I drive a 2008 Chevy HHR. For the last two or three weeks it has had problems where it sometimes stalls, refuses to start, and there are a bunch of things on my dashboard that no longer work. Included in this is my windshield wipers, the LCD controls on the steering wheel, and my radio.
My headlights work fine, and jumping the car does no good. The battery has already been replaced and the alternator has been tested charging perfectly. The longer you drive the car the more likely it is to stall, but letting it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes will let it start again. One of the mechanics that looked at it but couldn’t figure out the problem said that it sounded like something was choking the engine. I had a mechanic tell me that it was a fuse box that was arcing, but when I replace the fuse box the car wouldn’t start although the rest of my dashboard controls did work. I’m at the end of my rope and I can’t afford a new car at this moment. I’m having to switch jobs because I can no longer make my commute. I can’t continue like this can someone please help me.
One more symptom of the problem that I sometimes forget is that I’ll be driving down the road and it feels like the car, locks up. Almost like a hard shift, but it happens when the engine shouldn’t need to be shifting. Also I have noticed at times the engine being slightly sluggish.