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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 5 of 18)

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problem #274

Jun 122014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 130,205 miles


My power steering goes off, I pull over and turn the car off then the power steering works for a short time. This happens anywhere from 2 to 6 times a local dealer says my car doesn't have a recall only the 2009 -2010. This doesn't seem right to me. If it's a defect in the -2010 shouldn't it be a defect in my 2007?

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #273

Aug 222014


  • miles
HHR was idling, and in park. Moved vehicle a short distance and parked to load item into vehicle. When re-entered the HHR to drive away, noticed the power steering message in the console area and the 'assist' was no longer functioning. When having the dealer look at this the following morning, they informed me that it was shown to be a re-call problem as listed in document #3972684, indicating that this condition may exist in HHR's with model years from 2006-2010.

- West Desmoines, IA, USA

problem #272

Aug 212014


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the steering wheel became hard to turn and the steering warning light illuminated. The steering wheel resumed normal function after restarting the vehicle. The manufacturer advised the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Sumter , SC, USA

problem #271

Apr 032014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles


Power steering goes out intermittently. This is the same symptom as the recall on the 2009-2010 HHR but the 2007 HHR was not included in the recall.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #270

Aug 202014


  • 15,100 miles
Power steering goes out while driving. This is a recall item on the 2008 model year, needs to be a recall on 07-08 years also. Inside door handles brake, making it impossible to get out of the call without rolling down the windows. Both are broken on my car. Been to many Chevy HHR forums and this is a common problem. If you lose power you can not get out of the car.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #269

Aug 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 58,858 miles
My son is just learning how to drive and we were in a parking lot practicing. We heard a ding and then there was an error message saying service power steering. We had lost power steering. We shut the car off and back on and it was ok for just two more turns then gave us an error message again. I know GM issued a recall N140115 for some years and models and then a service bulletin number 14119 which states my year. When I called Chevy to get clarification they said my VIN number did not qualify for this. If all of these other years are having the same issue why do they not qualify"?" the service bulletin just states non turbo engine which I do not have. Below paragraph is form GM's web site. So why do some of us have to pay for this problem and others do not. In addition, 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet Hhrs from the 2006-2008 model years (and several hundred 2009 models) and 96,324 Saturn ions from the 2003 model year that are not subject to these recalls will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor. GM bulletin 14119 covers the following cars where GM dealers will replace the power steering motor for the life of the vehicle. 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) 2003 Saturn ion.

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #268

Aug 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Power steering warning chimed and displayed on dash and all power steering went away making vehicle hard to steer.

- Sulophur Springs , TX, USA

problem #267

Aug 082014


  • 102,806 miles
The power steering feels stiff not able to make right turns without the stiffness. Power steering lights constantly on since this problem occurred. My power steering is electrical and for some reason I believed that the ignition recall my have something to do with this not sure.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #266

Aug 132014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 107,340 miles
On 8/12/2014, I had the recalled ignition switch replaced on my 2007 HHR. On 8/13/2014, while driving into the parking lot of an out of town mall, my power steering went out and the power steering warning message came up.I pulled over and turned the engine off. I then restarted the engine and the steering was fine. I drove directly to my dealer and explained what had happened. They said that there had been recalls on the steering assist motors but he did not think they were on my model year. He looked it up and said mine was not included. He said if they had one in stock he could have one installed the next day at my expense. I had the new motor installed on 8/14/2014, but after reading all the complaints from other 2007 HHR owners, I feel that this should have been a recall replacement. I was not willing to take the risk of my or my wife's" safety.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #265

Jul 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Driving home from work on a very hot summer afternoon, power steering went out as I was crossing over a river on a bridge. Chimes sounded and power steering displayed on dash. Car was very hard to steer, especially making left and right turns from a stop. This was the 1st time it happened. Contacted dealer who stated it needed to be in the midst of the problem to be diagnosed. Since this happens intermittently usually when I am getting off work, it makes it hard to take it in. I have noticed that the speed I am traveling has no bearing on power steering going out. Over the last year it consistently goes out when the weather is really hot, but I did not have any problem over the winter. Like most everyone has stated, if I turn off the ignition the power steering will come back on for a short while, but it always goes out again. It is just ridiculous that there are so many recalls on this vehicle and yet this problem, on this year model, does not seem to be covered under any of them.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #264

Jul 282014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


Power steering shows on the display at random time. Driving down the interstate at 70 M.P.H or driving through town at 35 M.P.H., even driving down my driveway (which is not long)...power steering. First happened on the interstate, after arriving home and shutting the car off nothing happened for a while and I almost forgot about it. But as of Wednesday it is happening 3 to 4 times a day. Wow! it's terrible to try and steer without power steering! I am going to take it to a mechanic next week to see about getting it fixed, looking at $400 @ the dealership and I cannot afford that.

- Hernando, MS, USA

problem #263

Jul 162013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 65 mph, the power steering failed and a warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #262

Jul 032014


  • 68,700 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the power steering failed. When the contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, the power steering returned to normal. The failure occurred fifteen times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 68,700.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #261

Apr 152014


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure occurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #260

Jul 272014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 78,500 miles
On Sunday July 27 2014 on a very curvy road, the power steering quit working., there was warning dong, then a message, "power steering" lucky we were driving slow. There are big drop off on the road. At home I restarted the car. The power steering worked. I call my local Chevy dealer, he couldn't find a recall for my car. I looked up GM web site. It stated 2009 & 2010 were on recall for this problem, " all other 2006 thru. 2008, non turbo models not subject to this recall will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor" I contacted GM, they said it wasn't covered. This is a safety issue. It should be covered by GM.

- Columbia, KY, USA

problem #259

Aug 082013


  • 125,000 miles
Driving and hear beep tone and power steering goes out. Seems to be worse in extreme weather either hot or cold but will eventually go out any time the car is driven. Less dangerous at high speed but at low speed makes turning very difficult. Recall on 2009 and 2010 but I do not understand why other years are not included.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

problem #258

Jul 072014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering assist failed and caused the contact to become involved in a crash. There were no injuries reported and a police report was not filed. The power steering warning light was also illuminated. The contact stated that the power steering assist had failed several times prior to the crash. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #257

Jul 072014


  • 100,969 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the electronic power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,969.

- Broken Arrow , OK, USA

problem #256

Jul 232014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 133,142 miles
As I was heading out to work my car dinged power steering on the dic and became very hard to control and the panel shut down. The past week the car will surge in and out, as if it's racing. The car has lost all power steering to the vehicle and is in need of replacement, this is just two weeks after it came out of the dealership for the recall fix for the ignition, I find it very odd I've had no power steering issues until the ignition was replaced. The dealership is aware. I also called GM who is aware and cannot do anything.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #255

Jul 212014


  • 69,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle lost power steering and the power steering light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,200.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

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