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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,770 miles

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2007 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 15 of 18)

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problem #74

Apr 022012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Power steering suddenly stops working. Resets after turning ignition off then back on.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #73

May 032012


  • miles
My 2007 Chevy HHR has developed a sudden issue with the "power steering" showing on the driver's display after a couple of ding sounds. When this occurs, the car immediately loses all power steering. There is no warning whatsoever, it is incredibly terrifying, especially if you are driving at highway speeds as I was. On the first occurrence on May 3, the light came on, I pulled off the highway into a gas station and allowed the car to rest for nearly half an hour. I then restarted the car, and the issue did not occur again. Then today, the incident happened again, and again at highway speeds. I pulled onto the side of the road, turned the car off for a couple of minutes, then back on. The car had the warning light and lose of power steering happen 5 times tonight.

- Rogers, , AR, USA

problem #72

Apr 272012


  • 42,725 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact was driving 10 mph when the power steering failed. The power steering warning light illuminated prior to the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 42,725 and the current mileage was 42,739.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #71

Apr 022012


  • 39,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at any speed, the contact noticed that the power steering would suddenly stop functioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the contact was informed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 39,000.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #70

Oct 012010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph and attempting a left turn, the power steering seized and the contact crashed into a cement barrier. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was later contacted and offered no assistance. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation and the contact would have to stop and restart the vehicle in order for the failure to reset. The contact was concerned with the potential of the failure causing future crashes. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #69

Nov 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
This vehicle has been having power steering issues for months. My wife has been driving the car and just recently mad me aware of it. I contacted a local Chevy dealer and was informed that there was no known problems with the power steering on these cars but requested I supply a VIN # and he would check further. A local repair shop looked at the power steering but had no idea how to begin to fix it. I see by check online that there has been several reported problems with power steering motors on the HHR. Would like to know how or if this is being addressed by G.M." is the ntsb involved in this at all"

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #68

Mar 142012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 121,100 miles


HHR 2007 121,000 mi warning light power steering assit failure. Lamp indicator lite vehicle became difficult to steer, was able to get to destination. Immediately checked internet chev 2007 HHR power steering found 72 complaints. I read if you restart car it resets and works for awhile. So is it broke or is it the computer" reset it seems to work so how is it broke? or is it breaking slowly? I seen where people are replacing motor 300 dollars... cobalt same thing... is there class action suit being filed? this faulty equipment then our fault and we pay" chevolet I hope your taking note of your clients concerns.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #67

Feb 292012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Power steering went out. After several miles I stopped and restarted the car and power steering came back and this occurred several time in the next few hours and days. Took car in for service... needed a new power steering motor installed for $350. Chevy cobalt recalled and 1.5 million other cars recalled and the HHR was not... same power steering motor... recalled HHR in Canada... not usa.

- University Park , FL, USA

problem #66

Feb 232012


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the steering wheel would become difficult to turn and the key would become lodged in the ignition. The dealer repaired the failure by replacing the ignition switch and the power steering pump. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 138,000.

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #65

Feb 112012


  • 36,000 miles
The power steering failed while driving. The power steering warning message showed. This has happened several times. When you turn the car off and on it resets. The reset may last for minutes or days. I researched online and there are unlimited stories with the same issue. The Chevy cobalts power steering motor has been recalled. The HHR uses the same part as the cobalt.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #64

Feb 042012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


While backing out of a parking space, the warning bell sounded and the display read power steering. While it could still be driven, it was very difficult to steer, especially from a complete stop. After the first leg of the trip, the power steering worked, upon restarting the car, for about 10 miles, when the bell rang and the power steering stopped working, again. It appears to happen after having been driven on roads with a number of turns, whereas it doesn't fail during highway driving. From the number of complaints about assorted models of this very same vehicle, it looks like GM is aware of the problem but is unwilling to do the right thing. There is no excuse for this not to have been included with other recalls.

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #63

Jan 272012


  • miles
My complaint is my Chevy HHR. 2007.on Friday 1/27/2012 my wife was driving my HHR from work and she realize that she couldn't turn the car due to the power steering had went wife had made it home safely thank god.she stated to me it scared her when she couldn't turn the car.when she got out of the car I check out the problem an found out it was the power sterring. Today while on line I found that Chevy had a recall on cobalt and not HHR's.that is sad you have a recall on a car that have the same problems.this problem need to be address before someone get seriously currently unemployed and don't have the money at this time to fix my car. Some one needs to look at this soon.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #62

Jan 122012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,028 miles
While going up a curved entrance ramp at 20 mph the electric power steering motor shut down. If I had been going any faster I feel I would have not been able to control the vehicle. The power steering motor has shut down two more times since the first incident. The power steering resumes working after the engine is shut off for approximately 10 minutes and then restarting the car. The failure has happened all three times on a long curve.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #61

Jan 192012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 94,753 miles
While driving the power steering stops working this makes the truck hard to steer for a small women this is a problem and dangerous and even more she has our small child in the truck with her.

- Adelphi , MD, USA

problem #60

Jan 062012


  • 66,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR mp. The contact was driving 35 mph when the power steering failed with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who advised that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 66,900 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #59

Dec 152011


  • 110,011 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contacted was driving 60 mph when a chime noise was emitted from under the dashboard as the vehicle became difficult to steer. The power steering warning light illuminated along the digital control panel prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,011 and the current mileage was 110,380.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #58

Dec 282011


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was maneuvered to the shoulder and shut off. The contact also stated that the key would not remove from the ignition once the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle was then towed to an independent mechanic and they were unable to diagnose the ignition failure. The mechanic did, however, state that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 133,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #57

Dec 142011


  • 90,000 miles
I continue to have a dummy light come on my message center on my dash saying power steering. I just moved to ct from lousiana. I thought because the weather was getting cold. I checked the fluid and it was not frozen or empty. I just had taken it to the dealer for a oil change and vehicle check and all fluids were where they should be. No leaks. I did a search on the net and found 1000's of complaints of this same issue. Any new thoughts on what to do?

- Woodbridge, CT, USA

problem #56

Mar 092010


  • miles
The power steering on my 2007 Chevrolet HHR consistently goes out, every time I drive. I have to turn my car off then restart it, to get the power steering to kick back in, but then it usually just goes out amount 5 mins later. I've been waiting for Chevrolet to issue a recall like they did for the cobalt, but nothing has happened so far. I've seen in various online forums that other HHR owners are having the same problem. It's extremely infuriating!!!

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #55

Nov 262011


  • 64,625 miles
While coming to a stop to make either a right hand or left hand turn, I had the power steering stop working, and a power steering message illuminate on my dashboard message center. This happened 4 separate times within a 3 hour period, while using my vehicle to make deliveries for a local company. In each instance, I was able to put vehicle in park, shut off the engine, wait a couple of seconds, restart the engine, and the power steering would work for a short time. GM has reduced price on the defective part in the us, but, still no recall on the problem in the us.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

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