really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,583 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #6

May 142014


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph, a loud chime sounded inside of the vehicle. There was an immediate loss of the power steering with the illumination of the warning indicator. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the power steering motor was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- West Lake, OH, USA

problem #5

May 142012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 103,500 miles
The eps (electronic power steering) goes out in my 2009 Chevrolet HHR every single day, usually after about 5 minutes of driving. It hasn't caused me to have a major accident yet, but it caused me to scrape against a guard rail. The eps motor needs a recall immediately, as this is a well known issue with many HHR owners!!!

- Huntington , WV, USA

problem #4

Jun 012012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Loss of steering assist occurs at any time while driving and once assist is lost, a message is displayed on the driver information center (dic) and a chime sounds. This is the same problem & part involved in the below recall of cobalts & in a Canadian recall of Hhrs. It is almost impossible to park when it is not working. Resetting by turning ignition off, then starting engine again will last about 30 seconds. I have almost crashed as it fails while turning entering/exiting parking spaces or garage. NHTSA action number: NHTSA recall campaign number: PE10005 10V073000 make: Chevrolet model: Cobalt manufacturer : General Motors llc model year : 2009 component(s) : steering:electric power assist system date investigation opened : January 27, 2010 date investigation closed : July 19, 2010.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 162011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


While turning I've had the electric steering go out my vehicle. During one occasion I was avoiding someone that had pulled out in front of me. I've taken the vehicle to the dealer and they say everything is normal but yet the vehicles electric steering comes and goes while driving.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Going 35 to 45 mph in a straight line on a cold night with the heater on. A message showing "power steering" on the driver information center. With every restart the power steering would work for a time and then shut down again after a short time. Dealer diagnosed as a failed electric power steering assist motor. We paid $335.38 to replace this component. This vehicle has the same frame, power train, and other major components as the Chevrolet cobalt and Pontiac G5 with the body being the main difference in these vehicles. Chevrolet cobalt and Pontiac G5 recall information: Make: Chevrolet model: Cobalt model year: 2009 manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Mfr's report date: Mar 01, 2010 NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 NHTSA action number: PE10005 component: Steering:electric power assist system

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #1

May 022011


  • miles
2009 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer states electric power steering went out while driving

- Washington, DC, USA

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