really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,831 miles

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2010 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 8 of 10)

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problem #52

Mar 202013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


Bought used 2010 Chevy HHR in early February 2013 from a dealer. Shortly after the 30 day warranty is over, message lights up on the dash while driving "power steering" then the power steering turns off. I almost crashed as I was turning the first time I experienced this! the power steering is restored when you restart the car. This happens sporadically all the time, at any speed and sometimes several times in just a 10 minute drive. The car is hard to steer when the power steering goes off and is seriously dangerous!

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #51

May 062013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,750 miles
Driving down interstate at 65mph when the electronic power steering failed without warning. Could barely get maneuver car off road onto exit. Shut car down to check out, restarted car, everything worked fine and power steering was functioning. Turned back around to go home and park car, power steering went out again - this time as I was turning off main road, into my subdivision. Almost had car in the ditch as wheel jerked back and power steering went out again. Got car to driveway and shut down. Restarted car and everything came back online again. Drove car down subdivision street to test the problem. Could not go more than 5-10 seconds before power steering shut off. Very dangerous. I am a 6'2", 225 lb guy and I struggled to get car off the road. When steering, the car is not like an older car without power steering, it turns like you have to fight the wheel. If someone is not aware of the problem and it goes out for the first time in mid-turn, this could definitely cause an accident or kill someone.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #50

Apr 182013

HHR 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While driving the car the power steering light comes on, there is a ding, and suddenly the power steering goes out. It first happened 10 days ago and happens at random times everything the car is driven. The power steering will reset if the engine is shut off and restarted, but it will soon go out again within seconds or minutes. This is a very dangerous issue and has caused us near accidents. I see that there are many, many complaints about this issue on HHR's of multiple model years. Please address this issue. I have never had power steering on a vehicle just go out before. This is a late model car and an issue of this type and of this frequency definitely points to a defect and not a wear and tear issue. A recall is needed!

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #49

Apr 272013


  • 91,000 miles


While driving the car on sat 04/27/2013 at a rate of 45 mph I went to make a turn and the steering froze up making it very difficult to make any kind of turn. I found out then that it had a power steering motor vs a reservoir or anything like that. Took it the next day to my mechanic who said fuses checked out good he believes it is the power steering motor. Calling Chevrolet but getting the run around not good for a part that can cause a major accident.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #48

Apr 282013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 988,556 miles
I was turning in the driveway of an apartment building and a bell went off and the steering got really hard to turn. I looked at the dash and saw the power steering light had come on. I got out my book and it says the power steering doesn't need maintenance, but to call the dealer if it happens. Well, I restarted the car and the light went out, so I drove to the store a few blocks away and it did it again. Luckily I wasn't going fast or in heavy traffic or a really bad accident could have happened and lives could have been lost. I have had ignition problems, I couldn't turn off the vehicle, loss of engine power, rotor replaced. Two of the same side broken inside driver door handles and bad gas mileage. The steering has been the most dangerous so far. I read on-line how many people this has happened to and I wonder when they will recall this vehicle. When someone dies?

- Ft. Worth, TX, USA

problem #47

Apr 122013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 43,441 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who stated that the power steering motor would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 43,441.

- Bemus Point, NY, USA

problem #46

Mar 232013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


I have had two issues with this car and it has made me feel unsafe when driving it. The first involves the brakes. When braking after driving at 45mph or more, the steering wheel begins shaking. I was told the brake pads needed to be changed. I did and the problem still continued. Last month, the power steering light came on the dashboard. For a couple of days, it went away but soon the steering wheel became too hard to turn. Took it to mechanic who changed the power steering module as indicated by the diagnostics test. Once the change was done, the service ESC light came on and the car has been crazy ever since. I have yet to resolve the issue as nobody knows what is wrong with my car. It has been almost a month already. I am unhappy with this car and would not recommend to anybody. After looking it up, I see that many have this same issue. It is very unsafe since this can happen at any moment while driving!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #45

Apr 142013


  • 56,000 miles
Driving down road coming to stop light. Chime went off & power steering was indicated on my information system. My car lost all power steering- was very difficult to steer. Glad I was not in the middle of a curve or turn when that happened.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #44

Apr 092013


  • 160,000 miles
While driving my power steering will stop working. It doesn't happen every time we drive our HHR but at least once or twice a week. It has almost caused 4 accidents that could have been avoided if the power steering would work properly. The power steering alert will show up on our vehicle and we have to shut off the vehicle and restart in order for it to work again. I'm scared to drive this vehicle now after what has happened tonight.

- Pearcy, AR, USA

problem #43

Mar 302013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
While going around a bend in the road at approx 35/40mph, the power steering in my 2010 Chevy HHR went out. There was a ding and then it was very difficult to turn the wheel. I almost hit a Jeep that was turning into a subdivision opposite of us because I could not turn the wheel to get in the passing area. This resulted in me going off of the road. I pulled onto the next side road I saw. Checked for any issues and restarted. I regained power steering and was able to be on my way. In approx. Another mile or so it went out again. It did so intermittently all the way to the dealer. The dealer was of no help basically saying it was an operator error. There was a steering recall that I had taken care of earlier in the year and my mechanic said that it looks like it was replaced with equally defective parts. My mechanic also said that it's not a "wear part" and nothing that I did could have caused it to do that. It is a short on the motor/computer for the power steering.

- North Beach, MD, USA

problem #42

Mar 122013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


After making a turn the car beeped, "power steering" showed on the display, and I lost power steering. Restarting the car causes power steering to resume functioning but it will cut out again within a minute.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #41

Mar 142013


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering stops working at all speeds and conditions. Dash lights up saying power steering and from that point on until vehicle is restarted there is no power steering. It has happen many times over the last week dealer states that the power steering motor is bad and needs to be replaced at a cost of $265. There are 1000S of complaints of this happening why is nothing being done. Canadian HHR has a recall on this but not us HHR. Its not the money its the safety of the motoring public that is question here.if not for the fact I have driven a car not equipped with power steering before it could have been really bad when it turned off in a turn.

- Chesterfield Twp, MI, USA

problem #40

Jun 152012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 10,200 miles
2010 HHR 2lt (manual trans / flex fuel) bought new. Problem began summer 2012 @ 10,200 mi. Clicking & thud metal noises heard & felt (jerky & resonance of metal striking) coming from low down in both front sections. Initially occurred erratically during driving, then consistently. Occurred: Reversing; and accelerating from 1st gear into 2nd, 3rd, 4th; downshifting from 4th to lower; and during slow stops shifting from 3rd, 2nd, or 1st into neutral. On 9/14/12 at 11,242 mi., dealer found "too much clearance between hub & cv shaft" and an existing service bulletin #09-04--95-001. Replaced both wheel drive shaft washers. (note: Noise & feeling has erratically returned. However, dealer did not hear it during 3/4/13 test drive at 13,313 miles. But I heard it on the way home a couple of times. And last year, it was erratic before becoming consistent....).

- Lansdowne, PA, USA

problem #39

Feb 092011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
At low speeds in a sharp turn and/or on bumpy roads and sometimes during breaking at high speed, I notice a rattle in the steering column. I told the dealer that I thought my front rotors may be worn but they checked out ok. I think its the electric steering column box with a worn nylon bushing the same as the G6 steering problems. Because my mileage went over 36000 and this problem was not initially diagnosed as a steering problem and not being a power train problem, Chevy indicated that its not covered under warranty and there is no recall for this issue. My parents have an 07 HHR that is having overheating issues in their power-steering, along with the back lashing in the column caused by, I think, the nylon bushing going bad.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #38

Mar 052013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 39,888 miles
Having alot of noise from front passenger side of car, sounds if something is loose, sound is at low speeds, have heard Chevy is having alot of problems with loose steering columns and has posted a tsb 04-03-08-006E, to dealers. I believe so many owners are having the problem with this that Chevy should have to recall and fix all cars with problem.

- Lyons, NY, USA

problem #37

Feb 032013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was pulling out of a parking lot at about 5 mph then I thought my engine stalled because I couldn't turn the wheel. It turns out the engine was on, and power steering appeared on the display. I pulled over to see what was wrong. After turning the car off, then on, the problem went away (I think for only a temporary period).

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #36

Jan 182013


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle shut down due to power steering. Light came on, manual says to turn off engine and restart and it will clear light. However, when reaching speed of 40mph the power steering was again hard to turn. Again light came on. Vehicle is very hard to turn and get over to side of road especially if you are in the left hand lane and the power steering quits working. Upon the second time this happened, almost causing a wreck, it was extremely difficult to steer vehicle and get it off the roadway. Took vehicle to dealership and was told the vehicle needs power steering repair. Costing $365. What a costly repair on a new vehicle. I have had older vehicles that never had the power steering needing repair. Also ask that transmission be checked again. Vehicle has already had rebuilt transmission installed by GM/ Chevrolet. Transmission is still slipping when trying to get on freeway. When slowing down from high speed, the transmission will sound like it is slipping into another gear.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #35

Jan 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 19,850 miles
While driving the vehicle at various speeds, suddenly the warning chime dings and the message "power steering" flashes on the drivers information console. At that same moment there is a complete loss of the electric power steering making the vehicle difficult to control while driving and impossible to control when parking. It can be reset by stopping the vehicle and restarting the engine. The power steering returns and randomly fails again. It may occur again in a few minutes, miles or wait til your next trip. Now intermittently occurring on a daily basis. Vehicle is now scheduled to have a Chevrolet dealer service this issue.

- Whitehall, PA, USA

problem #34

Dec 192012


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder and restarted and it began to function normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified but they provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Celina, OH, USA

problem #33

Dec 222012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 45,588 miles
Slow speed made U turn power steering light came on hard to steer, took to a repair shop near by they came back and told me electric motor needs replaced, vehicle only has 45500 miles on it..

- Michigan City, IN, USA

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