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#363 of 396 Re: brake problems on chevy 2006 HHR [gmcustsvcsarah]
May 06, 2012 (6:11 am)
I recently purchased my 2006 HHR LT this week with 114k miles on it and quickly discovered that my steering wheel shakes/vibrates when I apply the brakes. I took it to the tire shop to make sure the new tires that were on there were balanced. They were not so I had them balance them. I still have the shaking problem. I love love love this car already but I am very concerned about this problem and how much money it is going to take to find and repair this problem. HELP!!????
#364 of 396 Re: brake problems on chevy 2006 HHR [txdaye]
May 06, 2012 (6:43 am)
The answer is throughout this forum. Replace the rotors yourself. GM is not going to help you. I bought rotors from Ebay which were cross drilled for cooler running, new pads, all for about $130. I did the work myself which was easy. Demos are on YouTube. The stock rotors are absolute junk and there is no other answer. Believe me.
#365 of 396 Re: Replace brakes [cowboyhhr]
Jun 10, 2012 (7:59 pm)
I had the same problem and my deaer would not honor my extend warrentee, brakes being a wear item. I went on-line to "Autoanything" (saw an add in a magazine in dealers waiting room.) I ordered "POWERSTOP rotors and ceramic break pad kit #K3116". Installation is straight forward. Good instructions, quality parts. Rotors are drilled through and slotted. Break in is unusual, so follow the instructions closely. I installed mine November, waiting to see if all would go well over a few thousand miles. My HHR's braking is as smooth as silk. braking is strong and steady. I love my car again and I think you will too. Cost last year was $179.89 which includes Calif. taxes and shipping. Got order in 3 days. Good luck. Bob
#366 of 396 2009 HHR SS front brakes
Jun 29, 2012 (12:50 pm)
Well as many of you have found, we too had a big problem with the front brakes on our 09 SS. We have 19k on it, we bought it new and its still under the bumper to bumper 36mo. The front brakes were metal to metal this week! Back brakes are still over 90%. I took it to the dealer where we bought it, at first they claimed "normal wear". I pointed out all the forums I had discovered, didnt mean much to them, at first. Service manager told me he just did his front brakes on his HHR at 85k, I asked him why mine didnt last that long and he was a bit flustered and couldnt answer me. This is my 56 yr old wifes car, I could understand part of it if it was a 19 yr old guy driving it........Anyway, the dealer called me last nite and offered to turn the rotors and replace the pads for free, customer goodwill. They got it done this morning and it drives fine. We had no shake or other tell tale sign till it was metal to metal. The big thing that convinced them was, 2k miles ago it was at their dealership for an oil change and they marked all the brakes as in perfect condition during the 29 point check, so they wore out in 2k miles? Not likely. We have been buying cars from this location since the 70's and when they considering the big picture, well they came to the right conclusion. They stepped up. Now I know this isnt the overall fix and in a few thousand miles I will order 4 slotted and drilled rotors with ceramic pads and do the whole brake system. Jim
#367 of 396 Re: 06 HHR brake problems
Jul 16, 2012 (9:36 pm)
I am starting to feel a slight shake in my steering wheel and my back, driver's side brake grabbed when I had to stop quick. Rear of car started to do a jack-knife motion until I let up off of my brake pedal.
Rear wheels are making a slight squeaking when I start off at slow speeds until I drive faster. Then it seems to stop until I park and start again.
Just adding to the complaints. Any advice/suggestions? GM please recall before someone gets killed.
#368 of 396 Re: brake problems on chevy 2006 HHR [koderjm1]
Jul 17, 2012 (7:56 pm)
Yes I have a 2008 hhr ,the fix the brakes 6 time or more and they can found a solution and they don't care ,last time the GM said they will no pay for the fix but the dealer manager take care of the bill for me, I never come back but the car don't make noise only for a few weeks and then the problem back, I never buy a Chevrolet in my live again, he car was only a 1000 miles the first time now is 37000 without solution
#369 of 396 Re: brake problems on chevy 2006 HHR [patolivaj]
Jul 18, 2012 (9:56 am)
I went to my G.M. Dealer a couple of weeks ago to get a "Annual Check-Up" on my 2010 LT2 HHR done and they checked the brakes.
I have 21 k on it and the mechanic said that if I don't change my driving habits I'm good for at least 3 years or more without changing the brakes or up to 55 k. He said that the way I drive I've used approximately 1 mm. of brake lining per year.
Before the HHR I had a 2005 Equinox and when I traded it in it had 67 k on it and still had the original brakes and tires.
Something must be wrong somewhere?
#370 of 396 Re: Replace brakes [pacrat707]
Jul 19, 2012 (6:19 pm)
I have a 2007 HHR LT, which I changed the rotors and pads about a year ago.
I installed the power stop drilled and slotted rotors and the ceramic brake pads. They have been very good at stopping but are very noisy. When using them lightly everything is find, but if you need to stop a little quicker they sound like there grinding. Still stops good. I only have 51000 on the car and I purchased the car new. Had to replace the pads at 32000 and thats when I went with PowerStop. I am having the original rotors turned and putting another set of ceramic pads on the car because of the noise.
Oct 09, 2012 (12:35 pm)
I also am "fortunate" to own a 2010 HHR. I am taking it to the shop today because of the
shaking when you apply the brakes. It also has had the problem with the key stuck in the ignition and not being able to turn it off. The drivers side visor has fallen off, the windshield wiper squirter has quit working, and it is gurgling in the dashboard. The windows make a high pitch squeal everytime the roll up or down. I am so disgusted with this car and only have 20,000 miles. I will see what they have to say about the brakes. What is it going to take GM?
Admit you screwed up!!
#372 of 396 Re: BAD BRAKES [bahillen]
Oct 10, 2012 (3:51 am)
I also own a 2010 HHR 2LT and love it.
For the brake problem...your front discs must be warped, your dealer have to machined them and the problem will be gone (this happened with my 2005 Equinox) if you put pressure on your dealer it will pass on warranty.
For the problem with your ignition...didn't you receive a letter explaining that there is a recall on that? Mine didn't have that problem but I made the dealer change the ignition unit with no questions asked.
Can't help with visor nor the windshield wiper squirter but these should be repair on warranty.
For the high pitch squeal from your window...God Lord, mind does the same and "yes" it's a pain in the *** and ears every time I have have to get it down or up...but only the driver's side.
All of this should pass on your warranty.
Don't forget to mention the recall for the ignition.