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About how much will it cost to replace my shocks on the front and possibly the cv joints?
Hi there: In most cases the sound you're describing might be caused by damaged shock mounts, tie rod ends or CV joints that are damaged. Before you decide to have the struts alone replaced, you might want to have a...
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Brand new battery but my car won't start.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. If your 2010 HHR is having problems not cranking, but you just replaced the battery, then it's highly likely that you have a broken starter or damaged electrical relay somewhere. When the vehicle shuts...
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New battery goin dead over nite
Hi there. To check to see if something is still on with the key on, remove the ground cable to the battery and put a digital volt ohm meter (DVOM) on the cable and onto the battery negative post. With...
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Humming noise coming from front end
If the tires are worn irregularly and/or have any internal damage (such as a belt separation) that will create a lot of noise of the type you are hearing. The other possibility is defective wheel bearings (quite common). I would...
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How do you fix the ESC
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several issues that can occur when it comes to faults with the electronic stability control. If the light has come on, then the first step should be to have the vehicle scanned...
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Car won't start with a new battery, but it starts when I hook it up with jumper cables.
This problem may be due to a faulty starter relay or a bad ground connection. As you may know, the starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter. When the starter relay does not function correctly, in...
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Why turn signal lever won't return to neutral position after turn is completed?
Hi there. There is a lock ring on the turn signal lever with a return spring that makes the lever return to the rest position. The lock ring is cracked or broken. You will have to disconnect the battery, remove...
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Charging system failure.
Hello There! This is a sign of a bad voltage regulator as indicated by the test they ran with everything still installed on the vehicle. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the...
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I do not know where my brake booster vacuum line connects to my engine.
The HHR comes with two different motor options, so this complicates my answer a bit. Either way, the best method is to follow the hose at the brake vacuum booster to where it connects on the motor. Even better, simply...
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squealing noise when I turn the wheel slightly while driving
Hi there. It may be, play in the wheel bearing hub assembly causing the squeal while turning a little to the left. It could also be, the brake pad wear indicator/sensor touching the brake rotor while turning a little left....
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My car says check charging system. Whats wrong?
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...
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Check system light is on - 2006 Chevrolet HHR
This is a known issue on the Chevy HHRs. As you may know, the power steering in your HHR is electric, which draws a significant amount of electric power to operate it. This power steering motor failure was the subject...
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My car's engine is overheating, what could be the cause?
An overheating engine can be caused by several components. A new thermostat is a great place to start, and knowing that it is not the problem we can focus elsewhere. If the thermostat was suspected, then you may have another...
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My Check Engine Light is on - code P0010. The intake camshaft position actuator solenoid may be faulty.
Hello. The P0010 code indicates a bigger difference in the cam timing (relative to the crankshaft) than should be possible with variable valve timing, which this engine employs. This could be the variable valve timing actuator on the camshaft as...
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After installing 2 new tires on the rear, the ESC Active light routinely comes on.
This is common anytime the wheels and tires are removed. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system...
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Do I need brakes or rotors? I was told I needed rotors and a wheel alignment
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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I got a alternator replaced on my car and now the Check Engine Light is on with the Battery Light. My headlights are still blinking.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. This sounds like there is a loose ground or a wire was not hooked up to the alternator correctly. Check all of the wiring when that was removed when the alternator and battery was...
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oil light is on, oil tech suggested sensor to be replaced
If the Mechanic tested the oil pressure sensor and found it to be bad or, in lieu of that, used a pressure gauge to measure the oil pressure at varying RPM's and found the pressure to be with the limits...
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noises
Hi there. You could be absolutely correct on the shocks. However, there are other suspension and steering components that may need an inspection as well. What type of noise are you hearing? There could be other issues masking as a...
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2009 HHR left turn signal on constantly. I disconnected the battery and reconnected but it's still on.
Hi there. Check the turn signal switch on the steering column. If the blinker is staying on and not shutting off, then the blinker switch is stuck on. You could remove the switch from the steering column and take it...

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