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Chevy HHR Interior Problems



  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,655
    Mine is pretty quiet (and is/was advertised as such). Do you perhaps have a door thats is not closed completely? Maybe a door seal has something wrong with it (just a quess).
  • link to replacement door handles for 06 -2010 chev HHR
    hope that helps.
    Cost is 95.00 still way to high for a piece of plactic but beats the 500 GM wants for a door panel.
  • I have been having some of the same problems with my 2009 HHR. The car leaks somehow onto the floor, the car shakes in a cyclical fashion when I am stopped, the door handle broke, and the check engine light goes on sometimes, and not others, water stains on the upholstery, and window washer fluid not getting to the back window (though that is rather minor). Also, the car shaking when it is stopped happens sometimes, and not others. It seems random. I read earlier in this thread that someone resealed the windows and actually got the leaking to stop. I could also see how leaking could be causing various other problems with the cars that have been described. I am going to get ALL the windows resealed, check the roter, and the cylinder to see if either have been or are being affected by unusual amounts of water, and epoxy the door handle with PC10. Hopefully this will fix the problems. It also seems like the radio problems people have been having could possibly be water related. Oh, and I do not have a sunroof. That may make the water leaking worse, but more then the sunroof must be leaking in the cars. It is upsetting that there is no recall on the handle, because it is an obvious safety problem that seems widespread. There should also be some sort of knowledge of the seals needing to be redone at the dealer level, so that they can be fixed, and not start cause worse problems that would turn ppl away completely from buying any American cars. Honestly this is the first car that I have had these problems with, and most have been American, and it sadly still does make me feel the same way. I will follow up to let people know if resealing all the windows helps stop the leaking, so at least we can find some sort of a solution to what is going on with the cars.
  • Thank you for posting, hhrowner1,

    I see you are on your way to resolving the leaking concern you (and others) have described. I hope that you are able to find a satisfactory resolution. If we can be of any assistance (by looking into warranty/recall information or by assisting in working with a dealership towards a resolution), please email us your name/user name, contact information, last 8 of your VIN, and the name of your involved dealership.

    GM Customer Service
  • Did you ever get any resolve this matter from GM/Chevy? I have had the same problem with my Chevy HHR (2007) since I bought a new off the showroom floor. I have taken it into the dealer 12 to 15 times the same air-conditioner issues. I got frustrated with them not doing anything to fix the problem stop taking it to the dealership about two years ago. I'm taking it in today for the first time since them. They have in the past replaced the carpets, The radio, they even took it to another dealership to replace seals around the window, But still never fixed the problem. Taking it again in now...we'll see....
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Hello blfender,

    We see that you're planning on going to the dealership soon. We're sorry that you're having issues with your HHR. If you would like for us to look into any recalls or warranty information, we would be more than happy to do so. If you're interested, please email your VIN and mileage to [email protected] [attn Amber].

    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,379
    edited August 2013

    [B]Chances are 99% that water in passenger side floorboard is due to failure of a rubber cover that is over a square hole that is underneath the plastic cowel. This cheapo cover fails and channels water directly into heater compartment through the cabin filter. Failures of heater motor and / or fan resistor is directly related.

    Since the rubber sheet is a piece of crap, I replaced the rubber sheet with a piece of stainless steel with silcon sealer around it. No more leaks. About a month later, I had to replace fan motor - rust on it confirmed water damage. Also replaced fan resistor which was burned out by excessive current from failing heater motor overload. You will also have to replace the cabin air filter because it will be saturated. [/B]

    Is this describing your leak? When you mentioned fan motor deteriorated from water hitting it, I thought of this. I have a Cobalt, but I took off the plastic cowl to see how it was designed underneath and if I needed to repair this before the cover deteriorated. It's designed differently.

    But read the forum's posts to see if this will help.

    Also google hhr cowl leak to see the fixes you find in various discussions.

    To remove the windshield wipers to lift the cowl, I had to purchase small pullers made for wipers--I believe at OReilly. And there are some that are listed as battery cable pullers/wiper pullers.

    Here's a diagram that may help:
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    or try this

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • I purchased a 2006 HHR used in 2009. The door handles are poorly designed and defective, frequently breaking off. On 02/24/2016, I experienced electrical and battery issues with my vehicle; because the door handles for both the driver and passenger side were broken off, I was unable to open the doors. Since the windows are electric, I was unable to open them. It took me several minutes to get from the front seat into the back seat of my vehicle so that I could exit it. In the event of a serious automobile accident, I would have been trapped in my vehicle. I went online and started investigating this issue. It was in the course of this inquiry that I found out this is a chronic problem with the HHR, 2006-2010. The cost of fixing the handle at the dealer is costly because Chevrolet's fix is to replace the entire inner door panel. I contacted Chevrolet customer service, who advised there is no recall on the interior door handles. I filed a complaint with the NHTSA, requesting a recall of the 2006 Chevy HHR interior door handles. I've also filed a complaint with my state attorney general.

    *"Not being able to exit the vehicle in an emergency constitutes a public safety issue. If the car were involved in an accident and the passengers needed to exit the vehicle immediately they may not be able to if the door handle breaks off. It is my opinion that this issue represents a clear and present danger to consumers. Several scenarios come to mind: 1) the vehicle becomes disabled on railroad tracks with an oncoming train, 2) the vehicle is involved in an accident and the vehicle is on fire or 3) the vehicle drives off the road into a body of water. All of these very common scenarios could lead to an unnecessary death of one or more occupants."

    *(posted by another user)
  • I have a 2006 HHR my brother was the original owner I have replaced the throttle body on it breaks tires need to do to inner tie rods next motor mounts transmission mount because I go fast over the speed bumps I need a AC resistor blower motor and just a resistor and I think after that my car should be working just fine also just a thought about every place two months ago now my car hasn't started with the first click of the key in about 2 years I know I wanted to choose a fuel filter but I heard it's inside of the gas tank and I probably should get some fuel injector cleaner again I did try that but I didn't really see much difference maybe a flush also the radiator has bubbles in it with some corrosion on the cap with some white stuff someone suggested that maybe my engine is blown however I'm going to get a flash on that as well I just asked this one person who works at oil change place and he said I could have a blown engine will how can you have a blown engine if it's still drivable so there's a lot of things going on with this car at the moment but I just don't want another car payments that's why I keep putting money into the car
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