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Gear shift button release stuck

My 2006 HHR shift button is stuck in and I can't get my key out. Meanwhile the battery ran down.

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It is a recall, mine did that too. It was broken. Of course.

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Ck your dealer for a recall on this problem i towed a hhr for the very same problem and the customer told me that its a recall

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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