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Chevy HHR Brake Problems



  • what dealership fixed your problem.mine would like to know so they can get in touch with them so i can get mine fixed.please email me @
    Thanks Mark
  • linda31linda31 Posts: 3
    omg it is amazing that the dealership i take my HHR to also runs when they see me coming. they have looked at my brakes 3 times. i'm taking it in tomorrow for the 4th time. the last time i took it in they replaced the pads and for 2 days things were quiet and bam the squeaking is back i hate it. and they told me that they would not fix them again because they are suppose to squeak. i don't think so its a new car they are not suppose to squeak. also the passenger side window seal does not work at all it always sounds like my window is down. and i thought i was crazy but sometimes my dash and clock lights flicker off and on. i thought i was seeing things but they flicker. i really hope the dealer does something for me tomorrow. i love the car but i am not dealing with this brake crap any more. done!!!!
  • kbz1960kbz1960 Posts: 4
    Hi, I was considering buying a Nissan Rogue.... think you all have problems just ask a Nissan Rogue or Morano owner about the 3,000 to 7,000 dollar transmission replacement. Due to that the Nissan is off of my list.

    Now are these warped rotor and squeeky break issues still going on with the HHR. I am considering the HHR now that the Nissan is off of my list.

    I can't believe that is 2009 and they seem to be making worse cars than they did 1900.

  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I have a 08 and I have never had a problem with anything. Just oil and filters as needed. You have to remember most of the people are here because of problems. If you never have a problem than they won't be here as they are to busy enjoying their HHR. Only problem I have is not being able to see the red lights due to the front window size and I knew that coming in so I bought aftermarket product to fix that problem. Also 95% of my driving is in the city so this would be a big test on the brakes. Now I have out grown the hot rodding with fast starts and fast stops so I treat my brakes as they should be treated and they take care of me.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I would go with after market rotars and brakes. Midas, Meineke, or any brake shop can do the work and have a life time pad replacement policy.
  • mastroutmastrout Posts: 3
    what dealership fixed your problem.mine would like to know so they can get in touch with them so i can get mine fixed.please email me
    Thanks Mark
  • I had problems with shimmy of the front wheels with 38,000 miles, Took the brakes apart, very little wear on the pads. The shop ruined the rotors on the lathe but gave me new ones at no charge. I bought new pads and put it all back together. Same problem the front end shakes when going down hills and the brakes get hot. I did not turn the NEW rotors before installing them. Any Ideas?? :mad:
  • hhrprobshhrprobs Posts: 13
    My hhr is a 2006 and i have had nothing but trouble out of it.Mine shakes and shimmys and its had the roters turned 3 times and the batterie it just dies itself.I have 28000 mles on it and they said after 7000 mles i would get 30 mles to the i get 24 on the hwy.But your problem is the car is a lemon thats what i call mine.I love the look and the ride but its got to many problems.I feel like writing gm :lemon:
  • 87silver87silver Posts: 9
    The problem is low vacuum in the brake booster at initial start-up when the engine is cold. Cold meaning has been sitting for 4 or more hours. It doesn't necessarily mean cold ambient temperature.

    If you start the vehicle and the brake pedal is very hard when applying the condition is happening. After 30 seconds or so the brakes go back to normal because the vacuum is built up from the engine running. After that you would not experience it again until the vehicle has been sitting for an extended time.

    The issue is addressed in TSB 09-05-22-001, which basically adds a vacuum pump into the system.

    Check with a reputable dealer.
  • Well thanks for that but mine is not a turbo. This is a consistent problem while driving at most any speed, hot, cold what ever. The problem is worst at about 40 mph. I'm thinking it might be in the steering box or stabilizer link or something. :cry:
  • mastroutmastrout Posts: 3
    here is the fix for the hard brake pedal on cold your chevy dealer and have them look up service bullitin # 09-05-22-001A .Hard brake pedal,extra effort needed to depress brake pedal on cold start-up (add auxillary vacuum pump) Models 2008 2009 Chevy HHR SS with automatic transmission.
  • tpilkonstpilkons Posts: 2
    There is a service message on the HHR front rotors, they replace/ turn your rotors and install some kind of heat shield, I had my 2006 done at about 12,000 miles.
  • cam2006cam2006 Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 HHR LT and my brakes would vibrate constantly. At the time the car only had 34000 miles. My husband checked the brakes and said they were fine, but we changed them anyway. TWICE. The second time took care of the problem it has been over a year but it hasn't happened again. However I have had PLENTY of other problems. I have the remote start. It quit working so we took it to the chevy dealer while it was still under warranty, they supposedly fixed it and a few weeks later it did it again (this time warranty had expired b/c we went oer 30k). However the chevy dealer we used fixed this without charging us! Image that. Well later both of my key chains have quit working. So now whenever I need to run out to my car I have to pop the key in the ignition. B/c the alarm only disengages if the car ignition is turned on (it doesn't have to turn over) or you use the clicker (which doesn't work despit having new batteries). The door handle broke and had to be replaced, the gear shifter release button broke and had to be replaced. And just yesterday the power steering went out. The car now has 50k. I service it regularly and I am not a rough driver. This car has been the biggest headache ever!
  • if its pulsating that means its working
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sorry to hear about your issues. The remotes memory can be erased by cell phones radio waves from what I have read. If you have a cell phone do not carry them closely together such as a pocket/purse.
  • mikeshhrmikeshhr Posts: 1
    My 2006 HHR started vibrating at 6000 mile, when returned to the dealer they sadid it was warped rotors, then they said brakes were not covered under warranty, so I had the rotors turned @ 8000 and again @ 20,000, then they said it was tires when I returned with the same problem @ 30, 000 miles after putting up with the noise until 50, 000 miles, putting on new tires and still had the noise, GM told me to take it to a different dealer where they determined it was the rt front hub and the rotors are still bad, GM fixed the hub but not the rotors and they wonder why they are going into chapter 13.
  • hhrprobshhrprobs Posts: 13
    lol mines a 2006 and i live in nc and i got all the problems you have and yes its a lemon.I wish i never got one,mine has 29000 on it. its been in the shop 4 times for the same thing.but i hurt for the same problem they will replace it thats a lie. :lemon:
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Actually they are were they are because of the wages, benefits, and the unions ruining what they had. Sure they made some poor decisions but each car costs them something like $4000 in employee benefits/salery.

    Chrysler is the one in bankrupsy right now not GM.
  • I have a 2008 HHR. At 348 miles my car needed the rotors worked on because of the vibration in the steering wheel. Once again at 18,000 miles exactly one year later I had it back in the shop last week because of the same thing.
    TODAY it is back in the shop because there was a chirping sound that came when I started to break. I just spoke with the service department and they said break dust had built up on the rear brakes....
    I have only had this car for one year and it has been in the shop 3 times for brakes.

    This is very disappointing, but I do like my car.
  • ben53ben53 Posts: 1
    I have a 05 GMC Canyon CrewCab 2wheel dr 3.5 and just replaced the two front rotors and pads and went to test them out and my wheel shakes and feeling the brake pedal pulsating... can you all help me pls.
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