What Are Some Problems With Chevrolet HHRs?


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As of 2015, problems with Chevrolet HHRs include worn or loose gas caps triggering check engine lights, and poor starter circuit relay contacts preventing engines from cranking. In 2014, General Motors recalled vehicles produced in 2006 through 2011 because people were able to remove the keys from the ignitions when the ignitions were not in the "Off" position. GM recalled 2009 and 2010 non-turbo models in 2014 because the electric power steering assist could fail while drivers operated their vehicles.

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Chevrolet HHR owners have replaced gas caps and taken the vehicles to dealers. However, replacing the gas cap or resetting the codes only resolves the gas cap problem temporarily. The problem affects vehicles manufactured in every model year from 2006 through 2011, with mileages ranging from about 13,100 to 180,000 miles.

HHR owners with the starter circuit relay problem report that when they turn their keys, their car engines fail to turn over. Some owners hear clicking sounds. The vehicles do not start even though the batteries are charged and the accessory dash lights illuminate. Vehicles manufactured in model years 2006 through 2010 have the starter circuit problem, and it occurs in vehicles with mileages ranging from about 35,000 to 200,000 miles.

Chevrolet manufactured the midsize HHR during model years 2005 through 2011. Drivers of the fuel-efficient crossover sport utility vehicle can travel about 510 highway miles on a full tank of gas.

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