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HHR Electrical/Lighting Questions

Are the four controls and lock for the windows supposed to light up at night? Most all other controls and switches are illuminated.
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  • I just purchased a Chevrolet HHR in January. The car was great until I noticed some Electrical issues. First I noticed that once in a while when the radio was off it would turn on when the turn signal was activated. It would turn off when the turn signal went off. Next was when the radio was on and I turned on the turn signal the door locks pulsed. I also experienced the radio turning on and off with the blinking seat belt warning light. Shortly after this problem was noticed I had a problem with the key not going into the ignition. Sometimes it would go in but wouldn’t come out. This problem was repaired by replacing the ignition assembly and hasn’t happened again. The radio issues have not been solved and continue to happen even though the dealer has replaced the radio. The service department has stated that they don’t know what is causing the problem and I should just continue to drive the car while they think about it. I don’t like that answer, but don’t know what else to do. The only thing they claim to have found was that there is static on the radio sometimes and it is being caused by the tach. They don’t have a fix for that yet either.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    I haven't heard of that kind of problem anywhere. Sorta sounds like possible short somewhere, or perhaps something to do with BCM ( I think that may involve radio and turn signals in some way). Let us know if you find out anything more.
  • cj89grcj89gr Posts: 1
    I have had my HHR for 2 weeks. I have noticed that (with the radio off) once in a while when at slow speeds and I turn on my left turn signal and step on the brake that the radio will start to buzz like it is trying to come on. The only way I can stop it is by turning the radio on. It comes on with a real loud pop and then everything is fine. I have not been able to make it happen on demand. I have not gone to my dealer with the problem yet.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    I've read something about this elsewhere, and has various symptoms. They are supposed to be working on a fix (perhaps programming thing) and may be avaiable in perhaps a few weeks. If I hear more, I'll post.
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    cj89gr,

    I think the problem is caused by the radio eventhough it happened with radio off. Here is the reason: newer radios from GM actually make the turn signal sound from the radio and you hear it from car speaker (left front?). So the buzz, pop sound is coming from the radio along with the turn signal sound. By changing the radio on/off function, you made the radio changed its mode. If this happens often, you should check with Chevy dealership. There is a TSB on new Impala radio on noisy radio in certain situation. If your radio is made by the same supplier, there is good chance that yours suffers the same problem.

    jt
  • joeronjoeron Posts: 2
    I have similar problems with my HHR. I turn on the ignition and don't get any of the chimes, bells, etc and the radio is dead. There are no sounds like turn signals etc It sometimes cycles itself back to normal after sitting for awhile. The radio pops loudly when it does come on. I had mine into the dealer today and they are keeping it overnight to see if they can find a "fix".

    anybody have a like situation ???
  • joeronjoeron Posts: 2
    I have similar problems. Has the dealer ever diagnosed yours? I cant get the radio to work at all sometimes. The bells , chimes etc don't work (sometimes) when I turn on the ignition. It seems to cycle on and off and dosent always happen.

    Did your dealer ever come up with as fix for it yet
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    joeron,

    It sounds like the radio is brain dead some of the times. All of the chimes, turn signal sound do come from radio, so they may/may not work when the radio goes off to lunch. In case if you want to get your radio back w/o dealer help: remove the fuse(s) that power the radio. Let the fuse out for 2-3 minutes so that the radio is totally dead. Then plug the fuse(s)back in. You will lose time of the day and/or some other personalizations that you did to the radio, but at least the procedure may get you back the radio option along with some other features that come with the radio.
    But doing so also wipe out the evidence of problems that you 're experiencing.

    jt
  • vinney1vinney1 Posts: 7
    Try pushing in all the fuses under the hood and inside the car. I have read where many HHR's have come from the factory with loose fuses that need to be pushed all the way in. There is a black fuse box under the hood driver's side with two tabs to remove. Also, the passenger side console panel by passenger's left foot sort of speak is where the inside fuses are located. Hope this helps! :D
  • rjdmomx2rjdmomx2 Posts: 1
    I also have had problems that people are discussing here. I have not even owned my HHR for two full weeks yet and it's on its way back to the dealership for the second time. Two days after I got it, the radio started acting up. It would come on and off unpredictably, buttons didn't work, clock went on and off. Couldn't shut it of, or turn it on. Then the turn signal indicator noises stopped going. The safety lock for the windows doesn't work. Three days into driving this car, the windshiel got a chip in it, though a rock hit it. In this part of the country that isn't an unusual occurence, but it usually takes a pretty good hit to chip the glass. Took the car to the dealer and they kept it and replaced the radio. I got it back yesterday and then this morning the new radio is having the same problem. I like this car, but I didn't buy a new car so it could sit in the shop!
  • 79customd79customd Posts: 87
    Yes thats right,
    We were trailering back from Maryland with a Chevy 2500HD when we noticed that the running lights on our horse trailer were not on. We pulled into a service station and popped the hood. We pulled some fuses from the under hood fuse box and determined that a 15 amp was blown. We simply replaced the fuse with another, and on came the lights. This is a 2005 truck so I would definitly pop the hood and make sure that all fuses are intact and pushed in good, before jumping to conclusions because as technical and techno as vehichles are these days one electrical fuse can mess up how the whole vehichle operates, so give her a try there and see what happens. ;)
  • I purchased one of the early HHRs made. Mine was born 8/8/05 (a Monday car). I purchased the car on 9/3/05. Overall, it's a great car, but I am getting a little frustrated as well. I noticed a couple of months after I bought it, when I turned on the turn signal, I didn't have the "chime". That only happended that one time, and didn't happen again. I never experienced the "pop" sound or static.

    Last week, I left work and stopped at the post office. When I got back in the car and started it, I noticed the stereo had no sound at all. Since I've been having other electrical glitches (I'll post more on that), I figured once I shut the car off, it would work the next time I started it. Well, it didn't. I had to run a few other erands, and if it didn't start working, I was going to make another appointment with the dealer. Ok ... I called and made the appointment. I made another stop ... that time when I restarted the car, the stereo was totally dead and no "chimes" at all... One last stop ... restarted the car, and everything was working as normal. So ... the next day (4/20/06) I go to the dealer ... expecting them to say "we couldn't find anything", but to my surprise, they told me there was an update from GM for the stereo. So far, so good, but time will tell.
    SO ... my advice to everyone with the stereo problems... Set an appointment with your dealer. They now have an upgrade program for the stereo. :shades:
    Best wishes to all ... hopefully GM gets this great little vehicle all figured out. :D
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    If the problem is radio software or calibration, then the "update" will work. Most likely GM radios are using flash memory that allows them to update the radio code if they have problem in the field. Sometime, it is hardware problem and that will that months if not a model year to validate the changes.

    With every bell and whistle are now in the radio (chime, turn signal, vehicle info,..), if the radio has problem, you will lose more than just radio function. A good old disconnection and reconnection of the radio fuse(s) will reset the radio most of the time. I hope the dealer did not do that and claimed they have fixed your radio.

    jt
  • jbwizozjbwizoz Posts: 1
    I'm having the same problem. It sounds like radio static when the radio is off and when you turn on the radio, there is a loud pop. Others are having this problem but I'm waiting to see what the solution is before I take it in because it seems the dealers are stumped as well.
  • redwhinoredwhino Posts: 2
    I have this same problem too. Bought the car in August 2005. At first, every once in a while you couldn't hear the blinker "click". This happened a few times, and didn't last long. Then within a couple of months, the radio sound would all of the sudden not be there. All electrical worked, but no sound. It would last about a half hour to an hour, then the sound would come back on. It is now happeneing 2 to 3 times a week. I take my HHR in tomorrow, I'm glad I'm not the only one with problems.

    Another problem that I have had is with the transmission. 4 months after I got the car the transmission would slip really bad on acceleration when I got between 35 and 40 mph. I took it in and they said they "reprogrammed" the transmission. Never heard of reprogramming a transmission, but what ever they did, it fixed that problem.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    its a software upgrade to the radio..beleive it or not...simple easy fix....the pontiac solstice was having the same issue.....
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    I hope so too. Keep an eye on it however. BTW, who made the radio? Panasonic or Fusitsu-Ten, Siemen-VDO or Pioneer ?

    jt
  • I've had no problems with my radio what so ever.....

    I have XM and it is great,....can't wait for Oprah to join in September..... :shades:
  • yatsyats Posts: 2
    I've had the car for 3 weeks now and love it. However, I noticed that the temperature display reads a constant 66 degrees and I've tried turning on the car as if I was going to choose different options, like turn the horn on when locking the car, etc. Any ideas? Is it the ECM in the car? Where does the temperature reading come from? Thanks.
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