really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,068 miles

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problem #112

Dec 032012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Losing power steering assist at random times. Occurring 3-4 times daily, at high and low speeds. When car is turned off and back on, power steering resets and works again. Fuse is damaged each time power steering is lost, and fuse is replaced after each occurrence.

- Portsmouth, OH, USA

problem #111

Dec 202012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 90,089 miles
Powers steering went out at highway speed in a turn. Has went out intermittently since first occurrence. If injury or death occurs, can we all file a class action suit?

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #110

Feb 122013


  • 76,587 miles
The power steering is not functioning. It just stopped working, noticed it while pulling out of the garage. GM has done recalls an similar if not the same problem just in different models coblat and G5 or G6.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #109

Feb 122013


  • 98,000 miles
Driving down the highway at approx 60mph when the steering indicator light came on and I lost power steering. Incident was on 6 lane freeway in morning traffic, not the best time to loose steering. After doing extensive research, this is an ongoing unacknowledged problem. GM does not recognize this as a malfunction, although the dealers I have spoken to, since this happened this morning, are well aware of the problem.

- Laquey, MO, USA

problem #108

Feb 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 153 miles
Dash lights up on message board power steering, it quits work, but will turn manually but hard. Cut the car off and start again and it works"??? some said it the square fuse gone and to replace it???"

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #107

Feb 022013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While traveling on highway in Washington DC and going around a curve, the power steering failed, causing my car to veer into the next lane before I could force it back. I was lucky it was very early so there was no car in the other lane. After doing research online, I have found many people complaining about the same issue with the HHR. It also sounds like the same issue as the cobalt, G5 and Saturn, which have had recalls/special extended coverage. This was very frightening and this could easily cause a major accident. I was very lucky.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #106

Feb 032013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 43,230 miles
Electric power steering quit working during a slow turn, it quit several times during the course of the day, also got a "power steering" message on the dash.

- Thorndike, ME, USA

problem #105

Jan 162013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that he attempted to open the front driver's side door from the interior of the vehicle when the door handle fractured. The contact opened the front driver side window and opened the door from the exterior of the vehicle. Additionally, while driving approximately 40 mph the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing of the steering failure. The technician advised that the power steering motor would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #104

Jan 252013


  • 72,597 miles
When I started the car in the morning the read out on the dash said "power steering problem". the wheel would not turn at all. I restarted the car and the steering worked. I took it to castle Chevrolet, villa park, il. For repair. They changed the power steering column assembly costing me $811.45. I found out that the Chevy cobalt 2007 is subject to recall #10V073000, March 3, 2010 for the same part. I feel this part should be recalled and I should get a full refund. Did I mention how dangerous this is" loss of steering at 60 mph? what is Chevy waiting for, fatality"

- Oak Brook, IL, USA

problem #103

Dec 062012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
At any speed and at random times my power steering will go out. I have had to pull over and shut the car off 10 times in 30 miles to reset the power steering motor to get home safely. There is a recall for Chevrolet cobalt and Malibu for the same issue. Upon research on the internet there are multiple people that are having the same issue. When GM was contacted I found out that my power steering motor that cuts out is the same part number as the one in the cars under recall for the same issue. This has made me almost lose control going around turns and I feel that it is a hazard to anyone that drives the HHR's with the same power steering motor. Thank you for your time.

- Cottageville , WV, USA

problem #102

Jan 182013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 118,113 miles
While driving in a store parking lot toward the exit my 2007 Chevy HHR became difficult to steer. The dash warning system lite indicating the power steering had failed. Car is in my driveway waiting repair.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #101

Sep 162012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Power steering fails while driving.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #100

Dec 102012


  • 49,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to control. The power sttering warning warning light illuminated as a warning chime sounded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer diagnosed the failure as the power steering motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 49,500. The VIN was not available.

- East Chicago , IN, USA

problem #99

Nov 282012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Well just before inspection time, which should be now. The power steering light has come off and on. More on than off. Steering becomes manual steering and hard to handle. This should be a recall on the part. For someone that's not as strong this may cause serious injury or wreck, during handling of the vehicle. Especially during turning and changing lanes. If this has not been recalled yet I bet I know why. Chevy and GM motors are afraid of losing money on repairs and parts. Humans that drive the vehicle type should be put on priority. My wife was very afraid when it went out on her while driving on a major freeway. She had to pull over and get her wits back in order to drive back home. Im not paying no $450 us dollars for repair, I know how to fix it and can get a cheaper part. But if my wife would have had a wreck because of the power steering motor going out, there would of been a definite law suit. Please recall the part. Human beings safety comes first and foremost.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #98

Dec 012012


  • 42,000 miles
Started the car and the power steering was out. My husband noticed the 60 amp square fuse was blown. Looked it up on line and found the hundreds of HHR owners had the exact same problem.

- Lake Milton, OH, USA

problem #97

Nov 212012


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving various speeds or at a traffic light, the steering wheel locked. The contact had to stop the vehicle and allow it to cool down before restarting it. The dealer advised him that they were familiar with the failure and informed him of the repair cost. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was approximately 25,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #96

Nov 012012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 40,270 miles
Driving home from work on evening I heard a "bing" and a warning message came on in my dash reading "power steering" and I immediately lost the power steering assist on my car entirely making it very difficult to maneuver. I was barely able to get off the road I was on and safely into a parking lot. If I had been traveling at higher speeds or in the middle of a turn when this failure occurred it would have almost certainly ended in a crash. The power steering motor (the same part recalled on 2007 Chevy cobalts, which share a power train and chassis with the HHR) failed and had to be replaced at only just over 40,000 on a well maintained vehicle. I would suggest further inquiry into whether the recall on this part has been comprehensive enough and should perhaps include other makes and models such as the HHR. I have been in contact with GM regarding this safety issue and have received little to no help.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #95

Nov 092012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 58,264 miles
I was driving in heavy traffic on a major city street in fort myers Florida trying to make a right hand turn when all at once my power steering went out on my car. It was so hard to steer the car but I was able to get my car semi off the street. The power steering light lite up on my dash panel. I turn the car off and went for help. A gentleman was kind enough to stop look at my car and could not find where the power steering was. He then got in my car and restarted my car and it was working just fine. He advised me to take my car to auto zone and have it checked out as they would hook it up to their equipment and fined the problem. Once at auto zone they told me it was a recall problem and to take it to a Chevy dealer to get it fixed. It cost me $278 and was told by the service department that it was not on a recall notice but that it was a problem with the HHR's. they advised me to contact GM and see if they would take care of the cost. Guess what I was told it was not under warranty or a recall problem and it was on me. After reading about all the problems reports on this with the power steering it scares me to think it could go out again as I have read that some have had it to happen more than one time to them.

- North Fort Myers , FL, USA

problem #94

Jul 262012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 87,809 miles
Power steering failure started in early 2012 and increased in frequency and duration until repair on 7/26/2012. Initially coad Chevrolet dealer of cape girardeau, mo, said it would be covered by recall, and on the their invoice #547639 it is printed "customer requests a factory recall be performed, or viss print shows this unit to be open for a particular campaign. Special policy #10413 pwr steering in dic. No power steering at times." Along with "perform recall as per bulletin; inspect/replace as needed", but then they added "replace power steering motor as per estimate" and charged $281.59. Their explanation was that VIN really was not covered, but GM might cover and reimburse for the repair if we contacted them directly. GM customer service was contacted many times starting on 8/17/12 or earlier and on 9/19/12 stated they would not cover repair. In Canada this failure was identified and covered for this model year and others. I want GM to reimburse me for the obvious and dangerous defect that they are aware of and are selectively covering. I have the invoice containing the above information.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #93

Jul 062012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,708 miles
While on a highway entrance ramp my wife lost power steering almost hit the guard rail. After restarting the car the power steering returned, but a few days later it happened again. Over the last three months it has reached the point it's happening multiple times a day, this will become a major problem in the winter. Contacted a dealer and was told this the same power steering system that was recalled on the 2007 cobalt's, but not the HHR. The cost to fix this problem that G.M. knows about is more then I can afford right but why should owners of this vehicle have to pay to fix a defect in a manufacturers product. Please have them fix this before someone is hurt or killed !

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

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