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Chevrolet HHR Discs, Rotors, and Hardware

Brake repairs for the Chevrolet HHR can involve replacing discs, rotors, pads, fasteners, and more. Choosing the correct parts that match how you drive your HHR is essential to proper maintenance and performance. Learning more about these brake parts can help you make an informed decision when it comes time to replace them.

What types of brake rotors are there for this model?

There are a few types of brake rotors designed for your Chevy HHR.

  • OEM: If you use your Chevy HHR vehicle mainly for commuting, OEM brake rotors will suffice. These are designed for everyday urban use, such as going back and forth to work.
  • Slotted and drilled: These aftermarket parts are designed to dissipate excessive heat caused by towing heavy loads or frequent hard stops. If you often use your HHR for these purposes, they may last longer.
  • High-performance: If your Chevy HHR is a street racer, you’ll want to upgrade your brake rotors to aftermarket high-performance products. They come in one- or two-piece designs, or have been slotted or drilled with special patterns to maximize heat dissipation. Two-piece designs are light and have enhanced thermal capacity.
What are some signs of failing brakes?

If you notice these symptoms of failing brakes in your vehicle, it may be time to inspect and replace the parts that are faulty.

  • Squealing: When the brake pads are nearly worn away, they will begin to whine or squeal when you stop. This is to let you know it’s time for replacement brake pads.
  • Grinding: If you hear a grinding noise when you use your brakes, this is the telltale sign that your brake pads are gone. The unpleasant noise is produced by the calipers grinding against the rotors. This can destroy them both, so you’ll want to stop driving your Chevrolet HHR until you can get it repaired.
  • Harder to stop: The calipers can freeze open, causing you to have fewer brakes that engage when you step on the pedal. If you notice that it’s becoming hard to stop your HHR without any grinding noise, have your brakes and brake pads inspected for any faulty parts.
  • Wobbling: If you feel your Chevy wobbling when you apply the brakes and come to a stop, this can be a sign that you need new rotors.
  • Spongy pedal: When the brake pads are worn down, you may notice that you have to press it down further to get the same stopping power.