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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 1
Average Mileage:
70,113 miles

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2008 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 13)

problem #251

Sep 022016


  • 110,000 miles


Power steering was lost on the exit ramp of the highway. Didn't use the car for the rest of the day, the next morning drove for 15 minutes and no loss of power steering... until a couple days later. List power steering while in the middle of downtown traffic. Has become increasingly more regular, now happening at least once a day or several. This is a safety issues as you turn a corner or try to lane change and all of a sudden you have to yank the wheel! you have other cheverlot models recalled for this, the 2008 HHR needs to be included in this. Not safe.

- Cumberland, ME, USA

problem #250

Sep 152016


  • 84,475 miles
The mileage is 84475. On several occasions over the past couple of days, our power steering has been randomly shutting off while we are driving on city streets and on country lanes. It started a couple of days ago. If you pull over and shut the car completely off and back on, the power steering may come back for for the rest of the trip or it may just keep shutting off. When I googled the problem, I quickly found multiple links documenting others have had this problem. I found the following video on youtube of another HHR driver showing the problem. Https:// please make this a recall item. It is dangerous when driving at higher speeds on country roads.

- Port Townsend, WA, USA

problem #249

Sep 112016


  • 84,000 miles
While driving at about 55 mph on the highway the dic displays a warning "power steering" and the car became very hard to steer.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #248

Jul 242016


  • 146,830 miles


I was driving and my vehicle lost power steering, this is the second time in a year this has happened. The dealership replaced the motor the first time and now they are refusing to replace the steering column when the recall letter clearly states if all components need to be replaced including the steering column than they shall.

- South Orange, NJ, USA

problem #247

Jul 202016


  • 141,000 miles
I keep have a problem with my power steering going out and it's getting more frequent as of late. I did see that recalls have been issued for model years surrounding mine and the same year in other vehicles made by Chevy. I also see that I am not alone as others are complaining about the same issue. I think Chevy needs to look at this vehicle again and consider doing the right thing and recall the 2008 Chevy HHR power steering motor as well. This is a dangerous problem and needs to addressed because I have had it go out in the middle of a turn and narrowly missed a tree trying to turn.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #246

Jun 132016


  • 78,567 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at low speeds, the power steering failed. The contact stated that the vehicle operated properly after 20 minutes. The failure occurred approximately 30 times sporadically in one month. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 78,567.

- Rossville, GA, USA

problem #245

Jun 172015


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 20 mph, the power steering failed without warning. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The driver and passenger sustained neck and back injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #244

Jun 062014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I had been calling GM about this issue, my daughter loved this car it was given to her for her birthday, out of the blue her car lost steering on highway, it was early afternoon when all were getting off from work while trying to get over without steering she hit another vehicle the car was towed home and has been sitting there waiting on GM to get this steering fixed my child could have lost her life call me [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #243

Jun 202016


  • 110,000 miles
Intermittent power steering failures caused by overheating or worn electric power steering assist motor. Power steering would fail when mid-turn, at non-highway speeds, causing steering to require much more effort to work. Very high risk for mid turn collisions.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #242

Jun 162016


  • 100,000 miles
A woman lost control of her HHR, crashed and died, very likely provoked by the electrical assited steering controller failure, follow link below:

- Reynosa,Tamaulipas, TX, USA

problem #241

Jun 112016


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 70 mph, the contact had to exert greater force to turn the steering wheel the contact mentioned that the power steering was losing power. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #240

Jan 072016


  • 132,000 miles
When I first start my car I can steer and then a pop noise happens and power steering light comes on and fuse360 blows and I have no power steering. It is when stopped and steering doesnt matter which..

- Coldwater, MS, USA

problem #239

Mar 252016


  • miles
Whenever I am driving, the steering wheel will suddenly lock up for seemingly no reason. I can be go anywhere from 35 mph to 70 mph. It's caused me to nearly get into multiple wrecks. I'm forced to pull over, turn off the car, and turn it back on and then the wheel is perfectly fine after. It happens in the middle of driving. I'm scared to keep driving this car but it's my only way to work every day. I have no choice. My car dealership has said many HHR's have been recalled in the past due to power steering issues. Please help me know if my car needs to be recalled and what I need to do to keep safe. This happens nearly every day I drive it, I've only owned the car for about a month now.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #238

Mar 242016


  • miles
When I buhgt this vehicle it was the left side shocked solver was loss unscrewed locky me I found the before anything happened in the hwy then I found unther the vehicle a big bump like this car was in a crash accident I explains the dealer sales man and he toll me to he don't know a bought it then one wheel was more big than the other wheels so I bought another tire I then start search the information on this car with no success even car max is no record of the vehicle I the continued driving the car and I find out this car was a car crash vehicle because I notice driver side was panel fix and for more to know this car is unsafely to drive when you go more that 50" miles in a rain the car easy derail and locky I be have not vehicle in my side it happen to me three time I call the dealership and ask to change me this vehicle is to danger to drive and there respond was sale the car and buy me another one that tell me the unresponsive they are no care if another family buy the car and then they can have a accident and even kill them salfe I toll him I can not sale a vehicle that is unsafe to any one so that's way I reported to you guys to put a stop to this dealer because I notice they have a big junk yard in the back of the dealership and that tell me that they fix junk cars and resales with unsafety esue and they need to be inspected to see they not risk family's out there and I want my money back and my expencess I put to this junk.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #237

Mar 172016


  • 87,000 miles
While my daughter was driving, power steering failed, dash indicator came on and she was unable to turn the wheel while in the intersection. Luckily she was on a quiet street was able to stop the vehicle safely, shut it off, then restart. Power steering was resumed after restarting. This could have happened anytime and caused an accident. Recalls show on cobalt which has same power steering for this model year, but not on HHR. 2009 and 2010 HHR have recalls as well. This is a major safety concern, why is there not a recall to repair? many, many reports on the internet of same problem.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #236

Nov 182015


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at appoxitmately 10 mph, the steering wheel seized. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in a manufacturer's recall related to the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage 108,000.

- Sw Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #235

Nov 132015


  • miles
Ever single time I turn my car on my power steering cust off.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #234

Nov 052015


  • 32,886 miles
When I was driving the car the power steeling light can on and then it got harder to turn the wheel.inknown what happen.then I would park the car and cut it off and then start driving more and then it would do it again.

- Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #233

Sep 212015


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the power steering failed intermittently and the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 116,000.

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #232

Jul 272015


  • 70,000 miles
No one can pinpoint what the cause is, but my power steering cuts off suddenly while driving. This has happen numerous times. I have searched the internet and noted several articles and postings that detail the same problem with similar cars in the HHR 2008. This happens when the car is in motion. Tread quarters thinks replacing one of the tires would help, but it has not. Chevy needs to look at this issue since it seems more electrical than anything. There is something defective or faulty with the car. The power steering always cuts off when I am either turning, driving, on the highway, etc. Parking is horrible when this happens. It takes so much effort trying to turn. It needs to be investigated since other owners complain of the same thing. I even tried balancing and rotating the tires before but it keeps happening.

- Hampton, VA, USA

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