really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,010 miles

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problem #188

Mar 262013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 39,308 miles
I was returning home from work and was rounding a curve entering my addition when the power steering quit working. I barely missed running up and over the boulevard between the two sides of the street (cuba blvd) in the river oaks subdivision in monroe, la. I took the vehicle to my dealer (ryan Chevrolet in monroe, la ) on 03/28/2013 to be examined. They stated that there was a recall on the 2006 models for this problem but not on the 2007 models. They provided an estimate of $1400 to replace the electric steering motor and the steering column to correct the problem. They charged me $133.10 for this inspection. I did not have the fix made as I cannot afford it due to my low income. The power steering continues to fail several times per week as of this writing. I am writing because I just noticed in the news that NHTSA has issued a recall for this same problem on the 2009 and 2010 models but not on the 2007 model that I own.seems strange that 2006. 2009 and 2010 models are recalled but not the 2007 ( 2008). When I took it in to the dealership the service representative told me that they have had several reports of this problem but could not fix the 2007 because it had not been recalled. I could get the name of that person if it would be helpful. Thanks for reading and pray for my safety and others too. Note: I purchased this vehicle new in January 2007 from bunker Chevrolet in marion, in where I lived previously.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #187

Mar 012014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving out of his garage, the power steering malfunctioned causing to the steering wheel to become very hard to maneuver and the power steering warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000. The current mileage was 92,500.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #186

Apr 102013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the power steering would stop working sporadically. While driving 65 mph, the clutch caught on fire and disintegrated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for the clutch failure. The technician diagnosed that the clutch assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #185

Mar 202014


  • 90,000 miles
The power steering warning flashes in the dash, the steering wheel gets very hard. If you turn the car off, it will work fine again. Sometimes it does it often, some days nothing happens. I don't understand if so many people is having the same issue with the power steering why it has not been recalled.

- Taylorsville, UT, USA

problem #184

Mar 302014


  • 125,639 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering assist failed with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The steering wheel also became hard to turn. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the vehicle was not taken a dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of problem. The approximate failure mileage was 125,639.

- Woodberry, GA, USA

problem #183

Mar 282014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,807 miles
Trying to make a left turn, and power steering light came on, was able to pull over, very hard to turn. Was able to get car home with help. But car is not safe at this time. Called dealer, will have it towed.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #182

Mar 142014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
When driving down the road my Chevy HHR will lose all power steering making it unsafe to drive. The problem goes away after I turn off my HHR and restart it. It is extremely dangerous for myself and the other motorist driving on the road. It started to happen about a week ago and goes out a couple times a day. There needs to be a safety recall on this problem before more people die.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #181

Feb 122013


  • miles
At intermittent times and speeds, the power steering would just fail and the steering wheel lock up. There were times on the highway when my husband was driving where he narrowly avoided a crash. There were times when I was driving on a busy city street, where it was all I could do to avoid a crash by using all my strength to turn into a parking lot and restart the car, hoping it wouldn't happen again. This is a safety issue because the failure could happen at any time and any speed, causing a crash. We paid for this to be repaired and haven't had a problem since. This should be done on all of the cars that might have this issue. It seems that quite a lot of people have had this happen in the HHR.

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

problem #180

Jan 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The steering wheel is hard to move.

- Barceloneta, PR, USA

problem #179

Mar 032014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
At various speeds and after various amounts of time the power steering indicator will come on and the power steering wheel fail.. this can usually be relieved by turning car off and back on.. this is happening almost daily.

- Elkview, WV, USA

problem #178

Mar 152014


  • 131,000 miles
3 days ago my powersteering kept going out.unsafe almost hit somebody..and now today my car smells like gas when I start it..fire..fire..fire..please recall these.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #177

Mar 132014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the it was found that the power steering module had failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #176

Jul 152013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Driving down the freeway, the on board computer dings and a message appears on the dash that my power steering is out. It doesn't lock it up but it becomes extremely hard to steer. I stopped at a auto parts store to get power steering fluid only to find out there is not fluid, it uses an electric motor. Starting the car must reset the electronics, it worked fine for several months. It is now happening quite frequently and I feel it a very dangerous situation. In checking on the internet, it is a very common problem with the car. My understanding is that Chevrolet recalled the cobalt for the same issue, but not the HHR, even though both are basically the same.

- Justice, IL, USA

problem #175

Mar 042014


  • 94,931 miles
Driving getting onto on ramp to interstate. It is very difficult to turn with no power steering around the turn. And of course there was two more ramps to go around. Turned off the car to get gas and the power steering came back and the power steering light went off. Have been reading the other posts and I guess I'm not alone. I just hope that this is covered under a recall so it can be fixed right.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #174

Oct 262013


  • 86,000 miles
As I am driving the power steering indicator warning comes on and the power steering goes out. Once I stop the car and restart it the power steering is fine. This can happen after driving for a while or after driving for 5 minutes. One day it happened 4 times within 15 minutes.

- Paramount , CA, USA

problem #173

Dec 022013


  • 42,000 miles
Making a left or right turn, I lose power steering, if I turn the car off the power steering will come back for a while, then I lose the power steering again. It is hard for me to turn the wheel I have carpal tunnel, elbow and shoulder and neck and lower back pain already.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #172

Feb 142014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Electric power steering failed, steering wheel became hard to turn, requiring significantly added muscular strength to maintain directional stability and to turn and maneuver the vehicle in traffic. Power steering function restored and normal operation restored by stopping the vehicle, turning off the motor, and electrical system, then restarting the motor. This happened several times on the trip home, distance less than 3 miles. Restored power steering failed again within 30 to 120 seconds of each restart. Outside air temperature was below freezing, vehicle operated on paved highway in good condition.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #171

Feb 072014


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the power steering assist failed without warning while he was attempting a turn. The contac turned the vehicle off and once restarted, the power steering assist was functioning properly for a shirt time before the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #170

Jan 272014


  • 70,000 miles
The powersteering will go out as I am driving. Very unsafe!! warning will come on after the power steering goes out. If I shut the car off I will get the power steering back temporarily, but then it goes back out again. I see I am not the only one on here with the same complaint.

- Shamong, NJ, USA

problem #169

Dec 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
While driving at various speeds the power steering will turn off leaving the vehicle extremely difficult to steer. Although the warning message does come advising of the incident there is absolutely no warning. If I stop the vehicle and turn the ignition off and then restart the car, the power steering will return to normal for several minutes but will eventually turn off again. This had led to a couple close calls since when the power steering is off the vehicle is very hard to steer at lower speeds such as trying to park or around sharp curves. I have taken it to 2 different mechanics and both have stated that the power steering on this vehicle is a sealed system and they can't even check the fluid level and that it must be taken to the dealer for service. I find it absolutely unacceptable that Chevrolet would make a vehicle that has no means of checking the fluid levels on something as critical as the power steering assembly.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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