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#224 of 396 Ditto to Rotors(dealership ripoff warning)
Sep 30, 2010 (5:30 pm)
I have a 2008 HHR with 60k miles. The Chevy dealer is horrible - had 2 bad experiences with minor service problems that shouldn't have been problems ie.
they messed up the computer sensor when doing a tire change a tried to sell me
a new expensive auto-remote. Didn't go back and bought a new battery for my keyless remote
Having the car serviced elsewhere I also learned there was a GM Alert about the HHR brakes. GM is claiming HHR brake problems due to 'dust from driving on dirt roads' and offers to place a new special dust cover on the brakes to prevent problems My nondealership mechanic determined that my brake problems is due to overheating. Recently the 'vibrating and shaking steering wheel problem happened again.
The nondealership mechanic checked out the rotors and found the pads were good, but that the rotors... had hot spots. The HHR NEEDS better rotors/discs ie. slotted rotors/discs that keep cool as opposed to the flat surfaced ones that heat up. Otherwise the problem will recurr every few thousand miles as the brakes will be doomed to overheat, especially if frequently subjected to city traffic summer driving
I like my HHR but the dealership and GM have disappointed me. I like to talk to the mechanic and seeing the mechanic work on the car. I don't like going to a dealership where I'm told a mumbo jumbo story and am handed a big bill for what ought to be a relatively minor/simple fix.
#225 of 396 Re: Reminder... [calnmadsmom]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Oct 02, 2010 (8:24 pm)
He has to tell Edmunds it's ok, not you. The site is our property and our responsibility.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
#226 of 396 Re: Ditto to Rotors(dealership ripoff warning) [rcannon]
Oct 03, 2010 (6:20 am)
The one thing not mentioned is the calipers and the slides on the bolts that allow them to move in and out (the caliper, not just the piston). Those can get crudded up from dirt or rust.
Putting on rebuilt calipers or properly servicing and repairing the current slide setup is necessary. If the caliper drags, the rotors overheat.
#227 of 396 Re: Reminder... [kcram]
Oct 03, 2010 (11:36 pm)
Ok..I will have him get in touch with you.. thanks.
#228 of 396 Re: Ditto to Rotors(dealership ripoff warning) [imidazol97]
Oct 03, 2010 (11:39 pm)
I forgot to add the calipers..That was the very first thing done on the car ( of major repairs) as they were all scratching their heads at the dealership....and their "turn the rotors" answer was getting us no where.
#229 of 396 Re: HHR Brake Problems [wackywestie]
Oct 05, 2010 (8:38 am)
I think that most of us out there driving an HHR are very upset. I have a 2006 HHR drove it off the lot with 10 miles on it...and since about 200 miles I have had nothing but issues. The rotors have been turned numerous times..brakes replaced, shocks, struts,calipers,front ball joint,and tomorrow a new steering column will be added to the list. Needless to say I have had the car in the shop more than its been out. I have dealt with 3 District Reps, and GM Executives ...with zero help. In fact the Execs have made it sound as though I am the only with these issues. I would love to be a part of a class action lawsuit...The front end noise and the steering wheel shaking seems to be an ongoing problem no matter what is replaced.
#230 of 396 2006 HHR A NEVER ENDING ROTOE PROBLEM
Oct 07, 2010 (10:57 am)
I HAVE A 2006 HHR THAT IS GOING ON IT'S 5TH SET OF ROTORS THE DEALER IS USELESS THEY TELL MY IT'S MY DRIVING OR I WASH MY CAR TO MUCH OR I MUST BE TAPPING CURBS WHEN I PARK, ALL A CROCK OF SH--. I HAVE OWNED GM VEHICLEWS ALL MY LIFE BUT THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE. I HAVE TRYED GM REPLACMENT ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS NO GOOD. I HAVE TRIED CROSS DRILLED ROTORS TO THE TUNE OF 200.00 PLUS DOLLARS A SET AND HIGH PERFORMANCE RACING PADS, NO GOOD. I HAVE HAD THEM HEATED AND TURNED BEFORE INSTALL NO GOOD. NOW I GET MY HANDS ON A TECH NOTE THAT SAYS A SHIM KIT IS AVAILABLE FOR PLACEMENT BETWEEN THE HUB AND ROTOR, THAT TELLS ME ONE THING THERE IS A PROBLEM AND IT'S NOT JUST MINE. IWOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE INFO FROM GM ON THIS SHIM KIT AND WHY IT IS ONLY THE MEXICO MANUFACTURED HHR WITHTHIS PROBLEM. I ALSO HAVE STRANGE FRONT END POPPING NOISE NO ONE CAN SEEM TO FIND. I'M TIRED OF PAYING FOR GM REPAIRS ON SOMETHING THEY CLEARLY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
#231 of 396 Re: HHR Brake Problems [calnmadsmom]
Oct 07, 2010 (10:59 am)
YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH THESE PROBLEMS GM JUST DOESN'T WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY TO FIX ALL OF THE HHR PROBLEMS YOU ARE GETTING FEED THE SAME LINE OF BUUL THE REST OF US ARE.
#232 of 396 Re: HHR Brake Problems [pissedoff5280]
Oct 07, 2010 (12:09 pm)
Yes..I believe that there are many of "us" out there totally frustrated with our HHR and the lack of help from dealerships, and GM. I knew buying mine before they had even come out ( saw it at the LA car show) that the first year of anything there would be some "kinks" to work out...but never in my life did I think that my car would spend more time in a shop then on the road. And all the problems started at 200 miles ( I drove it off the lot with less than 10 miles) Now at just 31K...it truly feels like I am driving an old clunker of a car. It's just not right... I found a front page article of a newspaper that GM is is suing the supplier of the steering systems..due to the clunks, unusual rattles, steering wheel shimmy excessive gear backlash which causes problems in the steering column.. But the answer has always been turn the rotors... frustrating!!!
#233 of 396 Re: 2006 HHR A NEVER ENDING ROTOE PROBLEM [pissedoff5280]
Oct 07, 2010 (7:18 pm)
I have a 2007 HHR. It took me two years to decide whether or not I wanted this car.
I loved the style and it had been out two years so I kept looking at Consumer Guide and did not see any bad things about it so I finally bit the bullet and purchased it brand new. The first month the car started shaking. I took it back to the dealer and they adjusted the rotors...I guess because they thought I was a woman I knew nothing about cars. Took it back for several times and nothing happened. I finally had to go to our local Lex Brodie Auto shop. They were aghast and told me immediately your rotors are gone and you need new brakes. So, 400.00 bucks out of my own money but they did the job so splendidly that it was worth every penny. They suggested that I send the bill and receipt to GM because no way at 24,000 miles should all that crap be happening. I actually got some reaction from someone on this website to email them my VIN number and they would help me out with the problem. But the problem was already fixed and the Chevy dealer shut down so thanks alot for nothing GM.
Car runs great now.