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Old 04-18-2012, 07:02 AM   #15
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Towing HHR

I installed the Blue Ox base plate on my 2010 HHR, but I will tell you there are a couple of tricks to drilling the holes. I wrote details to Blue Ox, but do not know if they ever did anything with my comments. I cannot find my email explaing it all. You cannot drill the holes from the radiator side. The trick is to use one of the small plates supplied with baseplate to transfer the hole layout to the outside of the frame in order to drill the holes in the frame.
I also bought the Blue Ox wiring harness, but their instructions for finding where to splice into the sytem is terrible. I finally took the panels loose and spare tire compartment to run the wires back and to the tail light where I could easily find the correct connections and install the diodes. I could not get any help from GM or Blue Ox for this job. Finally, you cannot put the gearshift into park when towing. You pull the fuse after putting into neutral and leave in neutral. BE SURE TO RELEASE THE PARKING BRAKE BEFORE YOU TOW! This procedure is in your owners manual.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #16
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We have a 2007 HHR and have towed it over 25,000 miles. Installed a kill switch so I wouldn't have to pull the #8 fuse. Works great. We have the Blue Ox tow bar and face plate. I also have the SMI Air Force One breaking system installed. That system is the best thing since sliced bread. Love it! So far, in 2+ years it has been completely trouble-free. Had the US Gear Unified Tow Brake system for 2 years before that and it didn't work more than it did. Always something wrong. When the brake solenoid stopped working and they wanted around $300 for another one, I had it removed and purchased the Air Force One. Should have gotten that one first and would have saved $.

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