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Chevy HHR Brake Problems



  • cesteelecesteele Posts: 1
    I love my car too, we can't get rid of the squeaky breaks!! We have changed the pads twice. The ceramics are not as bad but still squeaky. I see now that I am not alone. Not sure what else to do? :(
  • I'm wondering about the life cycle on 2006 HHR brakes & pad replacement given they now have a $75 coupon good till 8/31/2009...

    I had progressive problems with mine vibrating starting @ 6000 miles and I waited longer than I should have. The original dealer dropped off the Chevy Network and I took it to Jack Maxton Chevrolet on SR 161 in Columbus Ohio who fixed it on the 1st time while still under warranty. They turned the rotors etc.
    It was an Excellent choice/ Excellent service experience (FOR ME)
    That's not to say they have covered anything past the 36k drop you on your head deadline...

    I've had key fob problems with mine too earl on because the insides get roughed up dropping keys, battery goes weak etc.
    I took my fob to the Battery Plus on N High St across from Graceland Shopping Ctr. in Columbus. They offer a life time replacement on a new battery for added $5 and they fix my fob circuts every time I go back : )

    All in all; HHR Is Not my perfect car because;
    I hate the front window switches on the bottom of the dash...
    And I HATE ON and ON and ON That NO Console with The Arm Rests instead design between the front seats.

    My Son who sold it to me was more the reason I bought it, but no major issues for mine YET going on 48,000...

    I think WHO The Dealer is; and the quality of the service department & ownership etc are all part of the challenge to the outcome.
    But buying new cars is always crap shoot because;
    You NEVER KNOW What You Don't Know.
    However: Am I a really happy camper after reading about you others???
  • I haven't had any problems at 75000 miles except the side mirror controller. The gas mileage is great, thus far. I haven't had any brake problems yet, but now that I'm reading, I better put $200 aside for brake and rotor replacements. I expected a few problems. Thank goodness no one is complaning about the engine. I satisfied, so far. :)
  • Judi, We have a driving route that takes us up and down a few hills and I have now gotten into the custom of using a lower gear going down long hills. This is after I replaced the brakes and rotors at 35,000 mi.
    Now I have a new clunking sound when I turn left then right quickly, ie: like they do at NASCA to warm up the tires. It sounds differently when the weather is warm, cold is worse (what's with that?) :confuse:
    Wonder what is next.
  • Hey Roger!!
    Did you go in for the brake deflector things? This is such baloney--the company line that they aren't aware. Somebody is going to get hurt!! This is basic safety equipment. We are so VERY sorry we bought this car. Ms. Anderson actually told me to save my repair receipts for the rotors and brakes!! So we bailed them out once and now if they finally decide there is a problem they will pay us back. So,in effect, they will have borrowed from us once again. It stinks! by the way...we always have downshifted appropriately. Is the clunking in the steering column ---or rotors? We have to have our steering column pulled and replaced --it makes a whiny noise when turned left. give the nice Ms. Anderson a call and let her know how you feel about the rotor issue(save your receipts!) Judi
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Ok, I just got to ask, how does buying a used HHR help GM? It sounds like maybe you are riding the brakes if you are getting them that hot. Use a lower gear and keep your foot off the brakes. I've had my HHR up and down Pikes Peak twice now and the ranger at the 1/2 way point commented both times how cool my brakes were when he tested that with the heat gauge. Why because I shifted down a gear and a few times 2 gears and used the brakes sparingly.
  • No I did not install any additional part. We just use a lower gear when going down long hills.
    We've got everything fixed now. I do all my own work after getting shafted by the local GM dealer on repairs.
    A/C fan speed resistor failed, replacement is easy, buy part on internet for $35. Brakes and rotors replaced, be sure to turn the new rotors they are not true from the factory. Key fob remote failed due to circuit board connection, resolder with small iron. Shift lever and key lock fixed by GM under warrantee at 18 k mi.
    Still waiting to figure out the clunk in the chassis when turning.
  • Hi!
    Thanks for the note. We understood all GM dealerships were trying to move cars.
    My husband is the primary driver of the HHR. Both of us appropriately downshift. Both of us have driven sticks for over --uh,let's see now....about 40 years+..... You must be just one of the lucky ones on this site!! Looking back through the are sooooo fortunate! All the best in the future ,too!
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Maybe whoever had it before you abused the brakes and you just happen to be in the wrong place at the right time. Now that you have new brakes maybe things will be different. It's hard to blame a company for something when you bought something used. There was a guy on one of the Caddy groups who was a small dealer and bought a CTS with only 100 miles left on the warranty and about 100+ miles after the warranty ran out and something happened he was bad mouthing GM for not building a quality product and not standing behind it when it failed although this was a GMAC lease return and the auction stated these vehicles came as is with no warranty. After while he finally got the point. The point is you never know how a used car was treated unless you personally knew the driver. Good luck down the road as I really like my HHR and prefer driving it to the wifes STS.
  • Bought the HHR on Dec 4, 2008 with 21,067 miles. Shortly thereafter began noticing a brake problem and vibration. Called the dealer and was told nothing to be alarmed about. On Apr 30, 09, with 32,635 miles got so bad the dealer made good: "Inspected and found both front rotors warped. Replaced front Brake Pads and machined both front rotors per service bulletin." Suppl sheet on invoice states "Important: Please inform the customer that due to the aggressive nature of these new pads, additional brake dust and/or intermittent noise may be generated." Wife, as the principle driver. shortly thereafter experienced slight vibration of steering wheel periodically, and we both could hear a roar of sorts right front when turning sharply to the right . On Aug 19, 09, the dealer charged $24.41 (labor) for: "Has a roaring noise when turning to the right. Test drove and heard a slight roaring noise. Put up on lift and checked all steering and suspension parts. All tight. Could not find the source of noise." Getting worst. Read some of the reviews. Can anyone offer advice?
  • My 2007 HHR- auto has had 3 new sets of brake pads. rotors, the whole thing and it only has 50,000 miles on it. Our GM mechanic at our Chevy Dealer said that he works on several HHR's a WEEK and they are "known" to have brake problems. Love the car otherwise it's the best Chevrolet I have ever owned besides the brakes. Never had brake problems with the last five Chev.'s I've owned.
  • I think the problem is the supplier for brake pads, Chevy is not getting high quality parts. I bought high quality after market pads and rotors. I had to turn the new rotors, they were not true enough from the factory. I think this solves my problem. In addition we shift down to lower gear when decending long steep grades. We live in the mountians and have lots of hills.
    So far, so good. :)
  • I have the same on-going issues. It seems the car is too heavy for such cheap breaks.
    This is just one of many problems I've had, with this car. Sad too, I love the style of it. It makes me want to cry.
  • Buy your new rotors and pads from a quality auto parts store ie: NAPA. Get the best rotors and pads they have. Turn the rotors before they are installed and have a good mechanic 0r ( DIY ) install them.
    That is what I did and have had no more problems.
    Stay away from the dealer. :)
  • My fan speed resistor failed apparently. I checked the fuses and they are all good. I decided to register here and found that the resistor is the problem. I saw that somebody said it was easy to replace. How?

  • Do a Google search for hhr parts and order a resistor so you will know what your looking for under the dash. The part is located behind the glove box door which swings down. You will have to remove some trim on the right side in front of the passenger door. The resistor is rather large and has a tab that you pull it out with. I paid about $30 for the part. I would have to go back in my old files to find where I bought it from, but it wasn't hard to find.
  • I have read a lot of General Motors bulletins they know all of the problem with the brakes and rotors since 2006 the problem has been driving their mechanics crazy but because of money problems General Motors seems to like lying to the people buying their cars I have owned my HHR for a little over 11 months General Motors has changed the brakes and rotors three times my car has 37,000 miles on it it is not covered under warranty at this time I purchased the best rotors and breaks I could find staying away from porcelain break pads even General Motors does not recommend them and they come on their own vehicles they have to be preheated before they work properly replacing my rotors and brake pads to drilled rotors and the best brake pads I haven't had any problem with my vehicle and they were cheaper than having a the job done at my local dealer which I will never go back to after seeing the work they have done on my vehicle I cannot believe they get paid the money in hour they do for the type of work they let leave their gorge wake-up General Motors your vehicles already your problem you're mechanics and service managers are
  • balhhrbalhhr Posts: 1
    Brakes started squeaking at 12k. Took it to the dealer at 14k and replaced them no questions asked. Then, HHR started a grinding noise at 14k when we turned the car left. Dealer spent a day looking for the problem and pin pointed it to the rear suspension. GM shipped out a new part and dealer replaced at no cost. Other than these 2 problems, the car has been wonderful! Love it love it love it.
  • 88fan188fan1 Posts: 3
    I replaced my mastercylinder on my truck, bled the lines and it seemed to do fine. But yesterday my pedal went to the floor and my light came on. I pumped my brakes and everything was fine after that, but the pedal still feels soft. Any suggestions?
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