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Old 07-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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PWR STR Message Displayed on Driver Information Center After Jump Starting Vehicle

#05-02-32-002B - (Sep 30, 2005)Power Steering Inoperative/Steering Wheel Hard to Turn, "PWR STR" Message Displayed on Driver Information Center (DIC) After Jump Starting Vehicle (Replace Fuse and Instruct Owner How to Jump Start Vehicle)

2006 Chevrolet HHR

Fixed Operations Manager and Technician:

Some customers may comment that the steering wheel is hard to turn and that a message of "PWR STR" is displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC) of the instrument panel (I/P) cluster. They may also comment that this condition occurred after they had to have the vehicle jump started. Cause

Improper "jump starting" of the vehicle has been determined as a cause for the power steering fuses to open (blow). Customers may mistakenly believe that the Underhood Junction Block (UHJB) is actually the battery; therefore, they believe there is both a positive and negative post in the UHJB. After only seeing one post, they may remove the cover and discover there is another small post on the passenger side of the UHJB. The small post on the passenger side of the UHJB is the B+ post for the electric power steering . When the jumper cables are attached to both of these posts and the cable is connected to another vehicle, the power steering fuses will blow. Correction

Replace the blown fuses and verify that concern is eliminated.

Caution: Batteries can hurt you. They can be dangerous because:
• They contain acid that can burn you.
• They contain gas that can explode or ignite.
• They contain enough electricity to burn you.

If you do not follow these steps exactly, some or all of these things can hurt you.

There is a lot more, but basically it says: to properly jumpstart your HHR or another vehicle, place the POSITIVE cable on the red terminal found on the underhood fusebox, and place the NEGATIVE cable on one of the driver’s side strut bolts NOT on the other terminal in the fusebox.

Hopefully, this will save a few HHR owners’ some grief!

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Old 01-18-2009, 05:13 PM   #2
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bahahaha we had a few customer so this already w/ there hhr's its funny to see the looks on there faces when u tell them that they blew there steering fuse by jump starting the vehicle. then sell them a $15 fuse

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