really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,590 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #8

Oct 202011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 56,740 miles


I have a 2009 Chevy HHR, which is having the same problems that caused a recall on the Chevy cobalt, the Pontiac G6, G5.the Chevy Malibu. My power steering system fails in the middle of a turn, the led read out says power steering and then it completely goes out, I have to either turn the vehicle off and re start it or remove the fuse that is in the electrical fuse box and put it back in, this only corrects the problem temporarily, (this is so dangerous, as I might be in the middle of a curve on wet/icy roads and have the steering go out on me) there are numerous threads on line in reference to this issue with the HHR and GM has not done a recall for it in this model, this vehicle has the same steering components as the ones that have been recalled, one of the hazards possible is a fire. I feel this issue should be addressed in all of GM's vehicles with the same faulty parts not just the ones listed, they know these parts are in these cars and have chosen to ignore all complaints to repair the issue, the parts cost the public between $150 and $200 not including the hour of labor to fix the issue, why should the consumer be required to foot the bill for something that is clearly GM's fault, I have grand children that are in my car at any given time and I should not have to worry about my car catching on fire or the steering going out while I am in a turn on a wet or icy road !

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 302010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 32,700 miles
At speed on steep downhill when applying brakes there is a violent shaking of the wheel. The vehicle was serviced and rotors were turned and new brake pads installed also a repair was made to a steering component. Less than 5,000 miles later the same issue has returned.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 112011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
During the ice storm the power steering went out in my vehicle. My husband was driving and that is the only reason we didn't have an accident. This continues to be a problem on my 2009 Chevy HHR lt.

- Ada, OK, USA

problem #5

Jun 252011


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph the power steering would intermittently fail and the wheel would become very difficult to turn. Whenever the failure occurred, the contact would restart the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer, who informed the contact that the power steering assist system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Filer, ID, USA

problem #4

Jun 122011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 36,187 miles
The Chevy HHR is based on the Chevy cobalt. The Hhrs are having the exact same power steering assist problem that exists in the cobalt. The cobalt is covered by a recall, but the HHR is not. I believe the HHR should have the same recall because it has the exact same component that is failing. The power steering goes out suddenly and has caused my wife to lose control of the car. Chevrolet will not replace the component under the extended warranty that was purchased from them, yet they will replace it on a Chevy cobalt.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #3

May 252011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I was driving home from work and the electrical power steering went out, I pulled off the expressway onto the side of the road, turned my car off and back on, then I continued journey home. I hadn't drove a mile before it went out again. I pulled off the expressway two or three more times. It continued to go out, so I decided to drive home since the car dealer was already closed for the day. I phoned them from work the next day only to be told that the part had not been recalled and if I wanted to get it fixed it would be $500 plus taxes or more if they discovered that it was the steering column. $500 which I did not have, my husband purchased the part and installed it over the memorial holiday weekend. We would really like to get our money back. My car is only two years old and the electrical power steering should not be going out. I searched the internet and discovered that the same part is used in the Chevy cobalt and it has had the same problem, they should have issued a recall on it for the Chevy HHR lt as well, since the same part is being used in it. This is dangerous what if I had been involved in an accident as some of the other people who reported having the same problem on the internet and someone had been killed or injured. I sincerely hope that something can be done to assist me and the other people with the same problem. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

- Ford Heights, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 132010


  • 40,536 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key remained stuck in the ignition and the contact was unable to shut off the vehicle. The vehicle was left with the engine running overnight. The next morning, the vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was advised that the ignition switch and the solenoid in the steering column had failed. The failed components were no longer listed under warranty and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 40,536.

- Frankford, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 012010


  • 50,000 miles
Power steering went out completely in 2009 HHR.

- Danbury, TX, USA

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