really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,956 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 21)

problem #402

May 012016


  • 147,000 miles


Power steering fails suddenly, making the car impossible to steer. This has happened in heavy traffic and on the freeway at higher speed. Other HHR's have been recalled for this problem but not the 2006 models. I've read other 2006 owners complaining of this same problem. I've checked the fuses and cannot find any reason for this problem. If I turn the ignition off, then restart the car the steering works fine for about 5 minutes before the steering goes out again. This problem started about 5 months ago, about May 2016. At first it occurred randomly, but now happens every time I drive it. Speed has no bearing on the problem as I can be driving 20 mph or 70 mph. I currently have 149,580 miles on this car. I've had the recalled ignition replaced twice and I'm wondering if this problem is related as the power steering is electric. I've had several close calls and feel the car is too dangerous to drive.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #401

Oct 212016


  • 23,400 miles
Power steering loss.happen about 6 different times.this car is driven by a senior 76.and car only has 23400 miles.doesn"T seem right that that should be happening was backing out of a drive way last time and couldnt get it to steer was very hard.happened last time on Oct.21,2016

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #400

Oct 102016


  • 193,000 miles
My air bag service light comes on and my power steering dont work while this air bag service light is on. My heat dont work either while my air bag service light is on. I can drive it for awhile and when my air bag light goes off my power steering starts to work and my heat does too.

- Corydon, IN, USA

problem #399

Oct 182016


  • miles


Power steering problem shutting off and on.

- Ny, NY, USA

problem #398

Sep 152016


  • 172,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering ability. The power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 172,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Waterloo, IL, USA

problem #397

Sep 092016


  • 122,000 miles
Takata recall. Power steering goes out on my 2006 HHR while driving down the highway. Can pull over and kill the engine and restart the car and it will work fine again for a few miles then the power steering message will comes across message board and ding then it goes out again. It has been doing this for about a month now and it first started when the heat index started to get really high. It started off only occasionally doing it, but now it's more frequent. Have scheduled an appointment with dealer to have service tech look at it.

- Castle, OK, USA

problem #396

Sep 022016


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician could not determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Minsie, IN, USA

problem #395

Jul 212016


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #394

May 302016


  • 174,000 miles
While driving the steering get hard and I am unable to make normal turns. This happens at slow speeds and highway speeds.

- Morristown, IN, USA

problem #393

Jul 082016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel warning light illuminated continuously, and the steering wheel seized. The contact had to turn off and restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #392

Jul 132016


  • 120,000 miles


I was driving home from work, and was taking a left turn to enter the highway, when all of a sudden I heard a ding ding ding from the car. My dash lit up a warning that said power steering and the steering wheel locked up. It became nearly impossible to steer, and I ended up on the side of the road, in a field. Thank goodness I didnt get into a major accident. And thank goodnes my 1 and a half year old daughter wasn't with me at the time, and was already safe at home!!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #391

Jul 052016


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR.while driving 70 mph, the power steering failed and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was previously serviced for the failure twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 118,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #390

Apr 012016


  • 88,000 miles
It started a couple months ago, you would hear a beeping sound then a message on the dash, it will say "power steering" then the power steering would not be working, it started once a week then once a day now it happens every single time you drive the car.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #389

Apr 302016


  • 110,000 miles
Vehicle has 111,000 miles and twice in the past two days the power steering error in the dic came on during low speed cornering. Both times the power steering was working normally until the turn and was very difficult to turn under manual mode. A reset of the car restored power steering albit temporarily.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #388

Apr 012016


  • 99,800 miles
We keep hearing a ding, ding, ding, and the instrument cluster reads out power steering as we lose our power steering and it becomes very difficult to turn the wheels. This keeps happening every so many days and I have changed the 60 amp fuse. But it seems that if I pull over and shut off the car and restart it the power steering works once again. It is very frustrating and dangerous in traffic. I called our mechanic and he said he will not work on electronic steering systems. That doesn't give me much comfort as it appears I would have to go to the dealer and guess it might be a big deal and very expensive. But other than that, we have been very happy with our car these last 10 years.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #387

Apr 092016


  • 175,000 miles
I took my 2006 HHR to the dealership for repairs on a tail light and fuses. When I picked it up it was sitting in the parking lot. I started the car. Went to drive away and I had no power steering. I went in side and had to leave my car again. It took 2 weeks for them to work on my car. The whole steering column had to be replaced to fix the steering module.

- Benton, KY, USA

problem #386

Mar 122016


  • 52,000 miles
Twice the power steering stopped and the car was extremely hard/impossible to steer. First time was when parking and after having the engine off for and hour I started it up and everything was fine, so did not work thought it was just a fluke. Second time was going around a curve on an onramp to an interstate highway and the steering acted almost like it locked, no control hit a light pole and car is damaged extensively.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #385

Feb 182016


  • 106,000 miles
While driving this vehicle, the power steering light flashes on dash board and I lose all the function of the power steering. It has now happened 4 separate times in two weeks, the last when I was turning a corner and nearly hit a car on the side of the road because I could not steer the vehicle. I have a safety recall letter from General Motors stating that I had to pay out of pocket to fix and then they would determine if it fell under there recall. When the letter states to bring it to the dealership should the power steering light ever comes on the dash panel, which it has done know 4 times when the power steering failed. I could been killed if I had been going faster or killed some one. This is an issue with the GM faulty mechanics. First it was the ignition having to give my vehicle up for nearly 6 weeks to have it fixed. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by General Motors and paid for by General Motors, not the consumer. What is it going to take, another death because of the mistakes. Even after they notified me that is a safety issue via letter, but I first pay out of pocket and then determine if they will reimburse me for it. The first time I was in downtown la going to work and once again when I turned left while driving, the second on the 405 in rush hour traffic, just as I was accelerating and changing lanes, the light flashed on the dash board (power steering) and I lost all power steering capability. The third was the week of February 15, 2016. Turning left again and the fourth time just yesterday again when I turned left.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #384

Feb 102016


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn intermittently before failing completely. The contact also stated that the low beam headlights failed. The contact stated that the bulbs were replaced, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where it could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 151,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #383

Jun 012013


  • 88,000 miles
After abiding by the recall to change the ignition switch, the car starts freaking out randomly. The dash lights start going on and off. Loose power steering, power brakes and the car just stops. You can be going 70 miles an hour down the highway and the car just gives out. The dealership refuses to fix it unless I am willing to pay all the fees. I had a second dealership replace some fuses but after 2 days it started doing it again. After the first episodes, I called and opened a ticket with Chevrolet, but because the dealership I used didn't want to mess with the car any more they were not very helpful. Now I am driving a death trap because I can't afford a new car and I won't let my children drive or be in the car.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

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