hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,877 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 202016


  • 166,054 miles


Car started smelling gas inside when driving and have to open the window to get some fresh air. A clicking noise, too much noise from the front suspension when turning or driving..L took the car for oil change and the dealer tech did not want to drive the car stating that it's safety issues. They said the lower control arms has been wear out and that the "sway bar"is shorter wearing my tires. In just this year L have change the 4 tires twice. Discount tires said they have not seen such a thing before the wearing occures in the inside part of the tires... the entire front suspension is collapsing. GM need to issues a recall for these issues.... the dealer gave me a repair quote of almost $3000...GM need to take responsibility of all these issues and offer a credit or repurchased the car back... L have children that L transporter back and forth to school and to hospital...and need a safer car...

- King, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 132015


  • 11,000 miles
In Feb 2015 I had to have the hub replaced, I also had new breaks put on. In Feb 2016 I had to have the hub replaced again. We are now in May 2016 my car is doing the same thing and I think I am going to have to have the hub replaced again. When I apply my brakes the whole car shakes and the steering wheel feels like it is going to come off, the brakes feel like they are grabbing and letting go.

- Walhalla, SC, USA

problem #6

Mar 032016


  • 107,000 miles
At 107,000 miles four of the left front wheel studs failed. The vehicle was being driven at 25 mph and was brought to a stop without the wheel coming off the car. Due to the design of the oem hubcap it is impossible to tell when one or more lug nuts have failed. If this failure would have happened at high speed the results would have been catastrophic

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #5

Sep 112012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 71,362 miles


Right front wheel bearing failure. Very dangerous.

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 112013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
In our 2006 Chevrolet HHR, the front right and left wheel bearing hub assemblies have failed at 57,000 miles. The symptom was a rumbling noise beginning at 40 mph to 45 mph. Wheel bearings are not designed to be a perishable item. In comparison, all four wheels still have the original brake pads that have not yet worn out. Without question, brake pads should wear out before wheel bearings. Since the vehicle was out of warranty I had a local repair shop replace the right front wheel bearing hub assembly that was the worst, and submitted a complaint to Chevrolet to see if they would assist in repairs on the left side. After paying for a dealer ($109) to diagnose what I already knew (as a requirement to start the investigation process) the verdict was a "worn out" wheel hub assembly. I have now been told that I do not qualify for any assistance from Chevrolet. It is my opinion that the failures are the result of either a serious design deficiency or manufacturing quality defect. Fortunately, the bearings did not fail catastrophically to cause a crash. I am concerned that what I have experienced may be a wide spread problem in the HHR population.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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problem #3

Jul 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Whenever it rains the passenger side leaks from the counsel the carpet always gets soaked... a lot of people have this problem... another known issue is the cam position sensor a lot of people have this problem now having issues with the bearings in my front wheels which seems to be another known issue others are having as well.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 302009


  • 5,600 miles
2006 new vehicle purchase serviced 8 times for multiple failures related to either electrical/braking/ABS/ wheels/emissions/ traction control/computer/power steering and or computer issues/all repaired/and resolved at GM dealer/vehicle can not be driven safely when issue occurs the failed system in question overrides driver last incident failure occurred in heavy traffic resulting in removal from service which took 3 weeks to repair/had the conditions been different this may have resulted in a crash.

- Brant Rock, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 20 mph over a hole or dip in the road, the entire vehicle stalled and shut off. The weather was not a factor. The stalling occurred at least three times within one week. The vehicle cannot be restarted once it shut off. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The dealer does not know the cause of the failure or the remedy. The failure mileage was 53,000. The consumer stated the vehicle was having several issues with the cam sensor, wheels, a broken hub bearing, bent rotors and an issue with removing the key from the ignition, due to the shift cable not staying secured. The check engine light illuminated, the inside driver door handle would not open the door, the passenger side back would not stay secured. Updated 06/25/08

- Whittier, CA, USA

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