really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,279 miles

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2007 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 2 of 18)

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problem #340

May 162016


  • 160,090 miles


While driving my power steering failed I currently do not have power steering still. The back latch will not open as well. I cannot access the trunk where my battery is because the latch will not open.

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #339

May 072016


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 60 mph and attempting to switch lanes, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering ability seized. The failure occurred on a daily basis for approximately one week. The vehicle was at the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Charleston, IL, USA

problem #338

Mar 312016


  • 160,000 miles
Power steering fails indiscriminately when in motion; returns when vehicle is turned off and restarted.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #337

Mar 302016

HHR 4-cyl

  • 93,600 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 65 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering became very difficult to maneuver. The failure persisted intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,600. Updated 05/18/16 the consumer stated the vehicle was finally repaired. Updated 06/22/16.

- Central, SC, USA

problem #336

Mar 012016


  • 120,000 miles
Power steering continue to go out while driving and I have to use my own power to drive.

- Farmersville, CA, USA

problem #335

Feb 132016


  • 91,286 miles
While driving on a city road the power steering went out so that it became very hard to steer the vehicle. There was a smell of an odd type also noticed. An indicator light on the dash board also came on at that time indicating power steering problem.

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #334

Nov 242015


  • 8,500 miles


Takata recall - when in motion, on a city street or a highway, driving straight, going into a turn or just turning at any time my power steering light comes on and the power steering goes out. This makes it very difficult to operate my chevey 2007 HHR safely. I have researched this and find on youtube there are a lot of HHR owners with this same problem. Please advise.

- Martindale, TX, USA

problem #333

Oct 052015


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #332

Jan 082016


  • 75,000 miles
Car will lose power steering suddenly with a message displayed on the information center "power steering". does not matter speed or length of time car has been driven. At this point, the power steering returns to normal when you turn the car off and then restart the car. Recall from GM has only 2009-2011 HHR, but many other older HHR 2006-2008 have exact same issues according to HHR forums. Chevy even sent us a notice in January 2015 stating the potential of the power steering failure, but offered no date for a recall to fix. The HHR has 75,000 miles and dealer was notified, but was rude about even looking the car up for recall information or helping us. This car has only seen a Chevy dealership for any service related issues.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #331

Dec 272015


  • 112,000 miles
I was driving down the road and heard a warning chime and the dic showed power steering. I pulled over, turned car off and back on it was fine. Was looking to SE what it would cost to replace and see all these people having same trouble. It's very dangerous and should be looked at by Chevrolet if it's that big of a problem!!

- Berrien Springs, MI, USA

problem #330

Dec 162015


  • 91,000 miles


Cars power steering goes out while driving and comes back when I turn it off and back on again.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #329

Nov 202015


  • 66,200 miles
Power steering stops working. When I restart the car power steering will resume to work. It may hrs or days before it stops again. This only happened will driving. Stereo some times flashes and unable to turn stations. Some times my inter-lights will flash and not work afterwards. Both of these issues happens whenever.

- Elsie, MI, USA

problem #328

Nov 252015


  • 90,000 miles
Power steering suddenly goes out resulting in total loss of power steering. This happened while driving on a city street,

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #327

Nov 072015


  • 81,700 miles
Power steering went out while driving on the highway. Chime sounded, "power steering" appeared in the dic. When I turned off the car and turned it back on, the power steering was fine. According to all the research I did to try and diagnose the problem, it seems that this is typical of a defective power steering motor and is common to this model which has yet to be recalled.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #326

Nov 072015


  • 115,140 miles
On Nov 7, 2015, my family returned to our car after eating, when my husband started the car he commented on how hard it was to steer, then the warning light for power steering came on. He turned the car off and back on and the steering was fine. There are numerous reports of this happening..why is nothing being done"?" this is a serious safety issue. I have to use this car daily to travel back and forth from work and according to the other reports the power steering goes out at any time. There is no way I could control this car at freeway speeds without power steering.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #325

Oct 312015


  • 119,200 miles
I paid 947 dollars to fix the power steering module when it went out on Oct 8, 2015. I took car to get fixed at sisbarro in las cruces, nm. Like I said I paid 947 dollars to get it fixed. Now today I stopped to say hello to one of my neighbors and when I started to drive again and the power steering went out today October the 31, 2015. It's good thing my wife was not driving the car she could have been hurt or hurt someone else. So again I took the car back to sisbarro in las cruces, nm. I'm just wondering what kind of excuse they are going to give me this time and probably charge me another 947 dollar again.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #324

Oct 292015


  • 0 miles
Vehicle keeps blowing power steering fuse. Did not occur until after I have ignition recall work preformed. I am smelling in the cabin like hot wiring smell.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #323

Aug 072015


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to steer. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #322

Oct 142015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle failed to accelerate. In addition, an unknown warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #321

Oct 162015


  • 10 miles
I was driving last week and I suddenly lost all power steering. I had to pull over (as I was on a side street) and put on my 4 way flashers shut off my car and then start it. When I started my car I suddenly had my power steering back. Just a couple of days ago I was once again driving on a busy road near the intersection of the highway) and the same thing happened. I'm wondering if there is some time of defect with the power steering. Ever since I had the ignition switch recall fixed, I've been having problems.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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