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#37 of 396 HHR Rotor problem
Apr 21, 2008 (4:27 pm)
We have a 2006 we love with 30K miles and the rotors were turned last fall. Last week the shudder of the braking started again and the rotors were turned again. Now there is a audible roar when braking even gently at anything over 30MPH. We did not do hard braking or mountainous driving before either event. The dealer tried to get me to pay for the second turning but I argued that my son in law is a GM dependant and has had 6 Chevys in the last 10 years and never once had to have his rotor turned or had the shudder when braking. Why should this car be any cheaper built than the Tracker he once owned? They thought it over about 3 minutes and agreed to shove it under warranty. Tomorrow I take it for the roar.
So far the only complaint other than brakes was that the fools at GM tried to sell me a roof rack without cross bars. When we got the car home we looked for the cross bars all under the seats and in the boot. The dealer said they were extra. I asked for the section of the user manual that explains how to use it without them and they could not tell me how to put a small boat up there or anything else. I told them I was bringing the car back as defective and they gave me the cross bars.
Apr 27, 2008 (7:25 pm)
have a issue with my hhr
is the brakes.. made very funny sound grind then klunk... after making way home slowly... taking the front wheels off .. discover that the inside pads of front rotors are gone on the passenger side.. and on drivers side are 1/2 the thickness of the outside pads... it appears that the calipers are not engaging properly...
any one know of this
#39 of 396 Re: brakes [leolion39]
May 03, 2008 (5:14 pm)
Haven't heard of that issue being common. I am assuming yours is still under warranty and this doesn't sound like a normal wear and tear issue.
#40 of 396 Re: Chevy HHR Brake Problems [pf_flyer]
May 16, 2008 (1:51 pm)
I purchased my HHR in Feb 2006. 1 week later I had it in the shop for surging when braking. They ground the brakes and all was well for a month.
When it started again I was resigned to the belief that they (the brakes) were just to light for the vehicle. Mine is a LT2, so I have 17 in wheels. At about 26k my wife took it back and they ground them again and all was well again.
It started to wander on the freeway around 32k so I went back again to have the alignment checked, and was told that the tires were half worn and that was the problem. I was born at night.... you know how that goes.
I wanted new tires anyway so off to Sears for Goodyear Assurance treads. Great tires by the way.
At 41k they started to surge again and finally exiting the highway I experienced a violent shaking. Back to the dealership to be told that the wheels were over torqued by Sears. Now I'm an aircraft mechanic and I kind of know maintenance and I know a line of crap when I hear it. The only problem is Iím out of warranty at this point, and they want $500 to correct the problem.
I believe the problem is caused by over generation of heat from larger wheels and the inability to cool due to the design of the rotors.
Other than the brakes I love the car, so I'm going to invest in cross drilled and slotted rotors that are treated with corrosion inhibitors and ceramic brake pads, and I believe this will cure the problem. I'll get back to ya!
#41 of 396 Re: brakes [leolion39]
May 29, 2008 (5:59 am)
There is a TSB for that problem. The number is #08-05-23-003. That will take care of your brake problem.
FYI also the is a TSB for the Front of the vehicle to protect the radiator. You need this done ASAP because you could get a rock that will damage the radiator.
RECALL on the headliner for each side of car.
Check this out.....
Hopefully this will help you
Because you have had this problem several times in the past........ the dealership should take care of this. If they do not.... and you have records in the past that this has been done with the brakes. CALL GM. They know this is a problem
#42 of 396 Re: braking [lorileyga]
May 29, 2008 (6:05 am)
There is a TSB for that problem. #08-05-23-003
Also have them check for the Radiator guard. If you do not have one... YOU NEED IT. A stone will come in below bumper & damage your Radiator.
Also have them check for the RECALL in headliner.
#43 of 396 Re: BRAKES [hherold]
May 29, 2008 (6:10 am)
There is a TSB out for this. #08-05-23-003 Take your HHR back to the dealership & have them run that number & do the work
Also there is another one out there for the Front of the Radiator. It is a Stone Gaurd to protect the radiator. You have a 07 & it does not have it.
Have them check the RECALL out as well. Headliner for non-airbags
#44 of 396 Re: BRAKES REPLACED ROTORS SHAKEY STEERING [cassie8]
May 29, 2008 (6:18 am)
There is a TSB out for this #08-05-23-003 This should fix your problem.
There is also one for your from radiator. It is a Radiator guard to protect it from stones.
If you do not have side airbags there should be a RECALL on your vehicle as well.
#45 of 396 Re: BRAKES [tim08hhr1]
Jun 09, 2008 (8:30 am)
AFTER TURNING MY ROTORS AND REPLACEING THE BRAKE SHOES IT SEEMS LIKE IT HAS STOPPED THE SHAKEING IN MY FRONT END. ONE THING I DONT UNDERSTAND IS WHAT WAS REPLACED ON THE COLUMNS ON THE SIDES OF THE CAR, WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT?? ANY HELP??
#46 of 396 Re: BRAKES REPLACED ROTORS SHAKEY STEERING [tim08hhr1]
Jun 09, 2008 (9:27 am)
I traded in a two-year old 05 PT Cruiser for a new 07 HHR in May of last year. Shortly thereafter (the next DAY) my new HHR developed the troublesome front-end brake vibrations like those described by several others in this forum. Over the next two months I brought the HHR in THREE times to have the brake rotors repaired under the warranty.
The dealer here in CT said the problem was warped rotors but had no clue as to why the problem kept recurring. He said they had heard nothing from GM. (A customer of my small business is an out-of-state Chevy service manager. I trust him. He, too, had not heard anything from GM about this problem.
When, once again, the front end of my HHR started vibrating when braking for the FOURTH time, and after reading about the HHR owner who was told it would cost him $500 for another brake fix because his warranty was expired, I finally decided to get rid of my HHR.
I'm now back happily driving a new PT Cruiser again and I do not have to worry about if (when) my car's front end will start shaking violently. The irony for me is that the day GM issued their TSB regarding the warping rotors on HHRs (5-23-08) was the same day I traded in my HHR.