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HHR Electrical/Lighting Questions



  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    And when your Japanese import starts giving problems are you going German next?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    ...let's keep this topic to the HHR. There are plenty of discussions on American vs foreign brands in the Automotive News and Views Board.

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  • amyf2amyf2 Posts: 9
    I guess I havent been on here since they found my Electrical problems with the tail lights and internal console lights.......the service dept kept my car for A WEEK, and tore pretty much everything out of it. The guys saw the fuses blow right in front of them, and they couldnt find the problem. Finally, after tracing and retracing the wires from the front end to the back end, the technician finally found a SMALL SCREW THAT WASNT SCREWED IN behind the radio panel, and that's what was touching wire to wire, blowing the fuses. Once the screw was taken care of, I havent had any more fuses being blown. So finally, things are back on track. I love my car so far, havent had any other issues......knock on wood.
  • amyf2amyf2 Posts: 9
    I had similar issues, and it was a small screw not screwed in place behind the radio panel that was causing wire to wire interaction, blowing fuses left and right. Ive seen on here that others have had to replace fuse boxes... but mine was as simple as a tiny screw. Now, it took MONTHS for us to figure this out, and the technicians kept my car for a solid week to finally figure it out, but it was finally taken care of. They had to trace the wires from front to back, took out my seats, pretty much dismantled my poor car... and finally found the screw out of place.
  • amyf2amyf2 Posts: 9
    just wanted to report that my remotes quit working too... I saw on here others had the same post. I went to my dealership recently, and they had to replace both remotes and reprogram. So far so good, I just think the originals were of poor quality. The little metal piece inside wasnt soldered on very good, and popped up, thus, not keeping the battery in place.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Hopefully that was the issue with the remotes but I have read that if you carry a cell phone close to your key fob that that could erase the remotes memory.
  • michaelp6michaelp6 Posts: 5
    I use the rear power outlet to plug in a small fridge while traveling on weekends. Two weeks ago the power outlet stopped working. I checked the fuse, and it was fine. I replaced it anyway hoping this would correct the problem, whoever it didn't. I now need to remove the power outlet to determine what the problem is. Does anyone know how to remove the rear power outlet?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Did you check the refrig somewhere else to make sure it is working?
  • michaelp6michaelp6 Posts: 5
    Well of course. It works fine plugged into the front power outlet.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Have you tried something else plugged into the back one? I have had plugs quit working for what I thought was no reason only to find that the item just didn't fit it correctly. As you can see, I don't have your answer but am trying to at least give you some ideas. How about a tester that has 2 wires on it so you can at least test it to see if it is getting power to it.
  • michaelp6michaelp6 Posts: 5
    I appreciate your help. I did try plugging other things into the outlet and nothing works, although they all work in the front outlet. I can't figure out how to remove the outlet to see what the problem might be. I guess I will just have to break down and buy a Chilton's Manual on the car to find out how to remove the outlet.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Well you got me curious so I went out to my 08 HHR to see if I could figure it out for ya. I have the top on the line HHR with every option including leather seats and I don't even have a outlet back there. What year is yours? Also if you don't know about it there is a HHR at they have a forum there that will have your answers as that site is full of HHR owners.
  • michaelp6michaelp6 Posts: 5
    Mine is an 06 with all the options. The outlet is on the passenger side of the center console near the rear cup holder. I will go to and see if I can get some help. Thanks a bunch.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I didn't even think about that location as I was looking clear in the back. Yep, I have one there and took a second look. I don't know, it don't look like it would pop out but may. Only other thing I can see is to pull the whole console. Better give a look see and sign up. A great group of people and you may even want to join one of the local clubs in your area.
  • They should give you a loaner that is what the dealer did for me when they pimped my ride. Put a power sunroof in it and leather seats at no cost ot me. I drove it for a week and a half no problem. If they are doing that for you then they will be more prudent about the part.
  • Several times over the last few years my 2006 HHR LT has had a problem that the Chevrolet service department cannot correct. When driving or after just starting the car, it occasionally/randomly/infrequently chimes 3 times, the vehicle theft light on the dash lights up, all analog gauges perform repeated full sweeps, the information display cycles through bogus readings, the shifter clicks wildly, automatic shifting stops, engine stutters but keeps going and power steering goes out completely (this last one doesn't always happen). Brakes seem fine. This has happened about 6 or 7 times since I purchased the car used in July 2006. When it happens, I drive straight to the service department and leave it running for the technicians. They see the theft light on, and the lack of shifting, but by the time I get there the gauges seem to behave again. They have replaced various wiring but have yet to fix the issue. The last time it happened, the service department kept it for almost 3 weeks trying to repro the problem but couldn’t so they gave it back unfixed.

    It happened again last week and it’s quite scary when it happens while on the highway. It's back at the service center but they're ready to give it back again without fixing it. I've contacted corporate to see if there's anything they can do, but beyond asking if I still have a warranty (no) they haven't been able to do much.

    Anyone else have a similar experience or suggestions on what might be causing this?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Really nice mess of troubles you have there :( One thing I remember when the 06's came out was some people noticed fuses in underhood fuse box were not tightly seated, an easy thing to check and correct (and while there, perhaps a check of connections to fuse box would be in order). For whats happening inside of cabin, one thing that may be common is BCM which controls a bunch of stuff inside, loose connections, water intrusion from leaky sunroof can cause troubles in that area. (may as well check fuses inside cabin as well). Going back to big picture, a questionable level of electric suppply can reak havoc with electronics and engine stuff. Loose battery cable (at either end) or shaky condition (sometimes works, sometimes doesn't) alternater could cause this.
  • Thanks Ray80. This has been my little slice of fun for a while... ;)

    The Chevy service guy (their top electrical troubleshooter) did do a bunch of tests and replaced parts of the harness so I would think he already checked these things, but who knows. I'll ask when I pick up the car today - they still haven't found the problem but don't know what else to do. I'll also try poking around over the weekend to see if there's anything obvious.

    Thanks for the ideas. If anyone happens to think of something else, please let me know. I like the car and would like to keep it, but only if I can get this issue solved.

  • I have a 2006 HHR that I bought new Jan 2007. I have had very little trouble with it. A few problems were mentioned here in the blogs, but has anyone else had their headlights go out on then for a second or two? Mine has done this twice. I was driving at night and was turning right. I gave my right turn signal and brighted my lights so I could see the driveway better and the lights just went out for a second or two! My husband thought I did something screwy to it to make it happen then a few weeks later it did it to him!! We took it to our dealer and they had not heard of the problem and could not figure it out. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, we went to the mountains this weekend and our brakes now make the car shimmy. My husband thinks it might be cheap thin rotors. ??
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Yup exact same problem with the lights sometimes, high beams on, turn right signal light on and everything goes out. It is most likely something in the turn signal/ light switch.
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