In some cases, the connecting rod bearings could wear prematurely. As a result, there could be an abnormal knocking noise from the engine and/or the oil pressure warning light may turn on. Obviously, the engine could fail if you keep driving the vehicle with worn connecting rod bearings.
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It’s also possible, though much less probable, that a damaged connecting rod could puncture the engine block and cause an oil leak.
Hyundai will soon notify affected owners by mail and instruct them to take their vehicle to a dealer for an engine inspection test. Get this: if bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced, plain and simple. Dealers will also update the software for the engine control module.
A recall for a similar problem was announced back in December 2020. It involved 14,549 units in Canada, including 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2011-2013 and 2016 Sonata Hybrid, and 2015-2016 Veloster models.