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#140 of 159 Re: When it rains, my HHR has water in the floor [bn_here_b4]
Sep 13, 2006 (6:40 pm)
I feel your pain as I am having a similar problem. I just bought my car in July 06, and twice the passenger side floor board is soaked. It was a virtual lake after some rain last night. Unfortunately, my dealer has not been very helpful, but have given me a rental and parts are on order for the air conditioner. In the meantime, the car sits in their lot in the rain, collecting yet more water. Called the Chevy national service center and I am waiting on a resolution. I am extremely upset about this.
#141 of 159 Re: When it rains, my HHR has water in the floor [msmel50]
Sep 19, 2006 (5:01 am)
The leak expert found 3 leaks in my car. There was one under the cowling that fits up against the windshield. Water was also entering the car through the passenger door, getting inside the door and coming into the car through the stereo speaker. The third was coming in at the rear of the car and the water traveled to the front to collect in the floorboard.
I have my car back and now I'm waiting on the next rainstorm. I think it will end up back in repair before that as the gas mileage has dropped significantly since the dealer "fixed" the leaks. I think they disconnected soemthing and forgot to put it back, or else the plugging up of the leaks under the hood restricted air flow to my engine and it isn't running properly now.
I am also going to insist they replace the carpet due to discoloration.
Good luck with your car!!
Sep 20, 2006 (6:17 pm)
I bought my HHR in Dec 05. Yesterday my gear shift went out. I couldn't remove the key from the ignition and had to use the safty under the steering column to remove it. I can drive it but the gear shift does not engage in park and slides up and down. The lever that you press while stepping on the brake is not functioning. Anyone have this problem???
Thanks in advance
#143 of 159 Re: gear shift [mamaluny]
Sep 21, 2006 (4:44 am)
I have not heard of that before. If it is a continuing thing, take it to dealer.
#144 of 159 Re: gear shift [ray80]
Sep 21, 2006 (6:36 am)
I did take it in right away. They are replacing the gear shift but I still don't know why it happened and just wanted some feedback. Thanks
#145 of 159 Re: Cloth Seats [bertv]
Sep 25, 2006 (2:21 pm)
YES!!!!! I've had my HHR for almost 1 year and I'm going thru the 2nd round of trying to get my seats fixed. Whenever I get a stain, I've used mild dish detergent and water to wash it up and then I get a WORSE stain on the material once it dries. The dealer has already replaced my fabric seats once and right now we are trying to resolve this issue AGAIN. They want to send out a professional detailer (again) and my husband and I are just sick of dealing with it!!! And what do they say "we haven't heard of anyone else with this problem." So I'm printing you blog to show to them. Please keep me posted as to how your's is getting resolved.
#146 of 159 cleaning interior...
Sep 27, 2006 (7:08 am)
My parents have an '06 HHR LS, Daytona Blue with the light grey cloth interior (they have had the car for 12 months now). In my opinion, the light grey plastic, carpet, and cloth used in the interior is too light - almost as bad as a white interior. I just finished detailing it for them a few weeks ago, and here are some cleaning "tactics" I found to work well:
One thing I found that works wonders for removing some of the ground in dirt and grime from the plastic pieces (emergency brake handle, steering wheel, plastic panels in the cargo area, etc...) is the "Mr Clean Magic Eraser". You simply get it wet, ring out a lot of the excess water, and start wiping down interior pieces (no cleaning solution needed). You would have to actually try it yourself to see how well it works.
As a test of the Magic Eraser, I tried the following - There was some grime on the emergency brake handle. I took a terry cloth towel with a little cleaning solution and tried cleaning half of the handle. I scrubbed quite a bit with the towel, and made little progress. I then took the damp Magic Eraser, and after about 30 seconds of wiping (no exaggeration), it was spotless. After seeing how well it worked on the handle, I then used it on the rest of the plastic interior pieces that were dirty. When I was finished, all of the plastic interior pieces were spotless.
Regarding the carpet, my wife has an upright carpet cleaning machine we use for our carpets in our house (looks like an upright vacuum cleaner, but has a tank for hot water, and a second tank for cleaning solution). It also has a hose with and upholstery cleaning tool you can use to clean a sofa or chair. I found that using the standard cleaning solution (I think made by Bissell?), and cold water, I was able to get the carpets looking brand new using that hand upholstery tool.
As for those light colored seats, I have found the least amount of water/dampness used to clean spots the better. They seem to water spot easily. They had a couple of small dirty spos on their seats, and I started by using soft bristled brushes on the dirt spots. I finally took the aforementioned Magic Eraser, got it wet, rung it out, and wiped it over the dirt spots. That process seemed to pretty much get rid of the dirty spots.
#147 of 159 Fingerprints in the Instrument Cluster
Sep 27, 2006 (4:43 pm)
I just picked up a 2006 HHR and love it, however, today I noticed several fingerprints on the INSIDE of the gray/black plastic surrounding the instrument cluster...behind the clear plastic. I'm not sure how hard this will be to remedy, or more importantly, how much grief the dealer will give me when I bring it up. I don't know why I didn't notice it before. This one must have been built after siesta...Anyone notice this on their HHR?
Oct 01, 2006 (3:11 pm)
if you are driving your HHR at 45 mph and up with your back windows down and your front windows up you are going to notice a relly bad buffeting noise in the entire car and it rattles really bad too. If this is hapening, just think in few more months your car is going to breake a part,evrything is going to start getting loose. SO, DONT BUY THE HHR,ITS SUCKS!!! OPEN A CASE NUMBER TOO,DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.OK
I complaint, and i have a case number with chevrolet and the BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, they are in it.I'm sure is goin to be a RECALL.KEEP ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAS THIS SAME PROBLEM.BYE AND GOOD LUCK!
#149 of 159 Re: hhrsucks [hhrsucks]
Oct 02, 2006 (7:14 am)
you are going to find this buffeting in just about any car as you describe above....it gets worse if you open the sun roof and lower the rear windows as well..its not specific to the HHR...this has been mention several times in the HHR threads here...nothing new..do you really have an HHR??