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#61 of 159 Radio off: static - Radio on: loud, crackling pop!
May 06, 2006 (5:43 pm)
If anyone has experienced this problem with their HHR, and been able to get GM to fix it properly, would you please share your victory with me at onedesertfallscomcast.net.
We bought our HHR in January. We have had it in 3 times for "radio off" static followed by loud crackling & popping immediately after turning the rasdio on. GM couldn't figure it out the 1st time. The 2nd time, they "re programmed" the radio. The 3rd time, they replaced the radio. But, the problem still exists.
Please let me know if you have the answer.
#62 of 159 Re: TC light on (in Park) = Hard Shifting Auto - HELP!! [redgeminipa]
May 08, 2006 (5:40 pm)
There are topics one other HHR boards about problems like this.. Seems the fuses in the fuse box under the hood MAY be loose, try pushing down and re-seating ALL fuses in the fuse box UNDER THE HOOD
#65 of 159 Re: TC light on (in Park) = Hard Shifting Auto - HELP!! [redgeminipa]
May 11, 2006 (7:10 am)
I have just under 3,000 miles on my HHR. It had been a demo model so had 2,000 miles when I purchased it. It has been in the shop more than I have had it out. The TC off light kept coming on. Might be sitting, might be driving down the Interstate. There seemed to be no duplication of behavior on my part that would cause it to happen. Anyhow, they reprogrammed the BCM as you mentioned. And so far, 200 miles later, it has not repeated.
But, my main problem is with the security door lock system. Sometimes when the TC-off light would come on (above problem) the doors would lock and the security door lock light would come on. Sometimes it would come on without the TC-off light. Now that the TC-off light problem is supposedly fixed, I am still experiencing the security door lock problem. They replaced the "module"? I think that is what they called it, and found themselves locked out of the vehicle with no way to turn off the security door locks. They called Chevrolet TEC help and were told that the installation instructions need updating and they needed to do step 1, step 2 and step 3. So, they ordered me a third "module" and put it in. I have now driven about 200 miles and sure enough it came on again. Was driving about 35 mph when the doors locked and the security door lock light came on for about 10 seconds. They are not going to be happy when I have to call the dealer's service department this morning to tell them it is STILL not right. Anyone else have this problem?
#66 of 159 Re: emerging problem with HHR [geemac]
May 12, 2006 (6:00 am)
I am having the same issue. I am in Canada and have received zero satisfaction from GM on this. I have involved the dealer, GM District Service Manager and GM Corporate (800 line) and received the same response. I too am not willing to spend $800 CDN to resolve GM's design issue. Yesterday I went on-line and initiated my claim with CAMVAP (Canadian Arbitration Process). If GM isn't going to step up to the plate to resolve this, at a minimum I am going to ensure it causes them significant aggravation. I have bought 8 new GM vehicles in the past 20 years and am totally disgusted by the pathetic response to this issue.
#67 of 159 Re: emerging problem with HHR [bertv]
May 12, 2006 (11:13 am)
My dealer (Herb Connolly Chevrolet in Framingham, MA) has been very supportive on this. They were going to repaint at their expense, but GM finally stepped up to the plate on that. I am also having the mud flaps put on. I can't really afford running boards although that would correct the problem. BTW - I had some damage done to mt right front door. Dropped it off on May 1. They were going to replace the door shell so it would look right. Guess what! GM isn't making all that many repair panels. While mine sits in the shop all pulled apart I have no ride! GM gave a release date of May 19th for the door. Insane! Poor design and poor planning. I think GM was hoping the HHR would bail them out. Hmmm....maybe there is a big discount on running boards in my future
#69 of 159 HHR problems
May 13, 2006 (11:36 pm)
Fellas, I am a GM Technician. I specialize in electrical, trim & a/c.I do not build the vehicle. I only turn the wrench to repair them. These radios are programmable. The problem you are having is a software issue, not a hardware issue. Service Managers & Advisors do not repair your vehicles. Techs are at the mercy of GM engineers. I have not found any wiring issues w/ these HHR's. The software update addressing the "pop" noise at startup has fixed several radio concerns of these vehicles. I cannot pretend to "know" why some are not repaired. I am not a radio "builder". I can repair obvious wiring & electrical concerns, but do not delve into the software portion of GM audio systems; (except reprogramming). "We" are in the dark as much as you. The HHR is an over-priced piece of crap as far as we are concerned; but folks buy them anyway, and GM keeps building them. The HHR is built on the Cobalt platform; but we are not seeing the same probs w/ the Cobalt. Buy a Cobalt and have more fun. You people need to know that techs are not actually GM employees, but employees of the dealership. We are not to blame. We are trying to find solutions to your vehicles' problems. We do not get compensated for ten hours of diagnostic time if we do not find anything "actually" wrong. The techs are trying to repair these problems. Perhaps we are all too drunk or stoned to "figure" it out; perhaps we just dont care. I do!!!! I can fix the problem when a problem exists; but I cannot work miracles. I leave that to Christ or GM Engineers.
#70 of 159 Re: Radio off: static - Radio on: loud, crackling pop! [mlwlk]
May 14, 2006 (8:32 am)
Try checking to see how close your cell phone is to the radio. I usually have to pitch mine into the back seat to get it to quit interfering with the radio reception, whether the radio is on or off.