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HHR Engine Problems

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  • Got the HHR back from the shop (two days later). It appears there was nothing wrong with it based on the computer tests. They charged the battery. Don't understand this, since the car started before she arrived at the gas station????????? I bet it will happen again.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,240
    I agree, most likely will happen again sometime or other. You didn't have anything plugged in to hot connection (I:E: cigarette lighter plug) when it happened did you?
  • She may have had a phone charger plugged in, but no phone attached. Just a fluk I guess.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,240
    Hhmm I think charger may draw current even if phone not plugged in. I don't think it should use that much though. Does charger get warm when plugged in (might imply a lot of power being used for it)?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,240
    update: I just found there is a TSB that may come into play here. TSB #06-06-04-045 and it describes main wiring harness maybe getting chafed or cut by evaporative emmision canister purge solenoid valve bracket. It applies to 2.2l's built before 4/27/06 and 2.4l's built before 2/20/06 and can cause drained battery, long crank and other things.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,860
    I'm renaming this discussion to make it our general HHR engine questions/problems discussion.

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  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    After one year / 12,000 miles.....zero defects, ave 27 mpg, 2.4L 2LT automatic, ....still fun to drive!!!
  • UPDATE: The car has been ok, no starting issues. But now, the key is sticking in the ignition. Turns car off, but is very difficult to remove from the ignition switch.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,240
    I believe a couple people have had that happen and ended up having shifter replaced (auto tranny).
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,240
    I had a little problem with engine flutter/falter/stutter when either defroster or A/C was on (I could feel it and tach showed little drop in RPMS). I already had an idea it was because A/C was a little over charged, but sevice consultant wrote it up a little different. Tech ended up doing a test anyway and indeed found it was to much refridgerant and corrected. Trouble gone. Little dissappointed in service department in that I had asked them to check to see if there was fix yet for another minor thing and they only came back with the 'unable to re-create' thing ( I had already told them twice they couldn't at this time and was just looking to see in fix was available yet :mad: )
  • :lemon: :cry: I HAVE THE 2.4 LT, I HAVE HAD PROBLEM SINCE 3000 MILES. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER, THEY REPLACED THE KNOCK SENSOR AND DRIVERS MIRROR AND SENT ME ON MY WAY. THEY SAID THE REST OF MY PROBLEMS WERE NOT FOUND. MY COMPLAINTS WERE FLICKERING DASH LIGHTS, PULLS TO LEFT HARD WHEN BRAKING, ROTTON EGG SMELL WHEN BACKING, BURNING PLASTIC SMELL, HARD TRANS SHIFT, RATTLE IN STEERING WHEEL, PINGING AND KNOCKING, REMOTE START WILL NOT START/STAY RUNNING, FUEL SURGE WHEN SITTING STILL, KEY STUCK IN IGNITION/WONT TURN, SLOW START, ENGINE LIGHT STILL COMES ON....THERE ARE A FEW MORE THINGS, BUT THE DEALERS COULDNT FIND THEM. NOW I HAVE 29000 ON THE CAR AND THINGS ARE WORSE. I HAVE TRYED THE DEALERS AND THEY WILL NOT HELP. SO I CALLED GM HELP LINE, STILL IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING HELP. I LOVE MY CAR BUT IF I CANT GET HELP IN THESE MATTERS I'M GONNA GET RID OF IT...IT ISNT REALLY THE CAR IT IS THE CRAPPY SERVICE THAT I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH. i HAVE TRYED TO DROP MY CAR OFF MANY TIMES AND ASKED FOR A LOANER AND WAS TOLD WARRANTY WORK DOESNT GET LOANERS. SO I'M STUCK....
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    29,000 miles....wow. How often does it ping....? Ping on 91 octane?
  • If the shifter does not "lock" in park. (meaning you can move it into any gear from there it is considered a safety issue) Mine did this along with the Not being able to remove the key from Ignition. A dealer took it in immediately and gave me a free rental until the car was fixed. Perhaps going to another GM dealer would help. Ironically I was forced to find another dealer since the one I putchased the car from went out of biz.

    Turn off motor and depress the brake pedal repetedly is what broke mine in the first place. I was not attempting to break anything only activating the brake lights with key off. 26000K Miles

    I took mine to Rotolo of Fontana. I am very impressed with their overall level of customer care!

    :shades: :D
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Just curious, why were you repeatedly depressing the brake pedal with the motor off?
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Well after 13000 trouble free miles a couple things have come up.....slow ignition...= computer reprogram? + transmission fluid leak...dropping transmission....given 2007 GMC Envoy (tank) to drive....may go broke putting gas in Envoy till get HHR back...HHR is a lot more fun to drive than Envoy!!!!!!!
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Looks like Chevy found a defect in the metal where the engine connects to transmission....I think they're going to have to replace big time parts....so after starting with an AVEO loaner...then Envoy...today I got a G5 (2.2L)...hey ..it's a hoot to drive...put almost a hundred miles on it tonight...seems to get about 32-34 mpg & has a little kick...imagine G5 GT with the 2.4L & real wheels & tires would be real fun.
  • :mad: I am mad ,i got a 2006 hhr in june of 2006.i like to play the radio sometimes,when im outside after 1 hr ,i turn it o ,then come back to crank it and it want crank,i've had this happen 4 times but once without nothing on .The lights just flash like crazy,and no power,,you cant roll the widows down because of the roar.i got a check engine light that came home car misses, and tc light comes on ,take it to shop they put in to new sensers,i go get it and 10 mins later its runnning rough again,take it back and they call and teell me that i got water in the gas tank,and its not covered,but i know that where i get my gas know one esle has had a problem,now they want $140.00 for service.Thats wrong.I also have water links on my carpet.you think the gas tank could be getting water in it?Plez help.I think the hhr is a :lemon:
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,860
    Since we didn't have one, I've moved the recent string of posts on brake issues to the new Chevy HHR Brake Problems discussion.

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  • after 2 tanks of :confuse: gas and gas treatment my hhr is still missing im begining to think there was no water in my gas tank unless the dealer i took it to had put some in the gas he sampled.i was charged a sevice charge,and my hhr is still missing.but i think its something else but afraid to take it back because they will say i got bad gas again,anyone ever had this problem?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,240
    I don't have an answer, but take a look at post #29. There is a TSB out that can create a variety of troubles (including the miss you are having perhaps
  • I took my HHR in at 6000 miles for it's first official oil change. the guy at jiffy lube called me down to the bay to show me that my car was leaking oil, and that it looked like the rear main seal was leaking. Took it to the dealership, Foothill Ranch Chevy in California, and first they attempted to just replace the seals. they took it for a test drive, it blew out the seals instantly. they replaced the engine.

    now, 400 miles later on the new engine, the transmission went out. can't go into gear. I love my car, but this is frustrating.
  • Hi I'm new to this board and had have this car since April. Since we travel a lot, we put roughly 21,000 miles on it so far. It's a 2006 LT with the basic 2.4 engine. All was going well until we had wiring problems at about 3,000 miles. When I turned the wheel to make a turn, the "engine power reduced" message came on and the power reduced drastically. This happened twice until the mechanicals figured out it wasn't the fuel pump, rather bad wiring. That was fixed and everything was fine months later...until Friday. On that morning I took it to get breakfast and when I shut the car off, the fan kept running. (which was weird since it was only about 30 degrees outside and the car was barely run.) But I didn't think anything of it. Then we were driving it in a busy suburb and the engine light blinked and sounded the alarm...the car was overheating. The temperature shot up to 240...which is over 50 degrees above normal. We blasted the heat until we could stop somewhere safe to park it. My father-in-law noticed that the coolant was empty. We put water in the radiator and nothing leaked out. We made it back to our house with the temperature being normal. In the morning, we checked it and ALL the water was gone...disappeared! So now it's sitting in my in-law's driveway. We had to return to the state we live (300 miles away) and leave it behind. We're calling the local Chevy dealership in the hopes they can fix the problem and we can go pick it up this weekend. We don't think it's the radiator or the hoses, because they weren't leaking. Maybe the temperature gauge is broke and the coolant/water is boiling out.

    But it's frustrating to me that we bought this brand-new car and had sooooo many problems with it. It does not qualify under the lemon law here in Maryland since it has over 15,000 miles now. But we don't feel safe driving it anymore. We SHOULD be able to take this NEW car traveling and still return with it!!!!

    Anyone else experience problems like this?
  • tim51tim51 Posts: 1
    I've had problems with the brakes suspention and my wife has beemn left stranded twice because the car will not start. Now the radio doesn't work and the engine light is on. I guess it is back to the dealer again.
  • It wasn't Chevy's fault this time around. It was a hole in the radiator. (probably caused by a rock, they said) So it wasn't Chevy's fault. I'm still upset with the popping radio and some other features that they can't seem to fix.
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    Glad you got it fixed though. Teething issues are always a problem on first year models. I have the same thing with my Caliber.
  • freddiebfreddieb Posts: 2
    Seems like Chevy has a design flaw. My wife also got strande with the coolant gone from the radiator. Chevy says it must have been a rock in the radiator too. The radiator is down very low and there is nothing to protect it. Seems its similar to a rock in the windshield but in this case it strands the motorist.

    I'll be writing them a letter. Insurance paid $407 of the $607 to fix it and now the radiator is not covered by the 36 month / 3 year warranty. We down to 12 months on this baby.
  • bobfl3bobfl3 Posts: 1
    I just had the same experience yesterday. I've already written to Chevrolet via the internet to say I think this is a design flaw and they should cover the repair. My car needs a new radiator and condenser according to the dealer - to the tune of $1300! My insurance company will cover it as long as I pay my deductible, but they told me it is considered a "collision" claim. This makes me mad! I did nothing but drive my car along the highway. The next thing I know the light comes on and there is no coolant in it. I didn't run into anyone or anything as far as I can tell. Most likely, like in your case, a rock of some other projectile came up from underneath and punctured the radiator and condenser.
  • hhrprobshhrprobs Posts: 13
    im having a problem with my 626 over heating.I ck the fans and there both running,i can go 6 miles and it gets hot.hat the problem. :mad:
  • melzymelzy Posts: 2
    Can anyone tell me how to get the Darth Vader helmut off my air filter cannister?
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