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    wandering at hwy speeds

    ok, I have a Cruze Eco, 6 spd manual. Car drives awesome, steering and handling good except at hwy speeds. I have tires inflated to 35 psi per label, but car feels like driving in a crosswind but there is no wind. Pavement not grooved. It's almost like the electric steering is doing something funky or a bad sensor in steering system? any thoughts?

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    Alignment - first thing to check.
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    My thought would be taking it back to the dealer before posting it online.

    just a thought though

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    I think they reduce the amount of toe-in to eek out the last tenth of a mpg. A little toe-in generally makes a car track straighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kansas59 View Post
    ok, I have a Cruze Eco, 6 spd manual. Car drives awesome, steering and handling good except at hwy speeds. I have tires inflated to 35 psi per label, but car feels like driving in a crosswind but there is no wind. Pavement not grooved. It's almost like the electric steering is doing something funky or a bad sensor in steering system? any thoughts?
    I experience the exact same thing. I just wrote it off as something to get used to as a characteristic of the skinny little GY tires. I'm used to 275's(R) and 255's(F) that I had on my SRT8.

    So question is, is this a real issue or is it something to expect from a Cruze and that many others experience as well?
    SRT8-to-Eco!

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    Best of 49.3 mpg for a full tank of commuting!!



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    i have been noticing this as well, sometimes people must think im drunk!!!!

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    What car did you drive before.

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    It IS the matter of toe adjustment. I usually have to request my cars be aligned dead straight - No toe at all.
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    I agree, it has to do with the toe in adjustment. Have you hit any pot holes lately or do you drive over rough roads or not take your time over railroad crossings? That could also knock it out of alignment. The suspensions on these cars are light and it doesn't take much to knock them out of alignment. I would have it aligned to eliminate the issue. Also, front wheel drive cars are generally squirrelier than RWD vehicles and tend to pull towards one side.
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    if an alignment does not fix the problem, then it has to be in the rack and pinion.
    another suggestion - rotate the tires/wheels - front to rear and try that.
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