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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,067 miles

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2010 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #38

Oct 142012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Same issues as others. Key will not turn to off position, will not release from ignition. Issue is noted all over the internet. They have acknowledged and issued a service bulletin for 2009 model year, but not for any other model years. Why not for other years when obviously it is the same issue with the same part, over several of their models?

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #37

May 142012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Air bag connector went bad when the car was 2 yrs old. Some unknown electrical problem has caused a 5 yr battery to be dead after 2 yrs of normal usage. Dealer says air bag connector is not covered under warranty and that the battery is dead.

- Connersville , IN, USA

problem #36

Jul 142012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 55,350 miles
Arrived home from grocery shopping and I parked my vehicle. I tried to turn the ignition off and the key would not turn. I pulled the power cable off the fuse box under the hood to shut the vehicle off. I live in a townhouse sub-division and did not want to leave the key in the ignition so I removed the ignition cylinder. I called the dealer where I bought the car and they towed it to their shop. The looked at the vehicle and told me it was under oem warranty and they had it towed to a Chevrolet dealer to have it fixed. The dealership said they would fix the ignition switch under warranty but the housing would have to be replaced at a cost to me. They replaced the parts and the vehicle would not start. The dealership called the next day and said the ECM (engine control module) would not hold its programming and needed to be replaced at my cost. Total repair $1275.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #35

Jun 132012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Returning home from dinner with my husband, he put the car in park, and the ignition switch would not turn off, though he repeatedly tried. With the engine still running, we had no recourse but for him to take it to a Chevrolet dealer 30 miles away, where they said they would have to replace the ignition switch, and reprogram the computer and key fobs. This is a known defect with the HHR. Why has there not been a recall" they have even manufactured a replacement part for this, so they know there is a problem. It will cost us over $300 to get this replaced, and I don't feel it is our fault that this has happened, to us, and the many other HHR owners who are wondering where is the recall?" our car is a 2010 model, so it is not that old.

- Cross Plains, TX, USA

problem #34

Jun 012012

HHR

  • miles
On approximately March 26 2012 at night on a trip from phoenix AZ to reno nv my vehicle low beam headlamps went out, I drove from kingman AZ to indian springs nv with just my highbeams after stopping in indian springs and trying every knob and switch in the vehicle the front low beams came on. Then in the month of April the low beams went out all together and after being in the shop for 2 days it was diagnosed with a relay problem and repair was made and I had low beams again, but now the horn doesn't function and after being pulled over by the police I was advised that my taillights are out. Both problems possibly related to a fuse or relay problem but I haven't had it in the shop yet. Now when I purchased the veh in September of 2011 I noticed that the vehicle would shutter to a stop when applying the brakes, sometimes violently. Had a brake job done in March and was advised that the front rotors were warped. Had them repaired and everything was fine until approximately June 1st when the shuttering/vibrating started up again and the sometimes violently at that. I am really concerned when I apply the brakes that something may break lose when I apply the brakes. I've read on the internet many complaints from Chevrolet HHR (different year models) owners of the same complaints and that after having the brakes worked on that the vibrating/shuttering comes back within 3 months. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #33

Jun 032012

HHR

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition failed. The contact was unable to turn the engine off or remove the key from the ignition switch. The battery and the engine power relay had to be disconnected in order to power the vehicle off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer here the contact was awaiting diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Ashville , AL, USA

problem #32

May 082012

HHR

  • 39,980 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I returned from the grocery store and my key couldn't switch off the ignition or be withdrawn. The car was running while I did some research and tried out the plunger release that worked for others. I discovered that the plunger to release the lock is working properly, so it must be the ignition lock itself that is defective. I found the fuse block and located the fuel pump fuse and pulled it to stall the engine. The ignition is still on, but since it's 9pm, I'll have to wait until tomorrow before I can get it checked.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #31

Apr 082012

HHR

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact notistated that the key could not be turned while inside the ignition and the vehicle could not be shut off. The contact had to disconect the fuel pump fuse from the fuel box in order to shut the vehicle off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the ignition switch was replaced. The current and the failure mileages were 34,000.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #30

Apr 042012

HHR

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that he was unable to turn the ignition off. The contact also stated that in order to turn off the ignition he had to disconnect the battery. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 46,000.

- Ironton, OH, USA

problem #29

May 122011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 2,989 miles
Turned ignition key to shut vehicle off engine continued to run. Removed the fuse than later took to the dealer who replaced the ignition switch all covered under the warranty.

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #28

Jun 082011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 10,882 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Turned the ignition key to shut engine off engine continued to run. Removed the fuse and later took to the dealer who replaced the ignition switch all was covered under warranty.

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #27

Oct 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 10,361 miles
Turned the ignition key to shut vehicle off and the engine kept running removed the fuse and later took to the dealer who replaced the ignition switch all was covered under warranty.

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #26

Aug 102011

HHR

  • 10,726 miles
Went to turn ignition key to the off position and the vehicle would not shut off pulled fuse. Took vehicle the the dealer ship replaced ignition lock was covered under warranty.

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #25

Jul 292011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 7,520 miles
Turned ignition key to turn off would not shut off took the fuse out to turn off engine took it to the dealer they replaced the ignition switch warranty covered the work.

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #24

Apr 202011

HHR 4WD 4-cyl

  • 6,099 miles
Vehicle would not turn off when ignition key was turned had to remove the fuse. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the switch it was covered under the warranty.

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #23

Oct 282011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 24,988 miles
Went to turn the ignition key to the off position and it would not shut off removed fuses to turn the vehicle off took it to the dealer they replaced the switch and it was covered under the warranty.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #22

Oct 132010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 4,486 miles
Went to turn the ignition key to the off position and it would not shut off removed fuses to turn the vehicle off took it to the dealer they replaced the switch and it was covered under the warranty.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #21

Mar 182012

HHR

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. While parked the contact attempted turn the key in the ignition to shut the vehicle off but to no avail. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The contact disconnected the battery cable in order to shut the vehicle off. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Edgerton, OH, USA

problem #20

Jan 252012

HHR

  • miles
The starter is messed up, it wont ignite back so I can turn my car off. I went to the dealership amd they did nothing.

- Rowland, NC, USA

problem #19

Jan 222012

HHR

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked, but he was unable to shut off the ignition or remove the key. The contact removed the fuel fuses and disconnected the battery to shut the vehicle off. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 39,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

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