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Chevy HHR Brake Problems

PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
If an issue is coming up when youput your foot down, this is the place to discuss it!

PFFlyer@Edmunds

Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

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  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    Ok, So its not really an engine problem, just seems like the best place to mention it.

    Winter temps have finally arrived here in Ct and with them I get a brake fluid warning and red brake light warning plus 'ding ding' to make me look. Problem is really a false indicater of fluid level (in my case, DO NOT ASSUME ITS FALSE) and there is a fix available and dealer is ordering new part to correct. It only shows up when temps are in low 20's or less and only when brake peddle is firmly pressed and held for 20 secs or so. I am just posting this in case someone else should see it and wonder.
  • I bought an HHR (the higher end one) recently and it now has a little over 5000 miles on it.

    The other day, I was driving and saw the vehicle in front of me slow to turn off. When I pressed my brakes, I heard a horrible grinding noise that reminds me of when you try to wind up a toy in the wrong direction. My pedal would not depress and the car would not even slow.

    Since that day was cold and there could have been a bit of ice, I pumped the brake to see if the ABS had just locked up. Mind you, I live in KY, so there is rarely ice on the road... but I'm originally from OH, so I did it instinctually. The brake pedal felt like it was locked in the up position. Luckily I had been about 6-7 car lengths behind and by the time I got up in his rear, my brake pedal released (still with resistance) and I was able to slow enough not to hit him.

    I took it into the shop and they said everything was working fine. Fine? I asked what they did to come to that conclusion and they said they took a computer read and nothing unusual had happened. I asked if they were able to tell when the ABS had been engaged (because this would have been the only time) and they said the computer doesn't track that. They explained that since the car was stopping fine for them, everything worked properly.

    Does anyone have any advice to share here? I don't have any warm fuzzy knowing the car dealer dismissed the fact that I almost rear-ended a pickup truck while going 45 mph. I saw a another posting about "something" rotors, but I don't know enough about cars to even know if that could be related.

    I'm also a bit leary of this dealer because after I signed the papers to buy the car, they informed me that while they were a Chevy dealer, they were not recognized by GM and could not give me the special financing. Does this mean they don't meet GM standards? They've been the only car place in town for ages.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    I looked around here and there and only found one instance similar to what you are describing ('brakes not working'). In that case I believe ABS light was on and they replaced sensors (presumably code was set)
  • After my post, I found an identical complaint filed with ODI (www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov). It was ODI10178165.

    I decided to file a similar complaint ODI10179551 so someone knows it has happened more than once.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I've moved your post on your missing problem to the HHR Engine Problems discussion and you may continue there.

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    During a snowstorm I slammed on the brakes to test the ABS, it was an unsettling sound that's made....but it did seem to be anti-lock braking? Sounds like a box of rocks between the pads and rotor and the brake pedal sort of does it's own thing ..you can feel the pulsing up-down.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    Hehe is a little unsettleing feeling and sound, but it does let you know ABS is in play and working. Just have to get over the thoughts of taking you foot off pedal because you think there is something wrong
  • I have a 2006 HHR that we gat a month ago and I was just wondering about when I put my foot down to brake it is not a smooth brake but it feels like the brakes are pulsing and I can feel it in the steering wheel..Is it normal? or could it be the rotors?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    If it happens on dry road during normal braking I wouuld guess rotors. If you have ABS and it happens on slick roads it could be the ABS working (pulsing felt mostly in pedal)
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    rotors may be warped...should be turned under warranty and insure the wheels are hand torqued back on..not use the impact wrench to tighten them ..GM rotors are notorious for this......
  • I have a 07 HHR. Have had since 9/06. It is in the shop for the 3rd time due to braking issues. Terrible vibration in steering wheel and you can feel it in the seat when brakes are applied. 1st time in shop they turned the rotors at approx 5000 mi. 2nd time in shop at about 9000 miles replaced rotors. I now have 14,500 miles and am having the same issue. Everyone is nice at the dealership but I am ready for lemon law.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the wheels should be hand torqued on and not tighten with the impact wrench...GM OEM rotors are infamous for warping if the wheels are mounted this way.......had the same problem in my 04 chevy malibu....ever since I began hand torguing them on.....havent had the problem...
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    I don't get it, what would the tightness of the lug nuts have to do with the rotors warping? I put way over a 100,000 miles on a 90 Bereta GTZ & never had to do anything to the brakes...not even pads....
  • hhrprobshhrprobs Posts: 13
    I got 7000 miles on my 2006 hrr and now when i go to put on the brakes it shakes really bad,and the car jerks.Feels like the moter is goin to come out of it.anyone had that problem?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    does the steering wheel shake...sounds like the brake rotors are warped..probably needed to be turned..should be done under warranty......and insure the wheels are torqued to specification with a torque wrench vice an impact wrench when they are remounted...
  • jenmikejenmike Posts: 11
    i just had my 2006 HHR with under 4000 miles in for the rotors being warped...The service guy blamed it on the heat and the hills here...bull crap. He also said I just made it under "a window" to have the rotors fixed. I dont understand how a car with under 4000 miles just makes the so called windowto get fixed. Arent they covered under the 3 yrs warranty?
  • hhrprobshhrprobs Posts: 13
    they should be 3 yrs,What was your hhr doing when it was the roters?mine when i apply my brakes,jerks and feels like the moter is coming out ,and i live in nc,where there are no hills.I feel like i got a :lemon: .I never had so many probs with a new car.
  • jenmikejenmike Posts: 11
    When I would press down on the brake..the stering wheel would shake and the was alot of vibration in the front of the car. This is pretty much the only problem we have had with the car. The one other problem was a driver side mirror defect that was fixed quickly. I really love my HHR and I am glad we bought it.
  • bertvbertv Posts: 6
    Same issue on my 06 HHR. Had rotors turned at 25,000km and 50000km. Now at 73000km (out of warranty) and they need to be replaced. Design is obviously crap! Called the GM Customer Service Center - same old BS....they really don't have a clue at times.....
  • hheroldhherold Posts: 2
    IM GLAD TO SEE IM NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH BRAKE ROTOR PROBLEMS, I HAVE 7,500 MILES ON MY HHR, I ALSO WOULD HIT THE BRAKE AND THE STEERING WHEEL WOULD SHAKE THE WHOLE CAR. THE DEALER TURNED THE ROTOR, IT STOPPED BUT WHAT I HAVE READ IT WILL START AGAIN. I WAS TOLD IT WAS FROM HARD BRAKEING AND HEAT AND COLD, THIS IS COMPLETE B.S. THIS IS A 2007 AND THEY SHOULD OF REPLACED THE ROTORS, IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN, THEY WILL WISH THEY NEVER SOLD ME MY HHR.
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