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Chevy HHR intermittent power steering #4811849
07/11/18 09:18 PM
07/11/18 09:18 PM
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St. Charles County, Missouri
csandste Offline OP
csandste  Offline OP
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Just found out my daughter's HHR has off again, on again power steering. I've read everything from people replacing modules and motors and spending thousands to no avail, to someone who said he fixed everything with a different fuse with slightly longer contacts. There's some indication that GM has recall for same motor on 'Cobalt and 'Bu but nothing on HHR. Had two failures on my 05 Maxx but think I was fully reimbursed.

Lots of old posts to this problem, but a lot of comments are eight years old or older. Think car has about 160K on it and she purchased a year ago.


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- VWB 5-30, 54,000 miles.
Re: Chevy HHR intermittent power steering [Re: csandste] #4811867
07/11/18 10:06 PM
07/11/18 10:06 PM
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I would really like the history codes stored in the steering module. It sounds like "Motor Over-Amp/Overload protection"

*Make sure that she is not putting the steering in a bind (Against a curb/steering stop & whatnot)
*Check for binding steering components
*Check the battery connections, The steering motor draws a good amount of current
*A simple "drag test" will tell if main fuse is not making good contact, I make them out of old fuses.


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2006 Chevy 2500HD LBZ/Allison 1000
2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/U341E
2000 Toyota Avalon 1MZ-FE/A541E
Re: Chevy HHR intermittent power steering [Re: csandste] #4811908
07/12/18 12:34 AM
07/12/18 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted By: csandste
Just found out my daughter's HHR has off again, on again power steering. I've read everything from people replacing modules and motors and spending thousands to no avail, to someone who said he fixed everything with a different fuse with slightly longer contacts. There's some indication that GM has recall for same motor on 'Cobalt and 'Bu but nothing on HHR. Had two failures on my 05 Maxx but think I was fully reimbursed.

Lots of old posts to this problem, but a lot of comments are eight years old or older. Think car has about 160K on it and she purchased a year ago.


I don't know but i've read those things are moneypits.


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Re: Chevy HHR intermittent power steering [Re: csandste] #4812090
07/12/18 08:48 AM
07/12/18 08:48 AM
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If by intermittent you mean stiff spots when turning and the wheel not returning to center on its own, Its probably the lower u-joint just above the rack on your steering shaft. I just had this issue and initially thought it was the motor. I got the GM replacement steering shaft ($150) since Ive heard some bad reviews on the aftermarket ones. Was a pretty easy replacement with the LF wheel removed.

Re: Chevy HHR intermittent power steering [Re: HeritageHighRoof] #4812153
07/12/18 09:58 AM
07/12/18 09:58 AM
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csandste Offline OP
csandste  Offline OP
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By intermittent I mean-- power steering switches on and off electrically-- I have a grand daughter who will be getting her license this year and having steering effort suddenly increase by 1000% while she's making a turn doesn't sound safe to me. Had the same thing with my Maxx and steering the car with no power steering is more than disconcerting. Intermittent-- to me--means on and off.

With the Maxx, (from ten year old memory) the entire steering column, including the motor, had to be replaced. That was constant. Seems like I had later trouble with intermittent cut outs that did not require replacement of another column. Think I also was reimbursed for my original $900 outlay.

Last edited by csandste; 07/12/18 10:02 AM.

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