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Thread: 2002 Hyundai Sonata engine cradle? rusted?

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    Mike Marlow
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    Default 2002 Hyundai Sonata engine cradle? rusted?

    > the lady that owns the car has indicated that it needs a new "engine
    > cradle" as the existing one is rusted out.
    > I have checked on the internet and this seems to be a problem with some
    > sonata's.

    This is the first time I've ever heard of a problem with the cradle in any

    > I don't think anything has actually pulled out of the frame yet as the
    > wheels are straight and not leaned to one side.

    If there is a problem with the craddle, there's not necessarily reason to
    expect the wheels to be leaning to one side.

    > I have checked the hmaservice site and cannot find a reference to "engine
    > cradle".or pictures of such.
    > my questions are:
    > what does the engine cradle consist of?

    The engine craddle is a frame that carries the engine and the suspension
    components. It bolts up to the underside of the unit body.

    > how many pieces does it consist of?


    > is it expensive to buy and replace(if even possible)?

    Depends on what you consider to be expensive. Not really sure of junk yard
    prices, but that's the way to go. As far as installing it, you're in for
    quite a bit of work. Raise the car, completely break the engine free of all
    connections, both electrical and mechanical, to the car, unbolt the
    suspension components from the car, raise the car off the craddle, remove
    the engine from the craddle, reverse the process to install it in a new
    craddle. Not a one day job for the back yard DIY'er.

    > would all pieces have to be replaced or only rusty ones?

    It's all one piece, so I guess you could say that only the rusty piece has
    to be replaced.

    > does hyundai have a goodwill warranty to cover this?

    Don't know.

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    Mike Marlow
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    Default 2002 Hyundai Sonata engine cradle? rusted?

    > This can indeed cause the wheels to lean, especially if rusted near where
    > the control arms attach.
    > This is not an inexpensive repair.
    > Unlike what Mike says, the engine/transmission do not need to be removed.
    > They have two upper mounts and will come out when you remove the subframe.
    > Don't be fooled, though. This is a major job.

    I happily stand corrected on this point.

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