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

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2007 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 17 of 18)

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problem #34

Oct 012007


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated the steering wheel would violently shake when the brakes were applied while driving at various speeds. The contact also stated the entire vehicle violently wobbles during the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated the passenger side air bag light intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to have this failure diagnosed or repaired. An authorized dealer was made aware of the failure and the contact was advised not to worry about the light. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #33

Oct 152010


  • 700 miles
A 2007 HHR I have taken it back to dealer from the beginning I have had the car. They have replace a steering with shaft, column kit twice. It has smoked in the steering wheel once before. I just took it back again to be checked that said they here the noise but not enough to know what it is.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #32

Apr 262011

HHR 4-cyl Diesel

  • 67,916 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While the contact was driving 5 mph, approaching a complete stop the power steering failed and the vehicle became difficult to steer. The failure would recur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to two different dealers where the technicians stated the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,916. Updated 10/31/11

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #31

Apr 102011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


Power steering failure warning light and loss of power steering.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #30

Aug 012010


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 45 mph the steering wheel locked and the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that there were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians replaced the steering column. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000. The VIN was not available.

- Mcclellandtown, PA, USA

problem #29

Mar 192011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 70,034 miles
While driving at 65 miles per hour on the interstate, the power steering light beeps three times and my power steering fails causing me to almost have an accident - when the car is turned off and turned back on, the steering resets itself but only temporarily - I took it to the dealer and its a power steering motor and is not covered under my warranty - when I started researching, I found that multiple instances of this occur - I called Chevrolet and they said that several cars with this problem and this same power steering motor have been recalled but not the HHR but I should check back later - it is impossible to drive and very dangerous.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #28

Mar 202011


  • 18,500 miles


On my 2007 HHR with only 18,500 miles on it the "power steering warning light" came on while I was driving on a major highway. I lost power steering and handling the vehicle was very difficult when I had to turn the wheel. This is definitely a safety concern and a recall should have been done to fix the problem. Other GM models in the same year had recalls, but not the HHR's. after parking the vehicle the steering returned to normal upon startup.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #27

Mar 042011


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering will display on console & inseconds the steering wheel practically locks unable to turn at all, I pull off to the side of the road and turn off the car & turn it on again & will work again, the fear of crashing I took the car to the dealership & they state its the motor for the power steering, this is extremly dangerous it happened to me on the hwy. If Canada recalled this issue. Why not in the usa?

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #26

Jan 142011


  • 76,950 miles
While driving off of the interstate, slowing from 70 mph, and turning onto the exit ramp, my driver information center gave 3 warning beeps and showed "power steering" in the display. At the same time, I lost all power steering. Steering became very difficult with more difficulty at slower speeds. After stopping the vehicle and turning the ignition off, the warning went away and power steering returned for a short period of time. Then again, as I was driving down the road, the warning sounded and the power steering assist was entirely gone. This has happened daily at various speeds at various times of the day. It happens within the first minute of driving and sometimes I can drive 10 or more minutes after re-start before the warning sounds and steering assistance is lost. It is extremely difficult to maneuver the vehicle in traffic when the power steering assistance is lost.

- Kimberly, AL, USA

problem #25

Jan 202011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,940 miles
Power steering failure I own a 2007 Chevrolet HHR with 65940 miles. Two times now the "power steering" warning light came on. I took the vehicle to the dealer I purchased the vehicle from and was told that currently there is no vehicle recall for this problem even though the Chevrolet cobalt is currently being recalled, and they both use the same power steering unit. The service person report stated that there was a short in the steering column and the power steering motor is failing, requiring replacement of the column and power steering motor. The total cost for replacement was quoted at $765.40. This is a safety issue because when the warning sounded the steering became more difficult. This vehicle problem needs to be recalled as a vehicle safety issue!

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #24

Apr 302008

HHR 4-cyl

  • 11,604 miles


It would be easier to list the things that are ok with this car. I've resurfaced or replaced the rotors several times (four times in one year) after consistently complaining to the dealer that it sounded like things were falling off the car. The car's braking and steering capacity is extremely diminished. I've replaced a broken stabilizer control arm and now I'm told the front end needs to be rebuilt. This damage is a direct result of the continuing problem with the rotor warping. The check engine light is on more than off and its been in at least 10 times for this issue. GM customer service is aware of these issues and refuses to return customer calls. Updated 11/29/11. Updated 12/06/11.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #23

Nov 232010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
The electric power steering motor fails almost every time my Chevy HHR (2007) is driven. This leaves the vehicle hard to control. I am told that the electric motor needs to be replaced. This is the same electric motor that is in the Chevy cobalt and certain Pontiac that was recalled. GM will not recall this model and is forcing drivers to continue driving with faulty and hazardous power steering motors, or pay to replace them on their own.

- Sound Beach, NY, USA

problem #22

Jul 152010


  • 55,000 miles
Power stering motor went out.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 152010


  • 100,000 miles
Our HHR's power steering keeps going off, and it is getting worse. I looked it up and found alot of people having the same problems.

- Liberty, NC, USA

problem #20

Oct 192010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 62,351 miles
My 2007 Chevrolet HHR is experiencing electronic power steering problems in which it will stop working causing it to steer hard all of a sudden while driving down the road. I have read that similar problems on the Chevrolet cobalt that had been issued a recall. The HHR is reported to having the same chassis and parts.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #19

Oct 082010


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While traveling 40 mph on the highway in rainy weather conditions the steering wheel locked and the vehicle spun out. The power steering light came on before the steering wheel locked on the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not a part of recall campaign number 10V073000, electronic power assist module. The contact was concerned because the HHR and the cobalt use the exact same parts. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 37000.

- San Bagriel, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 042010


  • 34,600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph in reverse and the power steering failed without warning. The steering wheel became difficult to turn. The power steering malfunction was a permanent loss. The contact continued to drive the vehicle which required force being applied to the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 34,600.

- Goose Creek, NC, USA

problem #17

Aug 092010


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, a chime sounded inside of the vehicle and the power steering warning indicator illuminated, followed by the loss of power steering. The contact pulled over to the side of the road; the engine was turned off and restarted. The warning light and power steering functioned normally. The vehicle resumed and the failure recurred repeatedly. The failure would occur numerous times whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they informed that the power steering motor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 119,000.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #16

Sep 132010


  • 31,000 miles
I have a 2007 HHR. Since new it has had front end problems. The swaybar bushings are defective and cluck in cold weather. Replacing them does not fix the problem. (my dealer has replaced them at least once.) the struts make noise too in cold weather, the intermediate shaft has to be replaced every 10000 miles because it starts binding and clunking. (replaced on my car 3 times now) however my biggest (safety) concern is the electric power steering. All other GM cars with the same system have been recalled and alot of HHR steering systems are failing. Mine has not yet failed, but is does have a loud rattle (my research tells me that it is the gear on the motor) that my dealer "cannot duplicate" I have only 31000 miles on it now and worry about the power assist failing at the worst possible moment when my wife is driving with our kids. I understand that I won't lose all steering, just power assist, however if you are not expecting a sudden increase in steering resistance, the wheel could jerk out of your hand and you could easily take out someone on a sidewalk. GM, please just recall the HHR too and replace my steering column before someone gets killed.

- Joseph, OR, USA

problem #15

Jun 072010


  • 54,326 miles
Power steering in my 2007 Chevy HHR quit suddenly while making a left hand turn. The sudden increase in steering force caused me to swing wider in the turn than planned. If there had been a car next to me it would have caused an accident.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

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