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Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,551 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 4 of 20)

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problem #337

Aug 222014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


Power steering stopped working multiple times while my 16 yr old was driving.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #336

Apr 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required intermittently without warning. The problem recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic for diagnosis and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #335

Feb 282014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Since February 2014, the vehicle loses power steering during every active operation. I have contacted Chevrolet regarding this problem and was informed that based on my VIN, the recall did not apply. I specifically in formed them that this wasn't just about the recall announcement, but that I was actively experiencing power steering failure during every operation, but I was emphatically informed by the recall representative that the recall did not apply to my car and that is was merely coincidental that my 2006 HHR is having power steering failure and was not related in any way to the recall!

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #334

Jun 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 148,500 miles


A sudden loss in power steering occurs every time I operate my 2006 Chevy HHR for more than a few minutes. After ignition, the power steering will initially work correctly. At a random time soon after driving, the power steering will inexplicably fail, resulting in a failover to manual steering. Simultaneously with the failure, an error message appears in the information display - "power steering". to see a video of what happens, see"V=wfnp159D3pg that video was taken by another person, but exactly describes my failure. I went to Mr. Tire a couple weeks ago to have them evaluate the problem. They said that the dealer has to fix that problem. They did show me that GM Canada issued a recall for this exact problem. It is titled "recall - loss of power steering assist" bulletin # 10413. In Canada they will replace part # 19257876 or 19257875 motor kit, P/S asst for no charge. Why won't they repair this in the usa" it is quite difficult to drive with manual steering. I have injured my hip now and can't turn the wheel anymore. Anyway, here is the official condition: A sudden loss of power steering assist can occur at any time while driving the vehicle. If the power steering assist is lost, the vehicle can still be steered, however, with greater effort (manual steering). The slower the vehicle is moving, the higher the steering effort. Unless a driver compensates for this additional steering effort, loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash. When the power steering assist is lost, a chime will be heard and the message center will display a "power steering" warning message. Typically the next time the vehicle is started, the power steering assist will return (briefly) and the message will no longer be displayed.

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #333

Aug 172014


  • 82,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet HHR ls driving down the highway and the power steering light came on in the dic. Had difficulty steering back home on the highway. Replaced fuse and starting working again, but a few minutes of driving made it turn back on. Turned car off and then back on it worked fine, a few minutes later the power steering light came back on and the power steering stopped working again.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #332

Sep 242012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
The power steering went out on my car a little over a year ago. Chevy is aware of this. They have many other complaints of this same nature. They acknowledge that the issue was the power steering module, which is the same issue the have with the cobalt or volt. They recalled these other vehicles; and a few months ago, the Chevy HHR's were recalled for this issue but my particular year was not included, for some reason. This is not fair. The identical issue is happening with all years of the HHR, but the recall didn't reflect this. I paid almost $300 to have this issue fixed, since Chevy wasn't doing anything to correct this. I'd like to know why this year vehicle was not included in the recall. I've asked this exact question to Chevy multiple times, but they have yet to provide an answer.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #331

Aug 042014


  • 96,000 miles


The power steering is going out at least 3 times a day while drive.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

problem #330

Aug 062014


  • 187,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 60 mph, the power steering failed. The dealer stated that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 187,000.

- Fishersville , VA, USA

problem #329

Mar 042014


  • 77,586 miles
I was going to leave for work at 3:25 pm, March 4, 2014. I got in, started the car, placed the car in reverse, and began to back out, when I noticed that the wheel became really hard to steer, I couldn't steer at all. My power steering was gone. I was panicked, and had to call out from work, I knew I was lucky that it didn't happen when I left work the night before. It really struck me that thank god it didn't happen when I was on the freeway, or driving up the mountain to running springs, to spend the weekend with my fiancee. Lucky that it happened in my driveway. When I investigated the recent recalls for power steering recalls, I noticed that my car was not apart of that particular recall...why not! I thought, what would it have taken, my death? so, I had my car towed to my mechanic, who also thought it should have been part of the recall as well...I had to pay for the power steering column myself, at $400, and remove and replace the column at $150, plus tax of $48, for the grand total of $598. This unexpected expense caused a financial hardship that should have been avoided had GM included my car in the power steering recall. I'm lucky that unlike the others who had to die to initiate this recall, I'm still here. GM, I would like to be reimbursed for the out of pocket expense, what I am asking for is less than the lawsuits of the families of those who died, are asking for. Believe me when I say, had I been one of those unfortunate victims, my family would be one of those seeking damages against GM.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #328

Jun 252011


  • miles
On my way to work I slowed down to change lanes to make a right hand turn to a parking lot. All of a sudden there was a major jolt and my foot was knocked off the gas pedal. The last thing I remember was looking down at my right foot and seeing it under the brake pedal and thinking I need to move my foot. I remember the emergency room for a moment when I asked them not to cut my clothes. My next memory is for a moment in icu and then I woke up in a hospital room a week later. According to the police report, the car crossed the two westbound lanes and hit a sign and fence, jumped the curb, and then hit shrubbery and several headstones at a memorial sales business. Police estimated my speed at 50 mph" I think the airbag deployed while I was driving. Possibly the ignition shut down causing the jolt and deployment. The car was totaled and I was disabled in this accident. I am unable to return to work. According to GM I am not eligible for a settlement because my airbag deployed. What difference does that make if the ignition caused the accident"

- Bloomingdale, OH, USA

problem #327

Jul 232014


  • 110,000 miles


Driving down the highway at the speed limit with a tractor trailer behind me and the power steering went out and since then its been going in and out all the time even at slower speeds after a exhausting search I seen a lot of complaints with the same issue with this model car and I also seen they did do a recall for the same issue with the 2009 Chevy HHR they need to do a recall with the 2006 Chevy HHR as it is doing the same thing as the 2009 my phone number is [xxx] [xxx] did get a diagnostic done thru a Chevy dealer and it came back as the electric power steering motor seems like this is a known issue with the HHR and Chevy isn't doing anything about it please get this issue fixed im a working person and the money for the motor isn't easy to come by living in NY please feel free to call me regarding this issue and anyone can google this problem and see how many people are having the same issue with this model car this is the recall information for the 2009 Chevy HHR NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 this is regarding the steering in the Chevy HHR 2009 the same problem is in the 2006 Chevy HHR please call regarding this issue and what can be done with this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cobleskill, NY, USA

problem #326

Jul 292014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 211,201 miles
We were on vacation and I was traveling on a road at the posted speed of 30 mph. I was going around a bend and immediately my power steering light came on, there was a chime, it became very difficult to manage the bend I was going around and I hit a light pole damaging my front bumper. At that same time, my mhp and rmp needles began bouncing back and forth and the car was "jerking". I turned the car off. It was still drivable, but within a few seconds the power steering light came back on, the needles bounced and car jerked. I called GM to see if there was a recall on the power steering. They informed me that there were several GM power steering recalls on several years of HHR, cobalt and Saturn. They all have very similar power steering mechanisms. However, my year, 2006, was not on that recall. I have researched and found thousands of people with 2006 HHR's complaining of the same issues but not understanding why that year is not included in the recall.

- West Alexander, PA, USA

problem #325

Jun 172011

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving my wifes car to the GM dealership to have the recall on the ignition switch repaired, as I entered the cloverleaf exiting the interstate the power steering failed, I made it to the dealership, left the car running and showed the servive manager what it did, he felt of the steering and agreed the power steering was bad, he checked and said it was not under a recall. After some research I found that the cobalt has a recall for the same thing.

- Bentonia, MS, USA

problem #324

Jul 162014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 10 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure continued and recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #323

Jul 032014


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle could be restarted but the failure persisted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing but the vehicle could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000. Updated 09/05/14

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #322

Jul 302014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
All electronic shut off no brakes no steering wound up in the ditch key would not turn to the off posiposition.

- Fordland, MO, USA

problem #321

Jul 302014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Lost all electronic power and steering and shut off wound up in the ditch which stopped the car key would not turn to the off posiposition.

- Fordland, MO, USA

problem #320

Jun 042014


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering failed as the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #319

Jul 242014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 70,500 miles
This started 3 days ago. The power steering showed on the dash and I had no power steering. Reading the manual for this issue a year ago it said to turn the car off and then restart the car and the steering would reset itself. However the issue progressed and today was going out every few miles. And I was just at the Chevrolet service for another recall and asked about this issue and they told me they don't have the parts and that my car was not on the list. This is a bad situation and very unsafe. I believe the power steering will be gone completely in the next few days. I would really appreciate it if something could be done right away as this is my primary vehicle and I use it to get back and forth to work. Thank you.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #318

Jan 162013

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
As I began to pull out from the parking lot after work one evening, I began to hear a chime like tone, at the same time a message appeared on the dashboard that read "power steering..." I turned off the engine, checked under the hood for a possible broken power steering belt, but could not find the power steering started the engine and the power steering worked fine for about a week. I later discovered the power system assist consist of an electric power steering motor and not a hydraulic. As time passed, the problem became more frequent. Now, once the car begins to move, it takes only a couple of minutes, if not seconds, before I hear the chime, the message shows up, and here I go again, struggling to steer with one hand and shifting with the other, at times through very heavy traffic. My car is a standard shift. It has become very difficult to cross lanes wile steering with one hand at the same time you are attempting to shift gears during heavy and slow traffic. I am beginning to suffer shoulder and neck pain which compounds the problem. I called GM on this issue but the GM rep. Said my vehicle was not included on the power steering recall, only recalled for ignition switch problem. I believe that if the ignition switch and power steering are recalls for other models, my 2006 HHR should also be recalled for ignition switch and the power steering issues.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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