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I've noticed a problem with my steering lately and it has been described by at least one other member here, as a feeling like the power steering is asleep and then suddenly wakes up. I think I have the same issue. What I've deduced thus far is that it happens whenever the steering wheel hasn't been turned for a second. Then when you go to make a small correction, say a millimeter (or 1/16 of an inch) movement, there is heavy resistance followed by a sudden release which usually results in an over correction. Unfortunately this can lead to a vicious cycle of corrections because the pause between corrections causes the steering assist to disengage again and the high resistance followed by another over correction in the opposite direction. I never noticed this before and I thought the car steered great. I think I first noticed this after putting on my new winter tires though I'd be surprised if the tire is cause of the problem. There is no alignment issue or tire balance issue. The ride is smooth and the car tracks very straight. This power steering stickiness occurs at any steering angle and I've had it happen while in a gentle steady highway turn. I do notice it more on highway driving but probably because our highways are relatively straight and I don't turn the wheel often. In city driving with all the turns and bumps, it's definitely harder to detect. I'm going to have to test drive a new 2017 to see if they have the same issue or maybe try driving a different 2016. I also experimented with different driving modes with no results, as well as different steering wheel positions.

Anyone else here notice? Maybe if you drive the freeway, test to see if your's is the same.
 

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Anyone else here notice? Maybe if you drive the freeway, test to see if your's is the same.
I made two hour plus drives on the expressway this weekend and didn't notice any problems. The car is a dream to drive. And the adaptive cruise makes long drives so much less stressful.
 

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I have posted about this issue, my car is a 2017. I have about 2100 km's on it now and the problem seems to be subsiding. It is still there but doesn't seem to be as prevalent. I am hoping it is something to do with the tires and as they wear in, the issue goes away. Fingers crossed..
 

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I have been reading of similar problems over on the Hyundai forum. It seems that this could be caused by the Electronic Power Steering. I haven't heard of electronic power steering until now so I did some reading up of it. It would seem that it could cause a feeling of sticky steering and someone has actually said that their's locked up during acceleration. To be honest, to me, it sounds downright dangerous.
 

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I have a 2016 SX now at 14,000 km and have not had the sticky steering. it may be subjective (my prior ride being a 2003 Civic where power steering was a lot harder to work). With the Sorento I've driven highways (likely the same as @Sorentoguy2017) and local roads and in wintry and summer weather and havent had an issue.
@Vancouver_Sorento: Do you have the SX trim or LX / EX? as the latter power steering system is different from the SX (at least as listed in the brochure for 2016)
 

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I have been reading of similar problems over on the Hyundai forum. It seems that this could be caused by the Electronic Power Steering. I haven't heard of electronic power steering until now so I did some reading up of it. It would seem that it could cause a feeling of sticky steering and someone has actually said that their's locked up during acceleration. To be honest, to me, it sounds downright dangerous.
This type of system has been around for some time now on many different makes of vehicles. When used to the old hydraulic P/S there is a difference in "feel". My suggestion is to be aware of the occurrences and note if is subsides as the car "breaks in". If not then a trip to your dealer would be in order.
 

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Having driven the car more lately, the issue seems more prominent at highway speeds (100km/h or 60mph and up). I don't ever experience it during city driving. It does come and go and I've seen it appear and then disappear within an hour. Very strange. It could be relate to my winter tires but I won't know for another month or two when I switch back to factory tires.
 

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Have the same problem - discovered it on a recent long highway drive .
Some initial resistance and then you over steer when you overcome the resistance - really annoying.
I have the SX with the rack mounted motor. 12,000 kms on the vehicle.
 

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Anyone get a fix for this? My AWD EX has been doing it for a long time. It doesn't bother my wife for driving around town, but usually I am driving for long trips and it's really annoying.


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I now have just over 6000 kilometers on the car and the sticky steering seems to have resolved itself. Unknown if it was the tires or what but I am sure glad it's gone.......
 

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I now have just over 6000 kilometers on the car and the sticky steering seems to have resolved itself. Unknown if it was the tires or what but I am sure glad it's gone.......


We got ours at the end of 2015. It did it from the beginning. But it's completely random as to when it will fix itself. Just drove it yesterday and it was fine. There's just no consistency as to when it will get sticky or not.


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Ran into this today on highway. Similar to others, I don't usually drive the Sorento except on the highway with the wife driving around town. She said she never noticed it. Hopefully it goes away like others because it is incredibly annoying and results in over correction!:mad: I was ready to make her drive LOL.

It was just below 0°C and driving about 115km/h
 

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I have noticed that too. I would compare the feel with the volume knob: Instead of continuous constant resistance you get discreet stops. And feels like it does lead to a slight over-correction on the highway.
 

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Just came back from a long 4 hour drive, exact same road where I had the initial sticky feeling. No longer there and steering feels great. Same winter tire and steel wheels. The only difference is that last trip - the temp was well below freezing, -15C or so. This trip was at 7C - 9C
Thinking cold temps might be a contributing factor where the steering gear "freezes up" ??
 

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Took my wife's 2016 Sorento on a 3 hour trip the other day and had this problem. Going about 60 mph on a straight road and the steering wheel would have a slight lock / stick to it. Did a google search and ended up here. Took it about town today and it was fine. Depending on the frequency of how often this happens I might have to take it into the shop.
 

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Must read about sticky stearing

I've noticed a problem with my steering lately and it has been described by at least one other member here, as a feeling like the power steering is asleep and then suddenly wakes up. I think I have the same issue. What I've deduced thus far is that it happens whenever the steering wheel hasn't been turned for a second. Then when you go to make a small correction, say a millimeter (or 1/16 of an inch) movement, there is heavy resistance followed by a sudden release which usually results in an over correction. Unfortunately this can lead to a vicious cycle of corrections because the pause between corrections causes the steering assist to disengage again and the high resistance followed by another over correction in the opposite direction. I never noticed this before and I thought the car steered great. I think I first noticed this after putting on my new winter tires though I'd be surprised if the tire is cause of the problem. There is no alignment issue or tire balance issue. The ride is smooth and the car tracks very straight. This power steering stickiness occurs at any steering angle and I've had it happen while in a gentle steady highway turn. I do notice it more on highway driving but probably because our highways are relatively straight and I don't turn the wheel often. In city driving with all the turns and bumps, it's definitely harder to detect. I'm going to have to test drive a new 2017 to see if they have the same issue or maybe try driving a different 2016. I also experimented with different driving modes with no results, as well as different steering wheel positions.

Anyone else here notice? Maybe if you drive the freeway, test to see if your's is the same.
On Feb 28 2017 they replaced my steering column because of the exact same issues on my 2016 Kia Sorento that I purchased January 2016. My car has been in the shop multiple times since then and they still have my car now because they can't seem to duplicate the issue. There are issues going on with the steering columns on the 2016 Sorento's. I would take it to the shop and expressed that there are others that have complained of the same issues in the steering column had to be replaced. I will tell you this though one thing that they told me is with brand-new cars and the owners where the guinea pigs to work out the kinks. Good luck with your car and I hope that it's just the steering column just as I hope that's all that's wrong with mine
 
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