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#67 of 130 another broken handle on an HHR!!!!
Mar 27, 2010 (4:06 pm)
My wife loved the "Majestic Amethyst" color when the 2006 HHR came onto the market. I bought her a 2006 in 2008 and she has had a great experience with the car up until about three weeks ago when the passenger's side inside door handle "released". I was sure it was some type clip device and that it would just need to be reconnected. My wife usually drives the car back and forth to work and we use a bigger Chevy Uplander to cart around our family of six. (parents, two teenagers, and two small dogs). I have been unable to exit from the passenger side unless I roll down window reach over with arm out the window and open the door with outside handle. Today it was raining here in KS and I had enough with the reach over exit maneuver.
My wife and I finally have taken the assembly apart and low and behold it was NOT the "released" connection I thought it was. It is hard to describe exactly how we felt when we saw the door handle was actually plastic and that it was fractured. I ran to get online to hopefully try and find a $40 dollar fix with a new handle only to find they were not available unless you buy a whole door panel assembly. Within 5 minutes I found this forum, and one other,where a gentlemen in TN described how he fixed it. After about six bucks at the local hardware store I am about thirty minutes into my repair and have high hopes I can fix this and avoid the $400 RIPOFF that Chevy is charging HHR owners for a fix.
It floors me that some engineer thought a caste plastic would hold up under a repetitive stress situation such as the door handle of a car. The design has all the torque place on one thin elbow piece that has no structural integrity. What floors me even more is that we have become such a "plastic" culture. It is stupid to be mad at foreign manufacturers because we are the consumers whom continually by these plastic made parts. We continue to think that the cheaper is always the better choice. Thus we have dollar stores every mile through out the city, What do they specialize in selling? PLASTIC! (from over seas) We are the consumers who shape what is sold to us by continually buying this cruddy stuff because it is cheap.
I have been a loyal Chevy owner for many years and I was seriously surprised by the lack of integrity displayed in their design on this part. I am already thinking about removing the other inside handles and reinforcing those before they break. For the next few days, we will use a piece of nylon rope to release the latch so that the car is still useable. Will try and update as I can. THANKS FOR THE HELP!
#68 of 130 Re: another broken handle on an HHR!!!! [wonkaswheels1]
Mar 27, 2010 (4:35 pm)
I began this thread by recommending a class action suit. However I found away around the entire issue...at least for me. Although I fabricated a repair and the door is now better than new...on my side anyway, I relieved myself of any future problems by selling the car. Caveat emptor.
#69 of 130 Re: another broken handle on an HHR!!!! [wonkaswheels1]
Apr 08, 2010 (1:35 am)
my husband needs to know how you fixed the problem with the door panel / handle.
#70 of 130 Re: another broken handle on an HHR!!!! [mrdbrown]
Apr 11, 2010 (7:36 am)
My son did it for me...he is incredibly deft that way. Chevy would have you buy the whole door panel. All he did was remove the panel and pull out the pin that holds the handle in place. GM won't sell you a handle...of course....so he took two small thin rather flexible aluminum strips and sanded them so they were really roughed up. Then he used special plastic epoxy to glue the two strips to the handle where it broke (and where all of them break). The thin strips did not impede the handle in it's recess, and it's worked perfectly ever since. Main thing, though, is to have the strips rough enough to give a firm "purchase" for the glue. Hope that helps. Sorry for the delay...
#71 of 130 Re: Water on Passenger Floorboard [matmaxbev]
Apr 11, 2010 (9:24 am)
read message 50, 51, 56, by wit2
#72 of 130 ready to call it quits on my hhr
Apr 20, 2010 (7:48 pm)
i've had my hhr for about 5.5yrs now. it's the lovely "06" model and i got it in "05"
well, it seems like everytime i turn around something is going wrong with my car!
#1. the whole car violently shakes when i apply the brakes (im told that my rotors are wraped from driving threw water puddles)
#2. i've had to have the radio replaced, because it would just shut off on its own, or never come on.
#3. the gear shifter knob came off in my hand as i was shifting the gears.
#4. the check engine light comes on for a day or two and then goes away.
#5. O...lets not forget the water in the floorboard of the passenger side. (i've had it fixed, but now the whole car smells like mildew.
#6. seriously bad blind spots! i have hit...2 different telephone poles, a car and a bobcat (the animal) all with the front bumper!
#7. my side mirrows don't move anymore with the button, or even when a car with bright headlights, like it did when i first got the car.
#8. the sunroof brackets broke, now that thing leaks and the dealership says they will not fix it, cause of wear and tear.....hello this has all happened to my car in the 1st year of having this car.
#9...and just tonight, on my way to a friends house, my POWER STEARING goes out. I took it to a 24hr place to have them look at it real quick and they can't figure out where the power stearing thing is....so, i get back in my car to come home and guess what i have? my power stearing is back!
#10. i have also been told since i bought the car in 05, that i need a new clutch! it only acts up when its cold!!!! the dealership tells me thats wear and tear too, but they also said, its cause someone has been driving my car that doesn't know how to drive a standard....hello....that's what i learned to drive on.
So, for almost 5.5yrs, i have been driving this car with all of these problems and my car now has 91,000. miles on it.
plus i forgot to mention, it clicks really loud when i make a hard right hand turn...what's that?
#73 of 130 Re: Water problem driver side [theseed]
May 06, 2010 (8:26 pm)
I had the same problem only on the passenger side. The leak was ruining the heater fan and the resistor that controls it. I replaced 3 resistors and one fan motor. Now I have taken the cowl cover off. This entails removing the wiper blades and the cover that extends across the lower part of the windshield. Under that is a flexable cover on the passenger side that has come loose. It is only glued down. I have heard of others that have made a template and cut an aluminum sheet to replace it. I chose to re-seal it with silicone and then use duct tape, (aluminum tape with a really sticky glue that is used on house and commercial air ducts) to tape around the perimeter of the the cover. I made sure I covered the screw holes. Reinstall the large cowl cover and wipers. I think it's fixed.
#74 of 130 CHEVY HHR BROKEN INSIDE DOOR HANDLE
May 31, 2010 (6:12 am)
MY DRIVERS SIDE DOOR HANDLE HAS BROKEN TWICE!!!!! The first time it was under warranty of course..now it is not! Called chevy to see if this was an on going problem because my husband says I must be "too rough" on it! Rep called me back and told me to fix handle would be 300.00 because the whole panel had to be replaced!!!!! Genius engineer designed this ,huh!!!!? He also investigated and said this did not seem to be a reported problem! What a liar. I am glad I kept looking.
Where I live our streets flood quite easily...with very little warning and I told him if the handle ever broke off in my hand and I could not get out of my car, I am leaving explicit instructions to sue CHEVROLET!!!! If there is ever a class action lawsuit ...please let me know..this is absurd!!! Should have stuck with a foreign import! In 50 years of driving NEVER HAD A DOOR HANDLE BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#76 of 130 Re: 2007 HHR LT Remote Start Door control failure and Door Handle failure! [wit2]
Jun 06, 2010 (1:06 am)
I was having the same problem with my remote and took it back to the dealer. The first time I took it back they put new batteries in both of them. The second time just a few weeks later, they said I would have to pay to get them fixed. I was livid...yelled and screamed that it had to be the remote mechanism and that is covered under my warranty..sure enough it was a mechanical issue with the remote...it was something to do with the computer chip...It got fixed free of charge...but that was after yelling and screaming...no one should have to do that when they are the owners of new cars...again hate dealers...