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 5 of 18)

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problem #280

Sep 042014


  • 154,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, a warning sound chimed and the power steering light illuminated. The contact merged the vehicle to the side of the road and turned the vehicle off. After five minutes the contact restarted the vehicle and attempted to drive, but the steering wheel had become very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #279

Jul 152014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving on the hwy, the steering became "stiff"; a chime sounded and the read-out said "power steering". the steering responded as though the car had been put in neutral and turned. I drive 100 miles a day going to and from work. This may happen once or it may happen several times a day. It has happened in the middle of a turn and a collision was narrowly avoided. This car belongs to my mother, who is 75 years old. I've been driving her so she doesn't have to deal with the problem. She doesn't have the upper arm strength to man-handle the steering, especially when it happens suddenly and unexpectedly. I've found the recall on the 2009-2010 HHR's (letter 14115) and it mentions a "... special coverage (GM bulletin number 14119) that will be implemented for my 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR...". I cannot find details on this bulletin anywhere. My father has ordered the part for the car. Will bulletin 14119 cover reimbursement if he has to pay for the repair out-of-pocket?

- Henryetta, OK, USA

problem #278

Jul 072014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Chevy HHR power steering fails at random times and speeds. Becomes progressively worse with time. Seems to be heat sensitive, does it more on hot days after starting a closed up car. Some times happens 4 or 5 times a day, some times much more. Pull over, shut off engine and it resets itself every time. It can be difficult to control on a wet curved expressway ramp when the steering suddenly stops working. The same power steering motor was recalled in Canada for the same defect across the board. It is time GM replaced these motors and quit playing around.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #277

Sep 022014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


I own a 2007 Chevy HHR with the same problem thousands of people are having. The power steering just quits! there is a recall for different models of cars with the same bad part number as mine. Why aren't all cars with this same power steering motor recalled. The car isn't the issue the bad part is. There should be a recall of all cars with this part currently installed.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #276

May 152014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The power steering light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician was unable to locate the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #275

Jul 192014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
The power steering goes out intermittently and is very hard to steer but when you shut the car off and turn it back on it works. I have had this situation happen on sharp curves and it is not fun! someone at GM needs to recall these cars, not just some of the 2007 models. I took it to my local GM dealership and they wanted to charge me $123 to diagnose it, not going to happen! I have read several posts that say that the power steering has a lifetime warranty on the power steering pumps, I will have to call them to find out!

- West Paducah, KY, USA

problem #274

Jun 122014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 130,205 miles


My power steering goes off, I pull over and turn the car off then the power steering works for a short time. This happens anywhere from 2 to 6 times a day.my local dealer says my car doesn't have a recall only the 2009 -2010. This doesn't seem right to me. If it's a defect in the -2010 shouldn't it be a defect in my 2007?

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #273

Aug 222014


  • miles
HHR was idling, and in park. Moved vehicle a short distance and parked to load item into vehicle. When re-entered the HHR to drive away, noticed the power steering message in the console area and the 'assist' was no longer functioning. When having the dealer look at this the following morning, they informed me that it was shown to be a re-call problem as listed in document #3972684, indicating that this condition may exist in HHR's with model years from 2006-2010.

- West Desmoines, IA, USA

problem #272

Aug 212014


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the steering wheel became hard to turn and the steering warning light illuminated. The steering wheel resumed normal function after restarting the vehicle. The manufacturer advised the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Sumter , SC, USA

problem #271

Apr 032014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Power steering goes out intermittently. This is the same symptom as the recall on the 2009-2010 HHR but the 2007 HHR was not included in the recall.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #270

Aug 202014


  • 15,100 miles


Power steering goes out while driving. This is a recall item on the 2008 model year, needs to be a recall on 07-08 years also. Inside door handles brake, making it impossible to get out of the call without rolling down the windows. Both are broken on my car. Been to many Chevy HHR forums and this is a common problem. If you lose power you can not get out of the car.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #269

Aug 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 58,858 miles
My son is just learning how to drive and we were in a parking lot practicing. We heard a ding and then there was an error message saying service power steering. We had lost power steering. We shut the car off and back on and it was ok for just two more turns then gave us an error message again. I know GM issued a recall N140115 for some years and models and then a service bulletin number 14119 which states my year. When I called Chevy to get clarification they said my VIN number did not qualify for this. If all of these other years are having the same issue why do they not qualify"?" the service bulletin just states non turbo engine which I do not have. Below paragraph is form GM's web site. So why do some of us have to pay for this problem and others do not. In addition, 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet Hhrs from the 2006-2008 model years (and several hundred 2009 models) and 96,324 Saturn ions from the 2003 model year that are not subject to these recalls will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor. GM bulletin 14119 covers the following cars where GM dealers will replace the power steering motor for the life of the vehicle. 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) 2003 Saturn ion.

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #268

Aug 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Power steering warning chimed and displayed on dash and all power steering went away making vehicle hard to steer.

- Sulophur Springs , TX, USA

problem #267

Aug 082014


  • 102,806 miles
The power steering feels stiff not able to make right turns without the stiffness. Power steering lights constantly on since this problem occurred. My power steering is electrical and for some reason I believed that the ignition recall my have something to do with this not sure.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #266

Aug 132014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 107,340 miles
On 8/12/2014, I had the recalled ignition switch replaced on my 2007 HHR. On 8/13/2014, while driving into the parking lot of an out of town mall, my power steering went out and the power steering warning message came up.I pulled over and turned the engine off. I then restarted the engine and the steering was fine. I drove directly to my dealer and explained what had happened. They said that there had been recalls on the steering assist motors but he did not think they were on my model year. He looked it up and said mine was not included. He said if they had one in stock he could have one installed the next day at my expense. I had the new motor installed on 8/14/2014, but after reading all the complaints from other 2007 HHR owners, I feel that this should have been a recall replacement. I was not willing to take the risk of my or my wife's" safety.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #265

Jul 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Driving home from work on a very hot summer afternoon, power steering went out as I was crossing over a river on a bridge. Chimes sounded and power steering displayed on dash. Car was very hard to steer, especially making left and right turns from a stop. This was the 1st time it happened. Contacted dealer who stated it needed to be in the midst of the problem to be diagnosed. Since this happens intermittently usually when I am getting off work, it makes it hard to take it in. I have noticed that the speed I am traveling has no bearing on power steering going out. Over the last year it consistently goes out when the weather is really hot, but I did not have any problem over the winter. Like most everyone has stated, if I turn off the ignition the power steering will come back on for a short while, but it always goes out again. It is just ridiculous that there are so many recalls on this vehicle and yet this problem, on this year model, does not seem to be covered under any of them.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #264

Jul 282014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Power steering shows on the display at random time. Driving down the interstate at 70 M.P.H or driving through town at 35 M.P.H., even driving down my driveway (which is not long)...power steering. First happened on the interstate, after arriving home and shutting the car off nothing happened for a while and I almost forgot about it. But as of Wednesday it is happening 3 to 4 times a day. Wow! it's terrible to try and steer without power steering! I am going to take it to a mechanic next week to see about getting it fixed, looking at $400 @ the dealership and I cannot afford that.

- Hernando, MS, USA

problem #263

Jul 162013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 65 mph, the power steering failed and a warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #262

Jul 032014


  • 68,700 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the power steering failed. When the contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, the power steering returned to normal. The failure occurred fifteen times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 68,700.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #261

Apr 152014


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure occurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Chester, VA, USA

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