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#34 of 53 U guys are scaring me!LOL
Jun 02, 2009 (7:41 pm)
I have just purchased our 2007 2.4l HHR and we adore this car! Hearing the same defect car after car IS scaring me though!!! If I am not mistaken though, just about every car has its problems.
My questions are 1) I heard something on this forum avout our radiators getting holes punched in them easily and some kind of cover we can buy to prevent this!? Now I ccant find where I read that. Can anyone help me with that?
2) A neighbor told me that CHevy makes a 100,000 mile spark plug!! I told him he was full of it and he said if I dont believe him to call the company and ask. Well wouldnt that be somewhere in the manual if it were true? Has anyone else heard of such a thing!?
3) Mu BIGGEST complaint is Im not getting near the gas milage as everyone else in this forum. Im getting 18-20 at BEST in city, and have never seen better than 26 on the highway. Could something be wrong with MY HHR? We JUST bought it 3 weeks or so ago so I want to be sure while it is still "new" off the lot.
Thanks to everyone in advance for any help they can give us. We are proud of our car and if we can fix this gas problem will be HHr owners for a long time to come .
#35 of 53 Re: Traction Control System & Check Engine Light [egadgetguy]
Jun 05, 2009 (7:15 am)
I replied to your mileage issue under the mileage catagory along with comments about 100,000 mile plugs that are produced by a couple companies.
#36 of 53 Re: Traction Control System & Check Engine Light [egadgetguy]
Jul 19, 2009 (6:16 pm)
I finally took my HHR in for the T/C light problem. IT'S FIXED!!!
I was having it more often. First the traction control light, later, the check engine light, then no T/c light, later no engine light, then the whole thing would start over.
The code was Exhaust Cam Actuator. They replaced it for $141, [I paid $100 deductable] and it's been a week with no problems. Since it was happening every day, I believe it's fixed!
#37 of 53 Re: Traction Control System & Check Engine Light [rooscow]
Oct 02, 2009 (6:04 pm)
I recently experienced the same problem.
I did this, I found that the tire pressure was not the same in all tires, I put them all to 40# and haven't had the TC light come back on and it shifts fine again. The check engine light is still on but have been told that it must be reset??? I will take it in and have it checked out but expect that I will be told that nothings wrong. The parts store had a device to reset lights, wanted $75 for it, don.t think it,s worth it.
Some parts stores will do it free to sell you replacement parts, will check this out also.
Oct 07, 2009 (5:05 am)
After dealing with this problem for several months, and thinking it was solved, only to have it return within a few short days, it has now been gone for almost four months. The fix I reported in my previous post, that being 'Exhaust Cam Actuator' did the trick.
#39 of 53 Moving shift lever from Park to Drive
Dec 04, 2009 (8:54 am)
I am having a recurring problem moving my automatic transmission shift lever from Park to any other gear. I live in Arizona and my car is a 2009 HHR SS. This problem just started when the weather has turned colder (it was 39 this morning and it took me over 30 minutes to be able to drive the car). I read the instructions in the owners manual and followed them which eventually seems to work but not always.
Is this a weather-related issue (cold vs warm) or something else? I never had a problem in weather above 75 way up to 110.
I have 9800 miles on HHR. Is there something the dealer can do to help? I have not been to the dealer yet.
#40 of 53 Re: Moving shift lever from Park to Drive [hhrss]
Dec 04, 2009 (11:55 am)
Hhmm I don't think it would be weather related. Are you using the overide thing to get it to work? If so it may be an issue with Brake Transaxle Shift Interlock. Are you parking on any kind of incline without using the parking brake before putting into park (could cause pawl in tranny to be sorta locked)?
#41 of 53 Re: Traction Control System & Check Engine Light [rooscow]
Jun 04, 2010 (8:34 pm)
What was wrong with your car? I have an 06 LT2 with 53k also and it just started the other day. it always happens when I drive over the same bumps in the road...weird.
#42 of 53 Kicking occurs when gears shift ONLY with ac on!!!
Jun 17, 2010 (2:19 pm)
Once I have my 2006 HHR's AC on for about 10-20 minutes, whenever the automatic transmission shifts gears, there is a kick when shifting to another gear. The strongest kick is from 1st to 2nd. When I turn my car off for a while and restart my car, often the problem goes. Often it stays. I took it to the dealership and they just drove it a while and did not find a problem. I'm going to Baltimore (9 hours away) in about 4 days and do not want to run into a problem. Thank you for your valued assistance!!!!!!!!
#43 of 53 Re: Kicking occurs when gears shift ONLY with ac on!!! [jesusjr]
Jun 17, 2010 (2:40 pm)
On my 06 and at least a few others there was an issue related to A/C being overcharged with refrigerant. Mine is manual tranny, but what I noticed was very noticeable sudden engine performance degradation when A/C was on max (perhaps I had it on recirc also). This would happen after it had been on for a period of time. I suggested it might be an overfill when I took it to dealer and they did whatever they do and hasn't returned since.