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#233 of 389 Re: 2006 HHR A NEVER ENDING ROTOE PROBLEM [pissedoff5280]
Oct 07, 2010 (8:18 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.
#234 of 389 Re: 2006 HHR A NEVER ENDING ROTOE PROBLEM [warvin]
Oct 08, 2010 (7:45 am)
Hopefully it will continue to work out for you. I also had problem with the rotors and not hearing any magic answers for it just lived with it until they needed to be replaced then had my independant mechanic replace them with aftermarket (non GM) ones. Nothing fancy, just generic replacements and so far they seem to be fine ( I think I have 20 or 25k miles on them now).
#235 of 389 Re: 2006 HHR A NEVER ENDING ROTOE PROBLEM [ray80]
Oct 08, 2010 (9:05 am)
I had metallic pads put on at the dealer and so far so good. Of course out of my pocket. My anti sway bar was bad too. Stock pads not metallic according to dealer.
#236 of 389 I had no idea!!
Oct 18, 2010 (5:46 am)
I bought an '06 HHR LT 1 1/2 years ago (it was a lease trade-in). It had 60,000 on it when I bought it, and about 20,000 later it started shaking when I would brake. I figured the rotors were warped, and I was on-line searching for prices when I found this blog. I had no idea there were others with this problem and it could potentially continue after I replace the rotors, or I may have to regularly replace the rotors. I hoped it was just a matter of cheap rotors.
Also there is a weird clunking under the car - only sometimes. It seems to be noisy when the car is cool but once it warms up it stops. Sounds like maybe the heat sheild rattling?? The warranty has already run out because of the miles I put on it so I'm not going to pay GM to fish around under my car.
A neighbor of mine works for GM in Oshawa, and said the HHR is being discontinued.... reading all these problems I am beginning to understand why!!
#237 of 389 Re: I had no idea!! [vickio]
Oct 18, 2010 (10:52 am)
Hello.. Yes, the shaking may still continue..and as far as the clunking noise...well that too seems to be a huge huge problem. My car when purchased had under 20 miles on it...at 200 miles the shaking started and about 1,500 the clunking..yes it too is way worse when cold. The car now at 30k has been in the shop more than out..and it is in the shop as I write and has been for the past week. For the clunking..the dealership has put on a new rack and pinion, front end ball joints, steering box, shocks struts,calipers, hmmm...and so much more..and the clunking is still there. I am working with GM Executive offices..with little help. And, of course the warranty has long since run out..so out of pocket thus far.... at least 3k...I am not happy about this and have expressed my concerns. GM is now going to pick up the next 600..I know how kind.. hehe. If I left this car on the side of the road, keys in the ignition, nobody would take it.....or if they did...they would drive it one block..pull over and park the damn thing. I have become more than frustrated..and feel very unsafe driving it..I have two daughters, and drive carpool and it is scary.
#238 of 389 2006 HHR Rotors
Oct 24, 2010 (8:44 pm)
I also have a 2006 HHR and have been having the same problem with my steering wheel-it shakes after braking. The dealer told me the rotors needed turning, so I had them turned, and had a brake job. It felt fine for awhile, but living in Colorado I drive mountain roads once in awhile. Coming down I-70 my steering wheel shakes like the front end is going to fall off. I went to the dealer again and they replaced the steering column. Driving to Vegas, again on I-70, my steering wheel started shaking again. The good thing is that once I'm on level ground and braking normal, the shaking is minimal, get that-I'm feeling good about the shaking being minimal! I like the HHR styling, and I was thinking about getting a pro series braking system, but after reading some of the other comments, I'm not sure anymore. I'm hanging in there.
#239 of 389 Re: 2006 HHR Rotors [ernestog]
Oct 24, 2010 (11:12 pm)
Well..my car comes home tomorrow from spending an entire week at the dealership..replacing many parts. I will let you know what those are tomorrow...as they have assured me that the front end clunking noise is gone.. I've heard that before..so after I drive it, check it out, I will post what was changed. I am hoping that this fixes the years of ongoing problems I have been having with this car.
#240 of 389 Re: HH break problems,rotors
Nov 04, 2010 (12:03 pm)
Hi, I also have the same problems with the pulsating and vibrations. My husband took the car to the dealer at 24k miles complaining that it doesn't seem normal the breaks should be giving us problems at this stage, well after charging us $300, new pads, re surfacing the rotors, all seemed fine until now at 32K miles. Mind you thats only 8K miles and the breaks are bad again?. Now I am beyond irate, My son who is a certified tech advised me to have them look up the service bulletin which mentions about torking the bolts all the same. Seems if the tech does this wrong it adds to the problem.. which stands to reason. We should have not paid for the first time, and I will be the car in tomorrow armed with my yakking self. mentioning the fact if I am not satisfied, I will be driving around with signs plaster on my car about this problem and how this dealer seems to care less about the customer after purchase. We r retired and simply cannot absorb the cost of Chevys error. I too am ready for a class action, or all hhr owners going to Chevy headquarters together. Power to the people. Numbers do matter...2007 HHR
#241 of 389 Re: HHR [calnmadsmom]
Nov 04, 2010 (4:33 pm)
Hi, if I knew that GM guy you know, maybe copy ALL these complaints or give us his email to forward complaints to. My husband is about ready to sell the car at a great financial loss. I am ready for any plan that will get us relief from this disaster. Funny thing is I love the care and my only other complaint was the design of the window button on the dash . Still have a hard time remembering where the hey it is to open a window. LOL. Seriously though something needs to be done. as a group not individually.
#242 of 389 Re: HHR [myhhr]
Nov 05, 2010 (7:08 am)
I can certainly understand your frustration as mine (bought in 05') had the same problem. I lived with it and kept an eye out for some magic fix until the rotors could be turned no more.
I tend to view things differently and bottom line I wanted the problem resolved so I had my independant mechanic replace the rotors (likely no GM) and have added quite a few miles without any additional worries. Its fixed and I'm a hppy camper and can just enjoy the ride.