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2006 Sonata ESC Off Light

The dash lights for the "ESC Off" and the ABS just came on. Just driving, no indication of any problem. I have about 30k miles on the car. Anyone know what is going on?

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  • Anonymous Jul 13, 2008

    MIne just went on as well.. Have you find the cause without running to the dealer?

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    i have the sam problem im going to the dealer this pisses me off bd

  • mtwdrw2006 Aug 08, 2008

    Well this seems a little odd but at 40,000 miles on my 2006 Sonata the ESC/OFF ABS light came on. No, the switch hasn't been turned off, I checked that. The light does not show up when the car is first started, it comes and goes while driving. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the brakes.

  • Anonymous Oct 20, 2008

    I had the same problem. I was able to get my Sonata to the dealer when the lights came on. It ended up being the brake switch had to be replaced. I also believe there is a technical bulletin for this but only covers the 2007 Sonata. Have the dealer check out the brake switch.

  • cardiva84 Oct 25, 2008

    this is so frustrating! come on hyundai u all need to get it together. these sorts of things should be sorted out by now. i own a 2006 sonata and i just started experiencing problems with this light coming on. im almost scared to drive my car. i was on my way to celebrate my birthday and this freaking light came on and scared me almost half to death. i dont care if this is a common problem, there should be more information on this before you purchase a hyundai. just needed to vent.

  • ConwayKid Oct 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. The lights will go out when you stop the vehicle, then restart. They will then come back on after driving a short time. Also, I have had brake problems with my car from day one. Have had it back to the dealer so many times I have finally give up. When applying the brakes, and especially if the weather is cool, it sounds like the car is coming apart.

  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2008

    same problem!! just came on here looking to see if anyone could help me .. im at 26k right now and it comes on and off..just talked to a hyndai service center rep. and he said it may be that my brake lights are out (which i doubt) so im going to just take it in to the dealer next week ... 

  • Liz41533 Jan 05, 2009

    I have an '06 Sonata at roughly 70k miles and this just started happening to me, as well. Each mechanic I've brought it to says I'm crazy, to learn to live with it, or that there's nothing they can do. But yes, with both my ABS and ESC Off lights on, I'm a little frightened to drive!

    If this is such a common problem, have there been any dealer recalls???

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    I have the same problem. The ESC switch was fixed at 20k, and came back on this morning. I am now at 70k and it cost $65 to fix. If you ignore it, the brakes lights won't work, so I was told. Why tie it to something so critical? It truly is a faulty switch, not something wrong with my ESC. Gotta love that Hyundai technology.

  • bostonllm Jan 07, 2009

    I'mi at 20,000 miles and the ESC off light and ABS light came on for no reason. What's up?

  • mixjunk Feb 25, 2009

    Mine is even better. My ESC system applys the right side break all on its own without any warning. Happened to me yesterday going 60mph almost got rear ended by an F150. The breaks are applied and the wheel is almost jerked out of your hand. Scares the **** out of you. Of course when this happens your break light don't come on so... Been to the dealership multiple times.. they fix it(?) everytime...only has 16,000 miles. They say they don't know what to do. Maybe its time to get a lawyer.

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    I have a 2006 Sonata, and my ESC light and the ABS light came on and then my power steering was not fully functioning and it was hard to steer. I checked my pulley bekt in the morning and come to find out I had almost an inch of play and realized that I needed to have it adjusted. I went to a few stations to have them look at it and they said my Tension pulley and the belt will have to be replaced. Come to find out that the tension pully is spring loaded and it would cost about $250.00 to fix. I will get back to the Board with this after I have it changed and fixed.
    An Ex-Mechanic with a Heart Condition, too cold to work on an engine up here in CT.

  • jhopkins56 Mar 16, 2009

    2006 hyundai sonata, ESC light comes on but not ABS. After coming to a stop, and starting to accelerate, the engine light and ESC light come on. Then the car acts like it is in neutral, in that the brakes and steering don't work properly. Car is still running, all electrical functions work. Sputters and jerks and have to coast to the side of the road and restart, then the engine light will usually stay on for days. will do this every day for weeks, then nothing for a couple of months.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    The same problem as listed below but did you know that there is a safety recall because of this? It is posted on the NHTSA website. I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. I called Hyundai and they told me to take it to the dealership and they would fix it. When I got there I was advised that since Hyundai has not started their notification campaign, they will not fix it! The NHTSA has has this posted since April 14, 2009, when do you think they should start the campaign. My brake lights are out, I cannot shift out of gear without pushing the shift release button and all they can do is apologize for my inconvenience. WOW!

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    same as above with the ABS and ESC light coming on for no reason

  • freeky 1 May 06, 2009

    on my 06 sonata, the abs/esc light comes on every once in a while, but when the eng. is shut off, and restarted, it goes out for a while, and eventenly comes back on,but I do not have any problems as of yet, it still drives fine and brakes good, whats wrong with this thing??

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    kramer_sonja Apr 26, 2012

    Did anyone find a resolution on this? My '06 Sonata had both lights come on yesterday but they are off today. I had an issue a couple of months ago with my steering not working when I was braking and exiting the highway (dealer told me to bring it in next time it happens....ooo....***....) and now I wonder if the 2 issues are related.

    I'm also only getting 19 mpg, with new tires, new brakes, and highway driving. Anyone else having these problems or know of any solutions?

    Many thanks.

  • Kim Otte May 08, 2012

    I have a 2006 sonata and my esc light just started coming on within the last month. When it comes on my cruise control does not work nor do my brake lights. I took my car to the dealership today. Spent 2 hours of my work time waiting. Was rest assured my car was fixed (brake light switch replaced) only to drive home in the pouring rain with my 4 yr old daughter and the light came back on within 10 minutes of driving it. It is terribly unsafe and scares me to death. I am a single mom and do not have unlimited funds to just throw around on a car to see if we can find an answer. I truly need an answer as I have just told my family.. crudely... that if something happens to me and my daughter, to go after hyundai...

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    ABS AND ESC LIGHT COMES ON WHEN FUEL IS LOW IT GOES OFF AFTER CAR IS FUELED UP

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Abs, ESC, brake lights. C1513 and c2380

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I had the same problem at 35,000 miles. I would be driving and suddenly the ESC Off Light would illuminate. It would disappear if the car was turned off, only to reappear after a few miles of driving. It turned out to be a faulty "brake light switch."

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My 2006 Sonata does this frequently. I just had the brakes repaired (pads, calipers, rotors machined) four days ago, and the light came on last night and then again this morning. I was told by the dealer's service department that it would have to be checked, and that the ABS brakes don't have much to do with the regular brakes.

Also, the ESC button only turns on the ESC light, not the ABS light.

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Had the same problem with the intermittent ABS/ESC light. Took it to the dealer at 35,000 miles and they replaced the steering wheel position sensor under warranty. 30,000 miles later and the problem has not reoccured.

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I had same issue, car had 48K on it, they changed a switch and it has been fine

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Hi guys having same problem ... abs tcs light...told it was ecu ...had it tested ..no problem...BUT I found the loom of wire going to the box if moved turns lights on and off ...must be a break or loose conection but cant find out which colour code for the wiring is the abs/tcs ... during running the car that bit of the loom is next to the engine and gets hot and pliable.... could this be a design fault????

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I had a similar problem. At first they couldn't figure it out - they tried replacing this and that.
Finally, Hyundia released a fix for this problem which involved trial and error replacing of parts until the problem goes away. Replacing the accelerator did the trick and my car has been great ever since.

I did not have to pay for any of these repairs. It is covered by Hyundai's warranty, and I didn't even buy my used car at the dealership.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

Is there any chance you accidently hit the button? There's a button on the far left of the console that turns Electronic Stability Control (ESC) off, and that may be what happened.

If there's no chance of that, then try the old battery disconnect and see if it happens again. Then the dealer may be your only option unless someone else has an idea.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

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