues. Both the problems that i faced, the Thak sound and the rattling issue, were known to the service centre guys and they had got advisories on these from Hyundai and could undertake appropriate repair.

Also i had mentioned that this bush issue is upto certain VIN number and presumably post that, the new Creta's have been fitted with a better bush.

They have to up the game in this aspect and I believe the new Tuscon has a better and improved steering feel. Lets wait and see.
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This is a very useful thread. Thanks a lot for shifting this topic to a separate thread.

@nkghai, I am facing the same issue in my Creta too. The rattling noise usually comes when the right tire goes through a bad patch. The SA here in Mangalore told me this issue was common in the first batch of Cretas. Though it was fixed initially, within a span of 2 weeks the problem cropped up again. I am waiting for the next service to get this rectified.
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@nkghai, I am facing the same issue in my Creta too. The rattling noise usually comes when the right tire goes through a bad patch.
Do you guys have a video/ audio clip just so that its clear how this issue sounds?

When you say rattling, is it like a creaking sound?

Reason I ask is coz I have a peculiar sound from my i20 (elite). I was of the impression this is from the suspension. Interestingly, this happens when the only the left tire goes over an imperfection on the road.

Thanks.

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This is a very useful thread. Thanks a lot for shifting this topic to a separate thread.

@nkghai, I am facing the same issue in my Creta too. The rattling noise usually comes when the right tire goes through a bad patch. The SA here in Mangalore told me this issue was common in the first batch of Cretas. Though it was fixed initially, within a span of 2 weeks the problem cropped up again. I am waiting for the next service to get this rectified.
@ carfreak. I am just hoping that my issue does not crop up again. The service manager said in case it comes back they will change the knuckle bearing too. Do let us know what repairs the service guys carry out on your steed to rectify the rattle.

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Do you guys have a video/ audio clip just so that its clear how this issue sounds?

When you say rattling, is it like a creaking sound?
@Vinjosep. My steering had a clear rattle, a rapid succession of two to three sharp knocking sounds. It was like a metal contact being made, which was felt on the steering and heard too. Sorry never made a video/audio. Also as in the case of carfreak it comes only when the right wheel went over undulations. So your sound may be different and can be of the suspension.
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Do you guys have a video/ audio clip just so that its clear how this issue sounds?

When you say rattling, is it like a creaking sound?

Reason I ask is coz I have a peculiar sound from my i20 (elite). I was of the impression this is from the suspension. Interestingly, this happens when the only the left tire goes over an imperfection on the road.

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Damn, I have the same creaking sound which I thought was coming from suspension and interestingly it is there only when the front left tire goes over an imperfection on the road. My warranty has expired on 14th of August 2016. I hope this is not a serious issue

What is Hyundai upto?
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@Vinjosep. My steering had a clear rattle, a rapid succession of two to three sharp knocking sounds. It was like a metal contact being made, which was felt on the steering and heard too. Sorry never made a video/audio.
Thanks. That rules out to an extent the sound being linked to the steering. The problem am referring to sounds more like a rubber bush creaking or something where the metal links are tightened too much and with load it struggles.

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Damn, I have the same creaking sound which I thought was coming from suspension and interestingly it is there only when the front left tire goes over an imperfection on the road. My warranty has expired on 14th of August 2016. I hope this is not a serious issue

What is Hyundai upto?
In my case, this seems to have started immediately after a service. The service guys have promised to check it again as soon as I find time to take the car back. Will post an update once I get a chance to do so.
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Never thought would have to bump up this thread again and that too so soon.

But then my bad luck surfaces again. Saturday onwards a slight sound has again started coming from Nanook's steering. Have driven only 400 kms since the last repair and have been very very careful with where my right wheel was going.

This sound can be heard even when the vehicle is stationery if the steering wheel is rotated. It is definitely not the Thak sound. A little less than that but a definite metal contact sound. Also i feel the steering is like pushing back on my hand with sudden jerks when i am on turns.

There is definitely an issue with my steering. Have written to Hyundai to see if there Engineer can check it out. Got a call from their customer care today that they will look into it.

Will keep all updated.

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Update.

To be fair to Hyundai, i got a call and email from the service manager to get my Nanook to Raipur for further investigations on 8th Sep. Then a service rep called and asked permission to send a mechanic on 10th Sep. My bad that i was out of station on both days and hence no progress, but Hyundai did respond.

As of date the niggle is minor and i crank up the music volume to not hear it. I am also having second thoughts and am considering to let it be for a couple of months and then see if it worsens. Worry is that the steering has been opened three times already and i just don't want to roger it more.
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